Defining and refining polished concrete

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French-American architect Paul Philippe Cret once said, “Of the many doorways we pass in a short walk, most are fulfilling their purpose, most of them are well-enough built. [But] how many are worth a second look?” Cannot the same be said about architectural polished concrete? Are your floors meeting your design intent or did you settle? Do you know how to distinguish between the floor you asked for, and the floor being presented to you during the punch list?

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Light and Large: Considerations for commercial thin-tile installations

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The newest innovation in tile is thin units that marry reduced thickness with large size. Whereas traditional thickness tiles are 9 mm (3⁄8 in.) or thicker, these new-generation thin tiles are 3 to 6 mm (1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in.) thick, and can come in dimensions up to 1 x 3 m (3 x 10 ft). This is not a typo—one thin tile panel can cover 3 m2 (30 sf) or more.

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Bridging the Specification Gap between Divisions 03 and 09: Concrete and floorcovering associations unite

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Division 03 specifies concrete floor surface flatness requirements to be installed by the concrete contractor. However, Division 09 specifies the concrete floor surface flatness for the flooring installer that must be met before installing the floorcovering. Cooperation between the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and six flooring associations has led to a solution for bridging the specification gap between Divisions 03 and 09.

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Specifying the Right Grout for the Job

Specifiers typically select the grout for their tile project based on general performance characteristics, color, warranty, and cost. Despite this, less-than-optimal products are often used. Some do not fully understand the changes in grout technology and do not realize they have a choice. Not all grout is the same, and, of course, color is only one small factor in the overall performance.

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