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Vol. 15 No. 1 - January 2015

The Projection of Polished Concrete in Silicon Valley

Specially designed look for silicon valley tech company.Concrete Decor asked Bay Area Concrete’s president, Mike Price, a number of questions about the phenomenon of polished concrete in the high-tech area of California’s Silicon Valley. That discussion follows.

Editors
January 5, 2015
Experts Weigh In on What's Coming in the Decorative Concrete Industry

Concrete Industry Forecast red door on blank concrete wall indicating where is decorative concrete going.We asked everyone the same set of questions. It wasn’t easy to approach this, given our friends’ varied experiences and applications. Perhaps the first challenge to looking ahead this way is defining the industry in general.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 6, 2015
Define Your Decorative Concrete Business Goals for 2015

Polished Concrete Archery Range - Concrete Decor MagazineMany experts believe the decorative concrete industry will experience large amounts of growth in 2015. That will come from new products and techniques, and a growing awareness of the versatility of decorative concrete.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 2, 2015
Adrian Gascon Creates Unbelievable Artificial Rock Waterscapes

GFRC Waterfall Expert - Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 13, 2015
Decorative Concrete Remains a Sure Bet in Las Vegas

Stained stenciled concrete floor takes on the look of Grand Canyon running through this high end restaurant in Las Vegas.Throughout the nation's gambling capital, signs of rejuvenation are unfolding as tourists with a bit more spending money check in, investors' interest returns and locals get back to work.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 17, 2015
Outdoor Tropical Retreat Restaurant Gets Facelift with a Concrete Overlay

Decorative Concrete Floor in RestaurantA five-star resort will often go the extra mile to achieve the perfect ambiance. But a resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, actually went an extra 2,500 miles to Sundek headquarters in Arlington, Texas, to get the decorative concrete deck it wanted for its outdoor restaurant and lounge.

By Gail Elber
January 11, 2015
Los Angeles Apartment Buildings Receive Decorative Concrete Improvements

Meditteranean themed decorative concreteDecorative concrete doesn’t come on a bigger scale than this. Developer Geoff Palmer has built more apartments in downtown Los Angeles than anyone else — more than 3,000 — all in the same faux-Italian style.

By John Strieder
January 22, 2015
Crowning the Top Brawler at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show

cast and carved concrete fireplaceNew to the Concrete Decor Show in 2014 was a Brawl in the Fall competition where eight preselected teams of decorative concrete professionals vied for a chance to win their part of $10,000 in cash and prizes, with the first-place team netting booty worth $5,000.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 2, 2015
Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

By Jeffrey Girard
January 1, 2015
Short Answers to Quick Questions about Working with Concrete

aggregate on the surface of concreteChris Sullivan offers quick and informative answers to your 'not-so-technical' concrete questions.

By Chris Sullivan
January 15, 2015
The Difference Between Sealing and Resealing Decorative Concrete

Chemical resistant broom - Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete's surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride. Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete’s surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride.

By Doug Carlton
January 8, 2014
How to Bend GFRC (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

Warping GFRC Most people don't think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.Most people don’t think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.

By Mark Celebuski
January 12, 2015
Pool Coping is an Integral Part in Building the Perfect Pool Deck

Walking into the deep end on a pool framePool coping can be made of many different types of material, including cast-in-place concrete, brick, flagstone, precast concrete, travertine, aluminum or tile. The pool coping separates the pool structure from the pool deck, which means the deck can shift without adversely affecting the pool.

By Jason Geiser
January 8, 2015
Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.Artists approach design as a space-filling exercise. As such, the first thing they consider is the format within which they will be working. The shape of the format will radically alter the distribution of elements within it. The elements of design are the simple building blocks artists have to work with.

By Gaye Goodman
January 5, 2015
Good Communication is Your Key to a Successful Decorative Concrete Business

Listening to a decorative concrete clientThe difference between a professional contractor and an unprofessional contractor often comes down to communication. Obviously, the quality of your work goes a long way.

By David Stephenson
January 1, 2015
Digital-Age Synergy: Polished concrete clicks in California's high-tech mecca

Concrete floor that looks like railroad timbersWhat might computer users learn when they google the terms “google” and “polished concrete?”

By Joe Maty
January 5, 2015
Decorative Concrete Displays in Cabela's

Decorative concrete displays in Cabela'sCabela’s, a national retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, designs its stores with elaborate dioramas of outdoor scenes teeming with life. Besides taxidermists, artists and landscapers, the chain has come to rely on the talents of decorative concrete professionals to help bring these displays to life.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 8, 2015
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