Cracks In Concrete

Cracks in concrete are extremely common but often misunderstood. When an owner sees a crack in his slab or wall, especially if the concrete is relatively new, he automatically assumes there’s something wrong. This is not always the case. Some types of cracks are inevitable. The best

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Finding A Decorative Concrete Contractor in Indiana

Choosing a decorative concrete contractor can be a daunting task. How does one pick from several seemingly qualified installers? Don’t be fooled by appearances for they can be deceiving. Just because one man is clean-cut and distributes flashy marketing materials doesn’t necessarily mean that

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Concrete Stencils Instead of Stamps to Create Beautiful Decorative Concreteby Steve VandeWater

Nowadays, many people are aware of stamped concrete. They know that the stamping process gives the elegant look of hand-laid stone, slate, or brick at a fraction of the cost of these materials. It has been around for

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Too Much Sealer Can Cause Cloudy, Hazy, Or Whitened Concreteby Steve VandeWater

Most decorative concrete is sealed; usually with a film-forming acrylic sealer. But why is this product used to seal stamped concrete? Some may answer “in order to protect it”. But to protect it from what? Weather? Staining? Cracking?

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Mismatched Colors In Stamped & Decorative Concreteby Steve VandeWater

Of all the problems encountered by decorative concrete contractors, one of the most frustrating may be mismatched colors between two integrally colored slabs. Color variations are usually unnoticeable on small pours requiring one truck, but can often be seen on multi-load

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You Can Change the Color of Your Concrete!by Steve VandeWater

Is your stamped concrete worn, damaged, or in need of rejuvenation? Perhaps it’s in good shape but you’d just like to change its color. Either way, your decorative concrete can be restoredor recolored.

One recoloring method consists of applying

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Two Types of Concrete Sealers

There are many different types of concrete sealers available, but when talking about concrete flatwork in Central Indiana, the two most commonly used are film forming acrylic sealers and penetrating sealers. Although they both seal concrete, they do so in COMPLETELY

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Hundreds of Tiny Cracks At some point, nearly every stamper has seen crusting cracks near the joints in a stamped concrete slab. They usually occur along the stamped joints. The cracks are small, but there may be hundreds of them which make the overall job look unsightly. Although this type of

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How to Protect Against Concrete Splatters and Color Stains

Installing decorative concrete is a dirty job. Many of the products used can damage or permanently discolor abutting structures such as homes, buildings, or other concrete. Splatters of wet concrete, color hardener, and antiquing release can all stick tenaciously. If surrounding structures

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Which Coloring Method is Better?

How does a potential customer choose between color hardener or integral color when deciding how to tint his concrete? Both options are acceptable, but each has its pros and cons. Color hardener is a dry mixture made up of sand, cement, pigment, and slab conditioning agents. It

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