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Vol. 16 No. 1 - January 2016

For Bomanite Personal Relationships are Part of the Plan

Dan Sieben, Mike Bernath, Brad Bowman and John Wilcox pose at a social dinner in the late '80s.A good marketing strategy was only part of the overall picture. Just as crucial to Bomanite’s long-term franchising game plan was the networking — the sharing of expertise and innovations among the highly diverse and widely dispersed franchisees.

January 9, 2016
Liquid Dazzle Coats Ascend Amphitheater Green Rooms

According to Paul Koury, president of Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems, one of the company's recent projects was the green rooms of the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.According to Paul Koury, president of Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems, one of the company’s recent projects was the green rooms of the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.

January 21, 2016
An Epoxy Hole to the Middle of the Earth

They made O'Neal's vision come to life with the use of Elite Crete's Reflector Enhancer, Thin Finish overlay, various stains and dyes.Imagine getting a phone call from Shaquille O’Neal asking you to create a concrete floor in his house. Oh, and the floor is to depict a hole going down into a pit of fire. No problem, right? “You don’t say no to Shaq,” says Michael Jensen, president of Atlanta Concrete Artist.

January 5, 2016
Antimicrobial Flooring Solution

Being a dog owner, keeping my pet safe is important. I understand the issues veterinary clinics face when looking for a flooring solution to protect their patients.David Brown, business development manager for Seal-Krete, says his company’s favorite projects are those that solve problems.

January 4, 2016
Volunteers Honor Veterans at Monument in Colorado

The Veterans Memorial project entailed about 2,000 square feet of flatwork featuring two different finishesHundreds of people showed up to witness the dedication of the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch in Ken Caryl, Colorado, which was officially presented to the community just in time for Veterans Day 2015.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 2, 2016
UV Light Cured Coatings are Fast and Prosperous

UV light being used to cure a coating on a concrete test slab. courtesy of great deal of Scott Harrison’s work involves large facilities, so he understands the importance of being able to do a lot in a limited amount of time.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 14, 2016
How to Get the Job Without Being the Low Bid

swimming pool surrounded by beautiful concrete floorWe’ve all had the phone call with a client where he lets you down gently, saying thanks, but some other contractor came in with a lower number. Sometimes it’s best to just write off those lost jobs, but how do you get the jobs you really want without having to be the lowest price?

By Karen Keyes
January 10, 2016
Concrete Finisher Takes Over Family Business After Apprenticeship

dual-tone stained concrete floor Mike Riggs is a guy who can say that he really did grow up in the concrete business. His first job was for Progressive Concrete Works, a concrete company his father started in 1954 in Phoenix, Arizona.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 14, 2015
Strengthen Your Friendships with Architects and Designers

drawing of building with architecture Being a successful concrete professional requires more than skill with trowels, colors and coatings. You also need to network. Networking requires investments in both time and infrastructure, but you will almost definitely see an increase in your business if you are thoughtful about your approach.

By Mark Donaldson
January 4, 2016
Crowning the Top Brawler at the Concrete Decor Show

decorative concrete competition winner keefe duhonThe Concrete Decor Show held a Brawl in the Fall competition where seven 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 4, 2016
Fashion Show Mall Gets Major Upgrade With Concrete Features

concrete in the Fashion Show Mall in Las VegasIn a city where each new project shines brighter than the last, an old favorite is taking on a new sparkle.

By K. Schipper
January 16, 2016
Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near poolJulio Hallack isn’t really a magician. Still, what else can you call a contractor who pulls off the nearly impossible: completing a 25,000-square-foot pool deck restoration for the ritzy Claremont Hotel Club & Spa while the facility remained open?

By K. Schipper
January 17, 2016
Transform Ordinary Concrete Into The Extraordinary With Epoxy

Shimmering concrete epoxy floors sit beneath a long white stair case in an up scale office building.From commercial kitchens, fire stations, spas and salons to basements, garages, veterinarian clinics and airport hangars, epoxy materials are being applied to concrete floor surfaces.

By Debby Canto Davis
January 22, 2016
Metallic Epoxy Floors: How to Install, Control and Manipulate them

brown gold metallic epoxy coatingColorful mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders are part of what makes metallic epoxy floors so alluring.

By Jon Kopp
January 4, 2016
Bomanite's Culture of Invention with Concrete

decorative concrete company, BomaniteWhat is it with the San Francisco Bay area as a hotbed of technological and artistic invention and innovation? Is it the climate, the awe-inspiring Golden Gate coastal setting or the pioneer spirit that lives on in this land of dreams and promise?

By Joe Maty
January 8, 2016
How to Measure RH in Concrete

RH measurements in concreteHow valuable is 48 hours to you and your business? Can you put a price on it?

And does the price go up if you run into a moisture-related problem with a concrete slab in the later phases of a project?

By Jason Spangler
January 11, 2016
Get the Most Out of Your Concrete Polishing and Grinding Diamond Pads

diamond tools for concrete - Diamond tools, and how they're used, can make the difference between a profitable polishing job and a not-so-profitable job. So how should contractors select tools that are long lasting and deliver what they want? Read on.Diamond tools, and how they’re used, can make the difference between a profitable polishing job and a not-so-profitable job. So how should contractors select tools that are long lasting and deliver what they want? Read on.

By Gail Elber
January 22, 2016
UV Cured Coatings for Concrete are Back in the Mix

 UV Cure Coatings for ConcreteConcrete artisans and contractors are always searching for the ideal coating, but end-users and equipment manufacturers are behind the latest push for one specific coating formulation — UV-cure.

By Amy Johnson
January 6, 2016
Should You Reseal Exterior Decorative Concrete?

peeling concrete with white patchy detailsResealing exterior stamped concrete, stained concrete or decorative concrete is probably the most misunderstood and least-studied process in our industry. It has the potential to be a repeat revenue stream or a headache that never really goes away.

By Chris Sullivan
January 5, 2016
Hybrid Concrete Sealer Promises a Change for the Better

brown decorative concrete It’s no secret that most people think sealers are the Achilles’ heel of decorative concrete. You can do nearly everything perfectly while installing your concrete masterpiece only to have something like a sealer decimate all your good efforts.

By Doug Carlton
January 1, 2016
Contractors Have Fun with Faux Textures On Concrete

 faux texturing decorative concreteI got into acid staining as an extension of my former life as a painter on canvas. In fact my earliest works were not on canvas, but on hardboard panels mounted on stretcher bars and coated with plaster of Paris.

By Gaye Goodman
January 29, 2016
Slip-Resistant Concrete Floors Are Perfect For Vegas Projects

AquaFlex concrete coating on stairs in vegasAquaFlex, a proven resilient coating, is in demand among luxury hotels in Las Vegas, including Mandalay Bay, which has used it twice, and the Four Seasons, an iconic, art deco-inspired hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

By Vanessa Salvia
January 31, 2016