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Can You Make Cracked Concrete Overlay-Friendly?

Can Cracked Concrete Be Repaired with an Overlay?What caused the crack? And what are the options for dealing with it, since we are going to apply a decorative overlay on the concrete? We talked to multiple contractors about our options, and there are a lot of opinions out there. Chris Sullivan gives several options on how to solve this common problem.

Resurfacing a Failing Pool Deck

Finished pool deck that has been finished with a stamped concrete overlay.Condo owners in a gated community dreaded getting their pool up to snuff. Decorative concrete contractor Julio Hallack showed them they had nothing to worry about.

The Life of a High-End Concrete Contractor in Manhattan

Hudson Concrete Marc Jacobs fashion showAfter being in the decorative concrete business for a more than a decade, Paul Huneck, owner of Hudson Concrete,is in a spot that many other decorative concrete professionals would envy. High-profile clients come to him with interesting projects. He makes his entire living in a territory 13 miles long and 2 miles wide — the island of Manhattan.

Be Careful When Using 100 Percent Solids Urethane on Metallic Floors

Blue metallics on concrete patioWhen installing a metallic epoxy system, urethane can be detrimental to a project’s outcome or a welcome addition to its success.

The Upside of Concrete Overlays

This deck was given an overlay treatment that included Sand-Rich from Specialty Solutions Inc. Sand-Rich is a noncementitious, aggregate-containing overlay.For contractors and clients looking to improve an existing slab, fix failing concrete or just put some extra decorative oomph onto a surface, cementitious overlays are tops.

Polymer Stains Allow for High-Def Visual Floor

Skyline Development & Construction found Decorative Concrete Staining & Scoring online through the Concrete Network website and chose the company to design and install floor coatings for the new store in Scottsdale Quarter, a high-end shopping and entertainment center.When Ray Anger, owner of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Decorative Concrete Staining & Scoring Inc., came on board as the decorative concrete contractor for the Scottsdale location of Diane’s Beachwear, he took plans for the store’s floor from simple to spectacular.

Tile Finish for Resurfaced Concrete Floors

Mix small amounts of the Terra Cotta Color Hardener with water. (The amount of the color hardener you use will depend on the shade of the color you desire.)For your next resurfacing project, try this crisp, clean tile design

Resurfacing a Pool Deck in Louisiana

Patio furniture on a resurfaced pool deck.Concrete Coatings is a Sundek dealer owned by Scott Burley, Will's uncle. It's a decorative concrete resurfacing contractor handling pool decks, patios, terraces and other exterior surfaces for commercial and residential customers in metropolitan New Orleans, south Louisiana and other points along the Gulf Coast.

Vertical Concrete Overlays: Decorative and Durable

Vertical concrete overlays - Designs are unlimited. By stamping or carving, contractors can create geometric patterns, complicated forest scenes and even faux dinosaur fossils. A huge range of colors is available using integrals or acid stains.Owners of commercial and retail establishments are discovering the benefits of beautiful, easy-to-clean concrete walls.

New Showroom Features All the Glamour of Polishable Overlays

top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.When Productivity Inc. built a new showroom in Minneapolis, Minn., more than three years ago, the company chose to top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.

Eliminating Color Spots in Microtoppings

Among his crew's jobsite tools is a big commercial blender, the stainless steel type used in bars and restaurants. Color powder is measured in with acetone and a little water, then blended, beaten, whipped and frapped to a fine liquid. "The acetone breaks everything down and melts the color," Smith says.Are you seeing spots? How to get rid of spots when adding color to your microtoppings.

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?

An Orange and Brown High-sheen Acid-stained Concrete Garage Floor

Wheldon stored the Pace Car at a location outside his St. Petersburg, Fla., home, but several years later, he decided to place the Corvette on display as if it were a work of art in his three-car garage. To set the stage, he made plans to turn the garage floor into a masterpiece too. In 2005, race-car driver Dan Wheldon received the first-place title at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (also known as the Indy 500) and, along with it, the 2005 Indy 500 Pace Car, a new Corvette convertible.

Concrete Coatings Offer Better Living Through Chemistry

Epoxy coated gym floor.When it comes to concrete, it isn’t necessarily easy to define what a coating is. In its broadest sense it can be a general term for any chemical that’s applied to a surface to seal or protect it.

Concrete Coating Products Continue to Evolve

Concrete Coating Products Continue to EvolveFirst came the revolution. The decorative concrete wave swept the concrete construction trade not so long ago, churning up myriad visual concepts and the materials that made them happen. As the wave receded, decorative concrete concepts, methods and materials entered an evolutionary phase.

Standing Out on the Vegas Strip

Gelcoat application on a reflection pool in Las Vegas New York New York Casino A new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof, protective coatings.

Hand-Shaped Faux Stones Made to Look Like Tin Foil

The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular stones, each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.Ryan Neal of SBR Concrete was hired by a former client to create a basement floor that had to be not only easy to clean, but also unique. The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular "stones," each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.

Epoxy Expert Favors Broadcast Quartz

Westcoat's Quartz system on a garage floor with a gray car parked on it.Back in the ’60s, when epoxies first came along, they were often specified in food-related areas because of their ease of cleaning and resistance to germs, he says. Ramy remembers the old guys didn’t want anything to do with epoxy, so they’d paint the walls and the young guys would handle the floors.

Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

Transforming Wood Decks with Decorative Concrete

Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.

Metallic Epoxy Tips and Techniques

Using metallic epoxyMetallic floor coatings are a very exotic-looking flooring option. Unlike with solid-color pigment or chips, no two metallic floors are alike.

Concrete Overlay Tops Gypcrete at Jewelry Store

overlay a concrete floor over gypcreteThey wanted to polish the concrete floors at their new location on Weybosset Street, in Providence, R.I. One problem — the substrate in the building was gypcrete and not polishable. Typical overlay products won’t bond to gypcrete. A clear-cut job was becoming complex.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

Troweled Toppings on Concrete

Troweled toppings on concrete gives this floor a rustic look.It has been said that mistakes in life are what build character, and the same can be said about finishing concrete. Your finishing technique can make the difference between an almost perfect finish with clearly visible blemishes and an artistically rendered hand-troweled surface filled with character.

Why is My Concrete Deck Overlay Failing, But Only Where It's Exposed to the Elements?

I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.

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