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Polished Concrete Helps Deliver the 'Neighborhood Goods'

Neighborhood goods in Dallas with polished concreteWilliams and Witherspoon brought their brands — the Serena leisure apparel line and Draper James, Wither­spoon’s Southern-flavored women’s clothing label — to Neighborhood Goods in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. The store is billed as a “new kind of shopping experience, with brands that will rotate in and out,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

Joe Maty
Sep 9, 2019
Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
There's an Overlay for Most Any Occasion

concrete overlays and where you can find themInstalling an overlay over existing concrete is a cost-effective way to update concrete surfaces by eliminating tear-out costs, minimizing product expense and reducing the manpower needed to overhaul the look and integrity of the existing surface.

Editors
Sep 10, 2019
Historic Middle School Installs Polished Concrete to Restore Image

Middle school hallway lined with lockers and polished concrete floors.“As functional as it is beautiful,” was how Dr. Robert Feirsen, superintendent of Garden City, New York, schools, described the polished concrete used in the new addition and renovation of the city’s middle school.

Cate Stratmeier with Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 8, 2016
Salting your Concrete SlabĀ 

Hand rollers for concrete to make the appearance of a rock salt finish.To get the look, Ralston scattered rock salt here and there on the fresh pour, along with drops of retardant. After washing away the salt and retardant the next day and attacking the concrete with an acid-water solution and a wire brush, his team had the aged, corroded effect they wanted.

Amy Johnson
Oct 8, 2010
Cutting-edge Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

wo recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip -- for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development -- illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.Two recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip — for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development — illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 31, 2011
One Contractor's Quest to Rid the World of Ugly Concrete

Colin's interest in decorative started with exposed pea gravel, curved joints and other classic decorative elements, then grew to include new-school tricks like stamping and staining.Even on the thumb tip of northwest Washington state, decorative concrete is making its mark, thanks to this father-son outfit.

David Thompson
Aug 8, 2009
The 2013 ASCC Award Winners

T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego, Calif., Reunion Trails ParkThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its fifth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. The winners were recognized at a ceremony at the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Editors
Apr 21, 2013
Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp Look

Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp LookHave you seen interior concrete floors in such bad shape that your first thought was to rip them out and start over? It can be your immediate reaction, but there’s an easier approach. Self-leveling toppings or self-leveling overlays can be poured over concrete surfaces you didn’t think were salvageable, saving time and money.

David Searls
Feb 5, 2018
Decorative Concrete Tips: Pigmenting Liquid Release for Concrete

Environmentally friendly stamped concrete pigmented color release has been used on the multicolored green concrete slab in a slate look.Liquid release agent is quickly becoming the choice of many decorative concrete contractors. With the increased demand for quicker turnarounds, cleaner job sites and environmental concerns, using liquid release agent for stamped concrete becomes an obvious choice.

Clark Branum
Mar 6, 2003
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.

Mike Dawson
Jun 19, 2008
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?

Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?Having had the opportunity to travel this great nation from coast to coast and visiting many places in between, I’ve heard a common statement about the current state of the construction marketplace in general and the decorative marketplace in particular. Sometimes it is uttered as a rhetorical question.

Greg Iannone
Dec 8, 2017
Ten Tips For Setting Up a Concrete Countertop Fabrication Business

A workbench with tools lit up with an overhead lamp.Getting started in concrete fabrication can be overwhelming. Here are 10 solid pieces of advice that veterans from across the country have for artisans who are setting up shop.

Editors
May 2, 2010
Wood and Brick Looks Provide Elegant Concrete Solutions

Stamped concrete walkway in Fort Worth, TexasChris Post, owner of Elite Concrete Solutions in Fort Worth, landed a second job while creating walkways at the University Park Village shopping center. The owner of Pacific Table, a restaurant at the shopping mall, saw him working on the sidewalks and invited him to lead the remodel of a faux-wood floor and countertop at the popular eatery.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 16, 2014
Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular MicrobreweryThere’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

K. Schipper
Jan 6, 2014
Getting Into Green Building: Trends, Ideas and Challenges

Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, green Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, “green” building materials and methods will be the most significant driver in construction growth for the next five years and in the foreseeable future.

Sherry A. Boyd
Jun 5, 2012
Choosing the Right Floor Sealer

Bob Harris sealing a concrete floorPenetrating or film-forming, water-based or solvent-based, your sealer is just as important as any other element of your project. Here’s a guide for sorting through your options — plus tips on some clever effects you can create with them.

Amy Johnson
Dec 18, 2008
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