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There is a reason decorative concrete attracts people from a multitude of other trades and environments. It’s cool, for sure, it’s in demand and it’s everywhere.
This attraction to decorative concrete has created such a buzz that it has become a trade of its own.
Starting out in the trades can be a struggle, but using it as stepping stool to propel yourself into the future is one that will reap benefits over and over again.
Concrete is not the easiest material to work with, especially if you’re trying to build a structure (like a house) that involves the use of both concrete and wood products. Fortunately, there are many ways to make the transition from concrete floors and wall frames to wood floors and drywall. Most masonry contractors have their favorites, but the newer members of the crew might not.
Pressure or power washing has traditionally been used as the standard to clean and maintain exterior hard surfaces or hardscaping. This cleaning process has rendered acceptable results for years because the standard surface to be cleaned was a basic flat concrete finish without color.
From highways and buildings to homes and sidewalks, so many things you see around you are made partially or entirely of concrete. Most people assume concrete is a fairly modern invention, right? No way! Actually, concrete was used 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire. In fact, it looks like it was better quality concrete than we can manufacture today.
Bill (a.k.a. “The Colorman”) passed away a week prior to the 2007 World of Concrete show. He worked as a Product Specialist for Spec-West, a construction supply store in Sacramento, Calif.
If you have done any research on concrete, you have probably noticed that experts recommend using outdoor concrete sealers.
Traditional hand mixing, batch mixing and continuous mixing give contractors options when choosing how to mix material on the job site. Here’s how they break down.
Labor shortage is an ongoing trend we’re seeing across the board in the construction industry today. It’s not that there aren’t enough jobs – there are too many jobs and not enough skilled workers to fill them.
Sparkle Grain is a way to expose brilliant sparkle on surfaces that look like a sea of diamonds when sunlight or streetlights hit it.
This past Friday, July 7, I had the special opportunity to visit Venice by invitation of Italian-based Ideal Work, which was celebrating its 20th year in business.
We've been covering a majestic pool in Temecula, California, from start to finish, and now we finally get to the part everyone is always waiting for: the carve coat.
Last week, I headed up to Portland to check out some work that was being done at a new house that's part of the 2017 Street of Dreams, an annual showcase of homes put on by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland.
Concrete walls are a common choice in both commercial and residential buildings or rooms where soundproofing is important.
It shouldn’t come as a total shock that a roadway surface constructed of permeable concrete materials would be designed and built in one of the country’s most progressive, environmentally conscious cities.
Waterproofing may be the least sexy phase of construction, but it’s one of the most crucial. While there really isn’t any artistry involved, it’s easy to overlook the importance and just go through the motions.
An architectural wonder known for its “dancing” water gardens at the base of a dramatically sculpted office tower of reflective glass, Fountain Place in Dallas, Texas, has always been structurally sound.
At Concrete Decor we understand the challenges of low attendance. After all, we produce the annual Concrete Decor Show and wonder why so many aren't there.
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and blocks are not new, but their sudden popularity and growth as a building material is. More builders and homeowners are choosing to build with ICFs than ever before, which has led rise to some questions and misconceptions about the material.
Glad you could join us again. It’s Shotcrete Day in sunny California. Dawn is just breaking as I arrive on site. Long before the residence comes into view, I see ready-mix concrete trucks down the block lining up in preparation for a big day.
Reports say several hundred companies were expected to submit initial proposals for various portions of the proposed border wall. Ruling over this pageant is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
In Part 1, we showed how to construct a stunning 3-D miniature model of a project. Now it’s time to envision the artistic side and that starts with steel.
When Ledger-Kalen and Denny identified the opportunity to work on a large, multiple building concrete polishing contract for the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District, they knew this was the chance they had been waiting for to capitalize on their relationship and their company assets to do something that alone neither had the capacity to tackle.
A look at a concrete mansion that's "fortress-like" by Anako Architecture and a "bare house" created by architect Jacobs-Yaniv Architects.
Rich Verdone is an Ex-Army Ranger with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home.
Welcome to the exciting world of vertical concrete artistry! In this series, we’ll explore in great detail the process of completing a real-world project from start to finish.
Dressing for the occasion is important. Now wait a minute! I’m in business for myself because I got tired of that white collar, dead-end job in the corporate sector. OK, I know where you may be coming from, just hear me out.
Decorative concrete is a term I stumbled upon 18 years ago after coming across a job site where concrete stains were being used to color the concrete inside a new salon in the mountain town of Murphy’s, California
If you happened to visit Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the recent WOC in Las Vegas, I hope you enjoyed the experience in learning about safety.
A glance around the globe reveals interesting concrete design interpretations with concrete as the medium. A couple of eye-catching entries
Job Site Safety is My Priority. That’s what we have printed on the T-shirts we are giving away at our booth inside the Decorative Concrete LIVE! arena during the World of Concrete in Las Vegas Jan. 17-20.