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Vol. 15 No. 5 - July 2015

Custom Concrete Repair Methods for Historical Restoration Project

Replacing damaged or missing parapet caps, which prevent water from infiltrating wall systems by shedding water off the building.When tackling any historical restoration like the Mazza Castle project, I recommend surveying the structure thoroughly prior to construction, like a doctor would examine an ailing patient before making a diagnosis. Just like every person responds differently to treatment, so does the structure undergoing restoration.

By Tony Lieder Jr.
July 8, 2015
Creativity with Concrete Pushes One Contractor Far Outside the Norm

Sawatzky's Imagination CorporationDan Sawatzky’s background doesn’t immediately lend itself to him becoming a premier concrete artisan, but his creativity with concrete has led him to work that is far outside of the norm. Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation is a backyard business run by father and son.

By Vanessa Salvia
July 5, 2015
Concrete That Looks Like Wood

Keefe Duhon poses on his woodplank concreteNew Iberia, Louisiana, located 130 miles from New Orleans, has an elevation of only 20 feet. Wood floors are fine, but in this area prone to flooding, concrete floors are even better. And Keefe Duhon of Concrete Revolution has developed a specialty of concrete floors that look like wood planks, and he’s become known for it across the country.

By Vanessa Salvia
July 15, 2015
Assymetrical Concrete Designs- Unusual Concrete Compositions

Sailboat hull by Ggoodman oil on canvasThere 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
July 18, 2015
Curing Newly Placed Concrete and Finished Concrete Slabs (Part 2 of 3)

Curing is an integral part of the concrete placement process. When portland cement and water mix, they activate a process called Curing is an integral part of the concrete placement process. When portland cement and water mix, they activate a process called “hydration.”

By David Stephenson
July 15, 2015
Footprints When Acid Staining Concrete - Tread Lightly Every Step of the Way

mistakes in acid staining concrete - Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I've unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn't create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I’ve unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn’t create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.

By Chris Sullivan
July 1, 2015
Improve Your Outcome with Concrete Stencils

Successs with concrete stencilsStenciling is so much quicker is that all work can be done from outside the forms using long-handled tools. The pattern is provided by the stencils, and texturing may be accomplished with lightweight textured rollers.

By Steve VandeWater
July 25, 2015
Historic Mazza Castle Restored and Repaired for Next 100 Years

Mazza Castle restoration projectEmily McCloskey, the young wife of attorney and Irish immigrant Henry Harrison McCloskey, had grown deathly afraid of earthquakes after the “great earthquake” of San Francisco and the subsequent fire that killed 500 people and left 220,000 homeless in 1906.

By Tony Lieder Jr.
June 25, 2015
Concrete Furniture Weighs into the Mix

Wells Concrete Works custom concrete furniture“The house looked a lot like a barn,” says Wells, 36, owner of Wells Concrete Works in Los Osos, California. “The clients kept some of the old architecture and appliances and fixtures inside and out. With the outside kitchen they wanted to be able to come back from the beach and entertain lots of people.”

By Vanessa Salvia
July 1, 2015
10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second. 

Editors
July 2, 2015
10 Milestones in the History of Concrete

As Southern California contractors,
Rod Sadleir and his brother, Gerry,
were among the first to resurface concrete
with a very thin polymer-cement overlay.Concrete is a remarkable material with origins stretching back to antiquity. Concrete and its primary ingredient, cement, have changed a lot over the years, but the following timeline helps bring the history of this important material into the present day.

Editors
July 5, 2015
10 Amazing Concrete Jobs

round concrete tea barOf all the lists we compiled for this special issue, this one was probably the hardest. It wasn’t because there were so few good jobs to choose from — quite the opposite.

Editors
July 7, 2015
10 Most-Accessed Articles from Concrete Decor's Archives

a husband and wife and their wedding rings, the grooms hands have concrete burnsWe took a look at the most-read articles from our archives, and this list gives a unique picture of what information interests our readers the most.

Editors
July 15, 2015
10 Influential People in the Decorative Concrete Industry

How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn't easy, that's for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.

Editors
July 6, 2015
10 Tips to Have a More Successful Concrete Business

Concrete Decor magazine 100th issueIf your business is operating smoothly, you may not think some of the things you do every day have contributed to your success because they seem so basic. But when you encounter a business that doesn’t do some of these fundamental things, you may discover how important simple day-to-day acts and decisions are.

Editors
July 5, 2015
10 Noteworthy Products in the Decorative Concrete Industry

pervious concrete - Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there's a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there’s a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.

Editors
July 1, 2015
10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

Editors
July 4, 2015
10 Favorite Concrete Decor Magazine Covers

Concrete Decor Cover Vol 12 No 4From day one, we put a lot of thought into the covers for each issue of Concrete Decor magazine. Because it isn’t available on newsstands, we don’t have to try to appeal to the average grocery shopper standing in line, but we definitely want our cover images to be attention-grabbing.

Editors
July 8, 2015
10 Most-Read Blog Posts About Concrete from Concrete Decor's Website

Metallic red and gray tile pattern garage floor coatingNot everything we write or receive ends up in Concrete Decor. We have a section on the website for “Online Exclusives,” things that we don’t have space for in the magazine but are too good not to share.

Editors
June 24, 2015
10 Business Tips to Help Your Concrete Business Be More Successful

We invited some business leaders and our Facebook friends to share with us their tips for running a successful business. What we considered to be the 10 best tips were printed in the July 2015 issue of Concrete Decor Magazine, which happened to be our 100th issue which we celebrated with 10 lists of 10 items to make up 100.We invited some business leaders and our Facebook friends to share with us their tips for running a successful business. What we considered to be the 10 best tips were printed in the July 2015 issue of Concrete Decor Magazine, which happened to be our 100th issue which we celebrated with 10 lists of 10 items to make up 100.

Editors
June 3, 2015
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