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ModernCrete is a nationwide leading provider of polished concrete and epoxy flooring systems to the commercial, industrial, and retail markets. Since 2001, ModernCrete's President, Dan Bishop, has had a passion for making concrete floors beautiful. Pride of workmanship is a hallmark of his company and its employees.  … [Read more...]

Launch of Resinous Flooring and Stamped Concrete Divisions

Since 2001, leading decorative concrete company ModernCrete Concrete Design has built a well-earned reputation for superior diamond polished concrete work. Recently, the company announced the launch of their new Resinous Flooring and Stamped Concrete divisions operating out of their Austin, TX office to deliver even more options and value to their clients nationwide. Most design experts agree there's few things that can completely transform the look of a commercial building as much as having professional polished concrete or other decorative flooring installed. National leaders in the space, Texas and Oregon based ModernCrete, are well known for staying on top of the last innovations and breakthroughs in the decorative concrete and flooring world. The company recently announced they … [Read more...]

ACC Renovates Highland Mall with Colored Polished Concrete

Classes Scheduled to Begin Fall 2014 Many Austinites recognize Highland Mall when driving down Airport Boulevard, but Austin Community College is transforming the former retail site and local landmark into a new school campus. In 2011, the last remaining major department stores closed, and ACC announced its plans for a new campus. During the Spring of 2013, construction went underway on the old JC Penney store, which began Phase I of the renovations. Classes are set to begin this year, and we’re pleased that students will be setting foot onto our highly polished piece of art in the fall. Work Begins on a New Polished Concrete Floor The floor of the old JC Penney was in rough shape, and it was our job to transform it into 40,000 square foot of colored, polished concrete. There were … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Polished Concrete

High in durability and low in environmental impact, concrete is the perfect flooring material for sustainable work places. As builders and business owners discover the benefits of green construction, without sacrificing aesthetics or going over budget, there are more retail, industrial, commercial and public spaces starting to use polished concrete flooring. Going green isn’t just good for the planet…it saves money, too. (Read the full article, "Green Concrete Floors" on the Concrete Network website.) Concrete floors, left exposed, help conserve resources by functioning as a foundation slab — when they are given a stain or polish, concrete flooring also has a decorative and aesthetic look. In other words, polished concrete floors offer the benefits of both form and function! … [Read more...]

Decorative Concrete: Making History

Decorative concrete is as popular as ever, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Without the expertise of skilled workers to craft sturdy, long-lasting, aesthetically-pleasing concrete, people may not have been interested in using concrete in their home or office design plans. What began as the innovative use of colors and stains ultimately created new artistic techniques, which appeared in publications during the 1800s. The evolution of technique has taken the industry to where it is today. Techniques included adding color to concrete, stamping patterns, chemical stains, overlay cement, paper stencil patterning, and polishing concrete. In 1915 in Chicago, Lynn Mason Scofield became the first company to manufacture color for concrete. Other products available: chemical stains, … [Read more...]

Concrete Repair Solutions for Common Concrete Problems

  Three Common Concrete Problems Explained Concrete is a durable, versatile surface which can exhibit chalk art on the driveway or the elegance of a smooth, polished floor. Though it is disappointing when a crack or surface scaling manifests, these common problems can be solved with concrete repair. Identifying Issues is the First Step in Concrete Repair Cracking    As previously mentioned, finding a crack in your concrete is a daunting sight. Cracks arise due to a multitude of causes, and there is no way to know the exact cause. Cracked concrete, according to abstract-concrete.com, will most likely be more of a cosmetic nuisance rather than a structural problem. Scaling / Spalling At its best, scaling is also a cosmetic issue, but at its worst it can cause structural damage. … [Read more...]

Google Gets Extraordinary Polished Concrete Floor

The latest addition to our portfolio is a beautiful polished concrete floor for one of the most famous companies of our time. When Balfour Beatty Construction contacted us to do the work, it turned out we had already done three projects for this internet giant. We’re proud to say that what began as an ordinary piece of concrete slab became a work of art for none other than Google! The project included removing the carpet glue, patching holes, repairing damage, and applying a chemical densifier by RetroPlate. We then did a diamond grinding and polishing of the concrete floor to a medium gloss finish. To personalize it, Google’s original plan was to apply a sticker with their logo. Turning a Polished Concrete Floor into a Work of Art But ModernCrete’s VP of Operations, Chris Bishop, had … [Read more...]

Celebrating Thirteen Years of Success with Polished Concrete

One thing that is unique and extraordinary about ModernCrete is that Dan Bishop, as the president of the company, stills get out and works in the field with the employees. "Having three locations means I must travel extensively to ensure we are delivering high-quality floors, no matter where we are working," says Dan. "Throughout the year, I will be physically present on several local and out of town projects. I do this to help train our team members and make sure they ALL know how we create gorgeous ModernCrete floors," he adds. Among the Country's Top Experienced Polished Concrete Companies ModernCrete has been installing concrete floors since 2001, and they diamond polished their first concrete floor in 2004. Polished concrete floors are now 80% of ModernCrete's business. They have … [Read more...]

Popularity of Stained Concrete

According to the Chicago Tribune: "In residential building and design, concrete is experiencing a surge in popularity. Among the reasons: It's a flexible material that can be fashioned into large expanses such as walls and floors or into decorative accents such as countertops and fireplace surrounds; concrete can be made to look like stone or tile; it deadens sound and resists fire; and it's recyclable." Although at ModernCrete, we focus primarily on retail, business, and industrial spaces, the same principles apply. Staining concrete has become a popular way to add color and designs to plain cement, regardless of the type of space. While staining results in a more artistic look, the fact is that commercial floors need to be just as safe and aesthetically appealing as floors in a … [Read more...]

Concrete Repair: Cold Room Floor Coating

Some floors can really take a beating, especially in certain industries. A meat processing facility in New Jersey, which produces meat products for several national brands, needed a new floor — not simply for the sake of aesthetics, but for the sake of food safety. The concrete floor at the facility was corroded by food by-products and daily hot water wash downs. … [Read more...]