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Stamped Concrete Steps

The Many Types of Stamped Concrete

10/16/2019
Different types of stamped concrete help make stamped concrete a highly versatile and flexible design choice.

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Concrete Step Liner

How To Design Stamped Concrete Steps

10/1/2019
Work stamped concrete steps into your design for an extra premium appeal.

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Stamped Concrete Patio

Why Is Stamped Colored Concrete So Popular?

9/30/2019
Stamped colored concrete is a beautiful and durable option for many applications.

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Stamped Concrete Driveway

How to Stamp Concrete With Unique and Natural Colors

8/30/2019
Realistic coloration makes stamped concrete a true luxury product. Learn how to stamp concrete using natural colors for a premium appeal.

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Stamped Concrete

How to Choose Concrete Finish Options

8/27/2019
Determining how to choose concrete finish options can be tricky. Use this guide to help decide between broom finish concrete, salt finish concrete, and other colored concrete floors. There is a wide range of architectural and decorative concrete finishes available for residential and commercial applications.

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Tilt-Up Construction

Integral Color & DAY1 in Tilt-Up Construction

3/23/2019
Tilt-Up Construction allows architects to design practical, strong, and resilient structures. Incorporating color also makes these utilitarian structures visually pleasing. Read more to find out how Solomon Colors integral color and DAY1 Finishing Aid were used to improve an office building.

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Cem-Coat

Hotel Restoration: Cem-Coat Case Study

4/16/2018
Brickform Cem-Coat was successfully used to repair washed out, faded intregral color at the entrance to this hotel. Cem-Coat was able to closely match the desired original color and create a durable surface that can easily withstand near constant vehicle traffic.

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Decorative Concrete

Decorative Concrete Adds Value For Concrete Producers and Suppliers

1/3/2017
Value Added is the cornerstone of a successful business. In order to make money, on a good or service, you have to be able to sell it for more than it cost you. The best way to add value is to make something more desirable. By improving a product’s utility or perceived value, the customer wants it more and is willing to either pay a premium or buy larger quantities. These changes in behavior result in more earnings for the seller and, ideally, a happier customer.

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Dispenser

A Dispenser For Every Occasion: The QuickColor System

2/7/2017
The QuickColor granular system allows Ready Mix producers and decorative suppliers to sell bagged color while retaining the efficiencies gained by a ColorSelect liquid and granular system. Bagged pigment is a viable alternative for producers and distributors that do a low volume of color, but it can be a logistical hassle for higher volume businesses. You need not sacrifice the ability to offer prepackaged color, however. This is where the QuickColor granular system comes in.

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Pigment Dispenser

Solomon Colors Dispensers Are The Efficient Choice

4/11/2017
Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to Solomon Colors dispensers. Here are just a few ways a Solomon Colors ColorSelect of QuickColor system helps you gain efficiency in your colored concrete options.

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Exposed Aggregate

Exposed Aggregate is a Blast from the Past.

5/8/2017
The advent of retarding agents make exposed aggregate a more attractive design option. In the past, exposed aggregate finishes were achieved by broadcasting stone over wet concrete and pressing it in or by removing (mechanically or with acid) the surface of cured concrete. These were labor intensive and/or yielded inconsistent results. Chemical retarders eliminated these concerns. They prevented the cement reaction at the top of the slab and making it easier to remove the paste. This process was further simplified by retarders with set depths, such as Surface Deactivator.

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Gray Concrete

Why Gray Matters? The Reason for Gray Pigment and Hardeners

3/17/2016
Concrete is naturally gray. Why do so many companies offer gray integral color or gray decorative hardeners? This simple question has a simple answer... though it may not be the one you'd expect.

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Color Matching

Color Matching Concrete Part 1: Can I Match Integral Color?

5/2/2016
Is it possible to color matching integral color? What factors are at play? What methods are most reliable for matching color? All of these are valid questions when repairing and expanding projects. Read more for details. More parts to come.

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Color Samples

Color Matching Concrete Part 2: Why Doesn't My Color Match?

5/2/2016
Despite best efforts, concrete color will not always match. Knowing the cause makes correction easier and more cost effective. Read more for a few common reasons color does not match. Stay on the lookout for the final part.

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Cem-Coat

Color Matching Concrete Part 3: Fixing Mismatched Colored Concrete

5/2/2016
Fixing mismatched color is easier than one would expect. A number of techniques and products exist to correct almost any color related error. Read more for just a few of these time, effort, and money saving options.

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Stamped Concrete

6 Steps When You're Considering Stamped Concrete

5/5/2016
Choosing the right texture and color for your stamped concrete patio, driveway, or pool can be a daunting task. Follow these six simple steps and you will be on the way to a satisfying result.

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Decorative Stamped Concrete

7 Reasons Contractors Should Do Decorative Concrete

5/26/2016
"Decorative concrete seems like too much work! Why should I do it?" This is something we hear from contractors all the time. Often, when a contractor is scheduling regular flatwork jobs left and right, he doesn’t see the value in doing more. If you’re willing to take the time to do it right, decorative concrete can grow your business. Read more to see the 7 reasons it might be a smart decision to move into decorative concrete.

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Polished Floor

Polished Concrete Summary

6/6/2016
Polished concrete is leading the way when it comes to architecturally specified floor finishes. The many unique features of polished concrete floors are attracting more than just architects and designers. Home owners have placed polished concrete as one of the most desirable and must have flooring surfaces.

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Polished Concrete

More Than Just Looks: 7 Reasons Beyond Appearance to Use Decorative Concrete

6/13/2016
We often spend time talking about how good decorative concrete looks. It is an aesthetically driven product. Yet, to focus on appearance alone sells decorative concrete short. Here are a few more reasons decorative concrete might be the right choice:

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Mortar Color

The Big Deal Behind Mortar Color

10/3/2016
What's the big deal behind mortar color. It seems like such a small detail to be so concerned about. Click more to find out why you should really consider the color of your mortar.

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Colored Concrete

Colorful Infastructure: How Colored Concrete Can Make Your City Look Better

10/10/2016
Typically, when people think colored concrete, a couple things come to mind. First, they think of residential pool decks, patios, and more. Second, most people will be reminded of large commercial projects such as majestic office buildings and fun theme parks. But those are hardly the limits of colored concrete. Infrastructure, industrial structures, and other less ”glamorous” projects can make excellent use of colored concrete. Color can add different properties and performances to the concrete.

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Commercial Floors

The Color of Money: Commercial Floors and Color

11/21/2016
Creating and designing retail spaces is a difficult task. Build cost, maintenance cost, durability, and visual design must all be weighed to maximize the utility and effectiveness of the space. The type of merchandise, expected traffic levels, and desired image must all be carefully considered. Concrete is a natural choice for retail spaces – especially big box stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, and value oriented retailers. Concrete is durable and cost effective. In the pursuit of these two qualities, designers may neglect appearance… generally to their misfortune.

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Color Hardener

The Eternal Debate: Color Hardener vs Integral Color

11/24/2015
Color Hardener and Integral Color are two distinct options for achieving the same goal - coloring concrete. Each presents a specific set of pros and cons that will help inform your decision. Read on to find which is best for your application.

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