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Vol. 3 No. 2 - April/May 2003

Concrete Overlays are Limited Only by the Boundaries We Create

Step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with acid etch stainA step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with an acid etch stain process.

March 17, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Thai-style Patterned Concrete

An imprint pattern can be created with a simple rope.An imprint pattern can be created with a simple rope.

March 14, 2003
Con Color Offers Permanent Alternative to Bright Concrete

Polished and dyed concrete in bright colors or teal, green, orange, red, yellow and purple.There is no question that applicators can achieve a wider and brighter range of colors with acrylic stains than can be achieved with chemical stains.

March 15, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

By Joe Francis
March 14, 2003
Kwik-Top: Polymer-modified Cement Specially Formulated to Renew Concrete

Polymer-modified concrete on a pool deckKwik-Top, from Versatile Building Products, is a polymer-modified cement specially formulated to renew concrete. It can be used to apply broom, troweled, knockdown or orange peel finishes over driveways, sidewalks, pool decks, patios or any other floor surface.

March 13, 2003
Stamping Mats from Concrete Artwork

Concrete Artwork Ltd released new stamping mats allowing customers to get the stamped look they wantStamping mats from Concrete Artwork won't give you the look of brick, tile or slate. Instead, they'll allow you to offer your customers eye-catching art stamped into their patio, driveway, vertical wall or walkway.

March 11, 2003
Concrete Floor Restoration Brings Historic Theater To Life

Bright colors on this restored concrete floor bring life back to an important piece of historyWhen California contractor Julio A. Hallack agreed to renovate the floors in Modesto’s State Theater — once a prime example of art deco architecture — he knew he had a big job ahead of him. Half the lobby consisted of terrazzo installed in 1934 and the other half was covered by filthy carpet that reeked from years of spilled beer and wine.

By Rosemary Camozzi
March 10, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: Concrete Solutions

A close up look at stamped and stained concrete butted up next to each other.San Diego-based company, Concrete Solutions Inc., wholesales products, stamps and tools for repairing, restoring, beautifying and protecting existing concrete surfaces. The company provides products and services to contractors and suppliers in the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

By Bob Graham
March 9, 2003
Concrete Works: Creativity and Craftsmanship in Every Project

Outdoor cooking made easy and beautiful with this concrete stove.Lee Levig puts his stamp on high-end neighborhoods around Fairfield, Calif.

By Christina Camara
March 8, 2003
Estimating Decorative Concrete Work

Blue prints, construction hard hat and a calculator sit on a table ready for a job estimating a stamped concrete job.Take your time... and get it right! The good news is that you can make more money on decorative concrete than on plain old flatwork. Prices can increase by anywhere from $2 per square foot to as much as $13 per square foot in some states.

By Christianna McCausland
March 7, 2003
Tips for Buying and Maintaining Concrete Stamping Tools

Close-up of a red stamp matContractors and manufacturers share tips for buying and maintaining these essential tools.

By John Strieder
March 4, 2003
A Primer on Polymer Cement: An In-Depth Look at the Basics

Polymer-modified cement products and how they workThe use of polymer-modified cement products in the decorative concrete industry is common practice. Unfortunately, these products are also commonly misunderstood. This article will cover what they are, how they work, what they do.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
May 2, 2003
Acrylic Stains for Concrete: A Colorful Alternative to Acid Etch

Acrylic stained concrete with blue hues in a GM showroomContractors choose acrylic stains over chemical stains for a variety of reasons. Acrylic stains offer an array of colors that chemical stains cannot. Designers and applicators are no longer limited to the eight colors commonly available with acid-based stains.

By Denise Wendt
May 1, 2003