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Myth-Perceptions in Polished Concrete: Setting Up For Success or Failure

Microsoft campus in Washington state polished and colored with water-based dyes.The one universal truth about the polished concrete industry is that, sadly enough, there is no universal truth. We don’t agree about what defines polished concrete, what steps are important, or what is the best way to steer the industry.

When to Use or Not Use Dry-Shake Color Hardener

Throwing color hardener on concrete.Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Automobile Museum in Auburn Replaces Waxed Floor with Polished System

Polished concrete with different color dyes in a museum.Dancer’s company, Dancer Concrete Design, offered another solution to waxing the scuffed-up floor in the events center — polished concrete.

Cutting-Edge Concrete Densifiers

Densifying concrete can improve color as well as performance. These innovative materials will help you firm up your surface.Densifying concrete can improve color as well as performance. These innovative materials will help you firm up your surface.

Things to Think About When Making the First Cut on a Polished Concrete Job

Exposing aggregate in a concrete floorWhen starting the first cut on a concrete slab, everyone wants to know how it will look when finished. Professionals know each concrete slab is different. The sheer numbers of variables mean no two pours or slabs will look the same.

Art Museum Installs Polished Concrete Floors to Enhance Exhibits

A pit of black rocks sits underneath the stairwell.At the Tampa Museum of Art, all eyes are on the compelling paintings, photographs and sculptures. And the building itself evokes an essence that’s subtle and serene so as not to detract from the art on display.

Why Finding the Right Grinder can Make a Difference

Smaller concrete grinding machines, easy to transport to the job site.There’s a grinder/polisher model available for just about every task, whether it’s prepping the floor of a big-box store or finishing a basement or small office. Finding the right tool for the job can make a big difference in speed and efficiency, so know what you want before you go shopping.

Integrally Colored Concrete in Today's Economy

Outdoor patio that was colored with integrally colored concrete.The first decade of the 21st century has been pretty huge for integral color. For one thing, decorative concrete as a whole has taken huge strides in terms of market share, and more decorative concrete means more integral color.

Recipe: Floral Floors with Polishing

For this collection of concrete recipes, we checked in with a few veteran polishers and asked them for creative techniques that add an aesthetic counterpoint to polished concrete floors. From a simple (and highly effective!) antiquing technique to a stained, stenciled and etched method for intricate pattern work, this batch of recipes is sure to have something to fire up your imagination.The technique has been created to add a delicate pattern to an already beautiful floor with the use of stencils.

How this Company Fixed a Paste Cap Separating from Concrete

polished concrete floor with craze crackingIt was not your best-case scenario. A new Army/Air Force main exchange, an indoor mall with multiple vendors and a food court, was slated to open at Fort George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in six weeks. The floor had been ground and polished, the racks staged and the food vendors’ equipment installed.

Reflecting on Polished Concrete and How To Continue Improving Your Skills

A person climbing steps- looking to get better with every lesson and every job.We're good, but we're not perfect. Once we start thinking that we know everything, or that polished concrete is right for every situation, then we are in trouble. In this economy, we cannot afford a single misstep. Now is the time to focus on running a business correctly, and that includes being aboveboard and ethical in dealings with our customers and vendors.

Light Sources Will Affect the Color of Your Dye on Concrete

lightbox that shows how different light sources affect the color of concreteWhen you are asked how well you understand dyes, are you confident? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Unless you or your customers have art or design backgrounds, or you have been burned on a project, you are probably naïve.

The Power of Diamond Grit

Polished concrete in an Atlanta, Georgia, building was the most efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going - Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker's comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker’s comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?

Polishing Up On Polishing Equipment

Our editors compiled a list of some of the newest polishers on the market. This article goes in depth on each of them.Our editors compiled a list of some of the newest polishers on the market. This article goes in depth on each of them.

Contractor Gives Tips On Different Ways To Manage Your Customer's Expectations

make a concrete sample board -As a former contractor, manufacturer and now basically an owner's representative on most projects, I'd like to share a relatively simple formula that will handle this issue for 90 percent of your projects.As a former contractor, manufacturer and now basically an owner’s representative on most projects, I’d like to share a relatively simple formula that will handle this issue for 90 percent of your projects.

Setting Expectations for Polished Concrete -- 'The Look'

In the early days of our industry, for every new process introduced, accountability seemed to lag a few years behind.Polished concrete is a young industry. Surveying the processes and technological advancements over the last 15-20 years, it’s apparent the industry has continued to grow and discover new, faster— and not always better— ways of achieving unique, shiny floors.

Curing Newly Placed Concrete and Finished Concrete Slabs (Part 2 of 3)

Curing is an integral part of the concrete placement process. When portland cement and water mix, they activate a process called Curing is an integral part of the concrete placement process. When portland cement and water mix, they activate a process called “hydration.”

Decorative Concrete Showing Up In Retail Spaces Nationwide

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

Using F-Numbers to Measure a Concrete Floor's Flatness

the flatness and levelness of the slab must be measured and documented once a slab is bull-floated, vibrated, pan- troweled and steel troweled.There are two types of F-numbers, which measure floor flatness and levelness respectively. Industry expert Allen Face is the creator of the F-number system, as well as the inventor of several measurement instruments and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology.

High-End Furniture Store Opts for Polished Concrete

High-end furniture store installs polished concrete to hold up to their increasing foot traffic.Over the years, wear and tear got the best of the carpet in this furniture store and the folks at Roche-Bobois decided it was time for a new look: Polished Concrete.

Concrete Cracks Fixed by Hand While Restoring Historic Theater Floor

90 year old concrete slab that has been ground and polished to it's natural buff color in Washing Court House, Ohio.When broker-auctioneer Jason Langley purchased the nearly 90-year-old Fayette Theatre in Washington Court House, a small town in Ohio located between Cincinnati and Columbus, improving the local landmark’s 3,000-square-foot concrete floor was a top priority.

How to Choose Abrasives for Polishing Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business.The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

Compete for Work, But Do It Respectfully

Football players practicing in the sunset.One of the major issues that I have noticed in the decorative concrete industry is that most contractors in our business do not seem to have any respect for each other. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part this statement is true across the board.

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