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What's New In Decorative Concrete

decorative concrete newsWhat’s new in decorative concrete? That was a popular question that came my way multiple times during the recent World of Concrete. I realize my name is out there, but I’m a long way from having a crystal ball to be able to predict what the future of our industry holds.

The Nanotechnology Trend in Decorative Concrete: Hype or Reality?

Green and purple microscopic looking spheres.Nanotechnology is everywhere. It seems to be the new buzzword in the decorative concrete industry. Now, nanotechnology has become the magic ingredient in any number of sealers, coatings and stains. I This article explores exactly what nanotechnology is and what benefits it brings to the decorative industry.

Art Museum Now Has a Parking Garage Worthy of its Mission

Polished concrete at Kimball Art MuseumThe Kimbell Art Museum houses one of the country’s most well-known collections of art. The original building, designed in 1966 by Louis I. Kahn, opened in 1972. In 2010, ground was broken on an expansion, this time utilizing the design of Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Use of Penetrating Sealers on Concrete is on the Rise

dull concrete surface being enhanced with penetrating sealerThe decorative industry grew up on the “one size fits all” high-gloss sealer which was the go-to coating for decades. While high gloss is still widely used, low-gloss and natural finishes in the decorative concrete industry have been gaining momentum as homeowners, architects and designers seek more ecofriendly, green and natural-looking sealing options.

Contemporary Art Deco Decorative Concrete Garage

To achieve the charcoal hue, he combined black quartz granules at a 75 percent ratio and smoke quartz granules at a 25 percent ratio, then added gold metallic flakes (Sulyn Industries' Gold Craft Glitter) at 5 percent of the blend.ick Fischer’s technical knowledge and artistic abilities make him a double threat in the decorative concrete world. He began his career in custom automobile painting and restoration, then moved into decorative paint finishes in commercial and residential spaces.

Epoxy Floors in BoHouse Café Match the Artsy Vibe of the Restaurant

Located along "The Walk" of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence, the BoHouse Café gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line.The BoHouse Café in Dubai gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line. On the café's ground floor, swirling rainbow stripes, sparkling clouds and colorful disks and hearts pop against a radiant white background.

Get the Rock Look With Epoxy-Bonded Stone Systems

If you're looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives -- some old, some new -- just waiting to be explored.If you’re looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives — some old, some new — just waiting to be explored.

Foundation Armor Before and After of Stamped Concrete Floor

The after look has a glossy sheen that makes the different heights shine.A stamped concrete floor with a solvent-based acrylic that was applied one year ago. The applicator wanted to see what the floor would look like with Armor Blush Repair and Armor AR350 sealer before doing the entire floor.

Solving Sealer Problems

Preparing concrete for the application of sealer.There are three things in this world that have room for improvement: cell phones, microwave popcorn and, you guessed it, concrete sealers. There have been more prayers and cuss words offered up regarding sealers than over any other decorative concrete issue.

Revive Color Refresher from L. M. Scofield Co.

A close up look of control joints on a red concrete patio.It’s a fact we have to face — everything ages. And colored concrete is not immune. Sometimes it fades to a soft, mellow color, but often it just becomes dull and lifeless. Or worse, later repairs and additions don’t match.

What Causes Hot-tire Pickup on Stamped Concrete?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

Debunking Common Decorative Concrete Myths

Concrete overlay that has flaked off due to improper surface preparation.“Just apply a decorative overlay and it will hide everything.” Or, “Use acid to strip that sealer.” These are just a couple of the myths or just plain wrong recommendations concrete contractors may have come across recently.

Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

Treating Concrete with Densifiers Increases Compressive and Tensile Strength

Densifiers penetrate into concrete, then chemically react with the calcium hydroxide within the surface of the concrete.Treating concrete with densifiers increases compressive and tensile strength while adding moisture- and abrasion-resistance.

Recipe: Terrific Terrazzo

Inspired by the rotors of the helicopters the client manufactures, this intricate, precise design shows off not only the contractor's technical aptitude but also terrazzo's design versatility.Our regular feature offers two step-by-step description of a unique floor that was created with good old terrazzo.

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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.

Metallic Epoxies Shine Bright in Car Dealership

A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.

Lightweight Concrete Topping Provides Seamless Walls and Flooring

concrete walls with stairs. Honestone Seamless Flooring Systems in Tuggerah, New South Wales, is responsible for some of Australia's most cutting-edge decorative concrete projects. Honestone Seamless Flooring Systems in Tuggerah, New South Wales, is responsible for some of Australia’s most cutting-edge decorative concrete projects.

Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

Contractor Finds Cure for Vintage-Car Studio's Coatings Headache

Contractor finds cure for vintage-car studio's concrete coatings headacheAudiences in France loved the comedy of Jerry Lewis in his Hollywood heyday. Go figure. So, should it be a baffling head-scratcher to learn about a billionaire Italian jewelry and luxury goods magnate being smitten with vintage Buicks?

How to Compete With and Win Against DIY Garage Floor Kits

If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers' mind.If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers’ mind.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Epoxy Floors in White Sox Team Colors at Chicago Sports Depot

A stem of leaves in white epoxy on a gray epoxy floor in the team store.A Chicago sports lover’s paradise opened in January 2012: the Chicago Sports Depot, a two-story, 12,000-square-foot retail facility located adjacent to U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox baseball team) that offers fans an extensive collection of merchandise and they enjoy decorative concrete in the process.

Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped. Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

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