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Vol. 13 No. 3 - April 2013

The 2013 ASCC Award Winners

T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., San Diego, Calif., Reunion Trails ParkThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its fifth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. The winners were recognized at a ceremony at the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Editors
April 21, 2013
The Four Fundamentals of Any Business Strategy

Ideas and brainstorming on paper.Business strategy is the conscience you need for effective decision-making as you wade through the ambiguous waters of entrepreneurship. You face a lot of uncertainty as a decorative concrete business owner, and having a coherent business strategy is fundamental to minimizing that uncertainty.

By Jacob Webb
April 8, 2013
The Decorative Concrete Makeover at the Charlotte Rescue Mission

Carved barbell into concrete wall over weight room entrance.The notion that decorative concrete can change lives might seem like a bold idea, but it has never been so apparent than at the Charlotte Rescue Mission, the recipient of this year’s community makeover courtesy of the Concrete Decor Show.

By Emily Dixon
April 20, 2013
Former Disney Mason Finds Success in His Own Concrete Contracting Business

Stamped concrete entryway to a restaurant also acts as a passenger drop off.The decorative concrete business often can follow a roller-coaster trajectory, with ups and downs that can challenge the stomach.

Fortunately for David Edwards and his 30-year-old company Edwards Concrete, a profitable relationship with Florida’s amusement and theme parks has played an integral role in the ride.

By Joe Maty
April 8, 2013
Why Do High-Performance Coatings Outperform Sealers?

A pile of toothpicks on a red background.High-performance or high-build coatings offer a higher level of performance than thin-build sealers. A brilliant insight, I know. But in reality, the statement often sums up most of what many people know about high-performance coatings compared to thin-build sealers.

By Chris Sullivan
April 16, 2013
The Great Debate: Glossy Sealers vs. Matte Sealers

Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste.Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste. But besides aesthetics, what are some factors to consider when choosing one finish over another?

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 16, 2013
Concrete Artisan Explains How to Mass-produce Concrete Countertop Slabs

Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 10, 2013
Concrete Steps From the Ground Up for Weddings in the Country

This sweeping outdoor staircase and wraparound deck at Azure Standard, in Dufur, Ore., is more than just an update to an old warehouse on a rural Northwest farm.This sweeping outdoor staircase and wraparound deck at Azure Standard, in Dufur, Ore., is more than just an update to an old warehouse on a rural Northwest farm. It’s the latest chapter in the story of a business that has spanned four generations and was built on a strong foundation of organic farming, sustainability and close-knit family ties.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 16, 2013
A New Concrete Overlay Scores Points at a Sacramento Ballpark

Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento's minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento’s minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 16, 2013
How Heavy Should Your Concrete Polishing Machine Be?

Polished concrete in a federal building in San Francisco. Does size matter in the world of polished concrete? I have heard the arguments on both sides for why smaller or larger polishing machines are better, but ultimately it depends.

By David Padgett
April 16, 2013
Getting a Retail Chain Hooked on Your Maintenance Services

Using an HTC concrete polishing machine, a man is maintaining the concrete in a Wawa store in the Northeast United States.Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. My dad said we would be willing to do trial services for them in some stores to show them what we could do.

By Travis Wilkerson, with Ray Wilkerson
April 16, 2013
The Chemistries That Help You Polish Concrete

Test tubes for chemistry in a jar with a blue background behind it.Historically, chemistry for polished concrete consisted only of a hardener-densifier, and it was often viewed as an added expense with an unknown benefit. The times are changing.

Currently, we can identify nine unique categories of chemical accessories for polished concrete.

By Jennifer A. Faller
April 16, 2013
Taking the Big Leap into Concrete Color Restoration

Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That's the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That’s the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.

By Doug Carlton
April 16, 2013
Helping a Nonprofit with Decorative Concrete Makes a Great First Impression

Group of attendees learn how to stamp and stain concrete from Jason Geiser and his team.I was invited to attend the preplanning meeting for the 2013 Concrete Decor Show to look at potential sites for the decorative concrete makeover workshops. We looked at three different sites, and in the end it was clear that the Charlotte Rescue Mission had the most need of our services.

By Jason Geiser
April 16, 2013
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