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Vol. 12 No. 1 - January 2012

U-Shaped Concrete Bar Top at Regeneration Park

A rounded concrete countertop at a bar.The uber-green project, called Regeneration Park, features a wide array of ecofriendly building techniques, from the new solar thermal system that satisfies almost all its heating, cooling and hot-water needs to the old gray concrete floor ground down and polished to a 1,500 grit.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 15, 2012
Making International Travel and Shipping Plans for Concrete Projects

Preparing a shipment for loading onto a truck.While in the course of business these days, you will sometimes be asked to travel outside the United States to do decorative concrete work. The pitfalls are many, but the windfalls can be huge.

By Cathye Rankin
January 5, 2012
Floors at Swimming Pool Supply Stores Mimic Water with Epoxy

For years, the owners of Phoenix, Ariz.-based retail chain Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies hired various contractors to work on their floors, hoping to see blue water-like effects beneath their customers' feet. For years, the owners of Phoenix, Ariz.-based retail chain Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies hired various contractors to work on their floors, hoping to see blue water-like effects beneath their customers’ feet. Their wish was granted when they met Troy Lewis, owner of Orlando, Fla.-based Exquisite Flooring of West Orange.

By Natasha Chilingerian
January 12, 2012
Six Issues to Keep in Mind When Working with Decorative Concrete Abroad

John Anderson in a tank top using a power trowel on a concrete slab abroad.The cultural practices and business models from country to country are unique in every way possible: techniques, materials, tools and construction practice regulations.

By John Anderson
January 20, 2012
Build Your Business on a Foundation of Innovation

Two people shaking hands at the Concrete Decor Show.For your decorative concrete business to grow, it must be built on a foundation of innovation. If you don’t do so, you will find it increasingly difficult to create lasting value for your business and your customers.

By Jacob Webb
December 31, 2011
Taking a Chance on Concrete Staining, Gaye Goodman, Faux Real LLC

highly reflective teal green acid stained floor.Longtime artist and acid stain master Gaye Goodman, 66, wasn’t always a guru of colored concrete.

She spent the early part of her career creating batiks and abstract paintings. Forms found in nature often served as her inspiration. She finally landed in the decorative concrete industry and truly blossomed.

By Natasha Chilingerian
December 31, 2011
Concrete Bar Top at Contemporary Restaurant

Bar top at a high-end restaurant made with concrete.The District is a restaurant specializing in contemporary American cuisine. It is a venue that proudly supports local agriculture and sustainable, local fishing practices. It only made sense to include as one of its focal points a concrete countertop made from local natural resources to complement its overall ambiance.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 5, 2012
Cutting-edge Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

wo recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip -- for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development -- illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.Two recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip — for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development — illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.

By Kelly O'Brien
December 31, 2011
How to Survive and Thrive when Doing Decorative Concrete Overseas

In the United States, decorative concrete is advanced at a level that it is not at anywhere else. When you're overseas, be prepared to educate.In the United States, decorative concrete is advanced at a level that it is not at anywhere else. When you’re overseas, be prepared to educate.

By Mike Archambault
December 31, 2011
Getting the Most Out of Decorative Concrete Educational Opportunities

Group of people learning from Fu-Tung Cheng in a training course.The cold truth is that our industry has seen its share of truly talented decorative concrete individuals fail, and it’s not because they weren’t good at their craft. Today’s artisans must be more than talented — they must be capable of overlaying talent with an entrepreneurial spirit. That's where training and education comes in.

By Doug Carlton
December 31, 2011
A Tool to Help Visualize Decorative Concrete by Depiction Software

Deco-con wizard screen shot.Potential clients often struggle with visualizing what decorative concrete will look like at their home or business. The new Deco-Con Wizard from Depiction Software can help remove the mystery by quickly and easily showing them what selected decorative concrete patterns will look like on their property.

Editors
December 31, 2011
Virtual Ice Rink Created With Concrete Overlay

The floor of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame was transformed using epoxies into a virtual ice rink.Happenstance led Tyson Long, president of Calgary-based Hardscapes Inc., to the new location of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame museum in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, where he used white and clear epoxy coatings to transform the floor of the museum’s ice-hockey exhibit room into a virtual ice rink.

By Natasha Chilingerian
December 31, 2011
Raising the Concrete Bartop in New England

Concrete Countertop process with metal gear imbedded into curved restaurant concrete bar top.The only things that can be added to create a standard countertop mix are integral color, a densifier and the know-how acquired through years of decorative experience.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
December 31, 2011
Two Systems from Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems to Combat Moisture Issues

Waterproof coating by Westcoat combats moisture issues of second story decks.Second-story decks are popular outdoor spaces in both residential and commercial buildings, In order to help combat moisture problems below these decks, Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems offers two popular and proven waterproofing coating systems: ALX and MACoat.

Editors
December 31, 2011
Decorative Concrete Installed at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum in Colorado

Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo.Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo., that drew hundreds to its opening ceremony in May.

By Natasha Chilingerian
December 31, 2011
Maintaining Color Consistency in Large Decorative Pours

Consistent color in concrete from ready mix concrete company.Have you ever gotten that early-morning or late-night call from an unhappy owner telling you that the color is lighter than they wanted … or darker … or does not match from one pour to the next? If you haven’t been on the receiving end of one of those calls, good for you! If you have, then you know what we are talking about.

By Keith Boudart and Jim Nielsen
December 31, 2011
Polished Concrete Wows Museum Goers

A display at the Natural History Museum has polished concrete floors installed.In Southern California, grinding and polishing concrete that was placed 20 or 30 years ago is fairly common. However, burnishing concrete that’s more than a century old is a rare task for any contractor.

By Erik Pisor
December 31, 2011
How Reading the Specifications Can Help Your Wallet

Increase profits by reading specifications.The specification is the best protection that you have, other than the contract itself, to keep from getting taken advantage of by the customer. If you know the specifications forward and backward you are in excellent shape if any conflict arises.

By David Stephenson
December 31, 2011
How to Choose an Overlay From the Four Different Types

Stampable Overlay from Butterfield Color There are four different overlay systems used in creating decorative concrete floors: microtoppings, stampable overlays, multipurpose overlays and self-leveling overlays. All have different characters and makeups with which to achieve decorative looks.

By David Blasdel
December 31, 2011
How To: Prep for a Concrete Staining Job

Preparing the concrete job site is an important part of any staining or coloring project.As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.

By Kelly O'Brien
December 31, 2011
Coloring Concrete in Winter Weather

Trees in a field surrounded by snow.There are many regions where the weather does not seem winterlike but is cold enough to affect concrete placement. This is where cold-weather placement practices become very important. Not following the rules because it does not seem that cold potentially leads to concrete that is weak and substandard.

By Chris Sullivan
December 31, 2011
How Do Concrete Stamping Contractors Handle Maintenance

Sealing a stamped concrete slab with an O logo from Ohio State acrylic stained in red.Taking steps to incorporate a maintenance program for your customers is a great way to ensure ongoing business.

Let’s look at several ways you can promote maintenance services that help relieve headaches and save the industry from a tarnished reputation.

By Jason Geiser
December 31, 2011
Sculpted Hillside is Home to a Serene Pool Deck

High end pool deck lit by night lights and a glowing fire pit.When we think of sculpting, most of us probably picture statues or abstract artistic shapes, not a combination of walls and steps and terraces that enhance the natural surroundings. Yet that is what the sculpting of a hillside is shaping the landscape into an attractive blend of man-made and natural elements.

By Chris Mayo
December 31, 2011
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