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Best Practices for Attaching Wood to Concrete

Best Practices for Attaching Wood to ConcreteConcrete is not the easiest material to work with, especially if you’re trying to build a structure (like a house) that involves the use of both concrete and wood products. Fortunately, there are many ways to make the transition from concrete floors and wall frames to wood floors and drywall. Most masonry contractors have their favorites, but the newer members of the crew might not.

February 7, 2018
How to Safely Clean and Restore Modern Hard Surfaces

This often results in revealing the fine aggregate (generally sand) beneath the surface and partially or almost completely removing the finish, including the color.Pressure or power washing has traditionally been used as the standard to clean and maintain exterior hard surfaces or hardscaping. This cleaning process has rendered acceptable results for years because the standard surface to be cleaned was a basic flat concrete finish without color.

December 6, 2017
It's Hard to Beat Ancient Concrete

Concrete that has stood against the test of time, weather, pollution and people.From highways and buildings to homes and sidewalks, so many things you see around you are made partially or entirely of concrete. Most people assume concrete is a fairly modern invention, right? No way! Actually, concrete was used 2,000 years ago in the Roman Empire. In fact, it looks like it was better quality concrete than we can manufacture today.

September 27, 2017
A Friend of Mine Named Bill Shorey

Bill (a.k.a. “The Colorman”) passed away a week prior to the 2007 World of Concrete show. He worked as a Product Specialist for Spec-West, a construction supply store in Sacramento, Calif.

September 19, 2017
Are Outdoor Concrete Sealers Really Necessary?

Technologically advanced sealers preserve the efficacy and strength of concrete installed outdoors. If you have done any research on concrete, you have probably noticed that experts recommend using outdoor concrete sealers.

August 10, 2017
Choosing the Right Mixing Option: Continuous, Batch or Hand Mixing

two contractors troweling concreteTraditional hand mixing, batch mixing and continuous mixing give contractors options when choosing how to mix material on the job site. Here’s how they break down.

August 2, 2017
Get Around the Labor Shortage by Maximizing Efficiency

two contractors troweling concreteLabor shortage is an ongoing trend we’re seeing across the board in the construction industry today. It’s not that there aren’t enough jobs – there are too many jobs and not enough skilled workers to fill them.

July 27, 2017
How To Make Your Concrete Sparkle

patio with sparkle grain concrete productSparkle Grain is a way to expose brilliant sparkle on surfaces that look like a sea of diamonds when sunlight or streetlights hit it.

July 19, 2017
Experiencing Venice's Rich History At Ideal Work's 20th Anniversary

doge's palace decorative concrete floor with border This past Friday, July 7, I had the special opportunity to visit Venice by invitation of Italian-based Ideal Work, which was celebrating its 20th year in business.

July 12, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry Part 5: Carve Coat Mix Design and Application Technique

joshua annis vertical concrete artistry carve coat We've been covering a majestic pool in Temecula, California, from start to finish, and now we finally get to the part everyone is always waiting for: the carve coat.

July 5, 2017
3 Surface Prep Tips You Wouldn't Think Of On The Job

permeable concrete road Last week, I headed up to Portland to check out some work that was being done at a new house that's part of the 2017 Street of Dreams, an annual showcase of homes put on by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland.

June 29, 2017
How to Soundproof Concrete Walls

permeable concrete road Concrete walls are a common choice in both commercial and residential buildings or rooms where soundproofing is important.

June 22, 2017
Sustainable design road -- permeable paving on Berkley Street

permeable concrete roadIt shouldn’t come as a total shock that a roadway surface constructed of permeable concrete materials would be designed and built in one of the country’s most progressive, environmentally conscious cities.

June 15, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry Part 4: Waterproofing

waterproofing grotto area from top to bottomWaterproofing may be the least sexy phase of construction, but it’s one of the most crucial. While there really isn’t any artistry involved, it’s easy to overlook the importance and just go through the motions.

May 25, 2017
Seamless System Ensures Urban Oasis Remains Watertight

grotto with dry caveAn architectural wonder known for its “dancing” water gardens at the base of a dramatically sculpted office tower of reflective glass, Fountain Place in Dallas, Texas, has always been structurally sound.

May 17, 2017
Why Education is Important for Your Business

grotto with dry caveAt Concrete Decor we understand the challenges of low attendance. After all, we produce the annual Concrete Decor Show and wonder why so many aren't there.

May 11, 2017
5 Misconceptions About Insulated Concrete Forms and Blocks

insulated concrete blocks and forms medical officeInsulated concrete forms (ICFs) and blocks are not new, but their sudden popularity and growth as a building material is. More builders and homeowners are choosing to build with ICFs than ever before, which has led rise to some questions and misconceptions about the material.

May 3, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 3: Shotcrete

grotto with dry caveGlad you could join us again. It’s Shotcrete Day in sunny California. Dawn is just breaking as I arrive on site. Long before the residence comes into view, I see ready-mix concrete trucks down the block lining up in preparation for a big day.

April 21, 2017
Ideas for That Great, Beautiful Wall Go Way Over the Top

 'regenerative' territory with no barrier between the nations wall ideaReports say several hundred companies were expected to submit initial proposals for various portions of the proposed border wall. Ruling over this pageant is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

April 12, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 2: Engineering and Steel

Now it's time to envision the artistic side and that starts with steel.In Part 1, we showed how to construct a stunning 3-D miniature model of a project. Now it’s time to envision the artistic side and that starts with steel.

March 29, 2017
Competitor Collaboration Yields Award-Winning Results

blue valley kansas school district floorsWhen Ledger-Kalen and Denny identified the opportunity to work on a large, multiple building concrete polishing contract for the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District, they knew this was the chance they had been waiting for to capitalize on their relationship and their company assets to do something that alone neither had the capacity to tackle.

March 22, 2017
Ex-Army Ranger's New Mission: Enlisting Vets to Build a Company

onyx companies employs military vets in the construction industryRich Verdone is an Ex-Army Ranger with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home.

March 8, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 1: 3-D Miniature Models

vertical concrete 3D miniature modelsWelcome to the exciting world of vertical concrete artistry! In this series, we’ll explore in great detail the process of completing a real-world project from start to finish.

March 1, 2017
Dressing For The Occasion is Key

decorative concrete live safety hats and gearDressing for the occasion is important. Now wait a minute! I’m in business for myself because I got tired of that white collar, dead-end job in the corporate sector. OK, I know where you may be coming from, just hear me out.

February 22, 2017
Decorative Concrete, Terminology Worth Talking About

Decorative concrete is a term I stumbled upon 18 years ago after coming across a job site where concrete stains were being used to color the concrete inside a new salon in the mountain town of Murphy's, CaliforniaDecorative concrete is a term I stumbled upon 18 years ago after coming across a job site where concrete stains were being used to color the concrete inside a new salon in the mountain town of Murphy’s, California

February 8, 2017
Safety Comes First at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

If you happened to visit Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the recent WOC in Las Vegas, I hope you enjoyed the experience in learning about safety.If you happened to visit Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the recent WOC in Las Vegas, I hope you enjoyed the experience in learning about safety.

February 1, 2017
Job Site Safety Is My Priority

job site safety gearJob Site Safety is My Priority. That’s what we have printed on the T-shirts we are giving away at our booth inside the Decorative Concrete LIVE! arena during the World of Concrete in Las Vegas Jan. 17-20.

January 4, 2017