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Vol. 12 No. 5 - July 2012

Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

By Chris Mayo
July 9, 2012
Mighty Metallics

Thanks to new products and growing consumer interest, metallic-infused concrete coatings have everyone’s attention

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 9, 2012
Fundamentals of Business: Seven Surefire Ways to Improve Your Sales

By Jacob Webb
July 9, 2012
Sanding and Buffing Coatings on Cast Concrete Pieces

By Amy Johnson
July 9, 2012
The Cheng Concrete 2012 Circle of Distinction Winners

Editors
July 9, 2012
Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

By Amy Johnson
July 9, 2012
Polished Concrete Walls at The Shops at Willow Lawn

In this outdoors construction project, weather was always going to be a factor. Considering the sensitive nature of the walls, precautions for polishing under certain wet or temperature conditions was critical to achieving desired results.In this outdoors construction project, weather was always going to be a factor. Considering the sensitive nature of the walls, precautions for polishing under certain wet or temperature conditions was critical to achieving desired results.

By Jeremy R. Wilkerson, with Ray Wilkerson
July 9, 2012
Understanding Measurements for Ground and Polished Concrete

What is the difference between polished and ground concrete? How to know what is the clarity and gloss measurement.What is ground and polished concrete? How do we determine the difference between a topical-polished floor, in which a product has been applied to the floor to seal it, and a mechanical polish with bonded abrasives?

By Clark Branum
July 9, 2012
Hollywood Plasterer Uses Concrete Overlays to Make Movie Sets

Concrete uses are endless this ship is made from concrete overlays but looks like the real thing on the movie set in Hollywood.

Remember the ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"? Or the John Harvard statue that students gathered around during the hazing scene in "The Social Network"? What about the boat dock from the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 9, 2012
Answers to Concrete Staining Problems, Questions and Concerns

Construction worker filling up a pump sprayer with a fix for concrete staining projects.When you think about it, the relatively low percentage of callbacks and problems compared to the overall amount of work performed says a lot about the caliber of installers and the industry as a whole.

By Chris Sullivan
July 9, 2012
Protecting Yourself When Working with Acid Stain
By Liz Schick
July 9, 2012
Cost-saving Innovations in Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete, mocha brown stone likeSome mistakenly view the decorative concrete world as 100 percent committed to overlays, stain and polished concrete, but counting out concrete stamping is a mistake. Stamped concrete is the cornerstone of decorative concrete, and my belief is that this will not change anytime soon.

By Doug Carlton
July 9, 2012
Awesome Pool Side Concrete Hardscape

Award winning pool hardscape featuring stamped concrete patio, crystal clear swimming pool, custom concrete fire pit, and one of a kind retaining walls.East Coast met West Coast and “old school” joined up with state-of-the-art hardscape concrete work at an award-winning residential project in Andover, Mass. The three-level backyard spread, including patio, pool, fire pit and surrounding walls, earned project owner New England Hardscapes, of Acton, Mass., an ASCC design award.

By David Searls
July 9, 2012
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