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Is Stamped Concrete Slippery?

There are many people under the impression that stamped concrete is slippery. I have slipped on a few decorative concrete slabs myself, but it wasn’t the concrete that was slick: it was the sealer. Stamped concrete is not much different from regular concrete when it comes to slip-resistance.

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Plastic Sheeting Can Permanently Discolor Concrete

Adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, or freezing temperatures often make it necessary to protect concrete by covering it. One of the most effective materials to guard against rain is plastic sheeting (visqueen). In cold weather, plastic-clad

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The Ways to Use Decorative Concrete are Unlimited!

When deciding which building material to use for your project, there are many options. A driveway can be built of crushed stone, pavers, asphalt, or concrete. Patios are typically wood decks, brick pavers, hand-laid stone, or concrete. Floors may be covered with carpet,

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Using Concrete as an Artistic Medium

It is often said that decorative concrete is an artform, and that stamped or stained concrete installers are “artisans”. While it is true that installing quality decorative concrete requires a degree of skill and artistic savvy, many of the products and processes have been refined

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Proper Release Removal is Crucial to Stamped Concrete Success

A proper installation: In the photo above, the dark walnut release color shows only in the joints and depressions. The high spots show only the lighter base color. [caption id="attachment_2877" align="alignright" width="300"] A worker applies Dark Gray antiquing release to stenciled concrete prior

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So you’d like a new stamped concrete patio, but already have a plain gray one. Does your contractor need to tear yours out before installing the new concrete? Maybe and maybe not. If done properly, new concrete can often be poured right over an existing slab. For this to be

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Some Things to Consider Before Your Project Begins

Decorative concrete is a great way to get a custom look far less expensively than with other building materials such as pavers, wood, stone, or tile. Having a good decorative concrete job installed can be a pleasant experience, and one of the most

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Taking The Mess Out of Stamped Concrete

The Concrete Store at Sagamore Ready Mix is happy to add a new item to its product line. Butterfield Color has come up with an antiquing agent for new or old stamped concrete called Perma-Tique, which mixes with water to provide the look of

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How Fly Ash Can Affect Concrete Color and Performance

Fly ash in concrete is often misunderstood. Because it is a by-product from another industry, many contractors think of fly ash as “filler”. They consider it to be simply a low-cost additive that allows the concrete

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Creating Better Decorative Concrete

There are a large number of good decorative concrete projects out there. However, with just a bit more effort these jobs could have been great. Attention to detail can turn ordinary stamped concrete into something better. The average customer looking at stamped concrete may not be able

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