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Manufacturer Profile: How Colormaker Floors does Concrete

Man in white hard hat measuring pigment to add to a concrete mix.Products and training from Colormaker will help you turn an ordinary floor into an artistic creation.

Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second.

Decorative Concrete Bigwigs Don the Pink Hat and Boa

Bent and Sheri Mikkelsen in pink hat and boa.If you were just at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show in San Antonio, you might recognize a few of these industry players.

Manufacturer Profile: Increte Systems, Inc.

Increte Systems is a one stop shop for decorative concrete supplies push education on its customers.After 39 years in business it's still; quality products, quality education, quality support that equate to quality installations every time.

Manufacturer Profile: Architectural Concrete Looks and Feels Like Stone

The form itself does everything because the concrete fills in the cracks, and it flows very nicely.Arch-Crete's lightweight forming system gives the look and feel of real stone.

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.

Introducing Rare Earth Labs, Inc.

Hand Engraved concrete stones were individually stained with Rare Earth colors.Making concentrated concrete stains in Arkansas, with these stains water makes them better.

Got Concrete Slurry?

Pool of concrete muddied water on a jobsite.If you’re doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you’re likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

A Company that Listens - Proline Concrete Tools

Vine concrete stamps from Proline Concrete Tools.Close communication with contractors has helped Proline perfect its offerings and maintain its position as a leader in the industry.

Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped. Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

Manufacturer Profile: L. M. Scofield Co.

LM Scofield produces specialized decorative concrete products as seen here a fern leaf imprint in concrete.The recognition of the name L. M. Scofield comes from more than 85 years in the industry, creating high standards for products that form a virtually unlimited menu for coloring and texturing concrete.

Manufacturer Profile: Concrete Solutions

A close up look at stamped and stained concrete butted up next to each other.San Diego-based company, Concrete Solutions Inc., wholesales products, stamps and tools for repairing, restoring, beautifying and protecting existing concrete surfaces. The company provides products and services to contractors and suppliers in the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Manufacturer Profile: Super-Krete International Inc. El Cajon, Calif.

Concrete courtyard finished with a grid pattern achieved with Super Krete productsStarted 25 years ago and specializing in tennis courts construction, Super-Krete went on to develop Liquid Concentrate, a coating product designed to withstand the test of time and last through extreme weather conditions.

Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

10 Most-Accessed Articles from Concrete Decor's Archives

a husband and wife and their wedding rings, the grooms hands have concrete burnsWe took a look at the most-read articles from our archives, and this list gives a unique picture of what information interests our readers the most.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

Davis Colors: A Company That Thrives on Chemistry, Color and Concrete

Davis Colors for concrete was started by Jackie Davis who fled Austria after the Nazis confiscated their pigment business.As decorative concrete has become more widely used, contractors in all parts of the country have grown increasingly skilled in the craftsmanship required for high quality colored concrete work.

10 Influential People in the Decorative Concrete Industry

How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn't easy, that's for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.

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