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Vol. 1 No. 4 - Winter 2001

Good Techniques are Key to Success with Integrally Colored Concrete

integrally colored concrete intersectionThe minute you add integral color to concrete, people look at it differently than they do gray concrete — their expectations are higher. Educating your client about integral color is important. Be sure to explain its limitations. But, also, be sure to use good techniques. These contractor-recommended tips can help ensure excellent results.

December 3, 2001
Color Makes The World Go 'Round: Using the Color Wheel to Make Concrete Color Choices

color wheelA color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.

December 4, 2001
Decorative Concrete Technique: How to Create Realistic Stone Effect with Concrete Stain

Pool deck made of concrete that more than one color is used on to create a natural lookWhen stamping, California contractor Lee Levig likes to use more than one color as the base color, usually different shades of the same color.

December 4, 2001
Ask Concrete Decor: Slippery Stamped Concrete, Flat Stencils and More

ask concrete decorHave a decorative concrete question that needs answering? Ask it!

Got any solutions for that slippery stamped concrete?

January 5, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: The Two-Day Pour

Matching up two concrete pours can be a challenge. Learn some trips to a successful two-day pour.Some large projects will require more than one pour to complete. Whether you are doing an overlay or stamped concrete, matching in to the previous days work is very important. Having a project look uniform from start to finish, will lessen headaches, make happier customers and sell more work.

By Joe Francis
January 4, 2002
Saw Kart from Engrave-A-Crete

Saw kart from engrave-a-crete makes clean lines From the guys who claim several world titles, including the “World’s #1 Manufacturer of Decorative Concrete Cutting Equipment,” comes this innovative accessory called SawKart.

December 7, 2001
Concrete Solutions Spray-Top: Faster than a Concrete Finisher

Spraying concrete with a finisherFaster than a concrete finisher but more powerful than a cementitious overlay. It is able to cover surfaces with only one coat. It’s Spray-Top, a super new product from Concrete Solutions Inc.

December 8, 2001
Texturetop, A Superior Stampable Cementitious Topping

Bob Harris presses embossing skins onto fresh concrete.Inside or out, the new stampable topping from L.M. Scofield Company offers exciting new opportunities for contractors.

By Robert Harris and Bruce Hackett
December 9, 2001
Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
December 10, 2001
Tina Anderson, Tri-Co Floors - Redefining Architectural Concrete From the Ground Up

stained concrete by Tina Anderson in a restaurantFrom concept to installation, Tina Anderson's Tri-Co Floors redefines architectural concrete from the ground up.

By Robert Simpson
December 11, 2001 Everything You Wanted to Know About Concrete, But Didn't Know Who To Ask

concrete network websiteBack in 1999 when Jim Peterson was attending his umpteenth World of Concrete showcase, he was intrigued with the array of new concrete-related products that he saw in Las Vegas. Yet he was even more amazed that there wasn’t a central clearinghouse that building industry types could tap into to learn more about these new products and techniques once the show was over.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 3, 2002
Choosing the Right Concrete Sealer

Sealed concrete gives this retail establishment a very bright reflectionOne of the challenges for a high quality architectural concrete installation is the selection of the right sealer. From chemical staining, discoloring, and the day-to-day abuses these surfaces receive, choosing a sealer can make or break the entire project. So, what do you need to look for in a sealer, and how do you match the right sealer to your type of project and environment?

By Craig Park
December 12, 2001
Stamped Concrete and Its Coats of Many Colors

A close-up of stamped concrete shows how natural you can make concrete look with attention to detail.Achieving a realistic and "one-of-a-kind" look with stamped concrete requires a knowledge of colors and some help from the experts. Included are several exciting formulas.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
December 13, 2001