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Vol. 3 No. 1 - February/March 2003

Action at the World of Concrete 2003

Example of a cementitious topping on a concrete slab that was then polished.World of Concrete 2003 delighted the attendees with all aspects of decorative concrete from polishing to stamping and everything in between.

March 1, 2003
Comparing Radiant Heat Floor Coverings

Radiant floors are a welcome edition to a living room.Radiant heat floor coverings at-a-glance Here’s an overview of typical radiant-heat floor covering products and how they compare to decorative concrete.

March 1, 2003
Buckets of Integral Colors for Concrete to Go

Concrete Contractors can use buckets or pails of colorant for integrally coloring concrete.Okay, so now you’re sold on this new color technology but don’t know of any ready mix plants in your area that have the proper equipment to produce integral colors. What’s a contractor to do?

March 1, 2003
Integral Color Dosing Machines for Concrete Ready Mix Providers

Color dispensing for integrally colored concrete have ready mix providers overly excited.Ready mix executives from coast to coast agree that the color dispensing machines on the market today are a godsend.

March 1, 2003
Warm up to the opportunities presented by Radiant Floor Heating

Heating tubes seen in a yet to be poured concrete slab. Will be used to heat the house with warm radiant floor heating system.Radiant heat delivers warmth without ducts and registers; heats evenly, in an energy-efficient manner; and is silent. There are hydronic (hot water) and electric systems.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
March 7, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Pigmenting Liquid Release for Concrete

Environmentally friendly stamped concrete pigmented color release has been used on the multicolored green concrete slab in a slate look.Liquid release agent is quickly becoming the choice of many decorative concrete contractors. With the increased demand for quicker turnarounds, cleaner job sites and environmental concerns, using liquid release agent for stamped concrete becomes an obvious choice.

By Clark Branum
March 6, 2003
Stamped and Stained Concrete Elevates Vacation Retreats

Vacation homes can have stamped or stained concrete surrounds that hold up to extreme weather conditions and look beautiful while doing it.To say there has been an explosion in demand for stamped concrete or stained concrete is quite the understatement. Homeowners are hiring decorative concrete contractors to color, stain, score, stamp, overlay or otherwise decorate the pool decks, entries, driveways and walkways concrete around their homes.

March 5, 2003
Want to Add Life to Cracked Concrete? Coat it With the Pebble-Flex System

Pebble-Flex systems will not show cracks and resists surface movement of the substrate.The Pebble-Flex System, made by United Surface Technologies, is a new system for resurfacing concrete that not only offers a decorative look, but adds life to the substrate.

March 1, 2003
Davis Colors: A Company That Thrives on Chemistry, Color and Concrete

Davis Colors for concrete was started by Jackie Davis who fled Austria after the Nazis confiscated their pigment business.As decorative concrete has become more widely used, contractors in all parts of the country have grown increasingly skilled in the craftsmanship required for high quality colored concrete work.

March 1, 2003
Concrete Helps Architect Fu-Tung Cheng Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

Purple concrete countertop in a Berkeley, California, tea house made by Fu-Tung Cheng.Berkeley architect Fu-Tung Cheng combines ancient custom with modern design.

By John Strieder
March 4, 2003
Contractor Helps Clients Warm to Decorative Concrete

Ship concrete circle logo created by a Bomanite contractor Ira Goldberg.Bomanite contractor Ira Goldberg paved the way for decorative concrete in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Here Ira Goldberg reflects on almost twenty years with Bomanite.

By Denise Wendt
March 3, 2003
Applying Brushed or Broomed Finishes to Concrete

A red admixtures was added to this brilliantly colored sidewalk with a broom finish.Brushes offer a variety of snazzy finishes for concrete without stamping or staining.

By Joan Stanus
March 2, 2003
Early-entry Cuts for Decorative Concrete

Decorative saw cuts on existing concrete surfaces are greatly enhanced with a beveled edge blade.Sometime in the early 1980s, a concrete contractor named Ed Chiuminatta pulled the wheels off a board and attached them to a Skilsaw. The result? A saw blade that could roll across green concrete, slicing a control joint in a fraction of the time it would take to carve the groove by hand.

By John Strieder
March 1, 2003
How to Maintain Decorative Concrete

How to maintain a stamped concrete patio with new sealer.You've created something beautiful. Here's how to keep it that way. While maintenance of concrete is minimal — that's the beauty of it — decorative concrete does require regular cleaning and resealing to extend its life and eye appeal for years into the future.

By Christina Camara
March 1, 2003
Is Your Ready Mix Plant Ready for Integral Colors?

Retro computer monitor connected to pallets of pigments used to color integral colored concrete. Photograph courtesy of Davis ColorsComputerized systems make integral color to your concrete as easy as 1, 2, 3.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
March 1, 2003