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Restore, Refurbish, Maintain: Caring for Colored Concrete

Restoring a train station using Scofield Colors.You don't have to stain in vain — restoration and maintenance can fight age and wear on just about any colored concrete slab.

Trends and Problems in a Weak Decorative Concrete Economy

The number of questions dealing with low cost and easy ways to turn a gray slab into something decorative has increased significantly over the last few months.Today's trend has less to do with any certain product and more to do with a weak economy and saving money. Just like people are finding ways to make their cars go another year to save money, so too are they are looking for ways to make their existing concrete work another year.

Graphic Designer Moves Into Concrete By Creating Stencils

3D stenciled concrete design puzzle pieces in primary colors.Rachel Knigge moved quickly from the art and graphic design world into the concrete realm, and her influence continues to grow as she expands her company.

Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

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.

California Artisan Focuses on Concrete Restoration and Repair

Concrete Restoration by Kevin BrownKevin Brown is a soft-spoken, humble-yet-accomplished man who got into the business of concrete work through his family. As he describes it, he knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in the family footsteps.

Using Unique and Uncommon Building Materials to Create a Durable and Attractive Concrete Floor

When Mike "the concretist" Miller takes on a project, just about anything could get put to work on the job site. In this case, it was "sail stamps," bamboo fencing and jellybean glassWhen New Leaf Community Markets decided to construct a new 20,000-square-foot location in Santa Cruz, Calif., the flooring was one feature the company wanted to be unique, durable and representative of the beach community in which the natural food store would be located.

Small Stamped Concrete Project Turned Large

Stamped concrete patio with pergola and fire pit in muted slate colors.What began as the customer’s modest plan for a concrete slab to go under a jumbo-sized hot tub morphed into a three-tier, 2,700-square-foot stamped concrete patio that integrates a spa with two other focal points: an eating area with wood pergola to house an outdoor kitchen, and a recessed fire-pit area with sitting wall.

Why Tapes, Stains and Sealers Don't Get Along

Tape marks left behind on concreteIt is widely known that the decorative concrete industry has struggled with tape issues for decades. These range from the tape tearing when overlays are being applied, or stain bleeding under the tape, to adhesive effectiveness when the tape gets wet.

The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete Pool

The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete PoolLooking at it today, it’s hard to imagine that the focal point of the Weiner family’s backyard used to be a $300 aboveground swimming pool from Walmart. Now, the award-winning residential resort is more in line with the likes of Neiman Marcus with its outdoor kitchen, water slide, conversation area with fire pit, and concrete swimming pool and spa with a Baja shelf, two in-pool tables and a shaded pavilion.

Mottled by Design: One Company's Technique for Imitating the Look of Acid Stain

Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today's water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today’s water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.

Adding Design to Your Concrete Projects

Contrary to what you may think, the best concrete designs do not shout look at meNow that you’ve learned how to stamp and stain, it’s time to give some serious thought to the design of your projects.

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.

Architect Embraces Polished Concrete in Schools

Polished Concrete and Colored ConcreteAll over the country, architects who design primary and secondary schools are warming to polished concrete. Jim Ward, of Ward Scott Architecture, Tuscaloosa, Ala., is one of them. His firm’s recent project, Big Sandy Elementary School, part of the Tuscaloosa County School System, opened in 2013.

Solid-Color Concrete Stains: The Ideal Way to Recolor Aging Flatwork

A solid-color stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.A solid-color concrete stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.

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?

Mobile Mixers Give Decorative Concrete Contractors More Control

een here are samples of concrete with a portland cement content that have been color loaded in the mobile mixer. Mobile mixers, sometimes called volumetric mixers or metered concrete, offer a variety of benefits to decorative concrete contractors, including only paying for what is used, eliminating hot loads, readily allowing mix design changes on-site, labor savings, admixture additions and color batching.

New Surface Treatment Formulated to Keep Ground Cool

Solachrome logoAs part of its effort to improve the environment through green product offerings, L.M. Scofield Co. has developed Solachrome Integral Coloring Treatment for High-SRI Concrete.

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.

Using Concrete Antiquing Systems with Multiple Color Options

Concrete Antiquing Systems - Welcome to the new age of antiquing stamped concrete. When it comes to antiquing and/or providing accent colors on stamped concrete, installers today have more options than ever. Welcome to the new age of antiquing stamped concrete. When it comes to antiquing and/or providing accent colors on stamped concrete, installers today have more options than ever.

Concrete to Dye For

Chemical or acid-based reactive stains color concrete by a very different mechanism. The acid catalyzes a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete, creating a variegated, dappled effect. Pigments in the stain impart color. Colors of reactive stains are similar to colors that occur naturally in stone, so the palette is somewhat limited.Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

River Scene Incorporated into Building's Polished Concrete Floor Before Building Was Constructed

concrete river in floorA handcrafted 5,900-square-foot meandering river scene incorporated into the building’s polished concrete floor before the building was constructed. Womack also manufactured and installed three different versions of concrete countertops, and finished the exterior concrete with custom pattern mats and a unique stain.

Bubbles, Balloons and Broken Glass: Concrete Ideas from Outside the Box

A floor in whole foods where a balloon of pigment was dropped on a floor to get the desired affect.Mike Miller explores examples of the concept of sensory concrete, which gives the material a voice. Sometimes the material is the concrete itself, and sometimes it's the material or the process influencing the concrete.

Transformed Museum Courtyard Using Forms and Concrete Stains

Attendees trowel the formed stems of this large aloe vera courtyard.Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute was asked about his experience training and working at the Children's Museum of Phoenix as part of the Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Replicate this Concrete Floor using a Versatile Staining Technique

A recipe to color a concrete floor similar to this photo under a winding spiral staircase around a large faux stone column.A versatile staining technique that creates a rich mottled finish that can be used on either newly poured, ultra-lightweight concrete or preexisting standard-weight slabs — or on a project that includes both.

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