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Polished Concrete Helps Deliver the 'Neighborhood Goods'

Neighborhood goods in Dallas with polished concreteWilliams and Witherspoon brought their brands — the Serena leisure apparel line and Draper James, Wither­spoon’s Southern-flavored women’s clothing label — to Neighborhood Goods in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. The store is billed as a “new kind of shopping experience, with brands that will rotate in and out,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

Joe Maty
Sep 9, 2019
Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?

Concrete overlayquartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlayss’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
There's an Overlay for Most Any Occasion

concrete overlays and where you can find themInstalling an overlay over existing concrete is a cost-effective way to update concrete surfaces by eliminating tear-out costs, minimizing product expense and reducing the manpower needed to overhaul the look and integrity of the existing surface.

Sep 10, 2019
Decorative Surface Solutions Group is First Buying Group for Flooring Industry

grey concrete floor in corridorSuppose your little decorative concrete flooring business suddenly could make deals as if it were a coast-to-coast firm?

Gail Elber
Oct 1, 2015
Decorative Concrete Tips: Marbleizing Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops

How to make concrete look like marble, beautiful marble look concrete countertopThe trick is to let the material set with an open (mag trowelled) surface for about one hour for a standard one and one half inch thick top (Temp. dependent), this allows the Polymer to tighten up and lose some of its stickiness.

Marshall Hoskins
Apr 1, 2002
The ASCC Decorative Concrete Council 2012 Award Winners

The Ruppel Hardscape project  created by Tom Ralston Concrete for a home in Saratoga, Calif., won the WOW! AwardThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Awards competition for decorative concrete projects.

Apr 19, 2012
Good Customer Service Goes Far Beyond the Initial Sale

A service sign on a black backround.If you are truly committed to service, not just the initial sale, then you're not through when you're done.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Apr 9, 2010
Decorative Concrete Winners Named During ASCC Ceremony at WOC

This year's WOW! Award for the best overall project went to Baker Concrete Construction in Fort LauderdaleThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its eighth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition during a ceremony at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Apr 15, 2016
Your Profit Margin and How to Know if You're Really Making Money

Making sense of your profit margins.The value to your business is best determined on a per-unit basis. However, many contractors don’t exactly make widgets for their customers. So if your primary business is something like concrete staining, polishing or stamping, I recommend you calculate your margins on a per-square-foot or per-project basis.

Jacob Webb
Apr 22, 2012
Concrete Homes Grow in Popularity and Stand the Test of Time

The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.

And although most Europeans grasped onto this concept eons ago — their dwellings are built to be passed on from generation to generation — it’s taken the less frugal Americans awhile longer to literally bring the concept home.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 6, 2004
Concrete Countertop Overlays are Finding Favor with Homeowners

Applying a countertop overlayDecorative concrete has become increasingly popular with every passing year, and has evolved from primarily flooring products to use in walls, showers and countertops. Because of the increased popularity in decorative concrete, the used of overlays has grown as well and they have a lot of advantages.

Mike Besse
May 10, 2015
Concrete Memories Brought to Life by the Concretist

A blueprint of the garage that was added to this custom homeMike Miller reminicses about the times he was asked to help complete a complex concrete projects from his past.

Michael Miller
Aug 8, 2010
Former Disney Mason Finds Success in His Own Concrete Contracting Business

Stamped concrete entryway to a restaurant also acts as a passenger drop off.The decorative concrete business often can follow a roller-coaster trajectory, with ups and downs that can challenge the stomach.

Fortunately for David Edwards and his 30-year-old company Edwards Concrete, a profitable relationship with Florida’s amusement and theme parks has played an integral role in the ride.

Joe Maty
Apr 8, 2013
Using Unique and Uncommon Building Materials to Create a Durable and Attractive Concrete Floor

When Mike "the concretist" Miller takes on a project, just about anything could get put to work on the job site. In this case, it was "sail stamps," bamboo fencing and jellybean glassWhen New Leaf Community Markets decided to construct a new 20,000-square-foot location in Santa Cruz, Calif., the flooring was one feature the company wanted to be unique, durable and representative of the beach community in which the natural food store would be located.

Erik Pisor
May 31, 2009
CSDA Releases Industry Standard and Best Practice Documents for Polished Concrete

csda headerIn response to requests by architects and engineers to resolve consistency issues associated with quality levels achieved by polished concrete surfaces, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association has released two technical documents — an industry standard and a Best Practice.

Oct 23, 2013
Contractors Strike Gold Polishing Driveways

Polishing concrete driveways is a great way to get extra cash.

Polishing contractors take note: There may be a future in grinding and sealing concrete driveways.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 4, 2012
Decorative Concrete Bigwigs Don the Pink Hat and Boa

Bent and Sheri Mikkelsen in pink hat and boa.If you were just at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show in San Antonio, you might recognize a few of these industry players.

Feb 25, 2012
Discussing Trends in Architectural Polished Concrete

Architect hand on a blueprint designWe all are aware of how important a role architects play in our industry. They are the ones advising municipalities and every type of building owner. As architects learn more about what we can do with a concrete surface they are becoming very intrigued with how much they can do.

Virgil Viscuso
Jan 24, 2013