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Vol. 14 No. 1 - January 2014

Testimonials from the Field: Contractors Using Elephant Armour Overlay

Riding a power trowel smoothing out Elephant Armor overlay.An review of Elephant Armor as told by concrete contractors in the field.

Editors
January 6, 2014
New Elephant Armor Overlay is Touted as Being Crack-Free

Elephant ArmorGST International Inc. is best known for its concrete cleaners and sealers, but the company has been working on developing the ultimate cementitious overlay for a decade and a half. They think they’ve finally cracked the case.

By John Strieder
January 1, 2014
Stepping up from Decorative Concrete to General Contracting

Concrete Form installation using reusable forms, a level and a plastic mallet.Are you content with installing decorative concrete countertops, overlays and stamped concrete, or do you have what it takes to rise to the occasion?

By Doug Carlton
January 2, 2014
Three Critical Components to Effectively Market Decorative Concrete

Drawing a stencil for concrete.Let’s take a look at three critical challenges to marketing your business effectively and how you can resolve them.

By Jacob Webb
January 3, 2014
Six Fresh Ways Decorative Concrete Contractors Can Sell Themselves

man with an ipadNo matter what industry you’re in, whether it’s massage therapy, concrete staining or stamped concrete, you have to consider yourself as being in sales.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 16, 2014
Concrete Contractor Trains with the Best Before Launching His Own Brand

Richard Winget sees himself as a glorified copycat, Richard Winget sees himself as a glorified copycat, an artisan who uses concrete and other mediums to simulate everything from cavern environments, majestic rockscapes and award-winning underwater reefs to rain forests, waterfalls and mountain landscapes.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 1, 2014
A Volcanic Concrete Floor at the Discovery Children's Museum

A Volcanic Concrete Floor at the Discovery Children's MuseumThe moment you step through the doors of the Children’s Discovery Museum in central Las Vegas, you know you are in for a treat. The museum promises in its mission a “vibrant and engaging experience” for children from all walks of life.

By Ted Uram
January 5, 2014
Concrete Sitting Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail in Las Vegas, Nev.

Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail Las Vegas, Nev.On some decorative concrete projects, the only people looking over your shoulder are other tradespeople.

By Gail Elber
January 5, 2014
A Mosaic of Healing and Learning Using Exposed Aggregate Concrete

The tragedy created a bond between the boys' mothers, Milena Sellers-Phillips and Maria Keever. When Sellers-Phillips participated in the search for a murdered girl in 2010, the experience renewed her desire for a public memorial to Jonathan and Charlie.The tragedy created a bond between the boys’ mothers, Milena Sellers-Phillips and Maria Keever. When Sellers-Phillips participated in the search for a murdered girl in 2010, the experience renewed her desire for a public memorial to Jonathan and Charlie.

By Gail Elber
January 10, 2014
Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular MicrobreweryThere’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

By K. Schipper
January 6, 2014
Helping Decorative Concrete Survive the Winter

shoveling snow on stamped concreteWinter and freeze-thaw have a way of exposing defects in concrete we normally would not see in warmer regions.

By Bart Sacco
January 2, 2014
Why is My Concrete Deck Overlay Failing, But Only Where It's Exposed to the Elements?

I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.

By Chris Sullivan
January 15, 2014
How to Combat Common Misconceptions about Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertop Victorian detail edgeConcrete countertops have been around for decades now, and more and more magazines and TV shows are featuring them. So you wold think misconceptions such as “concrete countertops are cheap” or “concrete countertops are high-maintenance” would be a thing of the past.

By Jeff Girard, with Lane Mangum
January 5, 2014
Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

By Bryon "Bru" Bruington
January 6, 2014
The CSDA's New Concrete Texture Standard and What it Means for Polished Concrete

ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA).ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA). The standard explains in detail how to measure the texture of a concrete surface by using a texture meter.

By Andy Bowman
January 7, 2014
Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage Plan

Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage PlanWithin the concrete industry there is a common misconception that polished concrete means no maintenance, when in reality keeping up a polished floor simply requires low maintenance.

By Heidi Hudnall and Dan Knuth
January 12, 2014
Elegant Concrete Overlay Provides a Touch of Modernity to Apartment Complex

Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.

By John Strieder
January 9, 2014
Cheng Concrete announces 2013 winners of kitchen and bath sink contest

Cheng Concrete has reinvented its annual concrete design challenge with the first contest of a new series -- the Kitchen & Bath Concrete Maker Challenge. The company announced the 2013 winners in November.Cheng Concrete has reinvented its annual concrete design challenge with the first contest of a new series — the Kitchen & Bath Concrete Maker Challenge. The company announced the 2013 winners in November.

Editors
January 7, 2014
Kansas City Area Concrete Trade Group Announces Winners of Annual Awards

Exposed Aggregate Countertop, Olathe, Kan. Artistic Concrete Surfaces, Talon Concrete & Aggregates LLCThe Concrete Promotional Group of Greater Kansas City has announced its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards. The awards recognize outstanding work in concrete construction in the greater Kansas City area, comprised of parts of Missouri and Kansas.

Editors
January 5, 2014
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