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Vol. 7 No. 7 - November 2007

Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

Editors
November 8, 2007
Turning Tragedy Into Triumph: Art and Design Concrete

Flames are etched into concrete and colored with bright orange, yellow and red concrete stains.It took a serious automobile accident to steer these contractors in the right direction for their business. But once they found the way, they were off.

By David Searls
November 5, 2007
Bathroom Vanity Gets Industrial-Look Concrete Countertop

Unique concrete countertop with gauges to create a "pit stop" look.Although Shelley and Guy Chomistek of Rafter C Precast Concrete are no strangers to custom concrete countertops, this recent bathroom project held some unique creative challenges.

Editors
November 9, 2007
The Concrete Countertop Mix You Have Been Waiting For

This black concrete countertop using Quikrete countertop mix is a very elegant way to bring clean lines to a kitchenWith concrete countertops becoming more popular by the day, mastering the art has become a priority for many contractors. But finding the perfect mix of concrete and additives to mold into the tight corners and custom shapes of many countertop projects is a complicated, not to mention expensive, process.

Editors
November 10, 2007
When and How to Expand Your Concrete Contracting Business

Looking at a bridge from the under side imagining how to grow your concrete contracting business.Concrete contracting companies, no matter the size or specialty, have to deal with many of the same challenges. It’s important to address some of these before trying to expand your business, so you're sure the foundation you're about to build on is solid.

By Matthew Newman
November 2, 2007
A Breakdown of the Polished Concrete Industry and Where It Is Going

Running a polishing machine on some dyed concrete.Polished concrete has a large learning curve. It is important to know what you are up against and how different techniques can result in different outcomes. This article is a great place to start when learning your craft.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
November 9, 2007
Pros and Cons of Outdoor Concrete Stains

Concrete patio sealed with two coats combining color and sealer.Of all the different types of decorative concrete, exterior staining is the most affordable. It also requires the least manpower. But this is an article on how your business can be sure to pick the right exterior staining product to create the outdoor paradise your clients value the most.

By Doug Carlton
November 1, 2007
Preparing for the Pump: Working With Pressure-Applied Concrete

Large structure in a pool that was created by rebar and shotcrete techniques.Decorative shotcrete is catching on, and as with any decorative concrete technique, there’s a learning curve. Here, we cover mix design, prep work and more.

By Jack Innis
November 7, 2007
Fiber Optics in Concrete Countertops

Embedded green fiber optics in concrete countertop.Decorative concrete contractors are adding an exciting new technique to their repertoire that always elicits a “wow” reaction from clients: embedding fiber optics in concrete countertops.

By Chris Camara
November 6, 2007
Addressing Moisture Issues in Concrete

Moisture issues on concrete can be a problem later on.For decorative concrete contractors, moisture is a challenge that varies by region. In the Northeast, freezing can be a major problem for decorative concrete. In the South, rain and humidity are the twin devils. In the Southwest, it’s dry air. Addressing these issues before you begin can save a lot of heartache and time.

By Rob Spiegel
November 4, 2007
High-End Furniture Store Opts for Polished Concrete

High-end furniture store installs polished concrete to hold up to their increasing foot traffic.Over the years, wear and tear got the best of the carpet in this furniture store and the folks at Roche-Bobois decided it was time for a new look: Polished Concrete.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
November 3, 2007
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