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Repair Concrete Cracks in the Substrate to Avoid Cracks in your Overlay

Before attempting to cover concrete with any type of product you must repair the cracks in the surface or they will show through.Most cracks in a substrate will telegraph through overlays if not prepared properly, so spend the extra time and dollars to prep the area correctly. If you repair problem areas prior to installing an overlay you will minimize the chances of cracks in your overlay.

Brian Vicari
Nov 5, 2005
Color Makes The World Go 'Round: Using the Color Wheel to Make Concrete Color Choices

color wheelA color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.

Editors
Dec 4, 2001
Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Unique Challenges of using UV-Cured Concrete Coatings

Coatings that cure when exposed to ultraviolet light pose unique challenges for artisans and contractors, but the performance and cure speed of these materials may make them worth it.Coatings that cure when exposed to ultraviolet light pose unique challenges for artisans and contractors, but the performance and cure speed of these materials may make them worth it.

Amy Johhson
Aug 8, 2010
Limestone-based Overlays are a Regional Phenomenon

Limestone Overlays Popular in Some Areas, Unknown in OthersI’ve always been curious why certain decorative systems and finishes take hold only in certain regions of the country, while others are universal in their appeal and demand. The answer lies somewhere between perception, demand and what the market is offering.

Chris Sullivan
Sep 25, 2017
Kia Ricchi of Centerline Production: Concrete in Public Works

Large colorful concrete reef made by Kia Ricchi Kia Ricchi of Centerline Productions takes her love of sculpting to new heights with the use of concrete.

Ester Brody
Aug 20, 2002
Decorative Concrete: Is it art? Or is it concrete work?

Concrete art circles in blues, browns and oranges gives life to an otherwise simple room.Concrete is being used as a final interior flooring surface in direct competition with wood, tile, marble, and slate. Concrete surfaces can be stained, scored, sandblasted, overlayed and stamped — or a combination of the above.

Jim Peterson
Oct 11, 2001
Architectural Concrete at San Diego International Airport

Architectural and decorative concrete in San Diego airportExpanding Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport was the largest improvement project in the airport’s 81-year history. The expansion — dubbed “The Green Build” because of the airport authority’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly materials and methods — cost $907 million and at peak construction created 1,000 jobs.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 8, 2014
The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Editors
Apr 1, 2006
Colored Pervious Concrete Used in Award-Winning Park

Water dripping through pervious concrete sample.With the addition of color and increased attention to texture and detail, pervious concrete is now being specified for public parks, fine residences, and other hardscapes where appearance is as important to the environment as drainage.

Michael Chusind
Dec 24, 2005
Special Considerations for Outdoor Cast Concrete

Outdoor kitchen with a lush green background.Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and special considerations must be made in order to ensure concrete's durability, longevity and aesthetics in these applications.

Jeffrey Girard
May 9, 2011
University Facility Gets High Marks Thanks to Innovative Flooring Solution

Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Editors
Nov 9, 2015
Dishing Up Decorative Concrete One Restaurant at a Time

A concrete bartop in a restaurant in San Diego serves its customers wellTo sample just a few of the flavors of decorative concrete that can be found in the newest restaurants, follow us to Modesto, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Covington, La., and St. Louis, Mo.

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 9, 2010
Will Better Understanding of Polishing Help Us Reach Our Full Potential?

A full palette of concrete dye colors have been placed in this polished concrete to show the different options to clients.We’ve grown up, and now we have to act accordingly, and in unison, for our industry to reach its true potential. We all need to truly understand the process.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Feb 13, 2008
New product spotlight: SS ColorSystem

SS ColorSystem has a much more vibrant and consistent color than acid stains, and as being easier to apply.For many years, customers have been asking SealSource LLC for a densifier with color. As company CEO Kym Nelson reports, they may be the first company to offer a densifier that includes coloring pigments: SS ColorSystem, a penetrating, chemical densifier available in a wide range of colors.

Editors
Aug 26, 2005
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