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Vol. 8 No. 4 - June/July 2008

World's Largest Decorative Concrete Outfit Wows Customers

A stone sitting wall surrounds this park in California.When a landscape architecture firm drafted a plan to create playground trails and basketball courts for a Park California, it turned to one of the largest decorative concrete companies in the country, T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. of San Diego, to bring a wide range of cutting-edge decorative concrete systems to the project.

By Rob Spiegel
June 19, 2008
Salt Lake City Historical Landmark Gets a Facelift By Way of Stained Concrete

Hallway in an historic building get made over with stained concrete.After decades’ worth of ramshackle renovations and rehabilitations, the floors at this retail and residential complex were in sorry shape. Giving them one more facelift took some doing.

By David Searls
June 19, 2008
Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

By Mike Dawson
June 19, 2008
Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring : Elegance & Choice

Terrazzo tiles are installed in this upscale restauarant in New York City.Using epoxy instead of cement opens up all kinds of new possibilities for terrazzo floors.

By Amy Johnson
June 19, 2008
Forming the Future of Concrete with Coping and Edge Forms

A fountain that has been formed using flexible edge forms.When it comes to bordering walls, pools and other installations, it pays to get edgy. Here are a few fresh options.

By Mike Dawson
June 19, 2008
Protecting Your Business in Today's Market

A padlock with a key on top of a pile of chains.Unless you are willing to go door to door and give each potential customer a hug of reassurance, you must be willing to adapt and weather the craziness. The bottom line in what we do in decorative concrete requires folks to spend and invest in their properties.

By Doug Carlton
June 19, 2008
Harnessing the Advantages of Your Small Company

A set of binoculars rests on a ledge at sunset.A leader with a vision and a visionary leader are not the same. It is not enough to simply have a vision and convey the vision to a group of people. You must be emotionally intelligent to understand how to emotionally convey a vision.

Small companiess are better equipped to be successful in this way and its time to harness it.

By John R. Abrahamson
June 19, 2008
Finding and Keeping Quality Employees

Tom Ralston trowels concrete to teach his crew how he wants them to do it on the job site.Unless you can handle every decorative concrete job yourself, a skilled, reliable crew is one of the keys to staying in business.

Concrete Decor talked to several business owners and got some great advice about effective ways to train and keep a crew.

By Frederick Jerant
June 19, 2008
The Concrete Cleaner That Works Like Magic

This concrete block disintegrated after having soaked in Poof!Have you ever looked at your concrete-covered tools and wished you could just — poof! — make the hardened mess disappear?

Well, that’s the premise behind Poof!, a cleaning agent from Kover Krete Systems Inc. in Orlando, Fla.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
June 19, 2008
One of the Best GFRC Mix Designs

Large GFRC concrete countertop with a slanting sink made by Brandon Gore.Let’s start at the beginning: What is GFRC, what are its benefits and what are its downsides? GFRC stands for glass-fiber reinforced concrete. The GFRC I use is a composite of portland cement, silica sand, Forton VF-774 , Liquefaction Compound, Vitro Minerals VCAS-micronHS, water, and alkali-resistant chopped glass-fiber strands.

By Brandon Gore
June 19, 2008
Even Kids Love Decorative Concrete

Thanks to contractor Chris Swanson of Colour and his team, the students now have their very own There’s a very lucky group of kids at Bluff View Private Preschool in Fresno, Calif. Thanks to contractor Chris Swanson of Colour and his team, the students now have their very own “city” to play in.

Editors
June 19, 2008
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