New Guide Provides Contractors with Step-by-Step Instructions for Rejuvenating Concrete Floors

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The third book in a series of best-selling educational guides for the decorative concrete industry, Bob Harris’ Guide to Concrete Overlays & Toppings provides contractors with comprehensive instructions for rejuvenating concrete floors, exterior flatwork, and even wall surfaces.

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Decorative concrete overlays and toppings are quickly becoming the preferred application of contractors as a durable and cost effective way to enhance and repair the look of existing concrete. When existing concrete needs a face-lift, decorative overlays and toppings are the newest alternative to costly and disruptive removal and replacement. Bob Harris’ Guide to Concrete Overlays & Toppings provides A to Z instructions for installing different systems, including stampable and self-leveling overlays, microtoppings, underlayments, and spray-applied toppings.

Harris starts by helping contractors choose the most appropriate resurfacing system for each project, and then guides them through estimating materials, surface preparation and crack repair, testing for moisture-vapor transmission, and setting up a mixing station. In addition to providing step-by-step installation instructions, Harris also covers the creative aspects of installing decorative toppings, with entire chapters devoted to coloring options and decorative finishes such as stamping and stenciling, sawcutting, acid etching, and polishing.

Released in January 2006, the guide has quickly become a favorite among industry professionals as a training and reference source. As in his previous books, Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors and Bob Harris’ Guide to Stamped Concrete, Harris shares his expertise through tips and tricks, detailed instruction, and practical techniques for both beginning and seasoned contractors. He provides a solid foundation for producing quality work and helps contractors avoid common mistakes and problems. All three books in the Bob Harris Decorative Concrete Collection can be purchased online at

Bob Harris is a construction professional, teacher, and researcher. He is the founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Douglasville, Georgia where he conducts hands-on training seminars in architectural concrete on location and around the world.

The Concrete Network is the publisher of Bob Harris' Decorative Concrete Collection.

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