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Vol. 11 No. 1 - January 2011

Lifelong Flatwork Finisher Finds Talent in Decorative Concrete

Gold accented fleur de lis on a white concrete floor.Starting a business is a challenging process no matter what the circumstances, but starting a business at 19 years old, while holding down two other jobs and working on a degree? Now that’s a challenge.

By Kelly O'Brien
January 7, 2011
Integrally Colored Concrete in Today's Economy

Outdoor patio that was colored with integrally colored concrete.The first decade of the 21st century has been pretty huge for integral color. For one thing, decorative concrete as a whole has taken huge strides in terms of market share, and more decorative concrete means more integral color.

By Kelly O'Brien
January 7, 2011
A Decorative Concrete Supply Store Dazzles With Its New Showroom

The front entrance of The Rental Branch has been transformed with decorative concrete.Mike Branch, owner of The Rental Branch in St. Joseph, Mich., had a vision to create the most concentrated display of decorative concrete anywhere. Mission accomplished. Mostly finished as of late 2010, it’s been nearly a year in the making, though it felt more like 10 years.

By Lori Zecca
January 7, 2011
The New Green Building Code and What It Means To You

A building in the skylineWe are just at the tip of a big green iceberg that your company’s ship is sailing toward at full speed. As the IGCC becomes more recognized, many states, counties and cities are sure to adopt it as part of their building code.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
January 7, 2011
Wild Concrete Walls in Argentina

Concrete wall art from Argentina helps this artist get jobs in the United States.We here at Concrete Decor always welcome submissions of photos from concrete artisans around the world. When we received a particularly attractive batch from an artist in Argentina, we decided to share them with you.

Editors
January 7, 2011
When Contractors Assume the Role of a Design Consultant

A wooden desk with an orange chair sitting at it.Savvy contractors can gain greater project input and can secure more work for their companies by becoming involved with design professionals during the early stages of project design.

By Howard Jancy, CSI, CDT
January 7, 2011
Settling on a Design For Your Job Ahead of Time

Coming up with a design idea.You don’t need me to tell you how tough today’s market is for contractors, and few will disagree that the ball is in our customers’ court. Razor-thin margins allow no room for error in one of the many things we used to pay little attention to.

By Doug Carlton
January 7, 2011
The Nanotechnology Trend in Decorative Concrete: Hype or Reality?

Green and purple microscopic looking spheres.Nanotechnology is everywhere. It seems to be the new buzzword in the decorative concrete industry. Now, nanotechnology has become the magic ingredient in any number of sealers, coatings and stains. I This article explores exactly what nanotechnology is and what benefits it brings to the decorative industry.

By Chris Sullivan
January 7, 2011
Wow Factor Achieved on Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop Floor

The Team Shop floor was coated with Duraamen products to achieve the color and lines of a basketball.If someone wanted to prove that decorative concrete is the ideal way to create a show-stopping floor, mentioning the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop would be a great way to do it.

By Natasha Chilingerian
January 7, 2011
New Coatings and Sealers Created With Nanotechnology

nspired by a desire to develop and utilize responsible chemistry for the environment, a group of scientists and chemists teamed up to create Evolution Surface Solutions. Inspired by a desire to develop and utilize responsible chemistry for the environment, a group of scientists and chemists teamed up to create Evolution Surface Solutions. Now, after seven years of product testing, Evolution Surface Solutions has released their line of TruNano Sealers & Coatings, which is made up of five sealers, six coatings and two additives.

Editors
January 7, 2011
Decorative Concrete and Shoes Make a Fine Pair

High end shoes sit on top of a custom concrete countertop.In the women’s shoe department in London, decorative concrete and fashion make a fine pair. Eight concrete display tables in one of the six rooms of The Shoe Galleries show off the latest shoes from brands like Carvela, Nine West and French Connection.

By Natasha Chilingerian
January 7, 2011
Understanding Water in Regards to Concrete Countertops

Water droplets on a black and gray background.There are some important, key factors that can help you be more successful with your concrete countertops. Here I will discuss a fundamental ingredient: water. We’ve all worked with concrete and water, but working with a material isn’t the same as knowing how it works.

By Jeffrey Girard
January 7, 2011
Getting Creative with Finishing Brooms

Troweling concreteConsider the broom finish. Because steel trowel finishes are “slippery when wet,” the broom finish has been used for years to create nonskid surfaces on driveways, garage floors, sidewalks and loading docks. It’s not necessarily pretty, but it works — it’s a utilitarian texture.

