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Broaden Your Knowledge with Concrete Techniques

Artistic concept of a faux rock mine shaft inside a mini market in Southern California.Having many techniques in your arsenal can bridge the difference between your client's vision and the reality of a project. Today's clients are more sophisticated. They expect more. Plain gray concrete is no longer good enough for them.

How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Stained Concrete Floors in a Huntington Beach "Warehouse"

What goes around comes around stenciled stained concrete floor sayingConcrete artisan Shellie Rigsby use decorative concrete for artistic expression. So when installing a decorative concrete floor at a youth center she envited the young people there to put their own stamp on the place.

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.

Taking a Chance on Concrete Staining, Gaye Goodman, Faux Real LLC

highly reflective teal green acid stained floor.Longtime artist and acid stain master Gaye Goodman, 66, wasn’t always a guru of colored concrete.

She spent the early part of her career creating batiks and abstract paintings. Forms found in nature often served as her inspiration. She finally landed in the decorative concrete industry and truly blossomed.

Historical Museum Enhanced by Three Unique Concrete Floor Treatments

Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn't distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn’t distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.

Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

Concrete Overlays are Limited Only by the Boundaries We Create

Step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with acid etch stainA step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with an acid etch stain process.

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.

Concrete Artists Get a Chance to Create Their Decorative Concrete Dream Project

A 3-D painted concrete fish pond in a restaurant lounge makes and elegant appearance.

In the decorative concrete world, that can’t happen as easily. You get one shot at doing everything right. The interior and exterior must match, have the right scale and the right detail. While the daily work gets done, a part of you dreams to find that one client who changes your portfolio forever.

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.

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.

Show Trainers and Attendees Transform Phoenix Children's Museum

Shellie Rigsby of Acanthus Concrete Stain Designs designed and created the Sky Landing balcony stain project, working closely with Kemiko and the exhibits director of the museumWhen the 2010 Concrete Decor Show was over, it left something behind — beautiful and entertaining artwork at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The koi pond mural and Sky Landing balcony are just a few of the exciting new features on which children are playing, thanks to artisans and exhibitors who donated time, materials and creativity.

The Elements of Style for Concrete Contractors: Inherent Values

Asian space separator with a wicker basket on the floor.There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Stenciling Concrete for that Decorative Look

A star stenciled onto concrete in earth tone stains.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.

ACI Releases Long-Awaited Decorative Concrete Standards Guide

ACI Decorative Concrete Standards GuideMany years in the making and rigorously reviewed by dozens of experts in the field, the much-anticipated 310R-13 Guide to Decorative Concrete was officially published by the American Concrete Institute in December 2013.

Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

Color Repairs Explained in Black and White

shiny brown polished floorOver the last few months I’ve had multiple projects with issues related to color. I feel it will benefit Concrete Decorreaders to understand the process for corrections as well as some simple tips and tricks for achieving desired results.

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.

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.

Is Your Ready Mix Plant Ready for Integral Colors?

Retro computer monitor connected to pallets of pigments used to color integral colored concrete. Photograph courtesy of Davis ColorsComputerized systems make integral color to your concrete as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Annual Decorative Concrete Competition Lauds Projects Based on Skill and Creativity

Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

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.

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