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Decorative Concrete Stands the Test of Time

Decorative concrete tile application at historic hotel in YosemiteWhen this concrete was installed in 1927, the decision makers of this historic hotel wanted the assurance that the building would have the natural look so commonly seen in the High Sierras — and not the look of industrial concrete. And its still delighting guests to this day.

Remediating Moisture in Concrete Doesn't have to be Complicated

Water Problem?Moisture problems in concrete slabs old and new can play havoc with decorative concrete projects and other flooring strata in several ways, including bubbling, blistering and blushing of color. It’s commonly an interior problem because breathable products that reduce the threat are more commonly used in exterior applications.

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.

Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished Concrete

Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished ConcreteEvery year, schools and municipalities spend millions of dollars replacing old worn-out carpet and vinyl composite tiles. The cost of replacing these traditional flooring materials is quite expensive and in most cases not at all green. For the past several years facilities are looking at polished concrete as an option.

Magical Decorative Concrete Castle

A concrete man coming out of a concrete storm drain.Step inside Bart Sacco's gated castle and you'll begin to discover just how magical a decorative concrete journey can become with some creative thinking, excellent product training and all the right tools.

Environmental Issues Can Impact Exterior Acid-Stain Projects

concrete that's impacted by environmental aspectsAcid-stained concrete has been popular for decades. The process of acid staining is well documented, as are the key precautionary items to look for before and during application. Thanks to real-world experience, continuing education and better specifications, issues with acid stains have been greatly reduced.

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.

Cleaning Concrete Correctly is Critical Before Applying Coatings

Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating's success.Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating’s success. Contractors must carefully evaluate the substrate and its condition to determine what cleaner or degreaser is needed and how it should be applied.

The Concrete Cleaner That Works Like Magic

This concrete block disintegrated after having soaked in Poof!Have you ever looked at your concrete-covered tools and wished you could just — poof! — make the hardened mess disappear?

Well, that’s the premise behind Poof!, a cleaning agent from Kover Krete Systems Inc. in Orlando, Fla.

CT-8 Cleaner and Toughener from Smith Paint Products

CT-8 cleaner not only cleans but it also strengthens the concrete it is cleaning.Smith Paint Products' new concrete cleaner, CT-8 Cleaner and Toughener, does what all cleaners should. But CT-8 doesn’t just remove dirt. It chemically changes concrete to strengthen the adhesion of decorative stains and sealers.

Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

Dealing with Winter Damaged Colored Concrete

Freeze and thaw effects on concrete stairs from ice and salt.We’re in the middle of another winter season. While it’s not predicted to be as harsh as last year’s “polar vortex” winter, we still need to be thinking about all the possible causes and sources of winter damage and eliminate them.

Meeting the Demand for Crack Control in Stamped Concrete

Crack control in stamped concreteStamped concrete is the very foundation of decorative concrete industry. The ability to take concrete and add pattern and color separates you from your competition. This ability also increases a customer’s expectations. Simply put, most customers will not accept a random crack running through patterned concrete, nor should they.

Should You Overlay or Replace That Cracked Concrete Surface?

First Federal Savings Bank, Sheridan, Wyo., asked Doug Carlton if there was an overlay that could improve their cracked, uneven parking lot First Federal Savings Bank, Sheridan, Wyo., asked Doug Carlton if there was an overlay that could improve their cracked, uneven parking lot. He told them no. The crack pattern shows a problem beyond random cracking. He guessed that the concrete is too thin or not properly reinforced, or that the subgrade had failed.

In Search of New Revenue? Offer Concrete Resealing Option as Part of Your Bid

Concrete walkway that leads to the front door of a house.What if I told you that you could get paid over and over again for a project you completed a year or two ago. Would you be interested? No, this isn’t some slick marketing idea or even a take-off of a multilevel marketing or pyramid scheme. Rather, this is working smarter not harder with a fair amount of common sense mixed in.

Getting a Retail Chain Hooked on Your Maintenance Services

Using an HTC concrete polishing machine, a man is maintaining the concrete in a Wawa store in the Northeast United States.Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. My dad said we would be willing to do trial services for them in some stores to show them what we could do.

How to Make Maintenance Work for You to Increase Profitability

guy on ride on polishing machineConsumers, often blown away with the low prices of desktop inkjet printers, forget to consider the additional cost of ink cartridges which put many of them on a first name basis with the folks at the office supply store.

Maintaining Sealed Stamped Concrete

Stamped and sealed concrete drivewayWhat do you think of when you hear the term "sealer maintenance"? If you are like most in the industry, the first thing that comes to mind is waxing or buffing a previously sealed interior floor. Well, with spring upon us, it's a great time to talk about another kind of sealer maintenance - maintaining exterior stamped or textured concrete.

Decorative Concrete Maintenance from a Customer's Perspective

Maintaining a concrete floor - he maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.The maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.

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