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Vol. 14 No. 6 - August/September 2014

A Jersey Contractor Prefers Troweled Systems for Color Patterns

Troweled quartz jobs can go faster than broadcast jobs because multiple steps aren't needed to apply the system.Troweled quartz jobs can go faster than broadcast jobs because multiple steps aren’t needed to apply the system.

Editors
August 25, 2014
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2014 Inductees

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame by Concrete Decor magazineThe Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame is pleased to honor its inductees for 2014: Gary Jones, Frank Lewis and Jon Nasvik. The Hall of Fame will announce the group at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show.

 

Editors
August 15, 2014
Making and Keeping Great Hires in an Employee Drought

Finding and keeping good employees from Concrete Decor magazineIn desperation we post employment opportunities on social media sites, in local newspapers and on online job listing pages. We even purchase radio spots, hoping to pick up the one or two rock-star employees left looking for new employment. But the reality is, there truly is a labor shortage out there.

By Karen Van Heukelem
August 15, 2014
Artisan in Concrete: Steve VandeWater, Noblesville, Indiana

Steve VandeWater Concrete Decor magazine

By Vanessa Salvia
August 12, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: A Sound Choice

Decorative concrete use in Dallas Performance HallLocated at the intersection of Routh and Flora streets in the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas City Performance Hall (DCPH) opened in September 2012. Concrete played a major role in its construction and as the interior and exterior finish.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 12, 2014
Integrally Colored Concrete at Fort Worth's Skateboard Central

Decorative concrete used in Dallas skateparkThe concrete in a skate park must be completely smooth to accommodate a skateboard’s small, hard 40 to 55 mm urethane wheels, yet also be nonslippery.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 12, 2014
Wood and Brick Looks Provide Elegant Concrete Solutions

Stamped concrete walkway in Fort Worth, TexasChris Post, owner of Elite Concrete Solutions in Fort Worth, landed a second job while creating walkways at the University Park Village shopping center. The owner of Pacific Table, a restaurant at the shopping mall, saw him working on the sidewalks and invited him to lead the remodel of a faux-wood floor and countertop at the popular eatery.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 13, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: A Concrete Go-cart Track at Legoland

Decorative concrete go-cart track at LegolandThe go-cart track at the Legoland Discovery Center was another challenging, yet fun, job for Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions LLC. The roadway hash marks required him to make a 2-by-4 jig to lay them in an evenly spaced manner all the way around the track.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 13, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: High-traffic Polished Flooring at Dave & Buster's

Polished concrete flooring at Dave and Busters

By Vanessa Salvia
August 14, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: Wild Fire Pit Warms up Wild Salsa Restaurant

Concrete fire pit glow in the dark

By Vanessa Salvia
August 14, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: Concrete Art at the Kimbell

Polished concrete at Kimball Art Museum

By Vanessa Salvia
August 14, 2014
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: Living in Color

Concrete TCU logo - In August 2013, Texas Christian University opened two new residence halls for increased on-campus housing. The halls, called Worth Hills Village, accommodate about 400 students near the southwest corner of the campus.In August 2013, Texas Christian University opened two new residence halls for increased on-campus housing. The halls, called Worth Hills Village, accommodate about 400 students near the southwest corner of the campus.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 14, 2014
Rescuing a Nightmare Concrete Staining Job

Polished concrete floor by Julio HallackIn March of 2012 my company received a call from an outfit that was working on a project at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. They wanted to discuss the issues that they were having with the application of an acid stain on almost 50,000 square feet of floor.

By Julio Hallack
August 14, 2014
An Epic Hardscape in the Hills

Restored decorative concrete garage and driveway.

By Joe Maty
August 14, 2014
Forming and Stamping a Concrete Balcony

Formed Concrete Balconies A construction deadline: The owner wanted balconies to be ready to entertain VIP guests for the 2012 BMW Championship golf tournament at Crooked Stick.

By Gail Elber
August 14, 2014
Concrete Questions: What Causes Hot-tire Pickup?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

By Chris Sullivan
August 5, 2014
How Texture Stamp Mats Changed the Game

Using texture stamp mats

By Doug Carlton
August 15, 2014
Broadcast vs. Troweled Quartz Systems

When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 15, 2014
How to Choose a Concrete Casting Surface

Corian concrete casting surfaces.

By Jeremy French
August 15, 2014
Why Moisture Can Ruin Your Decorative Concrete

Moisture meter for concrete moisture testingExcess moisture doesn't just evaporate ... it sometimes takes your design with it.

By Jason Spangler
August 15, 2014
A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountainThis is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the finer details of all potential concrete casting surfaces. Instead, this article is intended to help you begin asking the right questions, as well as give you a basic understanding of some of the options. We cannot come up with solutions until we ask the right questions.

By Jeremy French
August 12, 2014
Measuring Gloss on Polished Concrete the CSDA ST-115 standard

Amazing shine off of a high gloss polished concrete floor in a Japanese restaurant in Las VegasA gloss meter measures how light is scattered, but an angle, ambient lighting, or even a high-gloss coating can impact the number. A DOI meter addresses this problem by “seeing” through a coating to determine the consistency of the surface underneath, but it cannot measure the porosity of the floor.

By Amy Johnson
August 13, 2014
Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch Rows on Concrete

Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch RowsA dissipating cure is exactly the right compound to use on a polished concrete floor. Generally, these types of curing compounds break down from traffic and exposure to sunlight and are mostly gone within a few weeks.

By David Stephenson
August 15, 2014
It's Architectural Concrete, but is it Appealing?

Decorative concrete Perot Museum Dallas - Whether you love it or hate it, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas is a building that can't be ignored.Whether you love it or hate it, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas is a building that can’t be ignored.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 5, 2016
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