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Why is My Concrete Deck Failing Where It's Exposed to the Elements?

I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.

Which Self-Leveling Products Contractors Prefer and Why

Men spreading a cementitious overlay in a large building.Self-leveling products vary widely in their makeup, so which one you choose may largely depend on what you plan to do with it.

How to Choose the Right Concrete Overlay

You need to take a good look at the subfloor structure. Is it built solid? Is there a threshold joint? If there is flex in the deck, you have to figure that in. As Thome points outThings to consider when choosing from the ever-growing array of options. Be sure to match product attributes with the substrate and the desired outcome.

Hand-carved, Powder-colored French Floor in North Carolina

stamped and stained floor in North CarolinaCheryl and Ralph Burgess, of Mackintosh on the Lake, a development in Burlington, N.C., wanted a design in their sunroom. As you can see, they got a pretty spectacular one.

Super-Krete Micro-Bond

Bright red dice done with a concrete coating at the world of concrete in 2006 by Super-Krete surrounded by sparkling black.Super-Krete's waterproof deck system. On this floor, Super-Krete Micro-Bond were applied over the company's Bond-Kote and sanded down to achieve an ultra-smooth finish.

New Ardex thin-set mortar for setting mosaics and tile
Concrete Tips: Using PVC Pipe to Draw Curves for Saw-cutting

Training class using a PVC pipe to draw a curve that will be saw cut for a design.Here’s a novel, fast and inexpensive way of saw-cutting curves on concrete overlays or toppings, using a 1⁄4" diameter PVC pipe, 4" grinder and shop-vac.

Checkered Flag Polyaspartic Garage Floor

The new Atlanta Motorsports Park in north Georgia is billed as the home of the The new Atlanta Motorsports Park in north Georgia is billed as the home of the “100 mph lunch,” where high-end owners of high-performance sports cars can channel their inner Andretti on a custom-designed, two-mile race-type course authored by the renowned Formula One architect Hermann Tilke.

Trends and Problems in a Weak Decorative Concrete Economy

The number of questions dealing with low cost and easy ways to turn a gray slab into something decorative has increased significantly over the last few months.Today's trend has less to do with any certain product and more to do with a weak economy and saving money. Just like people are finding ways to make their cars go another year to save money, so too are they are looking for ways to make their existing concrete work another year.

Growing Up in the Concrete Business

Dan Lynch Concrete Floors Marrero, LouisianaDan Lynch, a concrete artisan known for his concrete floors that look like wood, grew up in Southern Louisiana, near New Orleans, with five sisters, three brothers and a father who did concrete work. In his N’awlins drawl, Lynch says he’s “53 years young,” and he’s the only one of his siblings who still does concrete work.

Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortThe resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

Epoxy Expert Favors Broadcast Quartz

Westcoat's Quartz system on a garage floor with a gray car parked on it.Back in the ’60s, when epoxies first came along, they were often specified in food-related areas because of their ease of cleaning and resistance to germs, he says. Ramy remembers the old guys didn’t want anything to do with epoxy, so they’d paint the walls and the young guys would handle the floors.

How to Choose an Overlay From the Four Different Types

Stampable Overlay from Butterfield Color There are four different overlay systems used in creating decorative concrete floors: microtoppings, stampable overlays, multipurpose overlays and self-leveling overlays. All have different characters and makeups with which to achieve decorative looks.

One Day Stain Offers Quick Return-to-Service Time

Phoenix restaurant features a floor colored with iCoat's One Day Stain in medium gray with a brown accent. The area seen here at the hostess stand near the restaurant entrance is where a red-colored slab placed in 1957 meets up with a new pour.One Day Stain from iCoat eliminates down time with a quick turnaround from start to finish.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

The Importance of Bonding Primers on Concrete

Decorative concrete work done at a 22,000-square-foot Heinen's Supermarket in the Cleveland area. Bonding primers were used to help concrete adhere to ceramic tile.A primer on primers! Here's some information on pretreatments that will stick with you. So the use of bonding primers can serve two purposes when applied to concrete before topcoating, sealing the concrete surface and developing a bond line for a coating or topping to bond to the substrate.

The Beauty of Troweled Overlays

Concrete contractors troweling a large floor expanse.

Like an artist's paintbrush on canvas, the trowel can create a wide variety of effects on overlays.

Sometimes there's no better way to finish a cementitious topping than to get down on your hands and kneeboards and go to town with a trowel.

New Showroom Features All the Glamour of Polishable Overlays

top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.When Productivity Inc. built a new showroom in Minneapolis, Minn., more than three years ago, the company chose to top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.

Tips and Hints from the Concrete Pros

A well trained dog holding a ball on his nose. a small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.A small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.

Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?
quartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlays

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Maritime Museum Gets a Decorative Concrete Upgrade

Maritime museum with woodplank concrete floorsHurricane proof concrete planks made to look like the original wood floor of the museum were the perfect touch. Durable, easy to clean and homey, the North Caroline Maritime Museum couldn't have asked for a better fit.

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.

Auto Painter Turned Decorative Concrete Mastermind

Awesome concrete wall looks like sediment layers of an actual cliff.Let’s get the question out of the way that you undoubtedly are itching to ask: Is it a jungle out there for California transplant Steve Kroo and Concrete Jungle, his Northridge decorative concrete business?

Decorative Concrete Overlay Transforms Golf Club

Look at the concrete overlay system that mimics a brick paver look.This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

Concrete Contractor Touts His Hardworking Team as the Key to His Success

A look at the Puma store with gray concrete overlay on the floor.For Martin R. Smith, president of Rockerz Inc., running a successful business is all about the people on your team. “I’m really driven, myself,” he says, “and I like to hire people who rise to the challenge. Personality, to me, is what sets certain people apart.”

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