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Incorporating Decorative Concrete into Public Schools

The school, which focuses on a concept called play-based learning, tries to make everything the students do count as a learning experience -- even when they are on the playground.From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

Polished, Stamped and Stained Concrete in Microbrew Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor - There's a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder -- with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it's not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.There’s a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder — with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it’s not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.

Mix Messages: How Performance Admixtures Affect Integral Color

Air-entrained concrete also gives workers something to sink their trowels into -- a creamy, foamy topping that some say responds better than straight concrete. Does the use of admixtures change the intensity of integral color?

Sports Stadiums Across the Country Embrace Decorative Concrete

Three of the nation's most beloved sports franchises - the New York Yankees, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys - embraced decorative concrete when they built their new homes. Three of the nation’s most beloved sports franchises - the New York Yankees, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys - embraced decorative concrete when they built their new homes.

Unique Concrete Pours and Cutting-edge Acid Staining

distinctive utilization of natural materials, eyecatching use of glass, and subtle exploitation of polished and unpolished steelTake an older home on the beach in need of radical change. Add a designer and a concrete contractor, both of whom are comfortable thinking outside the box. Give them carte blanche and as much time as they need. Allow their creative juices to simmer. What do you get?

Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Images with Dyes Prior to Acid Staining

How to create an image in concrete with dye and then use an acrylic stain over the image.Using traditional materials create a one of a kind masterpiece on a concrete floor.

Recipe: Old-World Charm Look With Acid Stain

Power-wash your surface thoroughly. The surface pictured above was hard-troweled, but this effect works just as well over a textured surface.A super-simple application technique that achieves a classic old-world finish, inspired by the multihued patina found in the palaces and cathedrals of Europe

L. M. Scofield 2011 Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Museum of Discovery & Science in Florida.Decorative concrete product manufacturer L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest was open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems.

A Sprawling Ocean Mural Graces an Australian Fish Market

Blue ocean color imitates the look of an ocean reef.Elite Crete Australia and decorative concrete artist Audra Lynch Nanay, of Audra Lynch & Cie, Chicago, have brought the ocean ashore in greater Melbourne. Their ocean-themed concrete mural sweeps across a restored footpath outside of Conway Fish Trading, in Footscray.

Simple Recipe for Colored Texture

Look at the colored texture achieved by hardeners and EZ Tique by ProlineThis simple recipe uses Proline’s Sand Canyon Dura-Color Hardener and their Seamless Designs Carpet Stamp. Two colors of EZ Tique were used to give the finish its mottled look.

Recipe: ​​​​​​​Metallic Without Mud

Decorative concrete enthusiasts have their favorite recipes, just like chefs do, and if you ask, they'll share their secrets with you. Concrete Decor did just that recently with several contractors and manufacturers. Here are some of their field-tested favorites.Each layer will soften the contrast between the lights and darks as the metallic surface becomes stronger. This enables the metallic to be clean and crisp without being muddied by other pigments.

Gil Santistevan, a Master in Crafting Decorative Concrete

Stamping integrally colored concrete driveway apron.It’s more dainty, more elegant, like between silk and cloth with hard-eners. The grays and browns last forever. He also likes to sprinkle color on top of the concrete with a brush to create freckles, just like real stones offer.

Environmental Issues Can Impact Exterior Acid-Stain Projects

concrete that's impacted by environmental aspectsAcid-stained concrete has been popular for decades. The process of acid staining is well documented, as are the key precautionary items to look for before and during application. Thanks to real-world experience, continuing education and better specifications, issues with acid stains have been greatly reduced.

Secrets to Special Effects with Concrete Stains

The nation's best decorative concrete artisans have years of experience laying down color combinations that glow, spark and shimmer. Even better, they're willing to share their secrets with you.The nation's best decorative concrete artisans have years of experience laying down color combinations that glow, spark and shimmer. Even better, they're willing to share their secrets with you.

How To Make Colors Pop in a Concrete Dye-Densifier System

A dyed and polished concrete floor.The introduction of dye into the polished concrete industry has expanded the market enormously. The business is brimming with potential. However, we still face the significant hurdle of maintaining the integrity of an exposed concrete polished floor while protecting the dye in it against staining and moisture travel.

Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

Decorative Concrete Contractor Flourishing South of the Border

Stained concrete compass in the courtyard of an Arena MonterreyMexico's decorative concrete construction industy lags behind the decorative industry in the United States, but staining and other techniques for coloring concrete are helping this contractor flourish south of the border.

The Nashville Dinner Theatre Makeover on TV and Online

A mysterious woman's profile is stained onto the entrance floor of the Nashville Dinner Theater.Some TV news coverage of the Nashville Dinner Theatre project sponsored by the 2011 Concrete Decor Show The work will be featured at the March 15-18 event.

Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

Floor Remodel of Craig's Cruisers Family Fun center in Michigan

Frog on the floor of the retail space adds a playful element to the theme park.Ken Miedema, of Concrete Revival LLC, in Jenison, Michigan, was contracted to remodel the floorS at Craig Cruser's Grand Rapids location. He utilized V-8 High Performance Floors products by Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems to achieve several very unique applications and looks.

A Peelable Concrete Stain Block

A product that stops the migration of stain and moisture in concrete.LesCoat is a concrete stain block with a surprise ending — it’s peelable.

Soy-based Concrete Stains

Swirls and spins painted onto a concrete floor using environmentally friendly soy-based concrete stains.Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.

Beach House Floor Customized with Seaweed Stamps and Acid Stain

A floor in a beach house that has been stamped with custom seaweed stamps.A beach house floor Ralston’s company recently refurbished in Monterey Bay, Calif. The floor’s crown jewel from a decorative standpoint is a pattern created when randomly placed seaweed stamps, made from real seaweed, were laid in a 3/8-inch fast-setting overlay.

Revive Color Refresher from L. M. Scofield Co.

A close up look of control joints on a red concrete patio.It’s a fact we have to face — everything ages. And colored concrete is not immune. Sometimes it fades to a soft, mellow color, but often it just becomes dull and lifeless. Or worse, later repairs and additions don’t match.

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