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Tile Finish for Resurfaced Concrete Floors

Mix small amounts of the Terra Cotta Color Hardener with water. (The amount of the color hardener you use will depend on the shade of the color you desire.)For your next resurfacing project, try this crisp, clean tile design

Weather Affects Set Time of Stamped Concrete Overlays

A formerly drab concrete driveway comes alive with an Italian slate pattern.When working with stamped concrete overlays, experts caution you to keep your eye on weather and temperature conditions

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.

Decorative Concrete Overlays: The Power is in the Polymer

EVA is actually a blend of ethylene acetate and vinyl acetate. Not surprisingly, vinyl acetate's most recognized application is as the main ingredient in Elmer's glue and wood glue.There are two common polymer types used by most decorative overlay manufacturers: ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and acrylic.

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.

Concretivity, from Couture Concrete Systems
Going From Good to Great using Overlays and Microtoppings

Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll.Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll. How do you go from doing what anyone can do to creating your own distinctive look and giving customers exceptional projects?

Getting the Right Profile with Surface Preparation

A man running a surface prep machine to get his floor ready for a concrete applicationSurface prep is not the most creative part of a decorative concrete project, but it’s also rarely the same old grind.

Stone Strips Make Creating Flagstone Patterns a Snap

Precut stone strips flagstone shaped stencilsCreating a flagstone pattern on concrete has long been a tedious job even for the most skilled technicians. But thanks to a product by Westcoat called Stone Strips, making custom flagstone patterns on a decorative concrete overlay just got a whole lot easier.

Concrete Countertop Overlays are Finding Favor with Homeowners

Applying a countertop overlayDecorative concrete has become increasingly popular with every passing year, and has evolved from primarily flooring products to use in walls, showers and countertops. Because of the increased popularity in decorative concrete, the used of overlays has grown as well and they have a lot of advantages.

Custom Concrete Floors for a Growing Food Service Chain

They had been searching for a system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the D├╝raamen overlay products would be a good fit.Potbelly Sandwich Works had been searching for a flooring system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the Düraamen overlay products would be a good fit.

Wayfinding Colors on a Dentist's Concrete Floor

Decorative microtopping concrete floor - The artwork depicts kites, after all. No doubt youthful patients warm to the imagery and the idea behind its creation -- a diversion in an otherwise angst-generating setting (the dentist's office) that also serves as a fun, innovative way to guide patients and parents to the proper doors.The artwork depicts kites, after all. No doubt youthful patients warm to the imagery and the idea behind its creation — a diversion in an otherwise angst-generating setting (the dentist’s office) that also serves as a fun, innovative way to guide patients and parents to the proper doors.

A Volcanic Concrete Floor at the Discovery Children's Museum

A Volcanic Concrete Floor at the Discovery Children's MuseumThe moment you step through the doors of the Children’s Discovery Museum in central Las Vegas, you know you are in for a treat. The museum promises in its mission a “vibrant and engaging experience” for children from all walks of life.

Easy to use Breathable Epoxy Coatings

Large roller applicator for concrete overlays. Vexcon Chemicals PowerCoat OneVexcon Chemicals Inc., which has manufactured epoxies under the PowerCoat brand for more than 15 years, has become the first company to introduce breathable epoxies to the market.

Concrete Entrepreneur Founds Three Businesses

woodplank concrete overlay floorsA decade after he entered the concrete industry as an installer, Keefe Duhon is owner/president of three separate and successful companies based in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Fast Install of Microtoppings in Old Building Pushes Concrete Contractor to the Limit

Concrete floor with cementitious overlays Concrete Concepts of NJ Inc. collectively burned some major calories when installing new flooring at the Weight Watchers International corporate offices in New York City.

Vertical Concrete Overlays: Decorative and Durable

Vertical concrete overlays - Designs are unlimited. By stamping or carving, contractors can create geometric patterns, complicated forest scenes and even faux dinosaur fossils. A huge range of colors is available using integrals or acid stains.Owners of commercial and retail establishments are discovering the benefits of beautiful, easy-to-clean concrete walls.

Hollywood Plasterer Uses Concrete Overlays to Make Movie Sets

Concrete uses are endless this ship is made from concrete overlays but looks like the real thing on the movie set in Hollywood.

Remember the ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"? Or the John Harvard statue that students gathered around during the hazing scene in "The Social Network"? What about the boat dock from the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?

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.

Precast Cement Coving for Floor Coatings and Overlays

Cement coving for floor coating systems keeps a clean edge to an epoxy coating with not sharp corners for dirt to get stuck in.You find them on the floors of restrooms, kitchens and hospitals, among other places: curved, angle-free baseboards called "rolled radius cove." They've been called "ship's cove," too, because they were invented for use on ships to make floors easier to swab clean.

Pigment Peculiarities

A vibrantly colored surface may not seem like the end of the world, but the color difference between the surface and the underlying concrete can pose problems not only in the case of damage somewhere down the line, but also just in the process of finishing the slab.Any time you’re dealing with integral color, the key to success is getting a nice, even distribution of pigment. The key to that, in turn, is managing the water-to-cement ratio in your mix.

Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near poolJulio Hallack isn’t really a magician. Still, what else can you call a contractor who pulls off the nearly impossible: completing a 25,000-square-foot pool deck restoration for the ritzy Claremont Hotel Club & Spa while the facility remained open?

Super Overlay System

Super-Krete overlay systemThis recipe by Super-Krete will achieve a unique and classy look. Follow the step by step process outlined here to find success.

Tips and Techniques: Polishable Overlay Installation

The Nordstrom Rack clothing store in Aventura, Fla., contains 7,000 square feet of polished overlay, including this aisle. The project is the work of Creative Concrete Services, Lakeland, Fla. Photos courtesy of CTS Cement ManufacturingIn terms of decorative options, existing concrete slabs are limited to topical color systems. In many cases these coloration processes are subject to fading and wear and are sensitive in high-moisture environments. You’ll find more versatility in 3/8-inch concrete overlays. Not only do you have a choice of UV-stable integral colors, but you can also choose from several types of aggregates.

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.

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