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Vol. 15 No. 1 - January 2015

Experts weigh in on what's coming in the Decorative Concrete Industry

Concrete Industry Forecast red door on blank concrete wall indicating where is decorative concrete going.

We asked everyone the same set of questions. It wasn’t easy to approach this, given our friends’ varied experiences and applications. Perhaps the first challenge to looking ahead this way is defining the industry in general.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 5, 2015
Define Your Decorative Concrete Business Goals for 2015

Polished Concrete Archery Range - Concrete Decor MagazineAs you can tell from our "State of the Industry" article starting on page 26, many experts believe the decorative concrete industry will experience large amounts of growth in 2015. That will come from new products and techniques, and a growing awareness of the versatility of decorative concrete.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 2, 2015
Adrian Gascon Creates Unbelievable Waterscapes

GFRC Waterfall Expert - Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 13, 2015
Decorative Concrete Remains a Sure Bet in Las Vegas

Stained stenciled concrete floor takes on the look of Grand Canyon running through this high end restaurant in Las Vegas.Throughout the nation's gambling capital, signs of rejuvenation are unfolding as tourists with a bit more spending money check in, investors' interest returns and locals get back to work.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 17, 2015
Outdoor Tropical Retreat Restaurant Gets High and Dry Facelift with an Overlay

Decorative Concrete Floor in RestaurantA five-star resort will often go the extra mile to achieve the perfect ambiance. But a resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, actually went an extra 2,500 miles to Sundek headquarters in Arlington, Texas, to get the decorative concrete deck it wanted for its outdoor restaurant and lounge.

By Gail Elber
January 11, 2015
The Lorenzo Los Angeles

Meditteranean themed decorative concreteDecorative concrete doesn’t come on a bigger scale than this. Developer Geoff Palmer has built more apartments in downtown Los Angeles than anyone else — more than 3,000 — all in the same faux-Italian style.

By John Strieder
January 22, 2015
Crowning the Top Brawler at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show

cast and carved concrete fireplace

By Vanessa Salvia
January 7, 2015
Concrete Countertop Casting: Which Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

By Jeffrey Girard
January 1, 2015
Short Answers to Quick Questions about Working with Concrete

aggregate on the surface of concrete

By Chris Sullivan
January 8, 2015
There is a Difference Between Sealing and Resealing Decorative Concrete

Chemical resistant broom - Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete's surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride. Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete’s surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride.

By Doug Carlton
January 8, 2015
Build the Perfect Pool Deck Part 2 of 3: Coping

Walking into the deep end on a pool frame

By Jason Geiser
January 8, 2015
Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

By Gaye Goodman
January 8, 2015
Good Communication is Your Key to a Successful Decorative Concrete Business

Listening to a decorative concrete clientThe difference between a professional contractor and an unprofessional contractor often comes down to communication. Obviously, the quality of your work goes a long way.

By David Stephenson
January 1, 2015
Digital-Age Synergy: Polished concrete clicks in California's high-tech mecca

Concrete floor that looks like railroad timbersWhat might computer users learn when they google the terms “google” and “polished concrete?”

By Joe Maty
January 5, 2015
Decorative Concrete Displays in Cabela's

Decorative concrete displays in Cabela's

By Vanessa Salvia
January 9, 2015
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