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Vol. 11 No. 5 - July 2011

Decorative Concrete Products That Help Control Heat

Thermometer outside on a stake.Here are a few products designed specifically to help cool down exterior concrete surfaces.

Editors
July 5, 2011
How Two Fabricators Avoid Alkali-Silica Reaction in their Concrete Countertops

Cohen, who specializes in creating resort-style outdoor rooms, says he's been successfully using recycled glass, including slumped wine bottles, in his countertops for the past 15 years.Neither Scott Cohen, who owns The Green Scene in Northridge, Calif., nor Allen Miller, CEO and president of Concrete Revolution in Denver, Colo., have ever had a problem with alkali-silica reaction in their glass and concrete countertops.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 12, 2011
Concrete Contractor Touts His Hardworking Team as the Key to His Success

A look at the Puma store with gray concrete overlay on the floor.For Martin R. Smith, president of Rockerz Inc., running a successful business is all about the people on your team. “I’m really driven, myself,” he says, “and I like to hire people who rise to the challenge. Personality, to me, is what sets certain people apart.”

By Kelly O'Brien
July 9, 2011
Applications and Techniques that Affect the Temperature of Concrete

What they may not know is how these applications and techniques affect the temperature of the concrete.Decorative concrete contractors know how to turn plain concrete into works of art using various applications and techniques. What they may not know is how these applications and techniques affect the temperature of the concrete.

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 9, 2011
When the Customer Wants That "Special" Gray

Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use.Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use. In other words, we were turning it from gray to “that special gray.”

By Michael Miller
July 9, 2011
Your Next Client Is Shopping Online

Computer with a shopping cartYour business may have the upper hand in finding new projects, at least if you’re willing to step up to online marketing.

The way this decorative concrete contractor sees it, the only way to land more projects is to increase your number of strong leads. Let’s take a look at exactly how you can add more solid leads immediately.

By Doug Carlton
July 9, 2011
Understanding Our Rocky Relationship with Concrete Overlays

Rocks on the shore of the ocean.Ever notice the broad range of opinions that exist regarding concrete overlays and how they work? Take color hardener, for example — not everyone uses the product, but most agree that it is good and provides excellent results. Why then with overlays does such a spectrum of opinion and emotion exist?

By Chris Sullivan
July 9, 2011
Recipe: Self-leveling on Two Substrates

Terrazzo floor was installed in this night club,This is an expert self-leveling application that can take an unfinished floor with two different substrates (in this case concrete and plywood) and turn it into one beautiful, continuous floor.

By Kelly O'Brien
July 9, 2011
A New Concrete Coating that Glows by Super-Krete

Glow in the dark coating painted on the risers of these steps.Penicillin, popsicles and the pacemaker are all great inventions that were created by accident. Now it’s time to add another one to that list: Glo-Kote from Super-Krete International Inc.

Editors
July 9, 2011
Wet-casting an Apron-front Sink Without the Corner Cracks

Apron sink with a dark brown color stain - concrete countertop with built in apron sink.One thing I noticed is that it seemed like a lot of the wet-cast apron-front sinks I cast had developed very fine hairline cracks in the corners. The cracks never opened up but would show up when the sinks got wet. I don’t know if the sinks cracked during striping and handling or from concrete shrinkage later — all I knew was I had to stop them.

By Mark Celebuski
July 9, 2011
What to Expect When Mixing Concrete With Glass

Looking closely at a bar top that is inlayed with glassUnlike water and oil, glass and concrete do mix and can marry well under the right circumstances. On the other hand, the union may not remain solvent if the chemistry isn’t there to deter the main reason this coupling would meet its demise: alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 9, 2011
Art Museum Installs Polished Concrete Floors to Enhance Exhibits

A pit of black rocks sits underneath the stairwell.At the Tampa Museum of Art, all eyes are on the compelling paintings, photographs and sculptures. And the building itself evokes an essence that’s subtle and serene so as not to detract from the art on display.

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 9, 2011
Don't Get Pushed Around by Clients - Get Paid
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A family pushing a car.We all wish that we could tell our customers, “Screw you! I did the work. Pay me!” I know that in my career I have gotten just about every excuse in the book as to why I wasn’t getting paid for my work. By its very nature, the decorative concrete industry that we love so much allows customers to play with our money.

By David Stephenson
July 9, 2011
Carved Concrete in Toucan Ridge Exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo

the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg In August 2010, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg contacted Randall Klassen to get a quote for the demolition and removal of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Tropical House. The house had fallen into disrepair and the conservancy wanted to replace it with a rocky tropical oasis for animals, birds and plants.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 9, 2011
How One Artisan Designs Decorative Concrete Installations

An outdoor patio with a design that has been stained and engraved.This article breaks down three different jobs and how one artistan developed the designs for each project, stage by stage.

By Rick Lobdell, with Mike Kovach
July 9, 2011
Water-based Stain Acid Stain Alternative from Increte Systems Inc.

Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems' Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems’ Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.

Editors
July 9, 2011
Rainbow MagicLand Themepark Upgraded with Stamped Concrete

The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 9, 2011
"Zombie-proof" Concrete Safe House in Warsaw, Poland

A look at the Safe House in Warsaw Poland that completely closes up into a tight box.Often, in the process of selling a client on the advantages of concrete, contractors or designers essentially break out a laundry list: It’s durable. It’s versatile. It’s green, design-friendly, affordable, and on and on. Thanks to this house, we can now add “zombie-proof” to the list of concrete’s marketable features.

By Kelly O'Brien
July 9, 2011
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