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Vol. 8 No. 3 - May 2008

Recipe: Decorative Concrete Broom Finish

broom finish on this concrete by Super-KreteBroom finishes provide an economical alternative to the removal and replacement of existing concrete. This system creates a flexible and durable finish that can be used to re-level, renovate, resurface and create decorative patterns and designs, with or without integral coloring. When sealed, the new finish will resist gas, oils, water, salts, freeze-thaw cycles and ultraviolet rays.

Editors
May 15, 2008
Recipe: Breathing Light Into Your Work with Color

Vibrant colors applied to a concrete slab.When you have a dark grey slab, you have to take into consideration how that will affect color and its intensity. Most of the colorants on the market differ as much in transparency as concrete differs in color and porosity.

Editors
May 12, 2008
When to Test Your Polished Concrete Job

Person sitting at a computer with a yellow pen and paper taking notes.Know what you are defining with your tests and work descriptions. Your intent is that the architect/owner/GC will be taking you at your word as a professional, an expert.

Editors
May 1, 2008
Artisan Contractor Pushes the Limit with Concrete

Concrete double sink in sleek modern grayPrincipal artisan Tommy Cook’s use of color, stain, gleanings from nature and even customers’ souvenirs takes this full-service firm to a different plane

By Frederick Jerant
May 7, 2008
Simple Recipe for Colored Texture

Look at the colored texture achieved by hardeners and EZ Tique by ProlineThis simple recipe uses Proline’s Sand Canyon Dura-Color Hardener and their Seamless Designs Carpet Stamp. Two colors of EZ Tique were used to give the finish its mottled look.

Editors
May 9, 2008
Decorative Concrete Overlay Transforms Golf Club

Look at the concrete overlay system that mimics a brick paver look.This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 7, 2008
Vertical Overlays: To Spray or Trowel

A wine cellar that has been designed using a vertical overlay systemIf you’re one of the growing number of contractors making the move from horizontal to vertical, this may be one of your first questions.

By Amy Johnson
May 7, 2008
Tips for Repairing Decorative Concrete

Using a method from Roadware to fill in the cracks to repair this decorative concrete.Colors must be matched. Costs must be controlled. There are all sorts of variables to consider when repairing a decorative concrete floor. Luckily, several products aim to help you get things fixed.

By Mike Dawson
May 1, 2008
Recipe: ​​​​​​​Metallic Without Mud

Decorative concrete enthusiasts have their favorite recipes, just like chefs do, and if you ask, they'll share their secrets with you. Concrete Decor did just that recently with several contractors and manufacturers. Here are some of their field-tested favorites.Each layer will soften the contrast between the lights and darks as the metallic surface becomes stronger. This enables the metallic to be clean and crisp without being muddied by other pigments.

By Steven Ochs
May 7, 2008
Online Community for Vertical Aficionados

Vertical carved concrete acts as an entry to a wine cellar.Vertical Artisans, launched in January 2008 at Verticalartisans. com, presents training videos and articles by experts. The site aims to offer a broader perspective than can be found at schools or training centers that, besides being bound by the limits of time and space, are often devoted to one manufacturer’s product line or one artisan’s techniques.

Editors
May 8, 2008
Super Overlay System

Super-Krete overlay systemThis recipe by Super-Krete will achieve a unique and classy look. Follow the step by step process outlined here to find success.

Editors
May 10, 2008
Maintaining Decorative Concrete Garage Floors

Garage floor systems can be a challenge, but they are also very rewarding projects to complete because of their dramatic results.A garage floor is one heck of a challenging place for the beautiful artwork and skillful craftsmanship of a decorative concrete application. Hot tires, oil, battery acid, brake fluid and strong coffee make daily assaults on an applicator’s masterpiece.

By Mike Dawson
May 7, 2008
Should You Stop Sealing Concrete?

concrete sealer creates a glossy sheen on this concrete floor.However, is it possible that sealing necessity is not a necessity at all? Could it be that all the hoopla on sealing concrete is being motivated by glossy pictures causing new contractors to assume this is an industry standard?

By Doug Carlton
May 7, 2008
Recipe: Refurbishing an Existing Interior Slab with Microtopping, Dye, and Sealer 

Refurbished floor with control joints/grout lines in a different color.Achieve this high-end look by following this step by step process of refurbishing from QC Construction Products.

Editors
May 10, 2008
Communicating Standards Through Industry Specifications

Writing on parchment with two pencils and an eraser.Too often we take the written word as gospel, but is that truly smart? Do we know what, or who, stands behind the words we read? After all, paper will not refuse ink. Our industry is growing, and as the industry grows, so do the misrepresentations and misunderstandings.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
May 7, 2008
Recipe: Antiquing a Stamped Overlay

This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.Antiquing stampable overlays is taken for granted these days. However, there are many ways to achieve this effect. This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.

Editors
May 5, 2008
Public Works Projects: Start Your Bidding

Hands bidding at an auctionTo bid or not to bid? That is the question. And it’s one more and more contractors have been asking themselves lately, especially as public works departments are increasingly incorporating decorative concrete into municipal plans. But where does one begin?

By Erin F. Ansley
May 7, 2008
Innovative Concrete Blend: Xtreme Series from SureCrete Design Products

Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture that is lightweight enough for a coffee table.Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture. In the case of the new Xtreme Series line from SureCrete Design Products, that admixture is CarpenterStone.

Editors
May 7, 2008
Reactive Stain on Concrete

Concrete floor that has been colored using reactive stain.It’s possible for concrete to have stone-like qualities without trying to be stone. It’s possible for concrete to be random and variegated like the knots and grain in wood without trying to be that wood. It’s possible for concrete to develop a visually active graphic patina like copper without it being, you guessed it, copper.

By Michael Miller
May 7, 2008
A Concrete Cocktail Table Helps Fight Disease

Concrete cocktail table that was donated to charityTopCrete Design Studios does a lot of amazing things with concrete. Recently, though, one of their creations itself did something remarkable — it helped fight AIDS.

Editors
May 7, 2008
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