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Vol. 16 No. 2 - February/March 2016

ADA Compliant Concrete Stamping Tool

two patents on a stampable concrete dome design that lets the blind and visually impaired navigate sidewalks and transit platformsFor many people, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act is so last century. P. Michael Fennessy, owner of Stampcrete International Ltd. In Liverpool, New York, isn’t among them, though. He holds two patents on a stampable concrete dome design that lets the blind and visually impaired navigate sidewalks and transit platforms.

Editors
March 2, 2016
Polyaspartics: Paint on Steroids?

Polyaspartic coatings, originally used in heavy-duty industrial and transportation applications, are being used as topcoats for industrial flooringThe label “paint on steroids” has been attached to polyaspartic coatings due to the technology’s claims of high-build, fast-cure concrete floor coatings that promise gloss, low-VOC content, film toughness and long-term durability.

Editors
February 18, 2016
Align Floor Coatings with Project Objectives

Metallic epoxy coating rich terracotta with a splash of purpleThe diverse array of coating technologies gives specifiers and users plenty of choices. How, then, to proceed?

Editors
February 10, 2016
Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow

A concrete table made with Lavacrete fiber optic lights An “outrageous” beach house on the French side of the Caribbean island St. Martin needed an anything-but-usual outdoor table.

By Vanessa Salvia
March 30, 2016
ACI Lauds Winners of Concrete Construction Awards

perforated concrete with metalThe American Concrete Institute recognized the winners of its inaugural Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the ACI Awards Gala at the Concrete Convention & Exposition, Nov. 9, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.

Editors
February 1, 2016
Graphic Designer Moves Into Concrete By Creating Stencils

3D stenciled concrete design puzzle pieces in primary colors.Rachel Knigge moved quickly from the art and graphic design world into the concrete realm, and her influence continues to grow as she expands her company.

By Vanessa Salvia
February 18, 2016
Floor Flatness and Levelness Can Severely Affect Polished Concrete Pricing

shimmery grey floor with shelves on sideFloor flatness (FF) and floor levelness (FL) are measurements by which architects can hold concrete placement contractors accountable and provide a quality control level during the initial placement of concrete slabs.

By David Stephenson
February 1, 2016
Should You Coat Concrete or Not?

Polished concrete coating shows foot traffic patterns in the middle of this box store's aisle shows where the semi-topical sealer has worn off the concrete in a short time. From huge industrial manufacturing plants and nationwide retail stores to restaurants and residences across the country, polished concrete has become a very popular flooring option over the last decade.

By Clif Rawlings
March 5, 2016
Slip and Fall Protection and Friction on Concrete Floors

ugg boots on snow How to define slipperiness and the test methods used to evaluate the slipperiness of sealers and coatings.

By Chris Sullivan
February 16, 2016
Concrete Stamping Enjoys a Resurgence of Popularity

stamping concrete walkwayWith the housing market in recovery, business is looking up for concrete contractors involved with stamping and texturing.

However, it's not just the residential market that’s driving stamping. Thanks to its low price compared with other outdoor options, more commercial developers are turning to stamped concrete.

By K. Schipper
March 5, 2016
The Right Coatings for Horizontal Concrete Surfaces

It's a crucial question regarding coatings for horizontal concrete installations and restorations -- whether the coating is serving a protective-only mission or protective-decorative function.It’s a crucial question regarding coatings for horizontal concrete installations and restorations — whether the coating is serving a protective-only mission or protective-decorative function.

By Joe Maty
February 2, 2016
Centuries-old Trade Association Welcomes Decorative Concrete

decorative concrete apprenticeship - Apprenticeships, or a system of training new generations of skilled craftsmen, have a long and rich history in many countries of the world, though it never caught on with much fervor in the United States.Apprenticeships, or a system of training new generations of skilled craftsmen, have a long and rich history in many countries of the world, though it never caught on with much fervor in the United States.

By Vanessa Salvia
March 5, 2016
Concrete Overlay is a Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid SetAt World of Concrete 2015, CTS Cement Manufacturing introduced Rapid Set Tru PC, a new product that can quickly and easily simulate the appearance of polished concrete without the time and cost of installing a new concrete floor.

By Vanessa Salvia
February 3, 2016
World's Deepest Thermal Swimming Pool is Lined with Faux Rocks

scuba diver in worlds deepest poolA pool in a four-star hotel in Italy gives new meaning to the phrase “deep end.” This pool, known as the Y-40 or “The Deep Joy,” in the Montegrotto Terma region of Padua, Italy, features a plunging crevasse that sinks to 138 feet (42 meters), a depth that could easily engulf a 13-story building.

By Vanessa Salvia
February 2, 2016
Successful Email Marketing for Concrete Businesses

email marketing concrete businessesIn the world of email marketing, the “e-blast” can be a highly successful vehicle for connecting with your customers. But all too often, decorative concrete contractors underuse this vital marketing strategy.

By Ashley Kizzire
February 1, 2016
New Sculpture Adds Stealth to Art Center in Atlanta

red truck with construction The new 33-foot-high sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia's Midtown Arts Center looks like a metal monolith with sharp edges and stunning curves, but it's not.

By Editors
February 18, 2016
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