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Vol. 11 No. 4 - May/June 2011

A Master in Modern, Industrial, Experimental Concrete Furniture

Concrete kitchen floor with circles and other decorative elements stained into it.Dylan Lauger has become a master in modern, industrial, experimental concrete furniture design and other artistic concrete skills while living on a remote peninsula in Wisconsin. Among other achievements, he once designed and cast an 8-foot-long GFRC sturgeon as a submission for a local arts competition.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 9, 2011
Art Professors Talk Color Perception and Texture in Concrete and More

Different background colors can affect the way you perceive color.Concrete Decor asked a trio of art instructors from Southern Arkansas University to share their perspectives on concrete, color and texture.

Editors
May 8, 2011
What You Need to Know about Life-cycle Assessments When Building Green

Green door pn a white building with a green window as well.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.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
May 9, 2011
Benefits of Membership in an Industry Association for Decorative Concrete Contractors

A group of silhouettes in green on a yellow striped background.Membership in an industry association or society offers numerous opportunities for education, peer networking, and accessing a wealth of information that helps us grow professionally. There are several organizations that support concrete contractors and concrete construction.

By Howard Jancy, CSI, CDT
May 9, 2011
Hot New Markets in Decorative Concrete

New markets in decorative concrete are open and ready for business.The best training and the best products mean nothing if we can't find projects to prove our talent, right? I'm not going to sugarcoat our plight - I have been peddling decorative concrete for nearly 20 years and have never seen as many challenges as the ones we face today. Having said that, my goal is to have the best year possible, and I'm going to let you in on a secret as to how this will be done.

By Doug Carlton
May 9, 2011
Epoxy Floors in BoHouse Café Match the Artsy Vibe of the Restaurant

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.The BoHouse Café in Dubai gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line. On the café's ground floor, swirling rainbow stripes, sparkling clouds and colorful disks and hearts pop against a radiant white background.

By Natasha Chilingerian
May 9, 2011
Concretivity, from Couture Concrete Systems
Editors
May 9, 2011
LED Lights and Fiber Optics Offer New Possibilities for Lighting Effects

Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways.There are few things you can add to decorative concrete that are as impactful - or as unpredictable - as light. Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways. Light can create an environment without help from structure, shape or texture.

By Jeff Kudrick, with Amy Johnson
May 9, 2011
Special Considerations for Outdoor Cast Concrete

Outdoor kitchen with a lush green background.Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and special considerations must be made in order to ensure concrete's durability, longevity and aesthetics in these applications.

By Jeffrey Girard
May 9, 2011
Eastern Washington Themed Playground Uses Concrete to Enhance Experience

Large fish shaped playground feature in Spokane, Washington.Steelhead trout rivers, bear dens, salmon runs, bighorn sheep ledges, Jurassic fossils - all hallmarks of eastern Washington state. All available for touching, climbing, wading and digging at the Discovery Playground in Mirabeau Point Park, maintained by the City of Spokane Valley, Washington.

By Amy Johnson
May 19, 2011
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.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.

By Jeffrey Girard
May 8, 2011
When An Easy Concrete Polishing Job Is Anything But

An old engine repair shop transformed into a coffee barOnce upon a time, there was a polished concrete job that was easy. It started out with a new, flawless install, a clean, even slab ready to grind. The client closed the building for a few days, providing ample, uninterrupted time to do the job. There were no hurdles. There were no surprises. Everything went according to plan.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 9, 2011
How Texture Affects Color in Concrete

Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 9, 2011
How To Make Colors Pop in a Concrete Dye-Densifier System

A dyed and polished concrete floor.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.

By Bobby Watson
May 9, 2011
Two Money-Making Alternatives for Polishing Contractors

Dollar bills lying on top of each other.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.

By Jennifer A. Faller
May 9, 2011
Resurfacing a Pool Deck in Louisiana

Patio furniture on a resurfaced pool deck.Concrete Coatings is a Sundek dealer owned by Scott Burley, Will's uncle. It's a decorative concrete resurfacing contractor handling pool decks, patios, terraces and other exterior surfaces for commercial and residential customers in metropolitan New Orleans, south Louisiana and other points along the Gulf Coast.

By David Searls
May 9, 2011
Faded Concrete at California Golf Course Gets a Fresh Look

Stamped and stained concrete patio at a golf course.In this industry we've all seen our share of old and faded colored concrete that has been bleached out by the elements and is in need of some type of color fix or restoration. That was the condition of the existing stamped concrete at Diablo Grande Golf Course & Country Club, near Patterson, Calif.

By Glen Roman, with Amy Johnson
May 9, 2011
Maintaining Sealed Stamped Concrete

Stamped and sealed concrete drivewayWhat 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.

By Chris Sullivan
May 9, 2011
Recipe: Haute and Hand-Crafted

This gorgeous interior finish echoes the classic look of Belgium stonework by combining a handful of texture skins with a variety of innovative touches that add to the concrete floor's natural look.This gorgeous interior finish echoes the classic look of Belgium stonework by combining a handful of texture skins with a variety of innovative touches that add to the concrete floor's natural look.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 9, 2011
Newly Renovated J. Paul Getty Museum Features Concrete Walls and More

A wall in the J. Paul Getty museum in gray has a modern look.The primary design focus of the five year renovation of the J. Paul Getty Museum was to modernize the existing museum, which is a replica of a Roman villa buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and breath new life using decorative concrete.

By Elizabeth Gillette Offensend
May 9, 2011
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