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Vol. 11 No. 7 - October 2011

A Decorative Concrete Supply Store That Helps Its Customers Make Money

hardrock developments showroomHow Canadian construction supply retailer, Hard Rock Developments promotes decorative concrete and helps its customers make money, too.

By Brian Graham
October 9, 2011
A Collaborative, Driven Company: Lonestar Concrete Systems

Stair steps made of two color variations of concrete.It’s hard to picture a slow day at Lonestar Concrete Systems — the decorative concrete installation company completes an average of 2,500 projects per year, has anywhere from 70 to 100 projects going at all times and works regularly for big-name clients.

By Natasha Chilingerian
October 9, 2011
Marketing Decorative Concrete

Hundred dollar bill stenciled into concrete patio.These days, making a living in any trade associated with building is tough. Companies new and old have been forced to close up shop because of lack of business and dwindling capital. But some have found ways to hold their own, while others are even prospering.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 9, 2011
Using Brass and Glass to Create Concrete Poetry

Brass wave feature.As concretists, each of us defines ourselves as “one who practices concrete poetry.” As we craft this material, we are crafting a poem. At the most basic level, that poem can be a haiku — deceptively simple.

By Michael Miller
October 9, 2011
Disorganization Is Hurting Your Contracting Business

Paper clips scattered.When you put in years perfecting your decorative concrete craft , you start to consider yourself an expert in your field. Past customers appreciate your skill, courtesy and professionalism, and they refer friends and relatives to your services. But recently you have noticed something is changing, and this change makes you uneasy.

By Doug Carlton
October 9, 2011
Choosing and Placing Your Tape Carefully

Two rolls of tape on a concrete background.When it comes to the application of decorative concrete finishes, it is the smallest (tackiest) details that will make or break your project.

We always have on hand different kinds of tape: three sizes of blue (painter’s) tapes, black tape, and when all else fails, duct tape.

By Cathye Rankin
October 9, 2011
Three Tips When Using Tape with Decorative Concrete Overlays

Tape marks left on an concrete overlay after coloring with concrete stain and how to removed the tape marks.After painstakingly laying out a grout pattern for your acrylic overlay, meticulously masking and re-masking surrounding areas, and then spraying or troweling in just the right color and texture scheme, you stand back and admire your handiwork, and the job looks great.

By Brian Anderson and Cory Christensen
October 9, 2011
Aurora Epoxy Dust for Metallic Look from McKinnon Materials Inc.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered nanopigment that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.Pearlescent metallic effects are the latest hot trend in epoxies, and Aurora Epoxy Dust from McKinnon Materials Inc. is the most recent product to join the 3-D party.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered “nanopigment” that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.

Editors
October 9, 2011
Mille-feuille Bakery & Cafe Concrete Countertop

Dominating the interior of Mille-feuille, a tiny bakery and cafe in New York City's Greenwich Village, is a massive pale beige countertop, all smooth concrete curves and subtle flecks of off-white marble.  Dominating the interior of Mille-feuille, a tiny bakery and cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village, is a massive pale beige countertop, all smooth concrete curves and subtle flecks of off-white marble.

By Kelly O'Brien
October 9, 2011
Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold from Proline Concrete Tools

Compass rose table by Proline.What if there was a way to take the leftover concrete from a job site and turn it into a moneymaker instead of throwing it away? Thanks to Proline Concrete Tools’ Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold, there is.

Editors
October 9, 2011
Plastic Forms Offer a Reusable Solution for Curves and Circles in Concrete

Ketter Forms lying on grass with stakes ready to be formed.The days of the straight-lined concrete walkway, patio or driveway are waning. Designs that incorporate sweeping curves or tight radiuses are more popular now than ever.

By Chris Mayo
October 9, 2011
Polished Concrete Floor at Meadowdale Middle School

Picture the elementary school you attended. The floors were probably concrete covered by institutional-style vinyl tile or commercial-grade carpet. In a word, boring.Picture the elementary school you attended. The floors were probably concrete covered by institutional-style vinyl tile or commercial-grade carpet. In a word, boring.

By Chris Mayo
October 9, 2011
Compete for Work, But Do It Respectfully

Football players practicing in the sunset.One of the major issues that I have noticed in the decorative concrete industry is that most contractors in our business do not seem to have any respect for each other. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part this statement is true across the board.

By David Stephenson
October 9, 2011
Recipe: Polishing and Engraving a Logo into a Concrete Basketball Court

Sacramento Kings Basketball court concrete floor polished and engraved concrete.A technique that incorporates an embossed team logo, handsome basketball-inspired line art and a beautifully rich planking pattern into one stunning polished and engraved floor.

By Kelly O'Brien
October 9, 2011
Monterey Hillside Bay-Colored Swimming Pool

Swimming pool by Tom Ralston overlooking the Monterey Bay.Imagine this: You own an estate in the California hills overlooking Monterey Bay. You are a lover of art and natural beauty. You want a swimming pool complex with a large concrete deck and pool house. You want it to accentuate the surrounding landscape and incorporate the feel of the bay, but you’re not sure how you want to achieve that. Who do you call?

By Chris Mayo
October 9, 2011
Film-Forming Concrete Sealers and Their Effect on Color

Sealing concrete with a film-form concrete sealer changes the appearance of the colored concrete below.If you think clear sealers won’t affect the color of concrete, you’re right in some instances and wrong in others.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 9, 2011
How Stains and Dyes Color Your Concrete

Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it's made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.Do you really understand how the products you use on your decorative projects work? One of my “Seven Steps to Success Before You Start a Project” states that you should “understand the products and process.” Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it’s made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.

By Chris Sullivan
October 9, 2011
Light Colored Stamped Concrete Keeps Pool Deck Cooler at Resort Water Park

Lazy river at a Texas Resort winds its way around pool.During a hot summer in northern Texas, a cool dip in a pool or ride down a water slide can be the perfect remedy, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Springs, a new water park that opened for the 2011 summer season at the Gaylord Texan, a Grapevine, Texas, resort owned by luxury hospitality chain Gaylord Hotels.

By Natasha Chilingerian
October 9, 2011
Carved Vertical Concrete Old-World Wine Cellar

Old world wine cellar made of concrete that was carved out of concreteMost cellars consist of pretty straightforward temperature control and wine-racking systems but Nathan Giffin, owner of Creative Rock Forming and the creative powerhouse behind a recent wine cellar project in Naperville, Ill., has rather a different idea of what a private wine cellar can be.

By Kelly O'Brien
October 9, 2011
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