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Vol. 14 No. 8 - November/December 2014

Polished, Stamped and Stained Concrete in Microbrew Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor - There's a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder -- with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it's not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.There’s a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder — with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it’s not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
November 14, 2014
Decorative Concrete Trends in Colorado and Beyond

decorative concrete trendsSome of the concrete design trends in Colorado differ from those in other parts of the country. In Colorado, we see a strong push for higher quality in even the most standard concrete. Even though we specialize in decorative concrete, some of our larger contracts this year include a good portion of standard uncolored broom-finished concrete.

By Karen Keyes
November 1, 2014
How the Family Business Turned into Passion for One Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete patio by Emil GeraYou don’t have to be born into the family business to be good at it, but in Emil Gera’s case, it sure helped. Gera’s father, also named Emil, was a union concrete finisher who would take his son along with him to help on weekend projects. Some of young Emil’s earliest memories involve concrete and a trowel.

By Vanessa Salvia
November 9, 2014
A Legacy of Giving Back at the Concrete Decor Show

Imprinted concrete and inlayed graphicsA crew of trainers and the people who signed up to take their workshops transformed much of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas.

By Vanessa Salvia
November 2, 2014
Ohio Winery Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Sinks that look like wine bottles made of concretePeople who know Ted Swaldo weren’t surprised last year when the Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro began expanding.

By K. Schipper
November 15, 2014
Spraying Stains and Sealers Can Create Issues

Stains and sealers on concreteColumnist, Chris Sullivan answers a question about sealers that initially had him stumped. This article works through some answers if this problem ever arrives on your doorstep.

By Chris Sullivan
November 9, 2014
Transitioning Your Concrete Business into Pool Construction

Pouring concrete pool decksThe success of your decorative concrete future hinges on one word: anticipation. The ability to anticipate where to find the potential buyers of services over the next year or two is one few professionals even consider.

By Doug Carlton
November 6, 2014
Nine Novice Concrete Stamping Mistakes to Avoid

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

By Gail Elber
November 6, 2014
Using Everyday Items as Decorative Concrete Tools

Using bar soap with concreteRegular househousld items can be essential tooks when polishing concrete. Check out some of these tips from an expert to make your next job that much better.

By Bryon "Bru" Bruington
November 5, 2014
Decorative Concrete Maintenance from a Customer's Perspective

Maintaining a concrete floor - he maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.The maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.

By David Stephenson
November 1, 2014
Things to Think About When Making the First Cut on a Polished Concrete Job

Exposing aggregate in a concrete floorWhen starting the first cut on a concrete slab, everyone wants to know how it will look when finished. Professionals know each concrete slab is different. The sheer numbers of variables mean no two pours or slabs will look the same.

By Jennifer A. Faller
December 1, 2014
Dealing with Winter Damaged Colored Concrete

Freeze and thaw effects on concrete stairs from ice and salt.We’re in the middle of another winter season. While it’s not predicted to be as harsh as last year’s “polar vortex” winter, we still need to be thinking about all the possible causes and sources of winter damage and eliminate them.

By Bart Sacco
November 15, 2014
Kid's Hair Salon Awash with Artistically Stained Concrete

Stenciled and colored concrete floor - Cool Kidz CutsTerry Keener Jr. of TNT Resurfacing Concrete in Lodi, California, helped oversee the decorative transition of a children’s hair salon in Chico, California. When he started the job, the salon’s existing 1,900-square-foot floor was vinyl composite tile.

By Vanessa Salvia
November 16, 2014
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