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Staining & Coloring Concrete

Designing Concrete That Is Maintenance Free

An outdoor courtyard had been stained with a topographical map of the world.Maintenance is something that torments most decorative concrete contractors, unless, that is, there is a significant maintenance profit center to their business. In the case of The Concretist, there is not.

Stop Concrete Moisture Problems and Concrete Color Problems

Decorative concrete used in an outdoor theme park like setting. Densifiers helped keep staining substances from penetrating the concrete.Densifier stops the deterioration and improves the integrity of the concrete. For new concrete, it is used as a cure. For older concrete, it can be used as a "densifying" sealer under the decorative overlayment.

Botanic Garden Receives Concrete Makeover

Compass rose stained into the concrete with reds, oranges and greens.The project was a lot simpler than the one Baltz ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

Pros and Cons of Outdoor Concrete Stains

Concrete patio sealed with two coats combining color and sealer.Of all the different types of decorative concrete, exterior staining is the most affordable. It also requires the least manpower. But this is an article on how your business can be sure to pick the right exterior staining product to create the outdoor paradise your clients value the most.

Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

beautiful outdoor pool with view of mountains“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

artScape Las Vegas Designer Mikhal Zambon

Mikhal Zambon (third from left) with husband and co-owner Mike Anderson (fourth from left),business partner Cheryl Hart (fourth from the right), and the crew of artScape:Las Vegas.For a woman who loves design, concrete has turned out to be the perfect medium. Check out the beautiful work of Mikhal Zambon and her associates.

Bringing Colorful Concrete to a Church Lobby

Different sections of this church lobby floor were colored by reds oranges and whites.When Adobe Coatings of Mesa, Ariz., was brought in to create new concrete floors for Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Ariz., the original plan was to use acid stain for the entire project. One hitch: The 11,000-square-foot project included some balcony space.

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.

A Concrete Contractor with a Philosophy of Candid Communication

Sometimes the best money you ever make is from the job you didn't do, when it comes to decorative concreteGlen Roman would rather walk away from a project opportunity than put his name on a risky installation. “Sometimes the best money you ever make is from the job you didn’t do,” he says.

Concrete Artist Creates Online Gallery of Her Work

Wall art in this upscale bar is a unique expression of this artist.Concrete artist Emily McClintick has launched a new website showcasing her work. These images are just a taste of what you'll find on the Concrete Portfolio page of the website.

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.

How Should You Color Your Stamped Concrete?

Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about.Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about. My goal when answering questions like this has always been to try and provide good advice on color selection so no one has to come back and ask about color correction.

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.

Spraying Stains and Sealers Can Create Issues

Stains and sealers on concreteColumnist, Chris Sullivan answers a question about sealers that initially had him stumped. This article works through some answers if this problem ever arrives on your doorstep.

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.

Advantages of Water-based Acrylic Concrete Sealers

dry and wet floor comparison - In the 30-odd years I've been in the concrete industry, first as a contractor and now as a retailer, I've heard time and again that water-based acrylic sealers can't compare to solvent-based acrylics.First hand experience from a concrete veteran about his experience with water-based acrylic sealers and how the compare to solvent-based acrylic sealers.

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.

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.

A Concrete Artisan's Strategy for Marketing Like Apple

A swimming pool with several levels and concrete walls.Cory Hanneman has put a lot of thought into developing a sales strategy for decorative concrete that involves, in his words, “raging against the big-box machine” and its road map of “massive selection and predictability.”

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.

Pouring Concrete with Acid Staining in Mind

Pouring concrete that is to be stainedWhen preparing a brand new concrete surface to be acid-stained, don’t take anything for granted. Every step of the new concrete pour contains elements that might affect the quality of your acid stain job.

Factors That Affect Reactive Stain Results

Stained concrete floor that was achieved with reactive stains.Delivering the best results possible is what good contractors strive for, but that is very hard if you do not know the factors that can affect final stain appearance. When you simply applied a stain to a project without any proper surface preparation or knowledge it's not only a quick way for a contractor to be put out of business, but can also give stained concrete a bad reputation.

Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Scofield Decorative Concrete Awards Showcases Standout Projects

Artistic Concrete Grand Prize WinnerAfter 100 years in the decorative concrete industry, L. M. Scofield Co. knows a thing or two about beautiful, standout projects. As it marks its centennial, the company also marks its seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards, given to contractors, architects or designers doing exceptional work using Scofield systems.

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