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Wisconsin: Not the Epicenter for Decorative Concrete

bright red and orange coated concrete floor in a specialized auto part store.Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

Coloring Concrete in Winter Weather

Trees in a field surrounded by snow.There are many regions where the weather does not seem winterlike but is cold enough to affect concrete placement. This is where cold-weather placement practices become very important. Not following the rules because it does not seem that cold potentially leads to concrete that is weak and substandard.

Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

Six new interchanges were created using a double-teardrop shape. Mike Shepherd of Shepherd's Construction Co. Inc. completed work on four of the traffic roundabouts and their associated walkways.In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.

Freehand Designs Mean Freedom for You and Your Customer

Freehand flora design on a concrete floor that is colored with pastel stains.Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.

A Concrete Contractor with a Philosophy of Candid Communication

Sometimes the best money you ever make is from the job you didn't do, when it comes to decorative concreteGlen Roman would rather walk away from a project opportunity than put his name on a risky installation. “Sometimes the best money you ever make is from the job you didn’t do,” he says.

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for Veterans

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for VeteransVolunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council traveled to Hanson, Ky. to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University also assisted on the project.

Pouring Concrete with Acid Staining in Mind

Pouring concrete that is to be stainedWhen preparing a brand new concrete surface to be acid-stained, don’t take anything for granted. Every step of the new concrete pour contains elements that might affect the quality of your acid stain job.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete Pool

The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort Adds a Concrete PoolLooking at it today, it’s hard to imagine that the focal point of the Weiner family’s backyard used to be a $300 aboveground swimming pool from Walmart. Now, the award-winning residential resort is more in line with the likes of Neiman Marcus with its outdoor kitchen, water slide, conversation area with fire pit, and concrete swimming pool and spa with a Baja shelf, two in-pool tables and a shaded pavilion.

How to Create Ashlar Pattern Layout for Concrete Stain

Ashlar Pattern Layout can be Quick and EasyOver all the years I’ve worked in decorative concrete, I’ve done a lot of basic tile patterns. That’s all I did almost every week for three years as I learned to use my tools. I got so bored doing these that I had to find a way to design something a little different but still easy to lay out.

Leapin' Leapfrogs, take a look at that concrete!

The eighty-foot concrete walkway depicts the lifecycles of the Monarch butterfly and the Southern Leopard frog and reads like an illustrated textbook.This “Sidewalk Textbook” was the first phase of a public art project funded by “Project WILD,” a Schoolyard Habitat Grant through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

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.

Why Tapes, Stains and Sealers Don't Get Along

Tape marks left behind on concreteIt is widely known that the decorative concrete industry has struggled with tape issues for decades. These range from the tape tearing when overlays are being applied, or stain bleeding under the tape, to adhesive effectiveness when the tape gets wet.

Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Fixes for Common Concrete Surface Color Problems

Looking up into a rainbow colored umbrellaUnfortunately, complaints about how color turns out are an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Complaints can involve but are not limited to integrally colored concrete, color-hardened concrete, stamped and textured concrete and stained concrete.

Staining Concrete Recipe: The Third Dimension

With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

Taking the Big Leap into Concrete Color Restoration

Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That's the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That’s the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.

Mike Miller a.k.a. The Concretist Inc.

Using needle scalers, scarifiers and diamond grinders, they carved 3/8-inch relief into the polished, gray concrete. A casting resin, which is usually used in sculpture, filled the basin with what looked like bubbly water.Mike Miller, a Benicia, Calif., artist, calls his work "sensory concrete."

Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade.

Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

A River Colored with Water-based Stain Created on Museum Floor

 these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International.Dan McCormick of Eagle View Custom Creations, Fort Harrison, Mont., submitted these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International. He put down the river at ExplorationWorks, an interactive science and culture museum in Helena, Mont.

Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

When to Use or Not Use Dry-Shake Color Hardener

Throwing color hardener on concrete.Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

Maintaining Color Consistency in Large Decorative Pours

Consistent color in concrete from ready mix concrete company.Have you ever gotten that early-morning or late-night call from an unhappy owner telling you that the color is lighter than they wanted … or darker … or does not match from one pour to the next? If you haven’t been on the receiving end of one of those calls, good for you! If you have, then you know what we are talking about.

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