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Stamped and Stained Concrete Elevates Vacation Retreats

Vacation homes can have stamped or stained concrete surrounds that hold up to extreme weather conditions and look beautiful while doing it.To say there has been an explosion in demand for stamped concrete or stained concrete is quite the understatement. Homeowners are hiring decorative concrete contractors to color, stain, score, stamp, overlay or otherwise decorate the pool decks, entries, driveways and walkways concrete around their homes.

What's The Best Way to Strip Sealers from Stamped Concrete?

Stripping sealer from stamped concreteQuestion: How do I strip sealer from my stamped concrete patio? The installer used color hardener. Will I lose the color off the top when I strip?

Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Color Hardener vs. Integral Color on Smaller Stamp Jobs

Integrally colored concrete in a parking lot.As with most things in life, a decorative concrete installer faces many choices when it comes to the products and processes he or she uses on a job. Unfortunately, the choice is often made to take the path of least resistance or buy at low cost versus favoring long-term performance and the quality of the project.

Maintaining and Resealing Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete walkway to look like brick.If you install stamped concrete, you should be maintaining stamped concrete. You already have all the equipment you need, and you have the experience and training you need as well. Offering an annual maintenance program on your work, or any stamped concrete work for that matter, is a good source of revenue that does not require much in the way of equipment or mental gymnastics.

A Look at the Pros and Cons of Liquid vs. Powder Releases for Concrete

Two concrete contractors throwing down stamping mats onto concrete that has had powder release agent added.A look at the pros and cons of liquid and powder releases. When a contractor decides to apply a release agent to a wet concrete surface to keep it from sticking to a stamp, there are two ways to go: liquid or powder. Each has advantages, but each also causes problems.

Roller System make Texturing Concrete Easy

Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.

Rainbow MagicLand Themepark Upgraded with Stamped Concrete

The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.

Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

Six new interchanges were created using a double-teardrop shape. Mike Shepherd of Shepherd's Construction Co. Inc. completed work on four of the traffic roundabouts and their associated walkways.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.

The Church of Decorative Concrete

This stencil was laid down in the walkway leading up to this church.Many of history’s most beautiful works of art were created for places of worship. These days, decorative concrete is doing its part to beautify churches across the country.

A Stained Concrete Porch Graced with Engraved Dimes

Deborah's story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.Deborah’s story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.

Beautiful Decorative Concrete Projects In San Diego

Lithomosaic in San Diego sunburst colorful yellows and oranges spoke from the center.San Diego County is known far and wide for its beautiful weather, interesting people and endless summer atmosphere. So it was with great anticipation when San Diego was picked as the site for the 2016 Concrete Decor Show Sept. 25-29 that it was destined to be one showstopper of a show. And all indications point to that premonition coming true.

From Simple and Chic to Bubbly and Sleek, Concrete Shines in San Diego

using various sized grinder attachments and following a mapped out custom design, each bubble was created by hand. Similar results could have been obtained with stencils or tape,Brian Oberman, who has been in the concrete industry for 25 years, merged his company with Life Deck Coating Installations about three and a half years ago. Today, as general manager, he’s had the chance to work on projects such as Coasterra, the Beach Terrace Inn and Westroot Tavern.

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.

Cold Weather Stamping

Some people say don't stamp in cold weather but a few pro concrete contractors say different.We all know there are times when you just can’t get around stamping in cold weather. Here are some helpful hints.

How to Apply Texture Crete to Concrete Surfaces

Cementitious overlay product in a checker board pattern by Life Deck, Texture-Crete.Texture-Crete, manufactured by Life Deck, is a polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied to existing concrete surfaces as well as plywood decks. The coating creates a decorative and safe textured finish with numerous color and texture options.

Stamped Concrete Backyard Makeover in Stafford, Virginia

Tropical themed backyard with stamped concrete stained flagstone lookIt’s doubtful that any homeowner has found a more elegant way of decorating a neglected piece of land whose main feature is a septic tank field than the owners of the “Hidden Oasis,” a tropical-themed project that blossomed in a residential backyard in Stafford, Va.

How Do Concrete Stamping Contractors Handle Maintenance

Sealing a stamped concrete slab with an O logo from Ohio State acrylic stained in red.Taking steps to incorporate a maintenance program for your customers is a great way to ensure ongoing business.

Let’s look at several ways you can promote maintenance services that help relieve headaches and save the industry from a tarnished reputation.

Artisan Uses Artistic Background to Find Success in Decorative Concrete

Steve VandeWater Concrete Decor magazineSteve VandeWater, 51, was a Fine Arts major at Indiana University Bloomington, studying sculpture, drawing and printmaking. This artistic background informs his approach to concrete and also gives him skill and success with different styles and techniques.

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