Decorative concrete is a fairly young industry. When I first started my concrete business over a decade ago, very few people even knew what we were talking about when we mentioned anything to do with decorative concrete.
Today, concrete staining and other terms like – concrete overlay, stamped concrete and custom seamless flooring are becoming much more common to the public.
Even general contractors (that had been running construction businesses for years) didn’t know much about it a few years back (I remember back in 2001 trying to explain exactly what type of business I was starting to an old home builder – he had trouble grasping the whole concept!).
Today, most everyone who’s involved in the construction or home improvement industry know exactly what this new and quickly growing industry is. Published in many construction trade journals and magazines and featured on many home improvement cable programs, you’d have to be living under a rock if you’ve never heard of it (no offense to any of you who are just discovering the many cool applications available)!
Concrete Ideas has some great info on different aspects surrounding the world of decorative concrete, here are just a few of them:
concreteideas.comFriday, December 16, 2011 6:21:03 PM
A huge ConcreteIdeas congratulations goes out to Myerstown’s best concrete contractor, Rosebud Concrete, for winning an award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors!
This year’s categories included: decorative concrete overlays (spray textures and stamped); cast-in-place projects, which included stamped and specialty finishes; stained concrete; polished cement; concrete countertops; vertical concrete application; concrete artistry; multiple applications; graphics; and epoxy flooring.
Rosebud Concrete took home 2nd place for their cast-in-place stamped concrete project (featured). Other than stamped concrete, Rosebud Concrete in Myerstown specializes in concrete overlays and repairs, as well as interior concrete flooring, garage systems, industrial coatings, and concrete countertops.
Congratulations again to Rosebud Concrete!
concreteideas.comThursday, December 15, 2011 8:23:37 AM
In some parts of the country, tempuratures are freezing, and in-door fireplaces are a-blazing. But in the more southern parts of the nation, the weather is still mild and breezy, which is perfect for outdoor fireplaces. Concrete is a great choice when it comes to outdoor fireplaces.
Yes, fire pits are a popular choice, but nothing looks as modern and upscale as a decorative concrete fireplace. Furthermore, a concrete fireplace is a safer choice then a firepit because concrete is heat-resistant and the structure will keep the flames contained — something that a pit won’t do… Also, you can completely customize a concrete fireplace. You can have it built in any size and any shape. You can choose a smooth, minimalist finish or dress up your outdoor fireplace with vibrant colors or concrete stamping.
This season, warm up your outdoor living space with a decorative concrete fireplace.
concreteideas.comWednesday, December 14, 2011 11:14:10 AM
As the economy slowly improves, some cities are fairing better than others. In Austin Texas, home renovation experts have discoved a great new product that allows for the efficient and beautiful restoration of vertical walls and surfaces.
The product is called StoneCoat and the system uses blown stone to recreate the natural look of limestone onto walls. StoneCoat launched a new website with complete details, check it out at www.stonecoat.com. So if you are a real estate professional in Austin and you want to sell more homes in the Austin area, you might want to recommend StoneCoat to those clients in need of a quick face lift for their property.
concreteideas.comWednesday, December 14, 2011 8:44:15 AM
Did you know the green building “trend” started in the 1970s? Obviously now, it’s the industry standard to build new with eco-responsible materials.
A great way to utilize sustainable building tactics in your project is to incorporate decorative concrete. What makes concrete eco-friendly, you ask? Well, concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water. These materials come from nature and are not made from energy-intensive processes; thus, concrete is considered one of the most sustainable building materials.
In terms of design trends, decorative concrete flooring is catching on world-wide, and can be found in homes, businesses, commercial spaces, hotels, and restaurants. looks amazing and unique, while it’s also easy to clean and it’s long-lasting. Polished concrete is a wonderful choice for hospitals and facilities where carpeting, which can hold mold and mildew, should not be used.
Bottom line: If you are in need of an eco-friendly flooring solution for your home or business, look into decorative concrete. Learn more about concrete flooring trends.
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