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Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 5, 2011
Drying Phases of Concrete Sealers: The Difference Between Drying and Curing

Applying Concrete Sealer - Sealers and coatings, for the most part, go through the same phases as they dry and/or cure. Before explaining these phases, it is important to know that while all sealers and coatings dry, some also cure as they dry.Sealers and coatings, for the most part, go through the same phases as they dry and/or cure. Before explaining these phases, it is important to know that while all sealers and coatings dry, some also cure as they dry.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 5, 2015
A Guide to Turning Ordinary Steps into Colorful Decorative Concrete Steps

Pour the concrete as dry as possible to eliminate pressure against your formwork, and take your time. You may try vibrating or tapping the riser lightly to eliminate all voids on the vertical surface of the form liner.A seasoned concrete contractor offers a step-by-step guide for success with decorative concrete steps.

Editors
A Veteran Concrete Floor Guy Takes on a High-End Cast-in-Place Countertop

Cast in place concrete countertopIt all started when I got a call from interior designer Julie Doran. Been a long time. Where you been? “Second career as a flight attendant, third career as a full-time mom. Now, I’m back into design.” What’s up? “Got a new client. I’m designing a tricked-out outdoor kitchen. I think you may be just the guy to do the countertops.”

Michael Miller
Apr 21, 2014
Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Erin F. Ansley
May 31, 2009
Going Vertical with Cementitious Overlays

Vertically carved concrete overlay that takes on the look of soft brick in muted earth tone colors.Overlays aren’t just for floors anymore. Take your stamping, stenciling and other artistic techniques and put ‘em on the wall.

David Thompson
Mar 7, 2004
Up Close with Versatile Building Products

Near a clothing store dressing room is a sun stained on a concrete overlay surrounded by blue, green, and tan stained floor.Versatility is the name of the game with Versatile Building Products' floor and decking products.

John Strieder
Feb 18, 2004
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
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.

Joe Maty
Dec 19, 2012
New Planetary Grinders Offer More Choices to Countertop Fabricators

One of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technologyOne of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technology - machines that have multiple grinding heads, allowing fabricators to cover a large radius of material at a time and achieve an extra-flat result.

Editors
Sep 5, 2010
Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 8, 2004
Concrete Industry Training Puts Your Company Ahead of the Pack

Hands-on training has proven to be an effective way for newcomers in the decorative concrete industry to learn from the experienced contractorsWith the rise in popularity of decorative concrete, quality training and education has become of the utmost importance. Concrete training institutes are springing up around the country, and have become an essential piece of the puzzle to help your company rise above your competition.

Bruce Hackett
The Pentagon: Concrete Contractors Helped Heal the Country By Getting to Work

The replicated wall of the Pentagon.As the nation came to terms with their grief and outrage of the September 11th attack, others stepped into the debris and began to clear a path for rebirth in hopes that by rebuilding the physical structures that had been destroyed.

Christianna McCausland
Feb 4, 2002
Understanding the Importance of Image Resolution In Photography

blurry image of concreteConcrete is a material with great strengths but portability is not commonly one of them. Great photography helps overcome this obstacle.

Jay Thompson
Aug 6, 2015
Things to Consider When Planning Your First Concrete Hardscape

 Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history.Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history.

Doug Carlton
May 1, 2014
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