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The Beauty of Troweled Overlays

Concrete contractors troweling a large floor expanse.

Like an artist's paintbrush on canvas, the trowel can create a wide variety of effects on overlays.

Sometimes there's no better way to finish a cementitious topping than to get down on your hands and kneeboards and go to town with a trowel.

Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortThe resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

One Day Stain Offers Quick Return-to-Service Time

Phoenix restaurant features a floor colored with iCoat's One Day Stain in medium gray with a brown accent. The area seen here at the hostess stand near the restaurant entrance is where a red-colored slab placed in 1957 meets up with a new pour.One Day Stain from iCoat eliminates down time with a quick turnaround from start to finish.

Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near poolJulio Hallack isn’t really a magician. Still, what else can you call a contractor who pulls off the nearly impossible: completing a 25,000-square-foot pool deck restoration for the ritzy Claremont Hotel Club & Spa while the facility remained open?

Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp Look

Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp LookYou've seen concrete interior floors in such bad shape that your first thought was to rip them out and start over. But there’s an easier approach. Self-leveling toppings or overlayments can be poured over concrete surfaces you didn’t think were salvageable, saving time and money.

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.

Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

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.

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.

Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

One of the Fastest Growing Segments in Overlays: Vertical Overlayments

Circular designed has been placed on a wall that has been overlayed with a faux painted treatment in redVertical overlay finishes are being installed everywhere. They are the fastest growing segment of the overlay market, and that segment is growing faster than any other type of decorative overlayment.

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.

Oregon Store Sports Glossy Golden O Thanks to Decorative Overlay

The Duck Store in Portland, Oregon gets an epoxy coating and the O logo placed on it.Nailing the gold in the O that is the official logo of University of Oregon sports couldn’t have been easy. But here it is, on a dyed and polished cement overlay floor at The Duck Store in the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, near Portland, Ore.

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.

Surface Preparation is the Critical First Step for All Concrete Jobs

Proper surface preparation is essential when applying coatings or overlays on concrete surfaces.There is no shortage of information, or opinion, when it comes to surface preparation for applying coatings or overlays. Read any technical data sheet for a topping or coating and it’s almost always the first thing discussed. Words like critical, must, essential and required are often found in the guidelines dealing with surface preparation.

Decorative Overlays Exhibit Various Types of Cracking

tan cracked concrete floorIn a recent week, I’ve had two overlay projects with cracking. The first project had lots of short random cracks, the longest about 3 inches long. We noticed them the afternoon of the same day the overlay was applied.

Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Short Answers to Quick Questions about Working with Concrete

aggregate on the surface of concreteChris Sullivan offers quick and informative answers to your 'not-so-technical' concrete questions.

Giving New Life to Old Concrete: 2008 Concrete Restoration Contest

Steps leading into the church have been restored using a stone edge design.We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories of the 2008 Restoration Contest.

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A New Concrete Overlay Scores Points at a Sacramento Ballpark

Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento's minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento’s minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.

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.

The Importance of Bonding Primers on Concrete

Decorative concrete work done at a 22,000-square-foot Heinen's Supermarket in the Cleveland area. Bonding primers were used to help concrete adhere to ceramic tile.A primer on primers! Here's some information on pretreatments that will stick with you. So the use of bonding primers can serve two purposes when applied to concrete before topcoating, sealing the concrete surface and developing a bond line for a coating or topping to bond to the substrate.

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.

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