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Growing Your Decorative Concrete Business by Offering Less

a concrete contractor sprays a driveway with concrete stain using a sprayerDecorative concrete has become the fastest growing segment of the concrete industry. But in part because of this, the decorative market rarely allows individual contractors to effectively master and install each type of decorative concrete.

Fixing Slippery Stamped Concrete Near Pools

The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn't necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit. The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn’t necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit.

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Scofield Decorative Concrete Awards Showcases Standout Projects

Artistic Concrete Grand Prize WinnerAfter 100 years in the decorative concrete industry, L. M. Scofield Co. knows a thing or two about beautiful, standout projects. As it marks its centennial, the company also marks its seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards, given to contractors, architects or designers doing exceptional work using Scofield systems.

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.

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.

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 Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

The colors were stains and tinted sealers from Increte, and metal inlay was used on the perimeter.Five veteran contractors and artisans provide insight by explaining where their decorative concrete journeys began, how their skill sets grew and how diversification has affected their careers.

Resurfacing a Failing Pool Deck

Finished pool deck that has been finished with a stamped concrete overlay.Condo owners in a gated community dreaded getting their pool up to snuff. Decorative concrete contractor Julio Hallack showed them they had nothing to worry about.

Tips for Using Water Reducers in Concrete Work

Others agree that for stamped concrete, water reducers improve workability, finishability and strength. But the mix design needs to fit the jobContractors working in decorative concrete can often benefit from the use of water reducers. Here’s a look at two types of decorative concrete work and how water reducers can make the job easier and improve the finished product.

Bomanite: South of the Border

Pablo Aviles, who heads Bomanite's Mexico franchise, testifies to the value of the exchange that takes place between corporation and franchise.Pablo Aviles, who heads Bomanite’s Mexico franchise, testifies to the value of the exchange that takes place between corporation and franchise. “Support from Bomanite has been crucial. It keeps us on the cutting edge and informed,” says Aviles, CEO of Concretos y Pigmentos S.A. de C.V., Mexico City.

New Paladiano "Wonders of the World" Stamp Line

Paladino stamp pattern stained with various brown colors in alternating secession.

There is something that could be said about the connection between wine and the invention of a great idea.

This certainly holds true for Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute.

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Hands Across The Ocean: International Decorative Concrete Training

Global training on decorative concrete and epoxy coating training classes.As decorative concrete goes global, American experts take the lead in showing contractors around the world how it's done.

Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

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.

Installing Fiber Optic Lighting in Stamped Concrete

Fiber optic light glows in this outdoor living space with carved concrete fireplace and a stamped concrete patio.The job’s biggest challenge was figuring out a way to texture the surface without burying or breaking the fibers, Denny says. “The customer was intent on having stamped concrete, so not stamping wasn’t an option.”

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.

Artisan Grows Up in Concrete Industry and Becomes a Stamping Success

Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That's not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas. Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That’s not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas.

Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamped Concrete Projects

Stamped and stained concrete in front of a garage.Behind every successful slab of stamped concrete is an accumulation of effort by you (the decorative concrete artist) and your local ready-mix provider. If one participant falls short the project becomes compromised, maybe not to the point of being unsalvageable but still to where it does not meet the goal of most professionals.

Light Colored Stamped Concrete Keeps Pool Deck Cooler at Resort Water Park

Lazy river at a Texas Resort winds its way around pool.During a hot summer in northern Texas, a cool dip in a pool or ride down a water slide can be the perfect remedy, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Springs, a new water park that opened for the 2011 summer season at the Gaylord Texan, a Grapevine, Texas, resort owned by luxury hospitality chain Gaylord Hotels.

Unique Concrete Pushes the Boundaries of Decorative Concrete

Stamped and stained concrete entryway with a step. Unique Concrete is true to its name. Like many decorative concrete contracting firms, it constructs pool surrounds, patios, sidewalks and driveways. However, unlike other contractors, it also specializes in laying concrete on top of decks.

Concrete Color Hardeners - A Dual Purpose Application

Concrete contractor throwing color hardener on a fresh concrete slab ready to be stamped or textured.Dry shake hardeners are increasingly popular as coloring agents. Color hardeners are made from cement, sand and pigment, with finishing agents, wetting agents or retardants added to suit manufacturers’ preferences.

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.

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.

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