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A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

A Concrete Hardscape Project At Greenwood Park Mall

In the center of the fountain, a cylinder's bottom section was cast-in-place while the upper concrete portion was precast on site and placed by a crane.The lifestyle center addition to the Greenwood Park Mall on U.S. Highway 31 North in Greenwood was completed in spring 2008. The project, which involved more than 1,000 cubic yards of concrete, is significant because it reflects the growing use of concrete in Indiana’s public spaces.

Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

Radial Concrete Stamps Have Come Full Circle

Concrete that has been stamped with a radial stamp and embedded with a concrete compass rose.Radial stamps, multipiece tools that create circular and curved patterns, have earned stamp manufacturers a round of applause.

How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Water-based Surface Retarder Creates Unique Decorative Finish

SurfEtch byt Butterfield Color on this walkway.SurfEtch from Butterfield Color is a water-based mild surface retarder that, when used with fresh concrete, exposes the sands in the concrete for a unique decorative finish. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it can add slip resistance and is solvent-free. Best of all, it’s easy to apply for even the beginning contractor.

Texturetop, A Superior Stampable Cementitious Topping

Bob Harris presses embossing skins onto fresh concrete.Inside or out, the new stampable topping from L.M. Scofield Company offers exciting new opportunities for contractors.

What Is In A Concrete Stamping Toolkit

Stamping mats for concrete come in a various sizes and shapes but make sure you have all of the ingredients in your toolkit before attempting a concrete stamping job.

Your Stamping Concrete Toolkit needs to contain basic concrete finishing tools as well as tools for stamping concrete. Look at what you should have on hand when doing a stamping concrete job.

A "Cracked-earth" Concrete Mezzanine Overlooks the Rainforest Habitat

Surely you've heard the phrase concrete jungle, but what about concrete in the jungle?Surely you’ve heard the phrase “concrete jungle,” but what about concrete in the jungle? In this case, the jungle is the Rainforest Habitat at Discovery Place, in uptown Charlotte. The exhibit boasts wildlife ranging from birds and reptiles to vegetation such as palms and epiphytes.

What Causes Hot-tire Pickup on Stamped Concrete?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

Creating the Look of Stones with Concrete on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor MagazineLast year, a homeowner in Augusta, New Jersey, went into a masons’ supply store looking for a fix for his pool deck. The pavers installed 15 years ago had settled. The deck wasn’t draining properly, and his homeowner’s insurance company had identified the paver portion of the pool deck as a hazard.

What Makes Symons a Leader in the Industry?

To upgrade plain, damaged or stained concrete, Symons offers its Spray-Rite system, a polymermodified cement system that provides a thinset surface in a variety of colors and pattern templates.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Symons a leader in the industry.

Creating Concrete Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates

An inviting outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stamped concrete patio in a cold climate.Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live, but typically when you read a book or see a television show featuring outdoor kitchens, the contractor is doing them in a warm climate.

A Stained Concrete Porch Graced with Engraved Dimes

Deborah's story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.Deborah’s story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.

Swordfish Stampable Overlay Design Recipe

Swordfish image stamped and colored into a concrete overlay.This top-to-bottom (well, really bottom-to-top) overlay recipe is great for putting down a distinctive design, such as this swordfish.

Remember Watergate? Check out their Swimming Pool

Watergate Hotel swimming pool gets a stamped overlay concrete makeover.About four decades ago, the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., was the site of one of the most talked-about political scandals in American history. The hotel is also home to a newly resurfaced decorative concrete pool deck that is reportedly sometimes mistaken for real stone.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Stamped and Stained Concrete Elevates Vacation Retreats

Vacation homes can have stamped or stained concrete surrounds that hold up to extreme weather conditions and look beautiful while doing it.To say there has been an explosion in demand for stamped concrete or stained concrete is quite the understatement. Homeowners are hiring decorative concrete contractors to color, stain, score, stamp, overlay or otherwise decorate the pool decks, entries, driveways and walkways concrete around their homes.

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph: Art and Design Concrete

Flames are etched into concrete and colored with bright orange, yellow and red concrete stains.It took a serious automobile accident to steer these contractors in the right direction for their business. But once they found the way, they were off.

Decorative Concrete Award Winners Elevate Industry Expectations

decorative concrete award winnerPassion, precision, artistry and creativity were all on display at the L. M. Scofield Co. ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards ceremony. Scofield enlists professionals from the concrete industry to judge submissions based on skill of installation, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

Tips for Buying and Maintaining Concrete Stamping Tools

Close-up of a red stamp matContractors and manufacturers share tips for buying and maintaining these essential tools.

Adding Color and Texture to Concrete Skateparks

Skate board rider using a large concrete tube in an Oregon, skate park. Concrete has been colored and textured.Airspeed Skateparks’ work was featured on the cover of last year’s World of Concrete issue. Since that time they have started incorporating both color and texture into their work, and decorative concrete has become a valuable extension of their skate park design services.

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