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2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
Sealing the Deal on Waterproofing Solutions

waterproofing concrete installations Technology advances expand the range of options for concrete projects Whether the objective is keeping water in — like a pond, tank, pool or reservoir — or keeping it out — such as a foundation or entire building — waterproofing looms large in concrete installations.

Joe Maty
Jan 23, 2017
Stain and Sealer in One by HP Spartacote

Many companies might have been satisfied with creating a successful coating system that has steadily gained in popularity. Wilmer Rowe, chief chemist of HP Spartacote LLC, is cut from a different cloth. Taking inspiration from some of the staining exhibits at World of Concrete, he began working toward creating stains that would integrate with HP Spartacote's polyaspartics.

Chris Mayo
Sep 15, 2009
Is Your Decorative Concrete Business a Well-Kept Secret?

Is your decorative concrete business a well kept secret?Please take a second to answer this question, because ignoring it could very well cost you a lot of money. Are you a well-kept secret?

Doug Carlton
Feb 21, 2011
Make Tooling Choices Easier with the Mohs Hardness Test Kit

To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
The Pentagon: Concrete Contractors Helped Heal the Country By Getting to Work

The replicated wall of the Pentagon.As the nation came to terms with their grief and outrage of the September 11th attack, others stepped into the debris and began to clear a path for rebirth in hopes that by rebuilding the physical structures that had been destroyed.

Christianna McCausland
Feb 4, 2002
Concrete Contractor Finds Ways to Balance Family Life and Work

Child walking in a park over impressions in the concrete made from stains.A concrete contractor discusses how to balance between being a contractor and family life.

Karen Keyes
May 26, 2017
7 Strategies for Managing Working Capital in a Concrete Business

A purple ball point pen next to a blank check.When business is slow and credit is tight, you must do all you can do to preserve working capital, also referred to as operating capital. It’s an important financial metric calculated as current assets minus current liabilities. It’s the difference between the money you’ve been paid and the cash you owe.

Jacob Webb
Jan 24, 2013
Decorative Concrete Booms Across the Atlantic

Colored concrete medusa sculpture vertical placement on wallThe interest for decorative concrete is reaching new heights all over the world, and with this comes a need for education and training. Many countries are looking to the United States for products, information and support.

John Anderson
Feb 13, 2009
A Peelable Concrete Stain Block

A product that stops the migration of stain and moisture in concrete.LesCoat is a concrete stain block with a surprise ending — it’s peelable.

Editors
Sep 8, 2006
Tips for Repairing Decorative Concrete

Using a method from Roadware to fill in the cracks to repair this decorative concrete.Colors must be matched. Costs must be controlled. There are all sorts of variables to consider when repairing a decorative concrete floor. Luckily, several products aim to help you get things fixed.

Mike Dawson
May 1, 2008
Concrete Steps Make The First Impression

Step liners can be stripped earlier than other forms because they are made from different materials letting the concrete set up faster.Concrete steps can be the centerpiece of a house's façade and a showpiece of the decorative concrete craft.

Editors
Feb 17, 2002
Reinforced Filament Scoring Tape for Concrete

Scoring tape for cutting into concrete, easily identifies where you need to cut for a flawless finish.Unlike a chalk line, the tape always provides a visible line to follow. Scoring tape extends between two points and adhere's firmly to the surface. Once the tape is in place, simply following the black line with the saw to produce a clean, straight line.

Editors
Jul 12, 2001
High-Performance Mix Design: Understanding GFRC Mixes

GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber.GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber. The key to GFRC is the glass-fiber reinforcement. The fibers take the place of steel in a wet-cast mix. They allow GFRC to develop much higher flexural strengths than typical wet-cast concrete, allowing you to cast thinner, lighter sections and pieces.

Mark Celebuski
Oct 6, 2010
Putting a Silica Dust Plan in Writing

Large concrete polishing machine creating slurry from the dust and water mixing.It’s probably not an attitude shared by everyone, but Tom Martin, job site safety director for Diama-Shield LLC in Troy, Michigan, believes OSHA is there to help contractors.

K. Schipper
Feb 23, 2018
NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

NeoMix D-FRC empowers the artisan or contractor to expand their opportunities for businessBorn out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, Cheng Concrete’s NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.

Emily Dixon
Mar 21, 2011
Design Ideas: Sports Stadiums Embrace Decorative Concrete

Three of the nation’s most beloved sports franchises - the New York Yankees, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys - embraced decorative concrete when they built their new homes. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 8, 2010
Green Matters: The New Green Building Code

What it means to you.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Jan 7, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Disorganization Is Hurting Your Business

Let me ask if this sounds like somebody you know — you put in years perfecting your decorative concrete craft and consider yourself an expert in your field. Past customers appreciated your skill, courtesy and professionalism, and they refer friends and relatives to your services. But recently you have noticed something is changing, and this change makes you uneasy. Sure, you have sharpened the pencil, but it seems most months come and go leaving you asking where all the money is going.

Doug Carlton
Oct 9, 2011
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