Spotlight on Decorative Concrete

One of my favorite parts of my job is the opportunity to meet our readers. I’m always excited to meet new contractors and catch-up with contractors I’ve previously met. Based on my conversations at various industry events this fall, contractors tell me they’ve been busy. So much so, several contractors reported to have turned away work and better yet, booked projects well into 2016. It’s a good feeling to know that the work is plentiful and contractors are reaping the benefits. If this is any indication for what to expect in 2016, my crystal ball tells me contractors will have an equally busy and successful 2016.

The December issue of Concrete Contractor is our annual Spotlight on Decorative Concrete issue. In this special section, we’ve compiled a series of articles which examine the latest developments in decorative concrete, specifically the continued and growing interest in concrete countertops. We also highlight the latest finishing techniques you may want to employ if you’re taking on this type of job.

Have you ever wondered why your decorative concrete job displayed a color that wasn’t what you were expecting? Gain a better understanding about the materials you use to apply color with an examination behind the science of color and the role it plays when applied to a concrete surface.

As contractors continue to look at ways to diversify their business and become profitable, we wrap up the section with a look at what it takes to be an artisan concrete contractor.

Our cover story this month features a massive, 100,000+ square foot polished concrete job at a mall in Ohio. Not only was the size and scope of this project a huge undertaking for the contractors involved, but it also demonstrates the value proposition of polished concrete floors.

If you’re a polished concrete contractor, I would encourage you to consider registering for the International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference (ICPSC), to be held February 1, 2016 in conjunction with the World of Concrete. Turn to page 46 to learn more or visit

Finally, as 2015 comes to a close, we hope you look back at your successes of the year and look ahead to your prosperity in 2016. See you next year.