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5 Reasons to Choose Concrete Floors Over Traditional Flooring

Concrete flooring is an excellent choice for interiors, as there are many routes to achieve the end user’s goals. Some of the most common interior concrete floor options include stained and sealed floors, overlay stain systems, solid color epoxy flooring, and decorative epoxy systems.

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A Consultative Approach: Why It’s Important for Contractors & Manufacturers to Partner for Each Project

In today’s fast-paced construction world, many material manufacturers and contractors fail to partner effectively. As some manufacturers have become larger and multi-national, they have lost sight of the fact that their success was built on a strong relationship with their local contractors

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Adding Artistic Flair to Projects When You Can’t Draw a Stick Figure

Have you ever wondered how applicators achieve some of those really cool designs in their flooring projects? Think you simply can’t match their artistry? In reality, you actually can create those same effects, and it’s not as hard as you might think

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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Installing a Vinyl Chip Flooring System

There are typically two types for vinyl chip flooring systems: full broadcast and light broadcast. The colors and size of the chips can vary, depending on the final look and functionality you aim to achieve.

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Big Batch Mixing Tips for Large Floor Coating Applications

Whether coating a front porch or pool deck, a front office or warehouse floor, the application process can be dramatically different when done on a larger scale. The following tips will help you manage large projects successfully: The Field Mix (Cementitious Coatings) When mixing cementitious products for larger projects, it would be almost impossible to mix batches in individual five-gallon pails

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Decorative Concrete Trends: 4 Methods to Get the Faux Wood Look

One of the hottest flooring trends today is a faux wood look. Just walk through your local hardware store and see the various wood tiles available. Creative applications are also plastered across social media sites. For years, the only way to achieve a wood texture in concrete was stamping

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Diamond Grinding as a Method of Surface Prep

In and of itself, concrete surface preparation seems fairly straightforward. Just make the existing surface ready to receive a new flooring system. Simple, right?   Well, it goes a little deeper than that. After many years and hundreds of thousands of square feet prepped and/or coated by myself or with other flooring installers, I can say there are few key questions that need to be asked before you choose your method of surface prep

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How to Create a Game Plan for Your Next Project

It’s often said that preparation is the key to success. That notion couldn’t be more true with decorative concrete. All projects – large and small – need a game plan. We recommend your game plan includes the following: Checklists What’s a game plan without a checklist? I’m a big fan of physical checklists because they keep you on task and organized

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How to Fix Spalled Concrete

As fall and winter come upon us, concrete spalling becomes a big concern.  Concrete freeze/thaw spalls are unsightly and they can be hazardous. Freeze/thaw spalls occur in colder climates, where water collects in the pores of the concrete and then freezes

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Matching Old Concrete to New? Here’s What to Do

It’s something every contractor has seen or will see in their professional lives. You arrive at a project. The customer wants to upgrade their walkways to match their back porch or driveway. The existing porch or driveway has been down for several years.

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Navigating the Color Selection Process

The concrete stain and dye color selection process is an important part of overall customer satisfaction.

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Navigating the Wide Selection of Polymer Overlays Over Concrete Substrates

While cement-based overlays have been around for decades, many of the systems widely available today blend polymer resins with cement, sand and other additives to create a highly durable, attractive and easily maintained flooring overlay systems to be used over concrete

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Overcome Common Application Challenges of Concrete Color Staining

As an applicator, coloring may be daunting or even overwhelming. Many installers can expertly and comfortably install the various material applications – such as stamping an overlay, installing a smooth floor or even a simple broom finish – however, staining concrete is another story

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Project Profile: Walkway Upgrade Improves Safety at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Phoenix

Background Ronald McDonald House Charities – which helps families with children facing medical challenges – was in need of a new walkway at one of its Phoenix homes. This is a place where families stay during their child’s illness or injury so they can be close to the hospital or healthcare facility during a great time of need

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Pros & Cons of Acid Stains

In the world of architectural concrete, your coloring method can have a major impact on aesthetics and longevity. So how do you know if acid staining is the right choice? We’re breaking down the pros and cons

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Pros & Cons of Concrete Dyes

In the world of architectural concrete, your coloring method can have a major impact on aesthetics and longevity. So how do you know if concrete dye is the right choice? We’re examining the pros and cons:

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Super-Krete Products Showcases Latest Trends in Decorative Concrete at 7th Annual Concrete Décor Show

Visitors to the 7th annual Concrete Décor Show, held in San Diego, were in for a treat as Super-Krete Products showed off one of the hottest flooring trends in the decorative concrete industry, faux wood overlays. With the booth decked out in Super-Krete’s Faux Wood Concrete Resurfacing System, attendees were able to see and touch the overlay, getting a real feel for one of the rising stars in Super-Krete roster

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The Basics of Material Estimating

Determining which products to use, their quantities and costs for your project

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The Benefits of Water-Based Concrete Stains

Concrete stains are a quick, easy and cost effective way to transform a dull slab. While most decorative concrete contractors opt for water-based stains (and for good reason), acid stains still have their place in the market. Water-based stains offer numerous advantages from environmental, aesthetic and functional standpoints

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The Do's and Don’ts of Decorative Overlayments

With a dizzying number of cementitous decorative resurfacing and overlayment products on market, contractors and application specialists can run into many problems. Often, the most common problems have solutions that are relatively easy if an individual takes time to understand why the problem occurred.

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