Concrete Coating vs Sealing

When finishing a great concrete project it all comes down to the concrete sealer or concrete coating you decide to put on as the finish.  After having used the same sealer on multiple projects you develop a comfort level and understanding of how it reacts to the concrete. Someday however there will come a time … Read more

Types of Concrete Businesses

For the entrepreneur at heart and one who is wiling to get his/her hands a little dirty the decorative concrete industry has a lot to offer.

For a quick overview here are some characteristics often found in the concrete contractor and how you will need to be to Start a concrete business:   Optimistic, Committed, Bold, Creative, Problem Solver, Multi Task,  Hard Worker, Personable, and Self Motivated.

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Heat of Hydration of Concrete

The art of mixing and pouring concrete is, in fact, a science. The process by which cement, aggregates and water mix and form a new substance is a chemical process which has its own unique properties and products. The main product of the binding of cement and water is heat, which is given off during … Read more

7 Steps to a Successful Concrete Finish

Pouring and Placing a Concrete Slab When the concrete placement area is framed and firmly in place, it is ready to be filled with liquid concrete. However, pouring concrete only affords one time to get it right. There are numerous factors that must be considered and addressed before the concrete can be installed. This includes … Read more

How Much Does Decorative Concrete Cost?

Although this is a loaded question (and I might get some nasty feedback), I’ll give it a try based on my 15 years of concrete experience working in both the U.S. and Canada. I have done many different finishes, from epoxy to self-leveling concrete, to stamped overlays and stenciling. Consumer beware: There is always a … Read more

How To Install a Concrete Resurfacing System

This 8000 square foot floor was installed at the Seattle International Airport over the course of three nights with two experienced decorative concrete installers. The products used were, two thin micro topping coats over a properly cleaned and prepared substrate. Integral color was used on the second coat to give the overall color, but then additional … Read more