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Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Edge form for concreteAlthough rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 14, 2019
Today's Concrete Overlays are Durable and Good Looking

Concrete Overlays in a kitchen with concrete countertopsA baker knows when there’s a disaster in the kitchen, sometimes a little bit of icing can go a long way toward redemption. Concrete contractors have a similar option with overlays and an unsightly slab: The overlaid section not only looks better but the chemistry behind today’s overlay offerings often creates a much more durable surface than what was already there.

K. Schipper
Sep 13, 2012
Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
Developing Technology: Installing Heated Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.

Jahn Stopperan
Nov 23, 2018
Technological Improvements Up Advantages of Cordless Tools

Chances are good that by now you've been on a job site with other trades using cordless tools.Chances are good that by now you’ve been on a job site with other trades using cordless tools. You may even have a few of your own — and with good reason.

K. Schipper
Apr 22, 2019
Former Janitor Gets His Start with Concrete Staining

acid washed brown floor with leaf curls throughoutCary Grant has had an interesting life and he admits that his name, the same as the classic Hollywood icon, has always been an icebreaker.

Vanessa Salvia
Apr 5, 2016
Does Marketing Green Concrete Work?

Contractor planting trees to call attention to their green practices.All across the country leading decorative concrete contractors are going green — no matter what colors their clients request. Some contractors are emphasizing green marketing messages in their advertising, brochures, Web sites and sales presentations. This article examines two leading contractors to answer the question: Does green marketing give you a competitive advantage that wins business?

Sherry Boyd
Sep 17, 2008
Using Gelled Acid Solutions to Enhance Your Decorative Concrete Business

Close-up of the Yavapai Nation sealOn the lookout to make the job of prepping concrete surfaces safer, quicker and more environmentally friendly, many concrete decorators have added a new tool to their arsenal: Tek Gel, a gelled acid solution from Surface Gel Tek LLC.

Jack Innis
Sep 6, 2007
Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 5, 2012
Press Releases Still Relevant Marketing Strategy

The Museum of Public Relations considers the first press release to be a statement written by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1906, disclosing the events surrounding a train derailment. That statement spawned an industry.The Museum of Public Relations considers the first press release to be a statement written by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1906, disclosing the events surrounding a train derailment. That statement spawned an industry.

Kristin Dispenza
May 24, 2018
Orange Bristled Brushes Specifically for Decorative Concrete

Orange bristled brushes for concrete by Riviera Brush Co.Riviera Brush Co. has been a leader in the concrete brush industry since 1989. They started out by developing their line of Orange-Crete wash brushes for the ready-mix industry. The brushes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions inherent to the industry — lime, abrasives, muriatic acid and other cleaning agents. They were ideal for cleaning trucks and equipment.

Editors
Mar 15, 2011
Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Proline Concrete Tools

A custom seamless skin that mimicked the cracked mud of the Serengeti.Proline Concrete Tools receives a lot of requests for custom stamps, but rarely do the patterns end up turning into a nationwide trend.

Back in early 1990s, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park wanted to emulate cracked mud found in the Serengeti Desert and Proline was up to the task.

Editors
Apr 9, 2011
When Downtime Must Be Minimal, Polyaspartics are Paramount to the Job

When fire stations are upgraded, contractors must complete improvements while minimally disrupting operations and firefighters' access to equipment. Oftentimes, the return-to-service window of products used is paramount to completing this task, especially when coating and sealing concrete apparatus bays.When fire stations are upgraded, contractors must complete improvements while minimally disrupting operations and firefighters’ access to equipment. Oftentimes, the return-to-service window of products used is paramount to completing this task, especially when coating and sealing concrete apparatus bays.

Erik Pisor
Oct 16, 2016
A Grand New Concrete Entrance at a Texas Football Stadium

 It stands to reason that a big-time football program would want to play in a big-time stadium.Texas Christian University’s football program has emerged as a national power over the past few years, and for a smallish university (enrollment under 10,000) that’s quite an accomplishment. It stands to reason that a big-time football program would want to play in a big-time stadium.

Chris Mayo
Jan 24, 2013
Recognizing Artistry: The 2011 ASCC DCC Awards

Glamorous pool deck with ribbons of white running through gray backdrop.The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its third annual decorative concrete awards competition.

Editors
Feb 11, 2011
Restoring Color in Previously Installed Concrete

Integral colors don't fade, but over time, integrally colored surfaces can start to look dingy. Integral colors don't fade, but over time, integrally colored surfaces can start to look dingy. Understanding why, and what to do about it, is just the beginning of getting a handle on color maintenance.

Chris Mayo
Aug 11, 2008
A Concrete Vanity Lit From Within

A bathroom vanity that has lights within to create a glow.The project was a powder-room vanity top. It was a follow-up to a feature fireplace we did a few months earlier for the same clients. As we had won their confidence with the fireplace project and they gave me free reign on the design.

Editors
Oct 21, 2010
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