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Vol. 10 No. 5 - July 2010

Family-owned Concrete Contracting Business Cements its Place in History

Grooved concrete in a circular pattern and stained with brown stain.Bay Area Concretes Inc. isn't just the company behind a laundry list of impressive decorative concrete projects around California. As the second contractor to carry Bomanite's stamped concrete products, it claims a piece of decorative concrete history.

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 8, 2010
The Ultimate Concrete Checkerboard Floor

A checkerboard-patterned floor was a natural choice for sprucing up the private garage of a racing enthusiast.A checkerboard-patterned floor was a natural choice for sprucing up the private garage of a racing enthusiast.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 8, 2010
How Concrete Contractors Handle Maintenance

Stamped concrete patio in need of maintenance.Picking the right sealer. Teaching the client. Selling a plan. Contractors have several ways to make sure their projects — their calling cards — stay maintained, durable and looking great.

By Amy Johnson
July 8, 2010
Recipe: Terrific Terrazzo

Inspired by the rotors of the helicopters the client manufactures, this intricate, precise design shows off not only the contractor's technical aptitude but also terrazzo's design versatility.Our regular feature offers two step-by-step description of a unique floor that was created with good old terrazzo.

By Kelly O'Brien
July 8, 2010
Decorative Concrete Showing Up In Retail Spaces Nationwide

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

By Emily Dixon
July 8, 2010
Beat the Heat with Evaporation Retarders

Doug Carlton using evaporation retarder on a concrete slabWinning the battle with Mother Nature becomes a little challenging when the weather heats up. This is also the same time our services are in highest demand. There are ways to combat the heat and the challenges it creates, but few are profitable.

By Doug Carlton
July 8, 2010
A Tale of Two Topping Concrete Slabs

A power trowel on a floor prepping it for decorative concrete application.This column has little to do with discussions of intuitive freestyle art versus disciplined mechanical graphics, or with criticism of superfluous decoration as contrasted with really spare concrete - my normal "literary" territory. It's a column about me and a museum. It's a tale of two topping slabs.

By Mike Miller
July 8, 2010
Protecting Your Crew from Silica Dust and Lead

If it's silica, its not just dustThis column covers a topic that could determine the sustainability of your business: indoor air quality both during and after construction. Although air quality for your workers and your clients has always been your responsibility, new federal rules are making it essential.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
July 8, 2010
UV-stable Concrete Dye Brings Coloring Technique to 21st Century

Pink and yellow concrete dye was created to emphasize the flower in the middle of this floor.Traditionally, dyes weren't UV-stable and, therefore, could only be used on interior applications. No longer.

SS DYE-namic from The Stamp Store helps bring dyes into the 21st century.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
July 8, 2010
The Simple Concrete Float Can Make or Break Your Job

When your goal is a floor with vibrant color, a polished slab that draws the eye or even a perfectly finished sidewalk, floating is one of those steps that get you to that point.Sometimes the most basic steps in completing a successful concrete pour are overlooked or minimized. When your goal is a floor with vibrant color, a polished slab that draws the eye or even a perfectly finished sidewalk, floating is one of those steps that get you to that point.

By Chris Mayo
July 8, 2010
African Cemetery Memorial Looks to Decorative Concrete to Honor Burial Site

Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.

Editors
July 8, 2010
The Benefits of Tried and True Iron Oxide Pigment

Using excess water on a concrete slab case discoloration.The products and finishes in the decorative industry are becoming more sophisticated - polymer-modified toppings, nanotechnology sealers, and sustainable stains and dyes to name a few. But all need to remember the old tried-and-true products that still make up a large portion of the industry, and refresh ourselves on the right way to use them.

By Chris Sullivan
July 8, 2010
Maintaining a Maintenance Program

In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. However most were just interested in protecting the investment that they made, and wanted our help to ensure that the right products and procedures were in place.

By Chris Becker
July 16, 2010
Recipe: Linear Thinking

Linear thinking regarding a recipeFor an upscale hotel like the W in Miami Beach, elegance is anything but optional. This effect, using incredibly simple ingredients, provides a deliciously luxe look for the lobby.

Editors
July 15, 2010
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