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How Stains and Dyes Color Your Concrete

Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it's made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.Do you really understand how the products you use on your decorative projects work? One of my “Seven Steps to Success Before You Start a Project” states that you should “understand the products and process.” Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it’s made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.

Concrete Adventures One Small Town at a Time

Concrete room with fireplace and countertops made of concrete. As the concretist, we’ve worked both internationally and nationwide. But some of the jobs are in the smallest, quaintest towns. They might not be major population centers, but the concrete in those places are that much more sweet, The people are warm even while the weather often isn't.

Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces

outdoor stained concrete floor For a guy who started from the bottom up, Jesse Escalera has managed to make a name for himself over the years through his backyard masterpieces.

How White Cement Can Help You on a Colored Concrete Job

How White Cement Can Help You on a Colored Concrete JobIn most cases, concrete made from standard gray portland cement will do the job nicely. But sometimes, especially when a pastel color takes precedence in the overall picture, decorative concrete contractors need to think outside the gray.

High-Traffic High-Maintenance Concrete Stains

High traffic and high maintenance area concrete stain alternativeFreestyle Stains are a new line of concrete stains from Brickform. But they are not acid stains, and their carrier is not an acrylic or polyurethane.

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.

Dishing Up Decorative Concrete One Restaurant at a Time

A concrete bartop in a restaurant in San Diego serves its customers wellTo sample just a few of the flavors of decorative concrete that can be found in the newest restaurants, follow us to Modesto, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Covington, La., and St. Louis, Mo.

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.

Rescuing a Nightmare Concrete Staining Job

Polished concrete floor by Julio HallackIn March of 2012 my company received a call from an outfit that was working on a project at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. They wanted to discuss the issues that they were having with the application of an acid stain on almost 50,000 square feet of floor.

Concrete Stenciling and Flattooing for the Kids

The choice of decorative concrete was made by the students themselves. "We don't have much greenery (on campus), so painting the concrete was the idea," said Allea Fraker, seventh grade teacher and student council advisor. "They (the student council) found that the staining would be longer-lasting."Coping with midday desert heat, Glendale, Ariz., company Excalibur Designs in Concrete recently donated its time and labor to complete a decorative Flattoo project for Dos Rios Elementary School.

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.

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.

L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards

turtle stained into concreteThe sixth annual Decorative Concrete Awards were announced recently by sponsor L. M. Scofield Co. The contest honors contractors and designers who use Scofield decorative concrete materials.

This year, for the first time, the contest was divided into six categories.

An Overview of Concrete Dyes and Their Benefits

There is one exception to the rule that dyes don't reactive dyesAs complements to stains, as colorants on polished concrete jobs or on their own, dyes are earning a more permanent place in the decorative concrete artisan’s tool kit.

Universal Super Dyes and Super Colors from Clemons Concrete Coatings

Concrete dyes by Clemons Concrete Coatings placed on concrete Super Dye is a liquid concentrate, not a powder dye. The Super product is packaged as an 8-ounce concentrated liquid that is mixed with a gallon of water or acetone. Give the mixture a quick stir, and it's ready to apply to the concrete floor without having to wait for the dye to sweat in.

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.

Integrally Colored Concrete at Fort Worth's Skateboard Central

Decorative concrete used in Dallas skateparkThe concrete in a skate park must be completely smooth to accommodate a skateboard’s small, hard 40 to 55 mm urethane wheels, yet also be nonslippery.

Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for Veterans

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for VeteransVolunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council traveled to Hanson, Ky. to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University also assisted on the project.

Secrets to Maintaining Concrete Color Consistency in Large Integral Installations

Maintaining color consistency on an integral color job.There are some unspoken secrets to maintaining color consistency in large integrally colored jobs and we are sharing those with you.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Gets the Decorative Concrete Treatment

Floor at the Tilted Kilt that has been overlayed and colored after major repairs to the slab were done.Greg Hryniewicz isn’t a man who sits around and says “better luck next time.”

The general contractor to whom he submitted a proposal for a flooring job at a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in White Marsh, Md., was not awarded the contract.

Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Integral Pigment for Concrete by Construcolor USA

B01 was originally introduced in Mexico in the mid-1990s, then came to Texas in the late 1990s. Brad Adcock, owner of San Antonio-based Commercial Concrete Inc., has been using it ever since. Both he and Jimenez agree there are two key advantages to using the gel pigment.Designed as an easier-to-use, more controllable color system, Construcolor B01 integral pigment is a liquid gel that has been winning over skeptics for the last decade.

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.

The Value of Color is Important to Concrete Design

The Value of Color is Important to Concrete DesignSo far, I’ve written a lot about math and my love for it as it is truly my favorite part of my decorative concrete work process. Recently, however, I’ve been getting requests to turn my attention to color, which I think would be a nice change of pace. Let me warn you in advance: If you thought talking math with me was complex, wait until you hear my take on color theory. I can go on for days.

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