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Polished Concrete Gloss Testing: Think it Over Before You Commit

portable gloss meters Polished concrete - how does one quantify it? Well, one direction that some installers, equipment makers and chemical densifier manufacturers have taken is to include gloss testing in their specifications. When used correctly, as an objective tool, gloss testing can help installers provide quantifiable evidence of their work.

Polished Concrete Floor at Meadowdale Middle School

Picture the elementary school you attended. The floors were probably concrete covered by institutional-style vinyl tile or commercial-grade carpet. In a word, boring.Picture the elementary school you attended. The floors were probably concrete covered by institutional-style vinyl tile or commercial-grade carpet. In a word, boring.

Thoughts on Polishing: The Lack of Maintenance Standards is a Debacle

Maintaining polished concrete can be confusing from the abundance of systems in the marketplaceThe polished concrete industry has been plagued with a slew of maintenance systems that confuse and aggravate end users of polished concrete. Many suppliers of tools, equipment, chemicals and cleaning products rush to offer systems of maintenance, none of them adequately tested or proven.

Two Money-Making Alternatives for Polishing Contractors

Dollar bills lying on top of each other.As business owners, as soon as we open our eyes each day, we begin to think and search. Where are we going to find more work for our crews? Besides the usual options of bidding on new construction projects, refurbishing old polish jobs or removing epoxy coatings, there must be other ways to make money with our equipment and skills.

Reflecting on Polished Concrete and How To Continue Improving Your Skills

A person climbing steps- looking to get better with every lesson and every job.We're good, but we're not perfect. Once we start thinking that we know everything, or that polished concrete is right for every situation, then we are in trouble. In this economy, we cannot afford a single misstep. Now is the time to focus on running a business correctly, and that includes being aboveboard and ethical in dealings with our customers and vendors.

The Comedy Carpet in England Uses Concrete To Pay Homage to Humor

Graphic artist who created The Comedy Carpet poses with his final piece.I would bet that when you think about concrete, humor is not the first word that comes to mind. Then again, you aren’t Gordon Young.

Improved Practices Make Better Polished Concrete School Floors

A high school in Yakima Washington with polished concrete floors in the hallway.On of the advantages of landing a contract for several polishing jobs is that the later ones can improve on the minor missteps of the earlier ones. A recent pair of jobs for the Yakima, Wash., School District is a classic case in point.

Setting Expectations for Polished Concrete -- 'The Look'

In the early days of our industry, for every new process introduced, accountability seemed to lag a few years behind.Polished concrete is a young industry. Surveying the processes and technological advancements over the last 15-20 years, it’s apparent the industry has continued to grow and discover new, faster— and not always better— ways of achieving unique, shiny floors.

L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards

turtle stained into concreteThe sixth annual Decorative Concrete Awards were announced recently by sponsor L. M. Scofield Co. The contest honors contractors and designers who use Scofield decorative concrete materials.

This year, for the first time, the contest was divided into six categories.

Art Museum Installs Polished Concrete Floors to Enhance Exhibits

A pit of black rocks sits underneath the stairwell.At the Tampa Museum of Art, all eyes are on the compelling paintings, photographs and sculptures. And the building itself evokes an essence that’s subtle and serene so as not to detract from the art on display.

How to Choose Abrasives for Polishing Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business.The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

White Concrete Poses Particular Challenges for Installers

Space in JC Penney was a challenge with the white concrete used.The biggest issue contractors confronted during J.C. Penney Co.’s Wave 2 of renovations in August concerned the whiteness of the Izod shops’ burnished floors.

Four Ways to Grow Your Decorative Concrete Business While Staying Solvent

concrete business financial aspectsConcrete contractors are inundated with small tips and tricks that hopefully one day will help them out in specific situations. Very rarely does anyone talk about business or industry growth as it relates to your specific company.

Here are four things that will help you and your polishing business today.

Concrete Cracks Fixed by Hand While Restoring Historic Theater Floor

90 year old concrete slab that has been ground and polished to it's natural buff color in Washing Court House, Ohio.When broker-auctioneer Jason Langley purchased the nearly 90-year-old Fayette Theatre in Washington Court House, a small town in Ohio located between Cincinnati and Columbus, improving the local landmark’s 3,000-square-foot concrete floor was a top priority.

Looking Back at the Year in Polished Concrete

A look back at the year in polished concretePeter Wagner looks back on the industry of polished concrete during the Great Recession all while keeping perspective and hope of the future in mind.

An Overview on Some of the Newest Concrete Grinders on the Market

Eagle Solutions -- SP13A look at the various grinders on the market and their benefits for you and your decorative concrete polishing business.

ACI Releases Long-Awaited Decorative Concrete Standards Guide

ACI Decorative Concrete Standards GuideMany years in the making and rigorously reviewed by dozens of experts in the field, the much-anticipated 310R-13 Guide to Decorative Concrete was officially published by the American Concrete Institute in December 2013.

Concrete Grinding Takes Slope Management to a Whole New Level

At Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, speed alone isn't the magnet that draws stock-car racing fans to the track's major racing events.At Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, speed alone isn’t the magnet that draws stock-car racing fans to the track’s major racing events.

Mock-ups of Decorative Concrete Jobs Make Sense

Definition of mock-upYou can fine-tune your concrete polishing bid by figuring out before the job begins how the concrete is going to grind, what diamonds you will need and how to prepare. Walk on the slab, pour some water on it, scratch at it and put a diamond on it.

How to Keep Punch Lists from Pulverizing Your Profits

The final checklist graphicA “punch list” is the final review of a project. It is usually completed by the project architect and is most often completed after the project has reached a milestone called “substantial completion.” And for a decorative concrete contractor, the punch list is probably the single largest money-losing piece of a project.

Concrete Polished Floor for Nike Retail Store in Puerto Rico

Polished concrete floor in a Nike retail store in Puerto RicoPolishing concrete on a tropical island may sound like a dream job, but there are some challenges to working in this environment. Brian Chafins is a project foreman at Preferred Global, where he maintains production levels on flooring projects and manages job installs.

When to Use or Not Use Dry-Shake Color Hardener

Throwing color hardener on concrete.Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

Incorporating Decorative Concrete into Public Schools

The school, which focuses on a concept called play-based learning, tries to make everything the students do count as a learning experience -- even when they are on the playground.From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

J.C. Penney, Concrete Product Makers Join Forces to Launch Remodels

he Original Arizona Jeans Co. shop has a more rustic feel, even though both shops feature the same polished gray concrete floors.When word hit the street that J.C. Penney Co. would ask concrete polishing contractors to help renovate its department stores across the country as part of a master plan to reinvent the chain, the news was well-received by manufacturers and suppliers of architectural and polished concrete materials.

Cold-Weather Concrete Pours and Early Polishes

Pouring concrete in cold weatherAs we come out of the winter, I always deal with multiple polishing projects where the concrete was placed during cold temperatures. Although there are ACI standards for cold-weather placements, I still experience quite a few slabs that have issues related to cold weather.

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