By Chris Mayo
January 7, 2011
How to Make Pervious Concrete Decorative

Pervious concrete patio that has been stamped and stained.Pervious concrete has very unique properties, but that doesnt mean you have to forgo all decorative concrete techniques. Here are five ways that decorative concrete contractors can adapt decorative techniques to pervious concrete.

By Jim Miller
January 7, 2011
Fireplaces and Firepits Put the Right Touch on Outdoor Spaces

Besides the practicalities of fire for warmth, light and cooking, the comfort and romance of fire make us want to pull our chairs up to the hearth and turn our backs on the daily grind.People have enjoyed sitting outside around a fire since, well, since they discovered fire. Besides the practicalities of fire for warmth, light and cooking, the comfort and romance of fire make us want to pull our chairs up to the hearth and turn our backs on the daily grind.

By Scott Cohen and Amy Johnson
January 7, 2011
Concrete Adventures One Small Town at a Time

Concrete room with fireplace and countertops made of concrete. As the concretist, we’ve worked both internationally and nationwide. But some of the jobs are in the smallest, quaintest towns. They might not be major population centers, but the concrete in those places are that much more sweet, The people are warm even while the weather often isn't.

By Michael Miller
January 7, 2011
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Gets the Decorative Concrete Treatment

Floor at the Tilted Kilt that has been overlayed and colored after major repairs to the slab were done.Greg Hryniewicz isn’t a man who sits around and says “better luck next time.”

The general contractor to whom he submitted a proposal for a flooring job at a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in White Marsh, Md., was not awarded the contract.

By Emily Dixon
January 7, 2011
Recipe: Easy on the Eyes and the Earth

The finish on this water feature was achieved using a handful of soy-based products.The finish on this water feature was achieved using a handful of soy-based products. It’s a great way to get a more earth-friendly surface that boasts deep, rich colors to boot. As an additional plus, the concrete is profiled with garnet abrasives, which not only ensure a low-dust blasting experience, but also give the finished surface a reliably nonslip surface.

By Kelly O'Brien
January 7, 2011
Beach House Floor Customized with Seaweed Stamps and Acid Stain

A floor in a beach house that has been stamped with custom seaweed stamps.A beach house floor Ralston’s company recently refurbished in Monterey Bay, Calif. The floor’s crown jewel from a decorative standpoint is a pattern created when randomly placed seaweed stamps, made from real seaweed, were laid in a 3/8-inch fast-setting overlay.

By Chris Mayo
January 7, 2011
Flatwork Restoration of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

After 15 years of heavy tourist traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard, one of the first seamless texture projects in Las Vegas was ready for a facelift.After 15 years of heavy tourist traffic along Las Vegas Boulevard, one of the first seamless texture projects in Las Vegas was ready for a facelift.

By Emily Dixon
January 7, 2011
The Home Planned for the "Concrete Nation" TV Show

Concrete Nation makes plans for the new concrete home.Imagine building your dream home. All of the right elements are in place: hardwood floors, granite countertops, marble tile in the bathrooms and kitchen, exterior brick siding, flagstone pool deck, rock retaining walls and exposed aggregate driveway. Now imagine taking that plan and replacing all those elements with concrete.

By Dave Berry and Wes Vollmer
January 7, 2011
Three-Headed Planetary Grinder Great For Small Jobs

Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.

By Natasha Chilingerian
January 7, 2011
Why Narrow Margins Plague Polished Concrete Contractors

Polished concrete in a hallway at a school.As time has gone along, polished concrete has picked up market share and damaged contracting companies at the same time. If the profit margins of this industry do not rebound soon the fear is that polished concrete will become an extremely rare and specialized process.

By David Stephenson
January 7, 2011
Secrets to Maintaining Concrete Color Consistency in Large Integral Installations

Maintaining color consistency on an integral color job.There are some unspoken secrets to maintaining color consistency in large integrally colored jobs and we are sharing those with you.

Editors
January 1, 2011
How the International Green Construction Code Affects You

Green buildings looking up from the ground.Most of the requirements in the IGCC that could apply to decorative concrete are not really that new, and often they are things you already do.

Editors
January 6, 2011
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