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Vol. 7 No. 8 - December 2006/January 2007

Concrete House Withstands Devastating Flood

Flooded area with trees and a nice viewAs floodwaters in southwest Washington submerged entire Chehalis neighborhoods early December, Justin Farley and Kevin Winkler waved down a team of U.S. Coast Guard rescuers to help a family of five who had abandoned their home. Farley and Winkler, however, stayed put.

December 16, 2007
The Benefits of Attending Decorative Concrete Industry Events

Classroom education aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen recently spent some time taking in two high profile industry events. Here is a look at what he found.

December 2, 2007
Concrete That Slithers

Concrete snake as a walkway to keep the weeds down.This striking concrete garden path was inspired by the Brazilian jungles — the habitat of the world’s largest snake, as well as a place where concrete is the only hope of keeping weeds at bay.

December 15, 2007
From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

By Chris Camara
December 13, 2007
Resurfacing a Failing Pool Deck

Finished pool deck that has been finished with a stamped concrete overlay.Condo owners in a gated community dreaded getting their pool up to snuff. Decorative concrete contractor Julio Hallack showed them they had nothing to worry about.

By Loretta Hall
December 6, 2007
Comprehensive Forming Systems from Preitech

A completed sink using Preitech forming systems.The market for concrete countertops has grown dramatically in recent years, and savvy contractors are broadening their skills to address the growing demand for them. However, many have found these projects to be challenging for two main reasons.

December 14, 2007
A New Endeavor - Caribou Art

Exterior wall with Caribou Art placed on it by Tamryn DoolanTamryn Doolan, owner of Surface Gel Tek, has long been in the business of turning simple concrete surfaces into striking works of art. Continuing in that tradition, Doolan’s new endeavor, Caribou Art Studios, brings her talents to a whole new venue — exterior walls.

December 12, 2007
Effects with Reactive Stains on Concrete

Reactive stains create unique looks on concrete as the chemical reactions happen.There are unlimited opportunities to create fabulous effects with reactive acid stains. Acid stains are most mutable from the time they are sprayed onto the concrete until the reactive color change develops.

By Shellie Rigsby
December 8, 2007
Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

By Shellie Rigsby
December 4, 2007
A Look Back at Polished Concrete's First Decade

The autoscrubbers were used on this concrete floor.Polishing concrete, not unlike other new industries, begged, borrowed and stole from others in its infancy. Equipment came from the surface prep, stone restoration and cleaning industries, and as one can imagine, nothing was a perfect fit. It is still evolving today, but here is a look at where it came from.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
December 5, 2007
Generating New Business Relies on Making the Phone Ring

Making the phone ring is essential to business growth.It all starts with a call. It doesnt matter how talented or artistic or expensive or cheap you are, all new business starts with a call. New work is the lifeblood business growth.

By Doug Carlton
December 7, 2007
Stamping Concrete in Cold Weather

Men on a concrete construction job site, snow flying through the air, contemplating their decorative concrete stamping job ahead.This stamping won't warm your feet, but it will fill your bank account in the winter months. Here are some tips to get your cold weather concrete stamping jobs going.

By Chris Camara
December 9, 2007
Synthetic Rock Features using GFRC

GFRC rock made from panels that were molded from natural stone.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.

By Amy Johnson
December 11, 2007
2007 Concrete Restoration Contest Award Winners

Museum floor in North Carolina gets a decorative concrete floor makeover.They hail from North Carolina, South Dakota, Arizona and California. They brought new life to an elementary school, an amphitheatre, a museum and a front porch. Meet this year's winners of our second annual Concrete Restoration Contest.

By Rob Spiegel
December 1, 2007
Where to Place Joints in Curved Concrete

Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.

By Jack Innis
December 3, 2007
Exploring the Impact of Art in Decorative Concrete Design

Stained concrete steps with perfectly imprinted paw prints as a memorial to their dogs.From fiber optics to fire hydrants, this Ohio craftsman is expanding the boundaries of what can be included in a decorative concrete project.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
December 10, 2007