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the concretist: Freehand Means Freedom for You and Your Customer

Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.

Teaching Maintenance

From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Filling Joints in Decorative Concrete

Filling contraction joints, control joints - Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab -- concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab — concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.

The Lorenzo Los Angeles

Meditteranean themed decorative concreteDecorative concrete doesn’t come on a bigger scale than this. Developer Geoff Palmer has built more apartments in downtown Los Angeles than anyone else — more than 3,000 — all in the same faux-Italian style.

Going Vertical with Reactive Concrete Stains

When it comes to application, contractors lean toward spraying, although some may use a sponge or foam brush to achieve a special effect. Kemiko recommends an all-plastic handheld garden sprayer. Discover why vertical staining is catching on despite some application challenges.

Design Ideas: Sports Stadiums 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. 

Iron Oxide: The Workhorse
Caribou Art
Ashlar Pattern Layout can be Quick and Easy

Over all the years I’ve worked in decorative concrete, I’ve done a lot of basic tile patterns. That’s all I did almost every week for three years as I learned to use my tools. I got so bored doing these that I had to find a way to design something a little different but still easy to lay out.

Water-based Stains: Will They Last?

Benefits of water-based stains are abundant: low VOCs, easy application, brilliant colors. But before you start staining, you need to know how they work and how to preserve them.

L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2011 Decorative Concrete Award Winners
Design Ideas: Schools

From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

The new age of coloring
Three Tips for Superior Acid Stain Finishes on Concrete

Acid Stain Finishes on concrete - The acid-stained pizzeria floor looked worse than horrible. Actually, it became the unintentional focal point of an otherwise attractive restaurant newly opened and ready for business.The acid-stained pizzeria floor looked worse than horrible. Actually, it became the unintentional focal point of an otherwise attractive restaurant newly opened and ready for business.

Nobody should have ugly concrete -Colin Hiday

Colin's interest in decorative started with exposed pea gravel, curved joints and other classic decorative elements, then grew to include new-school tricks like stamping and staining.Even on the thumb tip of northwest Washington state, decorative concrete is making its mark, thanks to this father-son outfit.

the concretist: Staining Was Never Easy, But Now It's Complicated

I was once a much younger concretist, really impetuous and passionate. I was working for L.M. Scofield Co., and as my wife told me, I worked way too much. So she left me. To be more accurate, she left me in charge of the kids for 10 days while she and her best girlfriend toured a bit of England and Scotland.

Product Profile: Sparta-Stain from HP Spartacote LLC
Artisan in Concrete: Dylan Lauger, Lauger Concrete & Design, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
How Admixtures Affect Integrally Colored Concrete

Something has to give when pigments interact with pozzolans, plasticizers and other additives in your mix.

A Translucent Dye for Non-porous Cement-based Surfaces

Dye-n-Seal is translucent and does not depend on a chemical reaction. Davis explains that it is much more forgiving than similar products and is very easy to work with, which reduces the workload dramatically.Dye-N-Seal from Brickform is a translucent dye designed to penetrate and color any non-porous cement-based surface. It can be used with or without a stain.

Artistry and Color Give Restaurant Its Visual Zest

Stained and Polished Concrete in RestaurantSpice 6, a fast-casual restaurant in Hyattsville, Md., serves up a zesty visual feast that complements its Chipotle-like “modern Indian” bill of fare.

How Adding Color to Concrete Sealers Creates Beautiful Effect

Create a new look by adding color to your concrete sealer.A practical and less expensive way to create unique surface treatments for enhanced color finishes on concrete is to add color to the concrete sealer.

Restoring color in previously installed concrete
Stenciling Concrete for that Decorative Look

Stenciling on concrete opens the door to a world of design options that personalize and enhance a decorative concrete project. The results can be simple or complex depending on the design you are seeking. Stencils can be used to create tile or stone patterns, corporate and company logos, and unique works of art.

Tournament Players Club Sawgrass Staging Area, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

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