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Redi-Mix Colors & Ghostshield Power Alliance by Redi-Mix Colors July 30, 2018 0

As announced by ConcreteNetwork.com & Concrete Decor, RediMix Colors has teamed up with quality concrete sealer brand GhostShield to bring a new level of environmentally conscious products to the concrete market. New RMC/GhostShield Products We’ve prided ourselves on providing eco-friendly, no-VOC [volatile organic compound] concrete stains and concrete cleaners for years. These products are just the beginning. We plan to offer many new shared products that are innovative, effective and safe for the environment. Two products are already available for purchase on our site: ECO-ETCH 1001 – Non-acid based concentrated combination etch and cleaner safely brightens and cleans concrete and masonry surfaces. It provides excellent results while still being safe for the environment unlike conventional products. MICRO-DEGREASER 1100 – Also non-acid based, this concentrated concrete cleaner and degreaser safely removes dirt, oils, grime and more. All without the risk and harmful side effects of other chemical cleaners on the market. Be on the…

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General Contractor Interview Tips by Redi-Mix Colors July 23, 2018 0

Ace Your General Contractor Interview Since Chip and Joanna Gaines started fixing things up, armchair experts everywhere believe anyone—themselves included—can be a general contractor. Not so much. This attitude has made it necessary for actual general contractors to up their game in interviews in order to get the job. Yes, your past work goes a long way toward selling your skills and abilities, but how can you ensure that you walk away with the job after your general contractor interview? #1: Show it Off You already know to assemble a physical or digital portfolio showcasing your best work. Make sure you are also focusing on the work that is relevant to the job you’re trying to land. For instance, if you’re meeting with a couple to renovate a 19th century Victorian, you don’t need to focus much time or attention on all the latest concrete pool decks you’ve installed. Even…

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4 Steps to Concrete Seal Pool Decks by Redi-Mix Colors July 16, 2018 0

Pool decks have long been a prime customer choice for concrete installations. Concrete pool decks are beautiful and functional, but in order to keep them looking their best for years to come, regular maintenance is important. When installing concrete pool decks, contractors know they are checking a lot of boxes. In addition to helping homeowners enjoy relaxing time by their pool, they are also important for safety, curb appeal and resale value. Therefore, maintaining pool decks is equally important to maintaining other concrete surfaces around homes such as driveways, sidewalks, patios and more. Whether your company is responsible for ongoing maintenance of concrete pool deck installations, or you’re leaving them in the care of the homeowner, here are some steps every contractor should follow to keep concrete pool decks beautiful, functional, and safe. 1. USE A QUALITY CONCRETE SEALER TO PROTECT POOL DECKS Sealing any concrete installation is incredibly important and beneficial, but…

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Don’t Skip Concrete Protection by Redi-Mix Colors July 09, 2018 0

Protecting Concrete Whether stained or bare, concrete needs protecting. It may seem contradictory, but water—the chief ingredient in the hydration of cement in concrete as well as moist curing—is also concrete’s biggest enemy. Water can penetrate the surface and freeze, causing surface spalling. It can also carry chemicals into the concrete and bring excess lime to the surface in efflorescence. With any concrete installation, one of the most important steps is sealing and protecting the finished concrete. There are many types of protective coatings, including solvent-based sealers, sealers with finishes, silicone treatments, surface hardeners, and linseed oil. Silicone treatments, made by soaking silicone solids in a solvent solution, are often used on above-grade exterior walls. The material is sprayed onto the wall, and the solution penetrates the concrete pores. As the solvent evaporates, the silicone resin that is left behind forms a water barrier. Linseed oil, which readily emulsifies with…

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GhostShield Used for Repairs at Orlando Sanford International Airport by Redi-Mix Colors July 06, 2018 0

Property managers of the Orlando Sanford International Airport were experiencing water intrusion on the top deck of the main parking garage. Water was leaking down through the concrete onto the decks below, causing structure deterioration and damage to vehicles. Project managers performed a mockup of various waterproofing sealers, including the Siloxa-Tek 8500. A high actives, water based sealer was specified to avoid any adverse reactions with the parking lot joints. It was unanimously concluded that the Siloxa-Tek 8500 was the best product for the project. Ghostshield products are FAA approved and have been used on several other airports around the world, including the Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie, Réunion, Boston-Logan International Airport, and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Learn more about Siloxa-Tek 8500 at Ghostshield.com.

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Water-Based Concrete Stain: Good for Your Job, Good for the Environment by Redi-Mix Colors July 02, 2018 0

Water-Based Concrete Stain: A Win-Win Despite differing views on climate change, most everyone can agree that pollution is a pertinent issue, and everyone can take steps to lessen the damage they inflict on the environment by making more eco-conscious choices. While in the past contractors didn’t have as many choices in quality products to deliver the decorative stained concrete projects their customers requested, now this beautiful technique can be performed with less impact on the environment. Even though each concrete staining job requires specific planning and unique consideration, water-based stains are a great option for contractors looking to make their decorative concrete staining jobs a little more eco-friendly. Free from the solvents in acid-based stains, water-based stains can deliver the same fabulous results in a less environmentally impactful way. What are some water-based stain benefits? Safety: Due to low volatile organic compounds (VOC) content, water-based stains create a safer work…

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