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Vol. 19 No. 6 - August/September 2019

ICF Safe Rooms Offer Shelter From Natural Disasters

Tornado ravished home made safe with ICFsTornadoes are extremely dangerous natural disasters that can come with little to no warning. People who live in tornado-prone areas, as well as those in hurricane locales, should have a safe place to go when bad weather hits. In the worst-case scenario, not having a proper safe place to retreat to can become a death sentence for homeowners and/or their families. 

August 30, 2019
Concrete Forms and Edge Liners Can Simplify the Job

edges of a concrete countertopWhen it comes to forming the edges of countertops, pool coping and steps, a good form liner or mold is an indispensable tool that can help you get the job done quicker and easier — no more hand chiseling or finagling a texture mat to give you a detailed edge.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 12, 2019
Concrete Chess Table Stars in Backyard Spa Remodel

Concrete countertop with a chess board inlayedTransforming tired and dated backyard retreats into personal and welcoming family havens just so happens to be Scott Cohen’s specialty.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 12, 2019
Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Edge form for concreteAlthough rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 14, 2019
There's an Overlay for Most Any Occasion

concrete overlays and where you can find themInstalling an overlay over existing concrete is a cost-effective way to update concrete surfaces by eliminating tear-out costs, minimizing product expense and reducing the manpower needed to overhaul the look and integrity of the existing surface.

September 10, 2019
Today's Concrete Overlays are Durable and Good Looking

Concrete Overlays in a kitchen with concrete countertopsA baker knows when there’s a disaster in the kitchen, sometimes a little bit of icing can go a long way toward redemption. Concrete contractors have a similar option with overlays and an unsightly slab: The overlaid section not only looks better but the chemistry behind today’s overlay offerings often creates a much more durable surface than what was already there.

By K. Schipper
September 13, 2012
Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

By Jason Ryan
September 9, 2019
Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?

quartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlays

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

By Bruce Grogg
September 6, 2019
Polished Concrete Helps Deliver the 'Neighborhood Goods'

Neighborhood goods in Dallas with polished concreteWilliams and Witherspoon brought their brands — the Serena leisure apparel line and Draper James, Wither­spoon’s Southern-flavored women’s clothing label — to Neighborhood Goods in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. The store is billed as a “new kind of shopping experience, with brands that will rotate in and out,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

By Joe Maty
September 9, 2019