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Vol. 14 No. 6 - August/September 2014

Epoxy Expert Favors Broadcast Quartz

Westcoat's Quartz system on a garage floor with a gray car parked on it.Back in the ’60s, when epoxies first came along, they were often specified in food-related areas because of their ease of cleaning and resistance to germs, he says. Ramy remembers the old guys didn’t want anything to do with epoxy, so they’d paint the walls and the young guys would handle the floors.

Editors
August 14, 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
Artisan Uses Artistic Background to Find Success in Decorative Concrete

Steve VandeWater Concrete Decor magazineSteve VandeWater, 51, was a Fine Arts major at Indiana University Bloomington, studying sculpture, drawing and printmaking. This artistic background informs his approach to concrete and also gives him skill and success with different styles and techniques.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 16, 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 Keyes
August 15, 2014
Performance Hall in Texas Features Concrete Both Indoors and Out

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 17, 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 20, 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 16, 2014
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
High-traffic Polished Concrete Floor at Dave & Buster's

Polished concrete flooring at Dave and BustersThe owner of Dallas’s Dave and Buster’s sports bar wanted the look of a contemporary football field for the floor. After the floor was polished to an 800 grit, Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions delivered that and more.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 13, 2014
Concrete Fire Pit Warms up Restaurant

Concrete fire pit glow in the darkA fire pit is not an unusual feature for a nice restaurant, but there is something unique about the built-in fire pit at Wild Salsa.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 15, 2014
Art Museum Now Has a Parking Garage Worthy of its Mission

Polished concrete at Kimball Art MuseumThe Kimbell Art Museum houses one of the country’s most well-known collections of art. The original building, designed in 1966 by Louis I. Kahn, opened in 1972. In 2010, ground was broken on an expansion, this time utilizing the design of Italian architect Renzo Piano.

By Vanessa Salvia
August 19, 2014
Residence Halls at TCU with a Decorative Concrete Flair

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 16, 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 16, 2014
Concrete Hardspace Transforms Residential Curb Appeal

Restored decorative concrete garage and driveway.If you’re going the makeover route, why not make it extreme. Or at least dramatic.

Either description can be applied to the three-pronged game plan devised to vastly revamp the hardscapes surrounding a sprawling, exclusive residential property on the Central California coast.

By Joe Maty
August 15, 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 16, 2014
What Causes Hot-tire Pickup on Stamped Concrete?

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 Decorative Concrete Game

Using texture stamp matsBefore texture stamping, stamping professionals were limited to interlocking stamp patterns and all of the frustration and anxiety that accompany them. Flash forward to 2014, and numerous opportunities exist to showcase your decorative talent, thanks to the many variations of texture stamp tools.

By Doug Carlton
August 19, 2014
Broadcast or Troweled Quartz Systems: Which is Right For Your Job

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.oncrete does exactly what you ask it to. Problems with casting concrete do not arise from the concrete acting up. Problems arise when we don’t understand what we are asking for. With concrete, watch out what you ask for because you may just get it.

By Jeremy French
August 19, 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
Downtown Dallas Museum Opts for Architectural Concrete Design

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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