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Moisture and its Effect on Polished Concrete Finishes

Moisture and its Effects on Polished ConcreteAll things in polished concrete relate to physics and chemistry. With that in mind, let’s look at how moisture interacts with concrete and polishing chemicals, with an additional focus on efflorescence.

Concrete Polishing Tips: Slow Grind Speeds, Cool Tools and Sweeping Compound Pitfalls

Grinding concreteThis is very similar to the story told in the old children’s tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” If you remember, the slow-footed tortoise won a race against the faster hare by keeping a slow, steady pace while his faster counterpart sprinted, tired and lost concentration.

Dos and Don'ts of Polishing Self-Leveling Overlays

An overlay installation starts with the product in powder form being mixed with a specific amount of cold water. Right after it's poured or pumped onto the floor you use a gauge rake to set the thickness you want the self-leveling overlay to be.Self-leveling overlays that are polishable have been around for about years now, but only recently have they really gained traction in the retail and residential markets.

Transforming Poorly Polished Concrete Floors for Profit

How to update poorly polished concrete floors.All concrete polishers are aware of the many subpar polished floors out there that are giving polished concrete a bad name. I get several calls each week asking how to fix a bad floor, so I am sure that you are dealing with this as well.

OSU Further Polishes its Image with Expansion Project

Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016. Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016.

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.

Stripping Concrete: Mechanical or Chemical?

Polished concrete floor with a high-gloss and reflective coating.When it comes to decorative concrete on floors, sometimes you have to take it off before you lay it down. Take a closer look at your two basic options when clearing the way for new work.

Critiquing Polishable Self-leveling Cementitious Toppings

Concrete construction team inspects quality of a polishable cementitious self-leveling overlay.Four manufacturers of concrete resurfacing and repair products took on the challenge presented by the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 528 last July in Seattle.

Harnessing the Advantages of Your Small Company

A set of binoculars rests on a ledge at sunset.A leader with a vision and a visionary leader are not the same. It is not enough to simply have a vision and convey the vision to a group of people. You must be emotionally intelligent to understand how to emotionally convey a vision.

Small companiess are better equipped to be successful in this way and its time to harness it.

Polishing in a Second-Story Condominium

Upscale condo with polished concrete floors.For Dancer Concrete, a recent polished concrete project on the second floor of a former school building in Indianapolis posed a tough test of skill and, thanks to some challenging logistics, strength.

Decorative Concrete Showing Up In Retail Spaces Nationwide

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

Architect Embraces Polished Concrete in Schools

Polished Concrete and Colored ConcreteAll over the country, architects who design primary and secondary schools are warming to polished concrete. Jim Ward, of Ward Scott Architecture, Tuscaloosa, Ala., is one of them. His firm’s recent project, Big Sandy Elementary School, part of the Tuscaloosa County School System, opened in 2013.

Recipe: River Rock And Roll Polished Concrete

Polished concrete hallway using the river rock and roll recipeThis complex interior treatment pairs a multihued pattern of polished concrete with natural river-stone borders and detailing.

Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished Concrete

Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished ConcreteEvery year, schools and municipalities spend millions of dollars replacing old worn-out carpet and vinyl composite tiles. The cost of replacing these traditional flooring materials is quite expensive and in most cases not at all green. For the past several years facilities are looking at polished concrete as an option.

A Look Back at Polished Concrete's First Decade

The autoscrubbers were used on this concrete floor.Polishing concrete, not unlike other new industries, begged, borrowed and stole from others in its infancy. Equipment came from the surface prep, stone restoration and cleaning industries, and as one can imagine, nothing was a perfect fit. It is still evolving today, but here is a look at where it came from.

Complying with OSHA's Dust Control Regulation

Complying with OSHA's dust control regulationStill struggling with how to meet the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements on protecting your employees from silica dust? You certainly aren’t alone.

How to Deal with Delaminations in Polished Concrete

Deliminations in polished concreteThere’s a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding delaminations in concrete. To help clear up things, let’s review different types of delaminations and associated repair options so you can use this information to better plan, manage or correct delamination issues.

Creative Color Solutions at an Epic Concrete Polishing Job

Polished concrete at high school and epic concrete polishing job.Surfacing Solutions Inc., Temecula, Calif., got a refresher on one central principle of polished concrete as the company produced some 175,000 square feet of densified concrete floor surfaces at the glittering new San Marcos High School in Southern California.

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.

The Power of Diamond Grit

Polished concrete in an Atlanta, Georgia, building was the most efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Concrete Artisan Brings Decorative Concrete to Alabama Market

Concrete floor with radials of concrete in black, yellow and red.Travel-tested diesel generators, a fleet of polishing machines and a bundle of big-name contracts - all part of how Jeff McCool and his team do decorative concrete in the Deep South.

Building Your Knowledge Bank Leads to Success in Decorative Concrete

Educating yourself in the products available can lead to success on many levels.In today’s economy, it is even more important to make an investment in the bank. In this case I’m not referring to money in the bank, though that is important. I’m referring to knowledge in your brain bank.

Innovative New Tools That Will Help the Polishing Contractor

Innovation in polished concreteThe concrete polishing industry has seen technical developments in abrasives, chemicals and equipment over the years. Most of these developments have led to polishing contractors increasing production and reducing job costs for increased profit.

Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going - Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker's comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker’s comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?

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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