Artistry in Decorative Concrete

2012 World of Concrete, Jan. 23-27, marks 10 exciting years for the popular Concrete Construction‘s Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstration in the Silver Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Watch decorative concrete contractors from across the U.S. display their creative concepts and techniques while demonstrating the new directions decorative concrete is taking.

Past projects have shown the latest in multicolored designs, stencils, engraved patterns, microtoppings, glass-fiber reinforced concrete, vertical designs, and more.

Sponsors: Butterfield Color and Elite Crete Systems

Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum

The annual event takes place at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 24. Learn how contractors can ensure the polished surface they create meets the owner’s needs. Sponsored by the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference, this event also will explore a systematic approach to matching the owner’s expectations to the contractor’s performance.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:

Harry Gressette, of Grescon Construction, Charleston, S.C., will discuss how current instrumentation methods are incorporated in a polished concrete project.

James McArdle, of 3M Abrasive Systems Division Laboratory, St. Paul, Minn., will speak on the future of concrete polishing instrumentation.

Register online for $90. Visit for updated speaker information.

Concrete Polishing Demonstration Area

Concrete Surfaces will host a demonstration area in the Silver Lot displaying everything new and exciting in the growing polished concrete industry, including:

Creating a safe polished floor: By investing in training, polishing contractors can create floors that meet the current safety standards for nonskid surfaces. Attendees will learn the key elements to a successful project and witness an ANSI-approved test method to document that the completed floor is within acceptable safety standards.

When and how to polish a poor slab: Contractors may advise tear out and replacement before polishing. Slabs often are distressed due to poor mixes, poor workmanship, or owner abuse. Learn about test methods that allow attendees to decide what approach to take while creating a polishing surface on damaged floors. The demonstration also will feature a new approach that combines overlay and polishing that can be used on some repairs.

Polishing basics: We focus on some of the most commonly asked questions of contractors who are considering entering the floor polishing industry: What size machine should I own? How do I start the project? Is there a particular pattern I should adopt while polishing? Our experts will provide answers to these and other questions.

Maintaining polished surfaces: Once a floor is turned over to the owner, serious problems can arise if the surface is not maintained properly. During this demonstration, attendees will learn about approaches and techniques they can use to educate the owner and his floor care team that will help protect the floor’s surface.

Sponsors: American Decorative Concrete, Concrete Polishing Association of America, Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply, and WerkMaster

Decorative Concrete Tool Demonstrations

Concrete Construction’s second annual tool demonstration features a live action area. Learn how to use new tools and accessories in decorative concrete applications.

Sponsor: Bosch