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Vol. 16 No. 4 - May/June 2016

Nine Tips for Not Getting Lost in Translation

image of the earth

By Tina Grady Barbaccia
May 16, 2016
Artisan Grows Up In Concrete Industry And Becomes A Stamping Success

By Vanessa Salvia
May 17, 2016
Annual Decorative Concrete Competition Lauds Projects Based on Skill and Creativity

By Amy Johnson
May 1, 2016
OSU Further Polishes its Image with Expansion Project

By Vanessa Salvia
May 17, 2016
Floor Features Grinding Aluminum And Concrete Toppings

snowshoe tracks on floor at an Alaskan elementary school

By Vanessa Salvia
May 18, 2016
White Concrete Pavilion Complements Mexican Museum

White concrete Pavilion Complements a Mexican MansionA brilliant white concrete pavilion sits proudly on the grounds of a popular tourist destination in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The pavilion frames three sides of a paved courtyard at La Quinta Montes Molina — a historic early-20th century mansion in Merida that now serves as a museum and venue for social events in the garden.

By Vanessa Salvia
May 18, 2016
Concrete Contractors Across The Country Share Insights on What Helps Them Succeed

Contractors across the country share insights on what helps them succeedWhile surveying my peers, I discovered that contractors approach projects differently and require a great variety of tools to get the job done. Perhaps this is why our industry is so innovative and unique.

By Karen Keyes
May 18, 2016
Using Your Concrete Cutting Saw Skills

Concrete contractor using edge grinder with diamond blade to saw cut detail in a concrete slab.

Cary Grant — the Las Vegas decorative-concrete impresario, not the Hollywood movie icon — has crafted dramatic masterpieces through his company, Floor Seasons, that could be considered Oscar-worthy, if there was a decorative concrete category. Rick Lobdell, owner of Concrete Mystique in Nashville, has produced his share of award-winning art.

By Joe Maty
May 18, 2016
Advantages of Water-based Acrylic Concrete Sealers

dry and wet floor comparison - In the 30-odd years I've been in the concrete industry, first as a contractor and now as a retailer, I've heard time and again that water-based acrylic sealers can't compare to solvent-based acrylics.In the 30-odd years I’ve been in the concrete industry, first as a contractor and now as a retailer, I’ve heard time and again that water-based acrylic sealers can’t compare to solvent-based acrylics.

By Steve VandeWater
May 19, 2016
How To Go Green In Decorative Concrete

Workers apply Prosoco's Consolideck surface hardener.

Decorative concrete often appeals to designers and building owners who want to minimize their impact on the environment, because polished, stamped or textured surfaces eliminate the need for coverings that perpetually need replacement.

By Gail Elber
May 10, 2016
How The LEED Program Works And Getting Certified

Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.

By Chris Sullivan
May 1, 2016
Jack Daniel's Themed Kitchen With Concrete Countertop

bare kitchen with Jack Daniels themeWhen you live in Tennessee and you’ve got clients with a bare kitchen who also like to entertain and enjoy their adult beverages, a Jack Daniels theme seemed like a natural fit.

By Vanessa Salvia
May 19, 2016
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