Decorative Concrete Provides a Cutting-Edge Look
A recently released video by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) illustrates how durable, cost-effective and easy-to-maintain concrete floors can also be beautiful and environmentally friendly.
“The Art of Decorative Concrete” explores the processes and materials used to generate beautiful textured concrete driveways, patios, walkways and interior floors. Hosted by Bob Harris, internationally renowned concrete artisan and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Ga., the video shows the variety of techniques contractors-turned-artists use to form stunning spaces.
Harris walks viewers through the possibilities that can be created by stamping or staining concrete, applying microtoppings, polishing concrete and exposing the embedded aggregate.
Designed as a resource for consumers and contractors who are considering decorative concrete applications for their next project, the video highlights ways to enhance newly poured concrete and illustrates how polishing and microtopping can transform a gray, in-place concrete area into a focal point.
Experts in sustainable building have recognized the many positive attributes that decorative concrete can bring to “green” design. Decorative concrete floors reduce the need for finishes such as carpet, which is associated with indoor air quality problems. By utilizing microtopping and polishing to transform an in-place slab, the need to use natural resources for reconstruction is eliminated.
The video can be ordered from the PCA Bookstore, or call 800-868-6733.
Portland Cement Association is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.
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See What Concrete Can Do
Attend the Concrete Home Building Council's Concrete Technologies Tour in Minneapolis on May 6-8.
The tour features educational programs and behind-the-scenes tours of cement-based building materials and manufacturing.
Go to www.nahb.org/ConcreteTour for more information.
‘Concrete Ideas for Living’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Concrete Ideas for Living,” with more than 200 photographs of unique residences and available through BuilderBooks.com, demonstrates the limitless potential and flexibility of concrete as an artistic medium.
To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.