Over all the years I’ve worked in decorative concrete, I’ve done a lot of basic tile patterns. That’s all I did almost every week for three years as I learned to use my tools. I got so bored doing these that I had to find a way to design something a little different but still easy to lay out.
A former computer software developer makes a career change and finds success in stamping concrete.
David Stephenson’s story encompasses everything from AmeriPolish to Wal-Mart to the Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Colts and it all began when he discovered polished concrete.
A funny thing happened on the way home from the grocery store, says Troy Lemon, president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Michigan. It all started when he and his son, Josh, stumbled upon an art studio in their own tiny village of Fennville.
From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.
Integral colors don't fade, but over time, integrally colored surfaces can start to look dingy. Understanding why, and what to do about it, is just the beginning of getting a handle on color maintenance.
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.
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.
To 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 vast majority of return customers usually flow straight into the project’s objective, colors, design, etc., but this conversation was anything but typical. Each time when asked about designs or expectations the customer brought up price and budget.
Randall Klassen, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent us these photos of a monolithically poured concrete "bridge" over concrete "water" he constructed for Seven Oaks School Division, in northwest Winnipeg.
As 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.
Mike Miller reminicses about the times he was asked to help complete a complex concrete projects from his past.
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.
Have you ever gotten that early-morning or late-night call from an unhappy owner telling you that the color is lighter than they wanted … or darker … or does not match from one pour to the next? If you haven’t been on the receiving end of one of those calls, good for you! If you have, then you know what we are talking about.
Water-based stains hold tantalizing promise for the field of architectural concrete, but do they deliver the wearability, durability and ease of application that would help make concrete colored with water-based stains more appealing to customers?
In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.
If you want an all-encompassing guide to staining concrete floors, check out “Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors,” written by Bob Harris, founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Georgia.
We then washed the floor with soap and water and removed almost all of the color. The floor now looks spotty and ugly. Why did all the color come off, and what can I do to make it look like it did before I cleaned the floor?
A sophisticated design on a concrete floor made by cutting a series of straight lines into 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.
Introducing decorative concrete in Europe was a big challenge to a market that’s more traditionally known for materials such as natural stone, marble, wood and ceramic.
Here are a few products that can be used to breath new life into old concrete.
Bomanite Corporation has been a leader in the decorative concrete industry for more than half a century. What began as a small company with a single vision has now grown into a worldwide organization that offers its franchise partners five separate licensing programs: Imprint, Toppings, Polishing, Precast and Grasscrete.