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Vol. 5 No. 1 - February/March 2005

Concrete Floors to Dye For

Dyes can broaden your color palette, create subtle effects not possible with other coloring agents, and fix problems with acid stain applications.On their own or combined with acid stains, dyes offer color options that allow the imagination to soar. Plus, they can be a lifesaver when your acid staining job goes south.

By David Thompson
February 6, 2005
How to Choose the Right Concrete Overlay

You need to take a good look at the subfloor structure. Is it built solid? Is there a threshold joint? If there is flex in the deck, you have to figure that in. As Thome points outThings to consider when choosing from the ever-growing array of options. Be sure to match product attributes with the substrate and the desired outcome.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
February 8, 2005
Metakaolin: The Pozzolan for Decorative Concrete

Pozzolans are supplementary cementitious admixtures that react with lime to form more CSH. The additional CSH increases the cementitious bonds in the concrete to make it stronger.Decorative concrete contractors are discovering the many benefits of metakaolin, an admixture that makes concrete brighter, denser and more workable.

By Michael Chusid
February 27, 2005
The Family Roots of GLC3 Concrete

George Lacker (right) owner of GLC3 Concrete and Geoff Kemp, senior project manager.Education, imagination, and lots of experimentation have given George Lacker the right to say he makes some Great Looking Concrete.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 5, 2005
A Company that Listens - Proline Concrete Tools

Vine concrete stamps from Proline Concrete Tools.Close communication with contractors has helped Proline perfect its offerings and maintain its position as a leader in the industry.

By Christina Camara
February 28, 2005
Fu-Tung Cheng Concrete Exchange Design Awards

Circle of distinction - Cheng Awards - Best of Show Karen Smith Countercast Designs Surrey, British ColumbiaAt a wine and cheese gala held during the WOC tradeshow, Concrete Exchange presented awards to the winners of its first concrete countertop design competition.

By Rosemary Camozzi
March 10, 2005
Versatile Building Products

Adding an epoxy coating during a Liquid Granite chip flooring system installation.When a pair of specialists from Versatile Building Products made a January trek from California to Oregon to coat a concrete floor, their first concern was the cold.

By John Strieder
March 4, 2005
Favorite Photos from World of Concrete 2005

Staining and coloring concrete making an image of a concrete contractor using a grinder at World of Concrete 2005A few of Concrete Decor's favortie photos from World of Concrete 2005

March 11, 2005
Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

March 7, 2005
Trimtape Inc., Tapes Help With Concrete Layout, Cutting, Blasting

Trimtape Inc., Tapes help with concrete layout, cutting, blastingTrimtape Inc., a Georgia company, is unspooling several sticky options for concrete contractors. Trimtape’s grout line tapes, which range in width from 1/4 inch to 1 inch, are laced with strands of fiberglass for strength. Layout marker lines appear every four inches of tape.

February 6, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Images with Dyes Prior to Acid Staining

How to create an image in concrete with dye and then use an acrylic stain over the image.Using traditional materials create a one of a kind masterpiece on a concrete floor.

By Victor Pachade
January 1, 2005
A Primer on Pozzolans

Portland cement consists primarily of calcium silicates. When mixed with water, a chemical reaction known as hydration creates calcium silicate hydrate (CSH). Needle-like crystals of CSH interlock to hold concrete together, almost like a glue.Portland cement consists primarily of calcium silicates. When mixed with water, a chemical reaction known as hydration creates calcium silicate hydrate (CSH). Needle-like crystals of CSH interlock to hold concrete together, almost like a glue.

By Michael Chusid
March 1, 2005
Polished Concrete: Scratches and Light Reflectivity

There is nothing more defeating when polishing concrete than to complete all of your polishing steps and then find scratches that you did not remove at the low end of your grinds.“Polished Perspectives” will focus on providing simple, sound information on how to deliver a polished concrete floor to your customer — one that both you and your customer will be proud of. To me there is no better place to start than with the basics: your ability to use your diamonds to establish proper scratch patterns.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
March 6, 2005
Spreading Concrete Color Hardener Cleanly

Lee Levig, a Fairfield, Calif., contractor who purchased the tool, praises its speed and ease of use. Dispersing color hardener is a filthy job. You’re covered from head to toe. It’s in your clothes. It’s on your clothes. If there’s a little bit of wind, it’s that much worse.

March 9, 2005
Soff-Cut X-150D Prowler Decorative Concrete Saw

Decorative cuts -- V-shaped or rounded radius cuts that are ground into existing grooves -- are this Prowler's specialty. Another concrete saw is used to make the rough first cut, and the X-150D follows to make it look good.Soff-Cut International’s X-150 Prowler early-entry concrete saw can be adapted to make decorative V-shaped or radius cuts. Concrete contractors loved that feature. But they found themselves making that adaptation often, and they got frustrated.

March 9, 2005