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Vol. 19 No. 4 - May/June 2019

Holocaust Memorial a Must-see in Berlin

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.Situated near Brandenburg Gate on a stretch of land once referred to as the “death strip” where the formidable Berlin Wall once loomed, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
June 12, 2019
How to Deal with Delaminations in Polished Concrete

Deliminations in polished concreteThere’s a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding delaminations in concrete. To help clear up things, let’s review different types of delaminations and associated repair options so you can use this information to better plan, manage or correct delamination issues.

By David Stephenson
June 17, 2019
When Hand Brushing Borders on Concrete, Don't Stop at Intersections

3-D tile design by Rick Lobdell.Many of us are tackling more intricate designs, such as 3-D tile patterns with multiple borders. With patterns like that, there’s no concrete (pardon the pun) stopping point for hand brushing. Expansion joints help create stopping points but outside of that how can we brush large designs without the glaring brush marks?

By Rick Lobdell
June 16, 2019
Set Realistic Expectations for Integrally Colored Concrete

A concrete patio colored with Butterfield's Gray Gull.When choosing to use colored concrete on a project, there is very often a discrepancy between the owner’s expectations and the reality of the finished job. Two major reasons for this are that manufacturers’ color charts cannot possibly show the true color, and most contractors fail to adequately explain this to the customer.

By Steve VandeWater
June 15, 2019
Why Does the Decorative Concrete Industry Focus on a 28-day Cure Time?

Allowing concrete to properly cure before sealing leads to stunning results.The 28-day curing time is standard in the concrete industry and comes into play on almost every project, including the application of most decorative sealers, coatings, stains and toppings. Is that because the concrete needs to have a certain strength, or is there something else going on?

By Chris Sullivan
June 20, 2019
Make the First Impression Matter with Powerful Decorative Concrete Curb Appeal

Home in California that has been given a decorative concrete upgrade to help with curb appeal.Looking to impress your next client? Using decorative concrete elements to enhance a house's curb appeal is one way to do just that. See some powerful examples of how you can acheive this in this article.

By Joe Maty
June 14, 2019
Seal Exposed Aggregate Concrete for Best Results

A penetrating sealer preserves the concrete without changing the look, allowing the exposed aggregate to retain its natural appearance and color.Exposed aggregate concrete is a decorative concrete look that will enhance the curb appeal of driveways, pool decks, sidewalks and patios. It’s achieved when the top layer of concrete has been removed to expose the rocks underneath.

By Tyler Stephens
June 13, 2019
Diversify with Direction When Expanding Your Business

A nice patio set on a stamped concrete patio that has been stained a tan color.There are a lot of questions that don’t always have easy answers. Fortunately, plenty of people have headed out in different directions within the concrete industry and found the journey has taken them to a pretty good place.

By K. Schipper
June 5, 2019
2019 Concrete Decor Show Focuses on New Products and Demos

Training and demos at the 2019 Concrete Decor ShowBringing new products to the people is part of what the Concrete Decor Show is all about. The four-day event slated for Oct. 28-31, 2019 at the Arlington Convention Center in Texas will also emphasize demonstrating those new products using state-of-the-art techniques during exhibition days as well as at the show’s workshops and seminars.

June 5, 2019
Vendors Bring New Concrete Products to Contractors

Vendors displaying their goods at a tradeshow for potential buyers.The more things change the more they stay the same. This is an adage I’ve heard my entire life without ever really giving it any serious thought. What does it even mean? Well, in the context of this article let’s take a closer look.

By Greg Iannone
June 5, 2019