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Vol. 12 No. 5 - July 2012

Decorative Concrete Contractors Reveal Why They're Into Metallics

Garage floor coating that was achieved using metallic epoxy in a checkerboard pattern.One nice thing about a metallic coating, in contrast to acid stains or dyes, is its ability to fully cover cracks and other defects, regardless of their size. Lemon says he’s also been using metallic pigments as accents in microtoppings to get certain shading and highlighting effects.

July 9, 2012
Metallic Coating Application Tips from the Professionals

Applying metallics to the concrete with the help of green, yellow and red tape.Metallic coatings can be tricky and that is why we gathered some tips and tricks from some professionals who have more than dabbled in their fair share of metallics.

July 5, 2012
Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

By Chris Mayo
July 9, 2012
The Growing Popularity of Metallic Coatings

A red metallic epoxy on a room with a black leather couch.Thanks to new products and growing consumer interest, metallic-infused concrete coatings have everyone’s attention

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 9, 2012
Seven Fundamental Ways to Improve Your Sales

Fundamental building blocks.Making sales is arguably the most fundamental function of business. Maintaining an effective and relevant sales strategy is absolutely critical since it directly impacts your top-line (gross sales) growth more than any other function. Here are seven actions you can implement today to win more decorative concrete jobs and increase sales.

By Jacob Webb
July 9, 2012
Sanding and Buffing Coatings on Cast Concrete Pieces

A concrete countertop in green makes this kitchen pop.Concrete tables and countertops are held to a higher standard of appearance, feel and performance than floors and walls. And the final element of the finished piece — the interface between the concrete and the customer — is the coating.

By Amy Johnson
July 9, 2012
The Cheng Concrete 2012 Circle of Distinction Winners

A concrete bar that was awarded first place by Cheng Concrete.Cheng Concrete has announced the winners of its 2012 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge, honoring design and craftsmanship in cast decorative concrete created by members of the Cheng Concrete Exchange.

July 9, 2012
From Faded to Fabulous Museum of Art Updates Exterior Concrete

One idea that became central to the look was to cut saw grass from the Everglades and imprint the concrete in alternating and intersecting bands of yellow and grays, bringing a taste of Florida's unique natural environment into the city and harmonizing the hardscape with EDSA's landscape. The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale likes to say “there is always something new and different at the Museum,” but until recently, that claim did not apply to the building’s exterior.

By Amy Johnson
July 9, 2012
New Metallic Products Fuel the Trend in Decorative Concrete

A sample board of metallic coatings.As the popularity of metallic floors blossoms, more and more installers are beginning to buy their metallic pigments directly from other sources to save some money and several companies have added metallic pigment products to their lineup.

July 10, 2012
Polished Concrete Walls at The Shops at Willow Lawn

In this outdoors construction project, weather was always going to be a factor. Considering the sensitive nature of the walls, precautions for polishing under certain wet or temperature conditions was critical to achieving desired results.In this outdoors construction project, weather was always going to be a factor. Considering the sensitive nature of the walls, precautions for polishing under certain wet or temperature conditions was critical to achieving desired results.

By Jeremy R. Wilkerson, with Ray Wilkerson
July 9, 2012
Understanding Measurements for Ground and Polished Concrete

What is the difference between polished and ground concrete? How to know what is the clarity and gloss measurement.What is ground and polished concrete? How do we determine the difference between a topical-polished floor, in which a product has been applied to the floor to seal it, and a mechanical polish with bonded abrasives?

By Clark Branum
July 9, 2012
Hollywood Plasterer Uses Concrete Overlays to Make Movie Sets

Concrete uses are endless this ship is made from concrete overlays but looks like the real thing on the movie set in Hollywood.

Remember the ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"? Or the John Harvard statue that students gathered around during the hazing scene in "The Social Network"? What about the boat dock from the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?

By Natasha Chilingerian
July 9, 2012
Answers to Concrete Staining Problems, Questions and Concerns

Construction worker filling up a pump sprayer with a fix for concrete staining projects.When you think about it, the relatively low percentage of callbacks and problems compared to the overall amount of work performed says a lot about the caliber of installers and the industry as a whole.

By Chris Sullivan
July 9, 2012
A Guide to Metallic Coatings and Colorants for Concrete

These metallic coatings and additives add color and visual flair to concrete surfaces. More are introduced every year.These metallic coatings and additives add color and visual flair to concrete surfaces. More are introduced every year.

July 9, 2012
Protecting Yourself When Working with Acid Stain

Two people in white coveralls on a boom lift acid staining walls.Some materials you handle as a concrete worker can be hazardous to your health, including the concrete itself. Wet concrete can burn your skin, while concrete dust can hurt your lungs.

Acid stain is comparatively pretty safe — but there are still some safety procedures you should consider.

By Liz Schick
July 9, 2012
Cost-saving Innovations in Stamped Concrete

Stamped Concrete, mocha brown stone likeSome mistakenly view the decorative concrete world as 100 percent committed to overlays, stain and polished concrete, but counting out concrete stamping is a mistake. Stamped concrete is the cornerstone of decorative concrete, and my belief is that this will not change anytime soon.

By Doug Carlton
July 9, 2012
Awesome Pool Side Concrete Hardscape

Award winning pool hardscape featuring stamped concrete patio, crystal clear swimming pool, custom concrete fire pit, and one of a kind retaining walls.East Coast met West Coast and “old school” joined up with state-of-the-art hardscape concrete work at an award-winning residential project in Andover, Mass. The three-level backyard spread, including patio, pool, fire pit and surrounding walls, earned project owner New England Hardscapes, of Acton, Mass., an ASCC design award.

By David Searls
July 9, 2012