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Concrete Overlay is a Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid SetAt World of Concrete 2015, CTS Cement Manufacturing introduced Rapid Set Tru PC, a new product that can quickly and easily simulate the appearance of polished concrete without the time and cost of installing a new concrete floor.

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.

Floor-work helper Racatac now boasts more comfortable seat
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.

Critiquing Polishable Self-leveling Cementitious Toppings

Concrete construction team inspects quality of a polishable cementitious self-leveling overlay.Four manufacturers of concrete resurfacing and repair products took on the challenge presented by the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 528 last July in Seattle.

A Colorful Transformation of a Transit Stop Using LithoMosaic Designs

Decorative concrete on a bus stop“The imagery was kind of inspired by the playfulness of the site,” Lucking says. “It’s like psychedelic cactuses, which is what Fourth Avenue is like.” They decided Lucking would execute the design in a mosaic on the pavement, and Goldlust would render it as cutouts in the station’s steel benches and partitions.

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.

Should You Overlay or Replace That Cracked Concrete Surface?

First Federal Savings Bank, Sheridan, Wyo., asked Doug Carlton if there was an overlay that could improve their cracked, uneven parking lot First Federal Savings Bank, Sheridan, Wyo., asked Doug Carlton if there was an overlay that could improve their cracked, uneven parking lot. He told them no. The crack pattern shows a problem beyond random cracking. He guessed that the concrete is too thin or not properly reinforced, or that the subgrade had failed.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Proper Preparation Helps Concrete Overlays Stay Strong

The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations. While I have seen the number of problems decrease more recently, there are still too many instances where an overlay is prescribed as a cure-all for anything even remotely considered a concrete problem.The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations.

Concrete Artisan in Arizona Works his Magic with Metallics

Jon Kopp Quality Epoxy, Gilbert, ArizonaJon Kopp of Quality Epoxy LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, got into metallic systems strictly by accident. And now, after 20 years in business, he wouldn’t change anything.

Low Maintenance Overlay Product That Contains Flecks of Real Marble

A closer look at MarbleCrete that contains real marble flecks.Imagine an overlay product that contains beautiful flecks of marble and at the same time can be easily matched to any color and is low-maintenance. That’s exactly what the folks at MarbleCrete Mix Inc. had in mind when they produced their signature product nearly two years ago.

Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Epoxy terrazzo installation at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Terminal 1 baggage and ticketing area.Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Knockdown Finishes for Concrete -- A Cool Concept for the Backyard

A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall.A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall. It involves a cementitious material that is dispensed by hopper gun, applied with spatter brush, or in some cases screeded, troweled and textured with rollers or stamping tools.

Precast Cement Coving for Floor Coatings and Overlays

Cement coving for floor coating systems keeps a clean edge to an epoxy coating with not sharp corners for dirt to get stuck in.You find them on the floors of restrooms, kitchens and hospitals, among other places: curved, angle-free baseboards called "rolled radius cove." They've been called "ship's cove," too, because they were invented for use on ships to make floors easier to swab clean.

New Ardex thin-set mortar for setting mosaics and tile
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade.

Classical Relief Sculpture Made From Overlays and Plaster

On exterior walls he uses white cement, silicon sand and lime, which add strength.These murals are the work of David Seils, an Asheville, N.C.-based designer, artist and relief sculptor. He applies an overlay to the walls to create these intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces.

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.

Manufacturer Profile: Super Stone Inc. Opa-locka, Fla.

Wood grain concrete stain created here to look like actual wood.John Buhler started a business in 1961 with a tiny office, a modest warehouse and terrazzo flooring as his business lifeblood. More than 40 years later, his wife and daughter are carrying out his legacy in the form of the widely-renowned decorative concrete operation known as Super Stone, Inc.

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.

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