Vol. 11 No. 4 – May/June 2011

Located along "The Walk" of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence, the BoHouse Café gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line.

Epoxy Floors in BoHouse Café Match the Artsy Vibe of the Restaurant

The BoHouse Café’s floor decals echo the restaurant’s playful, artistic vibe. The work of Preferred Specialist Services LLC, a Dubai-based floor installation company and Elite Crete products distributor, is nothing short of whimsical. Take this example: At the Dubai offices of candy manufacturer Mars Inc., the company embedded Snickers bar […]

What You Need to Know about Life-cycle Assessments When Building Green

The U.S. Green Building Council’s research suggests that a quarter of new buildings that have been certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program do not save as much energy as their designs predicted, and most do not track ongoing energy consumption. These findings don’t generate a lot of confidence among the public in green building.

Concretivity, from Couture Concrete Systems

Tired of poor overlayments for the polishing industry, George Lacker of GLC3 Inc. developed Concretetivity nearly 12 years ago as a thin alternative to tile and carpet in entryways. After years of success and popularity as a Lacker specialty, it’s for sale to the general public. Concretetivity, sold by Lacker’s […]

How Reflected Light Affects the Color of Sealed or Polished Surfaces

Light reflects off surfaces, and what an object looks like depends upon the material’s surface characteristics. Some of the light is reflected, some is scattered and the rest is absorbed, so we see different things depending upon how much light is reflected from the surface and how much is scattered. The color depends upon what is absorbed.

Two Money-Making Alternatives for Polishing Contractors

As business owners, as soon as we open our eyes each day, we begin to think and search. Where are we going to find more work for our crews? Besides the usual options of bidding on new construction projects, refurbishing old polish jobs or removing epoxy coatings, there must be other ways to make money with our equipment and skills.

Maintaining Sealed Stamped Concrete

What do you think of when you hear the term "sealer maintenance"? If you are like most in the industry, the first thing that comes to mind is waxing or buffing a previously sealed interior floor. Well, with spring upon us, it’s a great time to talk about another kind of sealer maintenance – maintaining exterior stamped or textured concrete.

How To Make Colors Pop in a Concrete Dye-Densifier System

The introduction of dye into the polished concrete industry has expanded the market enormously. The business is brimming with potential. However, we still face the significant hurdle of maintaining the integrity of an exposed concrete polished floor while protecting the dye in it against staining and moisture travel.