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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.

How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealersThe issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but surprisingly very little is published regarding the same issues in decorative overlays.

Concrete Overlay Used for More than Just Concrete Floors

When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.

Placing an Overlay Over an Overlay - Is it Risky or Not?

Bright sea green acrylic stain on a microtopping over another microtopping appears 3d.It's fun to say but hard to do. Here's when and how to accomplish this feat with the least risk to you or your customer.

Nick Dancer Exhibits a Passion for Concrete

Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, IndianaAs is the story with most contractors, starting a concrete business isn’t always a straight path. For Nick Dancer of Fort Wayne, Indiana, life threw a lot of obstacles in his way but it never squelched his passion.

Pathway of White Cement Spiked with Red Glass Aggregate

French kindergarten features concrete paths with wayfinding paw printsAs part of a public kindergarten renovation project in Villemomble, France, the town approached Eqiom Bétons to present samples of finishing possibilities for the Joseph Gallieni School’s outside pathways. And, in the end, the project turned out just ducky.

Decorative Concrete Award Winners Elevate Industry Expectations

decorative concrete award winnerPassion, precision, artistry and creativity were all on display at the L. M. Scofield Co. ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards ceremony. Scofield enlists professionals from the concrete industry to judge submissions based on skill of installation, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

Tips to Prepping Heavily Pitted Ceramic Tile Prior to Decorative Concrete Application

Ceramic tile was prepped using bonding primer to better receive the decorative concrete treatment.If you think that converting 22,000 square feet of flooring from heavily pitted ceramic tile to sleek, glossy, stylish concrete isn’t hard enough, try completing your mission in a “live” supermarket. Take on the added challenge of racing the clock in the middle of the night to get one section completed before the daily load of feet and shopping-cart wheels travels over its still-unfinished and barely dry surface.

Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up.

Stone-textured Overlay Transforms Maine Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.Michael Day of Day's Concrete Floors Inc., North Monmouth, Maine, was hired in 2011 to do some serious makeover work at the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

Proper Preparation Helps Concrete Overlays Stay Strong

The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations. While I have seen the number of problems decrease more recently, there are still too many instances where an overlay is prescribed as a cure-all for anything even remotely considered a concrete problem.The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations.

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.

A Concrete Makeover in a Mall Covers Outdated Tile with Stampable Overlay

Stampable overlay was placed over existing tile to mitigate the mess.Last fall, Architectural Concrete and Design Inc. was tasked with retrofitting the concourse of nearby Valley Fair Mall with a stampable overlay system. The specifications dictated that the selected concrete system was to be installed over existing ceramic tile without any demolition.

How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be Popular

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be PopularAs metallic coatings grow in popularity, the competition is heating up. Bear in mind that the key to a mesmerizing metallic floor is the artist behind it.

Knockdown Finishes for Concrete -- A Cool Concept for the Backyard

A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall.A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall. It involves a cementitious material that is dispensed by hopper gun, applied with spatter brush, or in some cases screeded, troweled and textured with rollers or stamping tools.

Learning the Ins and Outs of Polishable Overlays

he topping is designed to be applied wet on wet between 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch thick on freshly poured concrete slabs. Thin coatings that can be polished work wonders on new and old floors, but applying them requires knowledge and skill.

Metallic Tips From Troy Lemon

Metallic epoxy flooring tips from a proWhen it comes to working with metallics, there few ways you can make the job a better experience. And getting advice from of of the best is a step up.

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.

Hand-Shaped Faux Stones Made to Look Like Tin Foil

The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular stones, each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.Ryan Neal of SBR Concrete was hired by a former client to create a basement floor that had to be not only easy to clean, but also unique. The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular "stones," each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.

Who are Luca Seminati & Maurizio Pontello, Ideal Work, Italy?

Model stands in architectural concrete structure. Europe is used to natural products to use for building materials.Introducing decorative concrete in Europe was a big challenge to a market that’s more traditionally known for materials such as natural stone, marble, wood and ceramic.

Metallic Epoxy Tips and Techniques

Using metallic epoxyMetallic floor coatings are a very exotic-looking flooring option. Unlike with solid-color pigment or chips, no two metallic floors are alike.

Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

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