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Vol. 2 No. 3 - August/September 2002

Faux Rock Features Roll Out Exciting New Opportunities for Concrete

Custom faux rock water feature takes this pool scene to the next level.Synthetic rock is commonplace at theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, resorts, hotels and many other places — and there’s a growing demand for residential applications.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 15, 2001
Concrete Surface Preparation, It Looks Clean, But Is It?

Know concrete inside and out before starting to prepare the surface for a concrete topping.Getting to know concrete inside and out will help in properly preparing those surfaces for a topping.

By Joan C. Stanus
August 16, 2002
A Burning Question: To Burnish or Not to Burnish your Concrete?

Concrete surface have vast opportunities after burnishingAn old technique with new applications. Burnishing can open up a whole array of visual opportunities for concrete surfaces.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 17, 2002
Henry Mercer's Concrete Castles Instruct, Inspire and Amaze

Henry Mercer's concrete castle in PennsylvaniaDescribing Henry Chapman Mercer’s home, Fonthill, as a castle may be a misnomer. There is no surrounding wall or moat to keep out the unruly peasants or faraway invaders. Nonetheless, Fonthill is so full of treasures — of every conceivable kind — that anything less than “castle” seems inappropriate.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 18, 2002
Slip Resistance for Concrete Flooring

Slip resistant concrete pool deckMake your concrete surfaces not only beautiful but safe to walk on as well.

By Gareth Fenley
August 18, 2002
Kia Ricchi of Centerline Production: Concrete in Public Works

Large colorful concrete reef made by Kia Ricchi Kia Ricchi of Centerline Productions takes her love of sculpting to new heights with the use of concrete.

By Ester Brody
August 20, 2002
Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and more. Check out some examples in this article.

By Bruce Hackett
August 21, 2002
Sparkle Grain System for Eye-Catching Concrete

sparkle grain concrete is used to take concrete to the next levelThe Sparkle Grain System is an eye-catching, black sparkle concrete finish that can be applied with color hardeners or by itself.It aids with slip resistance and is designed for sidewalks, driveways, ramps, public buildings, wineries, schools, etc., to name a few.

Photo Courtesy of Ralston Concrete

August 22, 2002
Innovative Self-Leveling Terrazzo and Decorative Overlayment Process by Deco Pour

Terrazzo is used to create a BMW logo on this concrete floor.Deco Pour is an innovative self-leveling terrazzo and decorative overlayment process. This enhanced industrial overlayment is poured thin by using a patent pending integral additive called HDS 2001. Overlayments without this additive are typically softer and will not allow for proper seeding and machine honing of the surface.

August 16, 2002
Plastiform Flexible Plastic Forms for Curved Concrete

Radius concrete can be made easier with Plastiform formsForming requirements for decorative concrete often involve radius and curved sections. Plastiform™ concrete forms can be used to set up curves as small as a 3-foot bend radius. The forms are very quick to setup using a cam-lock clamp that fastens the forms to stakes.

August 18, 2002
Exploding Demand for Concrete Countertops

Green concrete countertop on a kitchen island with a stovetop.Concrete countertops have become the rage in areas ranging from Malibu and Beverly Hills in California, to Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts. From coast-to-coast these fabulous countertops are growing rapidly in popularity.

By Jim Peterson
August 16, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Leaf Impressions

Close up of a leave impression on concrete that is sure to wow your customers.Wow your clients with a work of art by using nature to imprint your concrete.

By Debra Tash
September 21, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: Reducing Random Cracking Through Preparation

Compacting the ground prior to the pour makes for less concrete cracking.The creation of a high quality concrete job starts with proper sub-base compaction. Generally speaking, a minimum of 4-inch rock sub-base is required to support the concrete slab cast on grade. The rock sub-base should provide uniform support to the slab without any soft spots.

By Bart Sacco
August 5, 2002
Additional "Tools" for the Concrete Faux Rock Trade

Best tools for concrete faux rocksIn general, if you work with concrete now, you likely have the tools you’ll need to create synthetic rocks, but here are a few items that might make the job a little easier.

August 18, 2002
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Faux Rock Tricks-of-the-Trade

Tips and techniques for faux rocksA comprehensive list of important aspects of the faux rock trade. From tool choice to customer expectations, here are some tried and true tips, tricks and techniques to take your faux rock skill to the next level

August 16, 2002
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Acid Etching Concrete

acid etched decorative concrete birdFrom start to finish follow these techniques to achieve the perfect acid etched concrete design.

August 18, 2002
Why To Consider Using a Consultant for Your Upcoming Concrete Jobs

Man with a chip brush applies color to the side of a concrete pool liner.A decorative concrete consultant, according to Concrete Decor, can help with product and installation procedures, assist with selecting qualified installers, and provide preparation and enforcement of specifications.

By Elise Crain
August 5, 2002