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Vol. 7 No. 6 - September/October 2007

Unique Concrete Pushes the Boundaries of Decorative Concrete

Stamped and stained concrete entryway with a step. Unique Concrete is true to its name. Like many decorative concrete contracting firms, it constructs pool surrounds, patios, sidewalks and driveways. However, unlike other contractors, it also specializes in laying concrete on top of decks.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 2, 2007
Transforming a Show Room Floor with High-Gloss Metallic Epoxies

Metallic epoxy was added to this show room floor to add a visually appealing space.The big national chain needed a ritzy floor for one of its new high-end home furnishing stores. A San Diego contactor brought the glamour, including metallics and a pearl finish.

By Amy B. Johnson
September 3, 2007
How to Avoid Sealing Pitfalls

Sealer that was improperly applied left streams and lines in the stained concrete.Sometimes a coat of sealer will pop back up just hours after you've put it down. Here's how to keep it in its place.

By Rob Spiegel
September 8, 2007
Contractors Show Their Creative Uses with Shotcrete

The final outcome of a shotcrete project in Boatswain's Beach Lagoon.While swimming pools and road construction projects have been the mainstay of many contractors in the shotcrete industry, a number of shotcrete artists are taking the concrete medium to new levels of creativity and usefulness.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
September 8, 2007
Pros and Cons of Specializing in Decorative Concrete

Part time or full time, should a concrete contractor provide decorative concrete, staining concrete, stamping concrete all the time?I have to guess some, maybe even most, of Concrete Decor’s readers enjoy the benefits of the decorative business as only a part of their contracting services. You may very well be one of the many who are wondering if you should make the leap to specialize in decorative work full time or simply offer it as one of many services.

By Doug Carlton
September 1, 2007
Using Gelled Acid Solutions to Enhance Your Decorative Concrete Business

Close-up of the Yavapai Nation sealOn the lookout to make the job of prepping concrete surfaces safer, quicker and more environmentally friendly, many concrete decorators have added a new tool to their arsenal: Tek Gel, a gelled acid solution from Surface Gel Tek LLC.

By Jack Innis
September 6, 2007
One of the Fastest Growing Segments in Overlays: Vertical Overlayments

Circular designed has been placed on a wall that has been overlayed with a faux painted treatment in redVertical overlay finishes are being installed everywhere. They are the fastest growing segment of the overlay market, and that segment is growing faster than any other type of decorative overlayment.

By Brad Berg
September 5, 2007
Challenges of Working with Concrete in the Winter

A stained concrete floor in a high-traffic area can be affected by inclement weather, even indoors.If you live above the Mason-Dixon line, chances are your winter months are cold and snowy. It’s great weather for skiing, but not so much for those who work with concrete.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
September 4, 2007
Decorative Concrete Imaging Software Helps Contractors Bring Ideas to Life

Here is a shot of a boy on a patio and it shows the difference between what the space currently looks like and what it could look like with a different color or pattern.When Depiction Software LLC adapted two standard types of construction software to fit the needs of decorative concrete contractors, it brought decorative concrete planning into the 21st century.

Editors
September 23, 2007
The Bottom Line on Solvent Sealers for Concrete

This woodplank concrete was sealed with a water-based sealer..CCI Flooring Inc. in Crest Hill, Ill. installs and distributes sealing products. The company is involved in more than 500 decorative concrete jobs per year. CCI President Bob Bauer worked with solvent-based sealers from 15 different top suppliers before settling on a product he likes.

Editors
September 7, 2007
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