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Recipe: Breathing Light Into Your Work with Color

Vibrant colors applied to a concrete slab.When you have a dark grey slab, you have to take into consideration how that will affect color and its intensity. Most of the colorants on the market differ as much in transparency as concrete differs in color and porosity.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Get the Golf Ball Look in a Concrete Patio

Concrete patio created by Scott Cohen of Green Scene to replicate the look of a golfball. The high-end landscape design and building firm is nationally recognized for creating custom pools, spas, fireplaces, concrete stamping and staining, ceramics and tile, outdoor kitchens, rock waterfalls and much more.

Finding the Beauty in Simple Gray Concrete

Simple gray concrete in a hall at the University of Oregon adds to the design aesthetic of the space.There’s something about its weight. There’s something about its economy of purpose, its honesty, and sometimes, its beauty. There’s just something about natural gray concrete. And the longer I’ve been in the decorative concrete field, with options for coloring systems ever increasing, the more I’ve come to appreciate it.

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.

Scoring and Staining Concrete for Geometric Designs

How staining concrete can look like geometric tile.The idea that you can take three connected “squares,” change the color for all three and make them appear to be two walls and a floor is pretty cool.

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in Concrete

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in ConcreteJust when you thought you were going to install another exposed aggregate pool deck, your clients inform you they want the concrete to “glow” with stone accents. Don’t hit the panic button if you’ve never worked with a glowing medium before. Glow stones are applied in exposed aggregate finishes.

Awesome Acrylic Stains for Concrete

It's imperative that an applicator knows the ins and outs of the surface that will be stained. Understanding the porosity of the concrete is a good place to begin. The more porous the surface, the deeper the stain will penetrateAcrylic stains are finding new uses among decorative concrete artisans, both on their own and as companions to acids.

How To: Prep for a Concrete Staining Job

Preparing the concrete job site is an important part of any staining or coloring project.As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.

Newlook International Provides New Magic to Disney

NewLook International pallet of Solid Color StainsThere’s more than one way to stain a slab, and Newlook International Inc. has found a way that is unique. Its products are modified polymer stains that require no sealer and are easy to maintain.

Color Issues with Liquid and Powder Release Agents

Bart Sacco applies dry powder release to a slab.The choice you have is between a liquid release agent and a dry-powder antique release. Both products are similar in function — however, the application technique is completely different for each. This results in a different final look as well.

How this Concrete Contractor Moved From Flatwork to Decorative Concrete

Rectangular concrete fire pit with round river rock surrounding fire tube.Troy Lemon, founder and president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Mich., starts his story with a familiar admission. “I was a concrete guy way before I was a decorative concrete guy,” he says.

Staining Concrete Recipe: The Third Dimension

With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

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.

One Contractor's Quest to Rid the World of Ugly Concrete

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.

Color Hardener vs. Integral Color on Smaller Stamp Jobs

Integrally colored concrete in a parking lot.As with most things in life, a decorative concrete installer faces many choices when it comes to the products and processes he or she uses on a job. Unfortunately, the choice is often made to take the path of least resistance or buy at low cost versus favoring long-term performance and the quality of the project.

Seven Tips for Installing Consistent Integral Color to Concrete

Adding Integral Color to Concrete - Maintaining consistent color in integrally colored concrete is crucial during a project using multiple truckloads. Maintaining consistent color in integrally colored concrete is crucial during a project using multiple truckloads.

Brickform Redevelops Pro-Dye as a Liquid Formula

With the older-generation, powdered Pro-Dye, contractors have to wait for as long as three hours for it to dissolve after it is mixed with acetone. Now the wait is over.After listening to suggestions from contractors and distributors, Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., has redeveloped its popular Pro-Dye as a liquid formula.

Green Alternative to Acid Stained Concrete

For a greener alternative to acid staining, SoyCrete Architectural Concrete Stain from Eco Safety Products offers the same variegated look in a product that's environmentally friendly in virtually every sense of the word.For a greener alternative to acid staining, SoyCrete Architectural Concrete Stain from Eco Safety Products offers the same variegated look in a product that's environmentally friendly in virtually every sense of the word.

How the Family Business Turned into Passion for One Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete patio by Emil GeraYou don’t have to be born into the family business to be good at it, but in Emil Gera’s case, it sure helped. Gera’s father, also named Emil, was a union concrete finisher who would take his son along with him to help on weekend projects. Some of young Emil’s earliest memories involve concrete and a trowel.

How to Create Unity when Using Multiple Colors on Concrete

colorful concrete compass roseStanding alone, a color is amoral — entirely relative to what surrounds it. This extends not only to the colored border around your design, but also to the walls and ceilings in your peripheral vision when you glance at the floor.

Color Your World with Integrally Colored Concrete

Walt Disney World awesome integrally color concrete outdoor area.Choosing integrally colored concrete offers lasting color and design options with the right materials, tools and techniques.

Los Angeles Apartment Buildings Receive Decorative Concrete Improvements

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.

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