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Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
5 Facts Regarding the Business of Stenciled Concrete

For years, it seemed to me that people thought stenciled concrete was the bastard child of decorative concrete. I never really understood that.For years, it seemed to me that people thought stenciled concrete was the bastard child of decorative concrete. I never really understood that.

Todd Rose
Feb 10, 2011
Art Professors Talk Color Perception and Texture in Concrete and More

Different background colors can affect the way you perceive color.Concrete Decor asked a trio of art instructors from Southern Arkansas University to share their perspectives on concrete, color and texture.

Editors
May 8, 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
Earth-Centered Projects Pavilion Links to Natural History

embedding fossils and other prehistoric artifacts in decorative strips in the wallsAt Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California, learning sometimes takes the form of a hands-on experience. And there’s no more powerful example of this approach to education than the school’s special projects pavilion, part of the recently completed Science Education and Research Facility.

Joe Maty
Jul 28, 2016
Cleaning Concrete Correctly is Critical Before Applying Coatings

Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating's success.Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating’s success. Contractors must carefully evaluate the substrate and its condition to determine what cleaner or degreaser is needed and how it should be applied.

Rob Spiegel
Aug 15, 2018
Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in London

Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in LondonHugo Bugg designed the Waterscape Garden, one of 16 show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, highlighting global water issues by mimicking nature’s way of slowing down water, set in an elegant environment.

Editors
May 20, 2014
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
Layering Color with Acid Stains on Concrete

Rule of thumb that says lighter acid stain colors first, darker colors on top. If you do it the other way around, chances are the darker color will swallow up the lighter one.There are as many techniques for layering stains as there are concrete artisans. Here are tips from some of the best in the trade.

Editors
May 11, 2005
Hybrid Concrete Sealer Promises a Change for the Better

brown decorative concrete It’s no secret that most people think sealers are the Achilles’ heel of decorative concrete. You can do nearly everything perfectly while installing your concrete masterpiece only to have something like a sealer decimate all your good efforts.

Doug Carlton
Jan 1, 2016
Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
What Do I Tell the Owner About Those Ghost VCT Lines?

VCT Tile ghosting on polished concrete floor. How to remove ghosting.So we’re in the early stages of a polishing project after the old VCT (vinyl composition tile) has been removed. We’re progressing with initial grinding diamonds to open the floor, only to have the building owner walk through and complain, “What happened to my floor? What are all those lines? Is my floor ruined?

Jennifer Faller
May 30, 2010
Vegas Artisan Puts Fresh Concrete Stamp on Venerable Casino

Stamped concrete walkway in Las VegasWith its 1,149-foot “space needle,” the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is a Las Vegas landmark. When its owners, American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, remodeled it inside and out in fall 2012, they asked Owen Ondrisko, of Stampco Concrete, Henderson, Nevada, to design landscaping and concrete for the approaches to the building.

Gail Elber
May 14, 2014
Going Vertical with Reactive Concrete Stains

When it comes to application, contractors lean toward spraying, although some may use a sponge or foam brush to achieve a special effect. Kemiko recommends an all-plastic handheld garden sprayer. Discover why vertical staining is catching on despite some application challenges.

John Strieder
Jun 18, 2006
High-End Furniture Store Opts for Polished Concrete

High-end furniture store installs polished concrete to hold up to their increasing foot traffic.Over the years, wear and tear got the best of the carpet in this furniture store and the folks at Roche-Bobois decided it was time for a new look: Polished Concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2007
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