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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.

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.

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?

A New Endeavor - Caribou Art

Exterior wall with Caribou Art placed on it by Tamryn DoolanTamryn Doolan, owner of Surface Gel Tek, has long been in the business of turning simple concrete surfaces into striking works of art. Continuing in that tradition, Doolan’s new endeavor, Caribou Art Studios, brings her talents to a whole new venue — exterior walls.

Acid Alternatives: Water-based Stains That Promise a Faux Acid Stain Look

Reflector enhancer by Elite Crete in two colors and installed in a gymToday’s contractors who love the look of acid stains but loathe the labor and time required to get the job done have more ways than ever before to bypass the troublesome application using safer-for-all water routes.

Swordfish Stampable Overlay Design Recipe

Swordfish image stamped and colored into a concrete overlay.This top-to-bottom (well, really bottom-to-top) overlay recipe is great for putting down a distinctive design, such as this swordfish.

Secrets of Better Concrete Stenciling

finished product of stenciled concreteTo enhance newly-poured concrete or to rejuvenate existing concrete, stenciling is a decorative application worth considering. It may seem like a simple process, but a few fine points separate nice-looking, profitable stencil jobs from the rest. We’ve asked some experienced stencilers for tips to elevate your stenciling jobs from so-so to spectacular.

Answers to Concrete Staining Problems, Questions and Concerns

Construction worker filling up a pump sprayer with a fix for concrete staining projects.When you think about it, the relatively low percentage of callbacks and problems compared to the overall amount of work performed says a lot about the caliber of installers and the industry as a whole.

Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

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.

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.

Decorative Concrete Blooms in Children's Garden

Concrete garden outside library in WisconsinJ.C. Santy Construction, Pulaski, Wisconsin, uses metallic and mica powders from Crescent Bronze Powder Co. to bring brilliant color to decorative concrete. One prime example is The Children's Garden created by artisan and owner Brad Santy for the Brown County Public Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Polished, Stamped and Stained Concrete in Microbrew Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor - There's a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder -- with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it's not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.There’s a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder — with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it’s not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.

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.

An Alternative Perspective of White Cement From an Artist

Stained concrete in an underwater theme.Not everyone prefers white cement products over run-of-the-mill gray concrete when it comes to coloring.

How To: Prep for a Concrete Staining Job

Preparing the concrete job site is an important part of any staining or coloring project.As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

Cause and Effect of Curing Differential on Colored Concrete

curing differential in concreteIn a recent conversation with Todd Scharich, decorative concrete technical specialist with the American Society of Concrete Contractors, this question came up: What happens when plastic, lumber or construction debris is left on colored concrete during initial curing?

New Ways to Sell Stained Concrete in Changing Times

Stained concrete floor in a brown and lighter brown color.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.

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.

Using Spray Equipment Can Be A Speedy Solution For Contractors

applying a stain to a concrete pieceApplying stains and sealers with spray equipment may strike the decorative concrete contractor as a convenient, speedy solution, not terribly complicated.

Concrete Silicate Colorant That Can Withstand Mother Nature

ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.

University Building Transformed by New Dye System

Fast-Stain by Wescoat creates vibrant colors on the floor.Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems has sent us some photos and information of a striking dye installation in the classrooms, hallways and main entrance of the United States University building in Chula Vista, Calif.

How Adding Color to Concrete Sealers Creates Beautiful Effect

Create a new look by adding color to your concrete sealer.A practical and less expensive way to create unique surface treatments for enhanced color finishes on concrete is to add color to the concrete sealer.

UV-stable Concrete Dye Brings Coloring Technique to 21st Century

Pink and yellow concrete dye was created to emphasize the flower in the middle of this floor.Traditionally, dyes weren't UV-stable and, therefore, could only be used on interior applications. No longer.

SS DYE-namic from The Stamp Store helps bring dyes into the 21st century.

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