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Vol. 11 No. 2 - February/March 2011

Artisan in Concrete: Brian Olson, Cemrock Landscapes Inc., Tucson, Ariz.

You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 11, 2011
Recognizing Artistry: The 2011 ASCC DCC Awards

The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its third annual decorative concrete awards competition.

Editors
February 11, 2011
Rumble from the Jungle: Concrete Jungle

Let’s get the question out of the way that you undoubtedly are itching to ask: Is it a jungle out there for California transplant Steve Kroo and Concrete Jungle, his Northridge decorative concrete business?

Editors
February 11, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Are You 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?

By Doug Carlton
February 11, 2011
Nashville Dinner Theatre, Nashville, Tenn.

The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

By Natasha Chilingerian
February 11, 2011
Successful Resurfacing: Going From Good to Great

Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll. How do you go from doing what anyone can do to creating your own distinctive look and giving customers exceptional projects?

By Trevor A. Foster, with Amy Johnson
February 11, 2011
Pigment Peculiarities

Any time you’re dealing with integral color, the key to success is getting a nice, even distribution of pigment. The key to that, in turn, is managing the water-to-cement ratio in your mix.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 11, 2011
Preparing Your Countertop for Topical Sealers

The steps you take with your wet-cast or GFRC countertops prior to sealing them will affect sealer success more than the actual application of the sealer. It’s important to gain an understanding of what your concrete is doing, or more importantly, what you are doing with your concrete.

By Mark Celebuski
February 11, 2011
Success with Concrete Countertops: Dealing with Wastewater and Sludge

The previous issue’s “Success With Concrete Countertops” article dealt with the role of water in your concrete. This issue’s column concerns the water produced during concrete countertop production.

By Jeffrey Girard
February 11, 2011
The Benefits of Decorative Shotcrete

Shotcrete is not a physical product. It cannot be touched or held in your hand. Shotcrete is a process or verb. It is the action of placing concrete to achieve high strengths and low permeability.

By William T. Drakeley Jr.
February 11, 2011
the concretist: Staining Was Never Easy, But Now It's Complicated

I was once a much younger concretist, really impetuous and passionate. I was working for L.M. Scofield Co., and as my wife told me, I worked way too much. So she left me. To be more accurate, she left me in charge of the kids for 10 days while she and her best girlfriend toured a bit of England and Scotland.

By Michael Miller
February 11, 2011
The Allure and the Reality of Polishing Concrete

If World of Concrete 2011 was any indication, the polished concrete market will again see substantial growth in the coming year. It has become pretty clear that polished concrete is the hot market in decorative concrete right now. There was no shortage of equipment and chemical manufacturers touting the latest and greatest at the show, with each making a case for why their system was the best option on the market.

By Chris Sullivan
February 11, 2011
Transforming Poorly Polished Floors for Profit

All concrete polishers are aware of the many subpar polished floors out there that are giving polished concrete a bad name. I get several calls each week asking how to fix a bad floor, so I am sure that you are dealing with this as well.

By Jennifer A. Faller
February 11, 2011
Lanier Charter Career Academy Culinary Arts Complex, Gainesville, Ga.

The terms “polishing” and burnishing” are sometimes used interchangeably in the decorative concrete industry to describe two very different processes.

By Elizabeth Gillette Offensend
February 11, 2011
Rockview House, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Take an older home on the beach in need of radical change. Add a designer and a concrete contractor, both of whom are comfortable thinking outside the box. Give them carte blanche and as much time as they need. Allow their creative juices to simmer. What do you get? A dramatic award-winning remodel project that screams individuality.

By Chris Mayo
February 11, 2011
5 Facts Regarding the Business of Stenciled Concrete

For years, it seemed to me that people thought stenciled concrete was the bastard child of decorative concrete. I never really understood that.For years, it seemed to me that people thought stenciled concrete was the bastard child of decorative concrete. I never really understood that.

By Todd Rose
February 11, 2011
Fu-Tung Cheng Plays with Walls

This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.

By Cheng Design
February 11, 2011
Two Ways to Get Radiant Heat

Have you come across clients who are considering polished, stamped or stained concrete flooring, but who hesitate because concrete is a naturally cold surface?

By Greg Jazwinski
February 11, 2011
Pitfalls to Avoid When Bidding for Arena Work

Arenas and stadiums are a market that is gaining momentum in polished concrete. Between high schools, colleges and professional sports teams, there are a lot of these venues around the country. As they come up for remodel, polished concrete is a great option for the flooring on concourses and even under seats.

By David Stephenson
February 11, 2011
NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

Born 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.

By Emily Dixon
February 11, 2011
The Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete contractors know having multiple tricks up their sleeves can lead to steadier, more lucrative work.

By Natasha Chilingerian
February 11, 2011
Orange-Crete Decorative Concrete Brushes from Riviera Brush Co.

Riviera Brush Co. has been a leader in the concrete brush industry since 1989. They started out by developing their line of Orange-Crete wash brushes for the ready-mix industry. The brushes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions inherent to the industry — lime, abrasives, muriatic acid and other cleaning agents. They were ideal for cleaning trucks and equipment.

Editors
February 11, 2011
Controlled Erosion

Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 11, 2011
Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 11, 2011
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