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Ohio Winery Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Sinks that look like wine bottles made of concretePeople who know Ted Swaldo weren’t surprised last year when the Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro began expanding.

Giving New Life to Old Concrete: 2008 Concrete Restoration Contest

Steps leading into the church have been restored using a stone edge design.We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories of the 2008 Restoration Contest.

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Eliminating Color Spots in Microtoppings

Among his crew's jobsite tools is a big commercial blender, the stainless steel type used in bars and restaurants. Color powder is measured in with acetone and a little water, then blended, beaten, whipped and frapped to a fine liquid. "The acetone breaks everything down and melts the color," Smith says.Are you seeing spots? How to get rid of spots when adding color to your microtoppings.

Vertical Overlays: To Spray or Trowel

A wine cellar that has been designed using a vertical overlay systemIf you’re one of the growing number of contractors making the move from horizontal to vertical, this may be one of your first questions.

A Jersey Contractor Prefers Troweled Systems for Color Patterns

Troweled quartz jobs can go faster than broadcast jobs because multiple steps aren't needed to apply the system.Troweled quartz jobs can go faster than broadcast jobs because multiple steps aren’t needed to apply the system.

Concrete Artisan in Arizona Works his Magic with Metallics

Jon Kopp Quality Epoxy, Gilbert, ArizonaJon Kopp of Quality Epoxy LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, got into metallic systems strictly by accident. And now, after 20 years in business, he wouldn’t change anything.

Decorative Overlays Exhibit Various Types of Cracking

tan cracked concrete floorIn a recent week, I’ve had two overlay projects with cracking. The first project had lots of short random cracks, the longest about 3 inches long. We noticed them the afternoon of the same day the overlay was applied.

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.

The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

Floors at Swimming Pool Supply Stores Mimic Water with Epoxy

For years, the owners of Phoenix, Ariz.-based retail chain Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies hired various contractors to work on their floors, hoping to see blue water-like effects beneath their customers' feet. For years, the owners of Phoenix, Ariz.-based retail chain Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies hired various contractors to work on their floors, hoping to see blue water-like effects beneath their customers’ feet. Their wish was granted when they met Troy Lewis, owner of Orlando, Fla.-based Exquisite Flooring of West Orange.

Decorative Concrete Overlays: The Power is in the Polymer

EVA is actually a blend of ethylene acetate and vinyl acetate. Not surprisingly, vinyl acetate's most recognized application is as the main ingredient in Elmer's glue and wood glue.There are two common polymer types used by most decorative overlay manufacturers: ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and acrylic.

Perfectly Unpretty: Concrete Work in Illinois Holocaust Museum Speaks to Design Aesthetic

The front entrance of the Illinois Holocaust Museum Concrete Re-Surfacing Technologies Inc. of Palos Park, Ill., was brought in to finish 8,000 square feet of plain concrete floor at the new Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, one of the nation's largest memorials to the loss of millions of innocent lives during some of Europe's darkest hours.

Sundek Recognizes 42 Concrete Projects in 2017

Sundek Recognizes 42 Projects in 2017A total of 42 awards were presented at the 2017 Sundek Awards Banquet during the company’s 33rd annual convention in Hilton Fort Worth earlier this year.

Oregon Store Sports Glossy Golden O Thanks to Decorative Overlay

The Duck Store in Portland, Oregon gets an epoxy coating and the O logo placed on it.Nailing the gold in the O that is the official logo of University of Oregon sports couldn’t have been easy. But here it is, on a dyed and polished cement overlay floor at The Duck Store in the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, near Portland, Ore.

Placing an Overlay Over an Overlay - Is it Risky or Not?

Bright sea green acrylic stain on a microtopping over another microtopping appears 3d.It's fun to say but hard to do. Here's when and how to accomplish this feat with the least risk to you or your customer.

Slip-Resistant Concrete Floors Are Perfect For Vegas Projects

AquaFlex concrete coating on stairs in vegasAquaFlex, a proven resilient coating, is in demand among luxury hotels in Las Vegas, including Mandalay Bay, which has used it twice, and the Four Seasons, an iconic, art deco-inspired hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Plywood Surface Patterns and Textures Yield Variety of Concrete Finishes

Plywood Surface Patterns and Textures Yield Variety of Concrete FinishesConcrete finishes are typically intended to be smooth — polished even. There are polishing machines and sealants aplenty to achieve that flawless look. Careful selection and use of plywood concrete forms can also influence the finished appearance and texture. Various specialty and textured panels are available.

Using Concrete to Replicate Asphalt and a Wooden Boardwalk for iPlay America

When Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings. When Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings.

An Epoxy Hole to the Middle of the Earth

They made O'Neal's vision come to life with the use of Elite Crete's Reflector Enhancer, Thin Finish overlay, various stains and dyes.Imagine getting a phone call from Shaquille O’Neal asking you to create a concrete floor in his house. Oh, and the floor is to depict a hole going down into a pit of fire. No problem, right? “You don’t say no to Shaq,” says Michael Jensen, president of Atlanta Concrete Artist.

Stripping Concrete: Mechanical or Chemical?

Polished concrete floor with a high-gloss and reflective coating.When it comes to decorative concrete on floors, sometimes you have to take it off before you lay it down. Take a closer look at your two basic options when clearing the way for new work.

Self-Leveling Overlayments for Structurally Sound Substrates

Self-leveling concrete by design is meant to be poured or pumped onto a surface, and the slurry seeks its own level or moves out on its own without a lot of labor on the contractor's end.Whether you use self-leveling material as your primary pour or over existing concrete, it's an efficient way to get going on a job.

Troweled Toppings on Concrete

Troweled toppings on concrete gives this floor a rustic look.It has been said that mistakes in life are what build character, and the same can be said about finishing concrete. Your finishing technique can make the difference between an almost perfect finish with clearly visible blemishes and an artistically rendered hand-troweled surface filled with character.

Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

ACI Releases Long-Awaited Decorative Concrete Standards Guide

ACI Decorative Concrete Standards GuideMany years in the making and rigorously reviewed by dozens of experts in the field, the much-anticipated 310R-13 Guide to Decorative Concrete was officially published by the American Concrete Institute in December 2013.

Microtoppings: Thin is In

A thin-set topping or microtopping is sort of like icing on a cake.A thin-set topping or microtopping is sort of like icing on a cake. It can go on thick or thin and be colored all the way through or just on the surface. The topping can be shaped to resemble decorative items. And, aesthetics aside, it can protect the surface beneath it.

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