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Decorative Overlays Exhibit Various Types of Cracking

tan cracked concrete floorIn a recent week, I’ve had two overlay projects with cracking. The first project had lots of short random cracks, the longest about 3 inches long. We noticed them the afternoon of the same day the overlay was applied.

Chris Sullivan
Sep 6, 2016
Architectural Concrete Bridge Honors Native Americans

Gold Line Light-Rail Bridge, Arcadia, California - Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region's pre-modern heritage?Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region’s pre-modern heritage?

Joe Maty
Oct 2, 2014
Concrete Overlay Tops Gypcrete at Jewelry Store

overlay a concrete floor over gypcreteThey wanted to polish the concrete floors at their new location on Weybosset Street, in Providence, R.I. One problem — the substrate in the building was gypcrete and not polishable. Typical overlay products won’t bond to gypcrete. A clear-cut job was becoming complex.

Chris Mayo
Feb 1, 2014
Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete WorkThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Oct 5, 2015
Concrete Questions: Can You Restore Solvent-Based Concrete Sealers?

Rolling Xylene onto a dull sealed concrete surface to re-emulsify the coating.Question: I have a 5-year-old stamped concrete patio that has not been resealed since being installed. The sealer is cloudy in some areas and in other areas looks like there is no sealer at all. Do I need to reseal or is there something I can do to bring back the original look and luster of the sealer?

Chris Sullivan
May 21, 2013
Fixes for Common Concrete Surface Color Problems

Looking up into a rainbow colored umbrellaUnfortunately, complaints about how color turns out are an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Complaints can involve but are not limited to integrally colored concrete, color-hardened concrete, stamped and textured concrete and stained concrete.

Chris Sullivan
Aug 3, 2011
The Challenges of Applying High-Performance Sealers

As high-performance coatings become more commonplace in decorative applications, so do the problems associated with using them.As high-performance coatings become more commonplace in decorative applications, so do the problems associated with using them. Unlike acrylic sealers, high-performance coatings (polyurethane, epoxy, polyaspartic and polyurea) are not as forgiving when it comes to application, or more specifically, reapplication.

Chris Sullivan
Dec 20, 2012
How did David Jack Corp. produce 480 countertops in just six weeks?

Piles of concrete countertops made for a client who had a short time frame for the order.Burbank, Calif., contractor David Jack Corp. specializes in countertops. So when Los Angeles-based Reform Furniture hired the firm to cast a group of workstation tops for a client back East, it was business as usual -- with one exception.

John Strieder
Nov 17, 2005
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
Concrete Surface Retarders Deliver Practical Results with a Little Artistry

To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons.To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons. They’re easy to work with, relatively inexpensive — especially considering the costly alternatives of sandblasting or acid washing — and can be used to create endless textures and designs.

David Searls
Apr 10, 2017
Remodel of Auditorium Calls for Polished Concrete

The Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSSG) members and suppliers collaborated to rejuvenate the flooring in the iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California with polished concrete.The Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSSG) members and suppliers collaborated to rejuvenate the flooring in the iconic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

Editors
Oct 18, 2016
Integral Concrete Color Specialists Share their Tips for Success

KML Finishers prepare steps for using concrete release agent and then stamping a concrete sidewalk.Color specialists offer advice for getting the look that you — and your customers — are counting on.

Amy Johnson
Jun 1, 2005
Using F-Numbers to Measure a Concrete Floor's Flatness

the flatness and levelness of the slab must be measured and documented once a slab is bull-floated, vibrated, pan- troweled and steel troweled.There are two types of F-numbers, which measure floor flatness and levelness respectively. Industry expert Allen Face is the creator of the F-number system, as well as the inventor of several measurement instruments and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology.

Jennifer A. Faller
Jun 5, 2012
Opaque Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Floors

Roll out epoxy floor coatings in your garage adding a bit of fun with mica chips.Sometimes paint is simply the best choice for a concrete floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 6, 2006
Mastering Polishing Specifications for Success and Profit

Mastering polishing specs graphic.The time will come when a general contractor, architect or another flooring contractor will ask you to bid on polishing floors in a new construction project.

Jennifer A. Faller
Oct 8, 2013
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