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What Caused this Microtopping to Discolor?

These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.

Using Concrete to Replicate Asphalt and a Wooden Boardwalk for iPlay America

When Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings. When Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings.

Museum Exhibit Incorporates Overlay System and Colored Concrete

Salmon spawning walkway near OMSI in Portland, Oregon, made of concrete and concrete colors.Along the Willamette River's eastern shore, where it cuts through the heart of Portland, Ore., there stretches a long walkway, a favorite spot for locals to run or ride along the riverfront.

Decorative Concrete Overlays: The Power is in the Polymer

EVA is actually a blend of ethylene acetate and vinyl acetate. Not surprisingly, vinyl acetate's most recognized application is as the main ingredient in Elmer's glue and wood glue.There are two common polymer types used by most decorative overlay manufacturers: ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and acrylic.

Estimate Thickness of Polishable Overlay Correctly

Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.

Combining Concrete Overlays and PVA Fibers to Fix Cracking

Besides being used to make thin yet durable countertops that don't easily chip or break, a mix of PVA fibers and ductile concrete does an excellent job of fixing cracks in concrete.Besides being used to make thin yet durable countertops that don’t easily chip or break, a mix of PVA fibers and ductile concrete does an excellent job of fixing cracks in concrete.

How to Choose the Right Concrete Overlay

You need to take a good look at the subfloor structure. Is it built solid? Is there a threshold joint? If there is flex in the deck, you have to figure that in. As Thome points outThings to consider when choosing from the ever-growing array of options. Be sure to match product attributes with the substrate and the desired outcome.

Going From Good to Great using Overlays and Microtoppings

Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll.Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll. How do you go from doing what anyone can do to creating your own distinctive look and giving customers exceptional projects?

Concrete Polishing Problems Start with Placement

Spiked concrete roller also known as a porcupine roller used for concrete overlaysAn overlay installation starts with the product in powder form being mixed with a specific amount of cold water. Right after it’s poured or pumped onto the floor you use a gauge rake to set the thickness you want the self-leveling overlay to be.

Ask Concrete Decor: Concrete Resurfacing and Overlays

Questions about concrete resurfacing answered.Many of those pedestrian-traveled venues that look like cobblestone, slate, brick and marble are in fact, cement surfaces fashioned to look like more expensive materials at a fraction of the cost. If you have questions, we have the answers.

Epoxy and Confetti Give This Retail Chain New Life.

Custom color was created for this floor at a preteen clothing store.At a Justice, Just for Girls retail store under construction in Charlotte, N.C., Jason Burke and his small crew toss colored confetti as high in the air as the store’s high ceiling will allow. The confetti — 1/4-inch acrylic latex chips — lands in random patterns on the still-wet coated concrete floor.

Concrete Overlays for Wood Surfaces Create The Ultimate Makeover

Mockups are indispensable. And trainings, which are widely available throughout the country, aren't a bad idea either.Tips for putting a polymer-modified cementitious overlay on top of a wood surface.

Concrete Tips: Using PVC Pipe to Draw Curves for Saw-cutting

Training class using a PVC pipe to draw a curve that will be saw cut for a design.Here’s a novel, fast and inexpensive way of saw-cutting curves on concrete overlays or toppings, using a 1⁄4" diameter PVC pipe, 4" grinder and shop-vac.

Scofield Decorative Concrete Awards Showcases Standout Projects

Artistic Concrete Grand Prize WinnerAfter 100 years in the decorative concrete industry, L. M. Scofield Co. knows a thing or two about beautiful, standout projects. As it marks its centennial, the company also marks its seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards, given to contractors, architects or designers doing exceptional work using Scofield systems.

Long Overdue Concrete Overlay Install at McCarran International Airport

Concrete overlays installed at McCarran Airport give a much needed upgrade.For years, officials with the Clark County Department of Aviation knew Terminal 1 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was in need of a fresh concrete overlay job. Wide, deep expansion joints placed long ago posed dangers for travelers, and the airport was paying for it.

Cutting-edge Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

wo recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip -- for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development -- illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.Two recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip — for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development — illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.

Easy to use Breathable Epoxy Coatings

Large roller applicator for concrete overlays. Vexcon Chemicals PowerCoat OneVexcon Chemicals Inc., which has manufactured epoxies under the PowerCoat brand for more than 15 years, has become the first company to introduce breathable epoxies to the market.

Ohio Winery Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Sinks that look like wine bottles made of concretePeople who know Ted Swaldo weren’t surprised last year when the Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro began expanding.

A Tale of Two Topping Concrete Slabs

A power trowel on a floor prepping it for decorative concrete application.This column has little to do with discussions of intuitive freestyle art versus disciplined mechanical graphics, or with criticism of superfluous decoration as contrasted with really spare concrete - my normal "literary" territory. It's a column about me and a museum. It's a tale of two topping slabs.

Recipe: Antiquing a Stamped Overlay

This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.Antiquing stampable overlays is taken for granted these days. However, there are many ways to achieve this effect. This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.

Super Overlay System

Super-Krete overlay systemThis recipe by Super-Krete will achieve a unique and classy look. Follow the step by step process outlined here to find success.

Concretivity, from Couture Concrete Systems
Maritime Museum Gets a Decorative Concrete Upgrade

Maritime museum with woodplank concrete floorsHurricane proof concrete planks made to look like the original wood floor of the museum were the perfect touch. Durable, easy to clean and homey, the North Caroline Maritime Museum couldn't have asked for a better fit.

Understanding Our Rocky Relationship with Concrete Overlays

Rocks on the shore of the ocean.Ever notice the broad range of opinions that exist regarding concrete overlays and how they work? Take color hardener, for example — not everyone uses the product, but most agree that it is good and provides excellent results. Why then with overlays does such a spectrum of opinion and emotion exist?

Custom Concrete Floors for a Growing Food Service Chain

They had been searching for a system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the Düraamen overlay products would be a good fit.Potbelly Sandwich Works had been searching for a flooring system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the Düraamen overlay products would be a good fit.

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