Overlays for Pools

Overlays for Pools

Pool decks are the natural habitat of decorative concrete overlays. Concrete is by far, one of the most popular material choices for pool decks and pool surrounds. Due to its relative economy versus other materials, durability, and wide range of design options, concrete is almost the de facto material of choice. But what do you do when the concrete starts showing wear or just needs an upgrade?  

Decorative Slab Flooring

Decorative Slab Flooring

Use various decorative concrete techniques to make the most of existing materials. Improve the appearance of a concrete slab on grade. Stained and polished concrete are environmentally friendly alternatives to many traditional flooring options.

Aggregate Exposed at World of Concrete

Aggregate Exposed at World of Concrete

At the 2019 World of Concrete, Solomon Colors debuted the lightest surface retardant expose on the market. At only 0.1 mm deep, Beige Surface Deactivator unleashes a whole new kind of exposed aggregate possibilities.

2019 World of Concrete Review

2019 World of Concrete Review

2019 marked another excellent year for Solomon Colors at the World of Concrete. The sunny, mild weather was an excellent break for our largely Midwestern staff. 2019 was also the first time in a decade Solomon Colors had a booth inside the South Hall (in addition to the Silver Lot).

Water Based Stains: Water Coloring For Adults

Water Based Stains: Water Coloring For Adults

Water based stains are a great way to color existing concrete. Get a wide range of colors on flat concrete, stamped concrete, and polished concrete surfaces using water based stains for concrete.

Concrete Staining 101

Concrete Staining 101

Stained concrete floors and concrete dyes make for economical and environmentally friendly flooring choices. Access an wide range of vivid colors of all shades for polished floors, stamped concrete floors, and other decorative concrete finishes.  Stained concrete just might be your next best floor.

Maintaining Stamped Concrete

Maintaining Stamped Concrete

Regular cleaning and maintenance of decorative concrete is important to keeping the finish looking great. Invest a little time and effort into regularly cleaning stamped concrete, stained concrete, exposed aggregate concrete and other decorative concrete finishes.

Resealing Decorative Concrete

Resealing Decorative Concrete

Stamped concrete, exposed aggregate concrete, stained concrete, and concrete overlays all need periodic resealing to protect the decorative finishes. Reapplying sealer is an easy way to keep concrete looking its best while protecting against stains and soiling.

Faux-Finishing With Microtoppings

Faux-Finishing With Microtoppings

Microtoppings create long lasting, unique faux-finishes for premium floors. Create upscale interiors with decorative concrete overlays and stenciled patterns. Stains and dyes add extra customization and visual appeal to intricate designs.

Spray-On Pool Decks

Spray-On Pool Decks

Spray deck overlays are great for improving traction around pools. Use decorative concrete overlays for low cost pool restoration. Create custom designs using stencils and pattern tape. Read more to find out how Brickform SM Professional Grade can make your pool renovation easier.

What are Form Liners

What are Form Liners

Exposed edges of concrete can be ugly. When form liners and step liners are so easy to use, why not upgrade that pool coping, stair face, riser, or patio edge? Form liners and step liners are perfect for steps, concrete countertops, and pool decks.

Artificial Stone Overlays

Artificial Stone Overlays

 Artificial stone finishes can be made with decorative concrete overlays. Mimic natural flagstone, paving stones, and slate with microtoppings, overlays, and stencils. Repair cracks and improve appearances.

Rapid Restorations

Rapid Restorations

Speed often means profit, especially with decorative concrete overlays. Concrete restoration is the best way to improve existing concrete affordably and quickly. Repair concrete in less time using decorative overlays.  

Easy Upgrades For Concrete

Easy Upgrades For Concrete

Upgrade exposed aggregate finishes with reusable stencils. Easily and quickly add value to almost any project to make more money with decorative concrete. Decorate broom finishes, trowel finishes, and exposed aggregate.

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

Add warmth and dynamism to indoor and outdoor living spaces with decorative concrete fire features, fire pits, and fireplaces. Improve the appeal of patios, living rooms, and outdoor kitchens.

2018 Decorative Concrete Fair Recap

2018 Decorative Concrete Fair Recap

The 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair training event is completed. Attendees learned how to stamp concrete, methods for exposed aggregate, applying decorative concrete overlays, and more. The event also featured concrete countertops, wet polished concrete, and the Game of Stones competition.

Decorative Concrete Fair Featured Project

Decorative Concrete Fair Featured Project

The centerpiece project for the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair is a premium outdoor living space. This luxury installation will coordinate with many of the demonstrations so attendees can see a finished product before and during the demo. Learn how to incorporate multiple varied decorative concrete elements into the same project.

DCF Trainer Profile: Greg Hyde Hryniewicz

DCF Trainer Profile: Greg Hyde Hryniewicz

At the Decorative Concrete Fair, Greg will share his knowledge on the wide variety of skills it takes to build, grow, and maintain a successful decorative concrete contracting company. Attend his seminar to learn about all of the non-technical things you need to know in order to thrive.

DCF Trainer Profile: Rachel Knigge Bruce

DCF Trainer Profile: Rachel Knigge Bruce

If you attended the 2017 Decorative Concrete Fair, you will likely remember Rachel Knigge Bruce’s stenciling demonstration. Rachel, with her stencil and design company FloorMaps, return for the 2018 Fair for a new and improved demonstration.

DCF Trainer Profile: Tom Ralston

DCF Trainer Profile: Tom Ralston

Tom's passion has been decorative and specialty concrete. His recognized expertise has allowed him the opportunity to share his knowledge through seminars and “hands on” training for over 15 years. As one of the biggest names in the decorative concrete game, Tom is the guy to learn from!