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Vol. 19 No. 3 - April 2019

Wall Art All About 'Sustaining Life' at 2019 Decorative Concrete LIVE!

 Using recycled and natural material, artisan Cindee Lundin worked her magic once again during Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2019 World of Concrete.Using recycled and natural material, artisan Cindee Lundin worked her magic once again during Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2019 World of Concrete.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 27, 2019
How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealersThe issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but surprisingly very little is published regarding the same issues in decorative overlays.

By Chris Sullivan
April 27, 2019
New Cement Can Contribute to a More Sustainable World

This question is more complex now -- despite the answer, consumers ask if the construc­tion materials used are sustainable.In decorative concrete, a common question is, “Is it form before function, or function before form?” This question is more complex now — despite the answer, consumers ask if the construc­tion materials used are sustainable. Is there such a thing as a low-carbon swimming pool, a low-carbon counter­top or an environmentally friendly polished concrete floor?

By Nick de Ocampo, LEED AP
April 26, 2019
Aliphatic Joint Filler Does the Job Right the First Time

there's a recurring problem that keeps rearing its ugly head: joint separation.Polished concrete continues to make headway as the flooring choice for grocery chains, big-box stores, museums, schools, restaurants and government buildings, but there’s a recurring problem that keeps rearing its ugly head: joint separation.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 25, 2019
Propane Equipment Use Takes Off as Concrete Polishing Industry Grows

 In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to pro­pane power for both grinders and vacuums.The construction industry has witnessed a “purging of the plug.” In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to propane power for both grinders and vacuums.

By Mike Dougherty
April 25, 2019
Electric Machines Can Ease Workload

In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 23, 2019
Technological Improvements Up Advantages of Cordless Tools

Chances are good that by now you've been on a job site with other trades using cordless tools.Chances are good that by now you’ve been on a job site with other trades using cordless tools. You may even have a few of your own — and with good reason.

By K. Schipper
April 22, 2019
Sealer: The Most Critical Success Factor for Concrete Countertops

Three concrete sings in a bathroom.Do you know the single-most important ingredient in a concrete countertop that can make or break a business? If you thought concrete, think again — it’s the sealer.

By Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
April 21, 2019
Retirement Benefits Aid Employee Retention

People enjoying a sunset in chairs under the tree.Even at its best, owning a business offers a host of challenges. One of the latest: how to get and keep good employees.

By K. Schipper
April 20, 2019
Concrete Contractor Expands and Diversifies into Decorative Field

Polished concrete floor reflecting overhead lights Shawn Halverson, CEO of Surfacing Solutions Inc.in Temecula, California, talks about the time some years ago when he took a break from construction after working in the structural concrete industry for about 21 years, beginning in the mid-1970s. Then, this phenomenon called decorative concrete emerged as a major player in the trade, and Halverson became intrigued.

By Joe Maty
April 19, 2019
Sika Scofield Recognizes 2018 Decorative Concrete Winners

Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. First-place winners and runners-up were announced during the 2019 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
April 18, 2019
World of Concrete 2019 Didn't Disappoint

The 2019 show, which marked the 44th time World of Concrete has been held, topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade.The 2019 World of Concrete has been held, and it topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade. The annual extravaganza for the concrete and masonry industries attracted 60,511 attendees and more than 1,500 exhibiting companies spanning 776,800 square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2019.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 17, 2019
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