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Vol. 18 No. 6 - August/September 2018

Bible Museum's Dirt Floors Made with Concrete

Dirt like floors made of concrete for a Bible Museum The request from JMC: Museum Arts LLC to Sundek of Washington was an odd one. “Can you make floors that look like dirt?” JMC asked. Not dirty floors, mind you, dirt floors.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 25, 2018
Chemical Surfactants Can Cut Steps in Concrete Polishing

Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco's Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution's Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco’s Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution’s Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.

By David Searls
August 16, 2018
Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

By Rick Lobdell
August 20, 2018
Contractors Should Have a Resource Network in Place

Unrepaired concrete that is in desperate need of improvement.The air temperature is 97 degrees F, the concrete arrives late and it turns out it’s a hot load. A set retarder is added, which only makes matters worse. The concrete now sits for eight hours before you can do anything with it. Now what?

By Chris Sullivan
August 22, 2018
What is the Best System for Polished Concrete Maintenance?

Conducting tests on the polished concrete.On a regular basis, many of us are asked: “What is the best way to maintain polished concrete?” Is there one method proven to be superior?

In this article, we’ll explore some field testing reviews and compare traditional DIPs (diamond-impregnated pads) to a newer floor maintenance system involving composite resin abrasives (CRAs).

By Greg Cabot
August 22, 2018
Tip-Top Concrete Tables and Counters

Concrete table with an artistic crack down the center.Concrete Decor salutes artisans nationwide for their ingenuity and creativity in designing tables and countertops. Here are 10 of our discoveries.

Editors
August 21, 2018
Cleaning Concrete Correctly is Critical Before Applying Coatings

Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating's success.Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating’s success. Contractors must carefully evaluate the substrate and its condition to determine what cleaner or degreaser is needed and how it should be applied.

By Rob Spiegel
August 15, 2018
Product Warranties Can Be a Boost for Business

This key is pointing to an imperfection in the concrete that voids its warranty per the manufacturer.Peace of mind seems to be a rare commodity these days. So, if you could become involved in a program that helps offer that to you and your clients— and possibly helps grow your business, as well— wouldn’t you leap at the opportunity?

By K. Schipper
August 17, 2018
Concrete Expectations: Set the Bar Properly at the Onset

A control joint in a concrete slab that has been colored integrally.Setting the bar properly for your clients on the onset ensures happier customers in the long run.

By Greg Iannone
August 18, 2018
Concrete: A Building Material for the Energy Conscious

Dave Blasedel of Butterfield Color explaning stenciled concrete walls at the 2018 Decorative Concrete Live in Las Vegas.The third annual Decorative Concrete LIVE! continues to showcase innovative construction applications for residential and retail at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas Jan. 22-25, 2019

Editors
August 16, 2018
Summer Summit Promotes Healthier Business Relationships

Group of people from the decorative concrete industry gather.If there is one fact that stands above everything else in this industry, it’s when decorative concrete industry professionals connect with one another in person great things happen.

By Bent Mikkelsen
August 20, 2018
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