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Annual Decorative Concrete Competition Lauds Projects Based on Skill and Creativity

Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

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.

Color Shines in Prizewinning Stamped Concrete Project

The design for the project evolved during a couple of visits to the site and four or five different sketches for a two-tier patio, plus a lower seating area, on the Krepskys' sloping yard.The design for the project evolved during a couple of visits to the site and four or five different sketches for a two-tier patio, plus a lower seating area, on the Krepskys’ sloping yard.

A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

Creating the Look of Stones with Concrete on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor MagazineLast year, a homeowner in Augusta, New Jersey, went into a masons’ supply store looking for a fix for his pool deck. The pavers installed 15 years ago had settled. The deck wasn’t draining properly, and his homeowner’s insurance company had identified the paver portion of the pool deck as a hazard.

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.

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?

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 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.

Philadelphia Polished Concrete

concrete firepitBart Rockett, 46, began working with concrete back in 1987 after joining Patterned Concrete Industries (PCI) and working for one of its local franchises outside of Philadelphia in southern New Jersey.

Concrete Decor Show Pro Bono Endeavors Brighten Stay for Families of the Ailing

heart lithomosiac on concrete floor with swirl designAt the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term at the nearby hospital.

Placing Quality Stamped Concrete in Six Steps

Stamping concrete broken down in steps.I have identified six steps that all successful hunks of stamped concrete have in common. Bypassing one of the six steps will leave a stamping professional a rung short of a true level of potential. Perfection starts well before any color broadcasts across a wet concrete’s surface, and even well before a ready-mix truck arrives.

Los Angeles Apartment Buildings Receive Decorative Concrete Improvements

Meditteranean themed decorative concreteDecorative concrete doesn’t come on a bigger scale than this. Developer Geoff Palmer has built more apartments in downtown Los Angeles than anyone else — more than 3,000 — all in the same faux-Italian style.

Tile System Simplifies Stamped Concrete Production

tiles, which fit together like puzzle pieces, are durable, flexible and crack resistant in extreme weatherAfter teaching stamping classes in Las Vegas for 14 years, Gerry Sadleir noticed that most of his students weren’t successful at ¼-inch stamping unless they had a lot of concrete experience.

Backyard Amenity Features Concrete Dock

Decked OutAt first glance, the dock looks like it’s floating just above the water. “It turned out exactly how I wanted it,” says Reuben Keim, co-owner of Keim Concrete in Wooster, Ohio, about his concrete platform. The pier and dock, which sit about a foot above the surface of a 2-acre pond in Keim’s backyard, was fashioned with Proline form liners.

Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Brickform

Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida wanted to create a new ride inspired by the popular Disney-Pixar movieWhen Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida wanted to create a new ride inspired by the popular Disney-Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life,” the theme park called on Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., to create a seamless texture skin representative of a dry lakebed. That was nearly one decade ago.

Simple Recipe for Colored Texture

Look at the colored texture achieved by hardeners and EZ Tique by ProlineThis simple recipe uses Proline’s Sand Canyon Dura-Color Hardener and their Seamless Designs Carpet Stamp. Two colors of EZ Tique were used to give the finish its mottled look.

How the Family Business Turned into Passion for One Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete patio by Emil GeraYou don’t have to be born into the family business to be good at it, but in Emil Gera’s case, it sure helped. Gera’s father, also named Emil, was a union concrete finisher who would take his son along with him to help on weekend projects. Some of young Emil’s earliest memories involve concrete and a trowel.

Hoosier Patriot Memorial, Washington Park East Cemetery Decorative Concrete

Hoosier Patriot Memorial, Washington Park East CemeteryDedicated to the brave men and women who have served in the Indiana National Guard, the Hoosier Patriot Memorial at 10800 E. Washington St. inside Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis was completed in fall 2007.

Water-based Surface Retarder Creates Unique Decorative Finish

SurfEtch byt Butterfield Color on this walkway.SurfEtch from Butterfield Color is a water-based mild surface retarder that, when used with fresh concrete, exposes the sands in the concrete for a unique decorative finish. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it can add slip resistance and is solvent-free. Best of all, it’s easy to apply for even the beginning contractor.

Young Professional Finds Success with Long Time Friend in Concrete

Stamped concrete patio with a square fire pit.When you’re 22 years old, it’s hard to seriously imagine that you could be one of the founders of your own business with some friends and succeed in doing it.

ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Nine Novice Concrete Stamping Mistakes to Avoid

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

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