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Vol. 11 No. 6 - August/September 2011

Artisan In Concrete: Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Holland, Mich.

Troy Lemon, founder and president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Mich., starts his story with a familiar admission. “I was a concrete guy way before I was a decorative concrete guy,” he says.

By Kelly O'Brien
August 9, 2011
Better Bridges

Most bridges are built to be purely functional, but functional doesn’t have to mean boring. Decorative concrete contractors have played a key role in some recent artistically striking bridge construction projects. Using materials that add character and can withstand exposure to the outdoors, contractors are transforming concrete bridge decks and support structures from dull and gray to eye-catching.

By Natasha Chilingerian
August 9, 2011
Green Matters: Be Prepared for Tough Questions about "Green" Concrete

Just a few short years ago, saying that concrete was a green building material was sufficient. It was taken for granted that concrete, being locally produced, durable and nontoxic, was a sound, sustainable choice. Today, it is not enough to repeat the word “green” like a mantra. Whether they are green-skeptics or advocates, consumers and architects are becoming better educated and more concerned about environmental impact, and they want substance.

By Sherry A. Boyd
August 9, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Three Ways to Drum Up New Work

Eight times per year I look at this magazine from cover to cover, amazed at how our industry has been hijacked by true artists. This level of skill, along with a few creative marketing ideas, should keep fresh money coming into your bank account.

 

By Doug Carlton
August 9, 2011
Product Focus: Polyurea-1 HD from Citadel Polyurea Coatings

Every manufacturer hopes they will develop a product that is truly versatile. Citadel Polyurea Coatings may have come close to that goal with their new Polyurea-1 HD coating.

Editors
August 9, 2011
How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 9, 2011
Precasting Isn't Just for Countertops Anymore

Concrete rivals or surpasses many common architectural materials when it comes to versatility of design and application. Its customizability is well-known, and more fabricators are starting to realize how they can capitalize on its versatility in expanding their market.

By Jeffrey Girard
August 9, 2011
Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

The owner, an old concrete contractor, wanted to replace the two bars with concrete. The goal was to add ambience and character to the bar with a material that could be hosed down along with the floors. The owner also wanted seamless tops, making this a good candidate for pouring in place.

By Mark Celebuski
August 9, 2011
Integral Pigment for Concrete by Construcolor USA

B01 was originally introduced in Mexico in the mid-1990s, then came to Texas in the late 1990s. Brad Adcock, owner of San Antonio-based Commercial Concrete Inc., has been using it ever since. Both he and Jimenez agree there are two key advantages to using the gel pigment.Designed as an easier-to-use, more controllable color system, Construcolor B01 integral pigment is a liquid gel that has been winning over skeptics for the last decade.

Editors
August 9, 2011
Alfalfa's Market Boulder, Colo.

There was plenty of flooring to do before Alfalfa’s Market, a new natural foods store, could open on Earth Day 2011 in a former Whole Foods space in Boulder, Colo.

By David Searls
August 9, 2011
Are Your Diamonds Open for Business?

When polishing concrete using resin- or metal-bonded diamond abrasives, how do you know that the diamonds under your machine are functioning effectively?

By Jennifer A. Faller
August 9, 2011
Westminster City Center Park Westminster, Colo.

In 2007, the city of Westminster, Colo., a suburb located northwest of Denver, began initial planning for a new park that would sit on 9 1/2 acres of open land across from its city hall. City planners sought to build an inviting community gathering spot where children could play and families could stroll, take in art and view live performances. For inspiration, Westminster, Colo., city planners looked to their sister city, Westminster, England, a central borough of London.

By Natasha Chilingerian
August 9, 2011
Fixes for Common Surface Color Problems

Unfortunately, complaints about how color turns out are an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Complaints can involve but are not limited to integrally colored concrete, color-hardened concrete, stamped and textured concrete and stained concrete. People claim the wrong color, inconsistent color, blotchy color, color that is too light, color that’s too dark, and the list goes on and on. When you really think about it, it does make sense. What is the biggest difference that separates decorative concrete from regular concrete? Color!

By Chris Sullivan
August 9, 2011
Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 9, 2011
Memphis Botanic Garden Memphis, Tenn.

The project originally given Kevin Baltz, president of Memphis, Tenn., company Baltz & Sons Concrete Services, was a lot simpler than the one he ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

Editors
August 9, 2011
Product Focus: Rztore from Concrete Earth LLC

Across the country stamped concrete jobs are beginning to show wear. To help restore the worn surfaces, Concrete Earth LLC has developed a three-step system to re-color, accent and seal previously installed jobs. Rztore (pronounced restore) is a fast, efficient system that revives old stamped concrete and return it to foot traffic in as little as eight hours.

Editors
August 9, 2011
Carved Walls at Hard Rock Developments Inc. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

When Brian Graham opened Hard Rock Developments Inc. in Calgary in 2000, he wanted the concrete tool and supply shop to be different from your standard concrete store. “My Dad was a concrete contractor, so when I was growing up, I went with him to concrete supply stores pretty often,” he says. “They always had a similar kind of look and feel — dusty, cluttered, not really appealing to anyone, including a concrete contractor.”

By Chris Mayo
August 9, 2011
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