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Vol. 13 No. 7 - October 2013

Tips and Techniques for Broadcasting Mica Flake

Rolling mica flakes onto a concrete floor.Jimmy McGhee, who handles sales and technical support for Versatile Building Products, here offers his own unique tips and techniques for distributing mica flake on a flooring job.

By Jimmy McGhee
October 2, 2013
Decorative Concrete Acts as a North Star for this Artisan

Cory Hanneman Element 7 ConcreteDecorative concrete is more than an occupation or a career for Cory Hanneman. It gave him direction at a time when he needed a compass.

By Joe Maty
October 8, 2013
A Concrete Artisan's Strategy for Marketing Like Apple

A swimming pool with several levels and concrete walls.Cory Hanneman has put a lot of thought into developing a sales strategy for decorative concrete that involves, in his words, “raging against the big-box machine” and its road map of “massive selection and predictability.”

October 6, 2013
Flashy Mica Flake Attracts Concrete Artisans

Mica flake concrete flooringIf you’re looking for a rock that will dazzle, there’s a hot new entry in the market.

The mica flake rock chips are garnering praise as a high-quality alternative to vinyl flake.

By Joe Maty
October 8, 2013
Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRC

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRCThe acceptance of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has inspired a current trend toward light, thin and delicate concrete furniture.

To illustrate what GFRC can do in furniture form, Jeffrey Girard of The Concrete Countertop Institute describes three projects — a table, a lounge chair and an S chair — that show off the strengths of the material.

By Jeffrey Girard
October 8, 2013
Plaza Uses Decorative Concrete to Educate People About Water

Concrete MosaicLocated in the East Bay District of Olympia — Washington’s capital city — the East Bay Public Plaza celebrates a theme of water stewardship with interactive water features that re-create natural shoreline, streambed and wetland areas.

By Joe Maty
October 10, 2013
Concrete "Stone" and Sand Finishes in a Beach-themed Backyard

Concrete in a Beach Themed Backyard created using existing concrete.A backyard is dominated by a swimming pool with waterfalls, a rocky cliff look, and lots of concrete from the 1980s — far too much to remove the existing concrete and redo everything and is ready to be transformed.

By Chris Mayo
October 15, 2013
Improved Practices Make Better Polished Concrete School Floors

A high school in Yakima Washington with polished concrete floors in the hallway.On of the advantages of landing a contract for several polishing jobs is that the later ones can improve on the minor missteps of the earlier ones. A recent pair of jobs for the Yakima, Wash., School District is a classic case in point.

By Gail Elber
October 1, 2013
Vertical Polished Concrete Inspires Innovators

On the job site preparing to polish concrete vertically at a church.What do you do when your client asks for polished concrete walls? Not many contractors have responded to that request in the affirmative so far, but some are starting to ask, “Why not?”

By Amy Johnson
October 2, 2013
Concrete Densifier Tips and Tricks from the Field

Ground and polished concrete floor using a densifier exposes the inlayed metal pieces with stars.You’ve heard of densifiers. But let’s face it — much of what you’ve heard about them to date has come from densifier manufacturers.

By Joe Maty
October 6, 2013
Mastering Polishing Specifications for Success and Profit

Mastering polishing specs graphic.The time will come when a general contractor, architect or another flooring contractor will ask you to bid on polishing floors in a new construction project.

By Jennifer A. Faller
October 8, 2013
The Acid Stain Looked Good at First... What Went Wrong?

Concrete Acid Stain FailureWe then washed the floor with soap and water and removed almost all of the color. The floor now looks spotty and ugly. Why did all the color come off, and what can I do to make it look like it did before I cleaned the floor?

By Chris Sullivan
October 5, 2013
How an Experienced Concrete Contractor Explains Color Options to Customers

Color in decorative concrete and how texture goes hand in hand with it.I love color. Bright, vibrant, fun colors that pop. Deep, rich tones that soothe. Soft, gentle tones with minimal contrast. Thinking about color always leads to texture, mottling, layering, variegation or marbling. I cannot think of one instance when I would want a paintlike solid color on one of my projects. To me, color and depth go hand in hand.

By Troy Lemon
October 9, 2013
Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamped Concrete Projects

Stamped and stained concrete in front of a garage.Behind every successful slab of stamped concrete is an accumulation of effort by you (the decorative concrete artist) and your local ready-mix provider. If one participant falls short the project becomes compromised, maybe not to the point of being unsalvageable but still to where it does not meet the goal of most professionals.

By Doug Carlton
October 10, 2013