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Vol. 8 No. 7 - November 2008

A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfi t produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Editors
November 8, 2008
Polyaspartic Sealers: Something New on Top

Advances in chemistry go beyond polymer-modified concrete to auxiliary products such as improved sealing and coating systems. One of the exciting new types of materials is polyaspartics.Advances in chemistry go beyond polymer-modified concrete to auxiliary products such as improved sealing and coating systems. One of the exciting new types of materials is polyaspartics.

Editors
November 8, 2008
Conference Attendees Build a Concrete Alamo to Remember

A look at the final conference project that the attendees createdConference attendees got a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate one on one with concrete artist and build the concrete version of the Alamo they would never forget.

By Shellie Rigsby
November 6, 2008
Cement Alternatives for Concrete

Pozzolans vary widely in color. Shown here, left to right, are fly ash, metakaolin, silica fume, fly ash, slag and calcined shale.Since manufacturing portland cement damages the environment, more and more concrete makers are giving alternatives a chance. According to the LEED certification system, concrete has several green qualities, including a long lifetime and recyclability. Portland cement, one of concrete’s primary ingredients, is another story.

By Loretta Hall
November 16, 2008
The Growth of Green Practices in Decorative Concrete

Dyed and stained concrete in various triangular shapes with different colors.There are new profit opportunities in polished concrete for the decorative concrete contractor. This is a fact, and every decorative concrete contractor should look into polished concrete. However, nothing ever caused more people to go broke than too much optimism and too little planning.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
November 16, 2008
Eco-friendly Reinforcement Fiber for Concrete

A skyline that is lit up with city lights.With all the talk about “green” products lately, it’s only natural that somebody has created an eco-friendly reinforcement fiber for concrete.

The synthetic fibers of NyconG, from New Nycon Inc., are made from 100 percent reclaimed post-consumer and post-industrial waste carpet.

By Emily Dixon
November 16, 2008
A Canadian Perspective of Concrete Countertops

Canadian flag with a concrete treatmentIf you’re a concrete contractor in Canada and are considering expanding your business to include countertops, you may appreciate the insights shared by Judy Mead of Concrete Countertops Canada.

By Judy Mead
November 16, 2008
Marketing and Selling Decorative Concrete

Two people shaking handsIt’s not your imagination — the construction market is currently much more competitive. When opportunities exist, beating the odds to win the job and the increase of price pressures require more marketing tools and salesmanship than at any time in the last decade

By Sherry Boyd
November 16, 2008
Looking Back at the Year in Polished Concrete

A look back at the year in polished concretePeter Wagner looks back on the industry of polished concrete during the Great Recession all while keeping perspective and hope of the future in mind.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
November 16, 2008
The New Age of Coloring Concrete

A pile of colored pencils representing adding color.Hang up the phone if you are one of the many decorative concretists that are about to embark on any form of colored concrete. If you are somewhat new to the whole coloring thing, please give this article a close look.

By Doug Carlton
November 16, 2008
The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

By Amy Johnson
November 16, 2008
Taking a Concrete Patio To The Next Level

Upper patio of a backyard made with concrete and a firepitWhen a pair of homeowners put their heads together with concrete maestro Tom Ralston, the result was three levels of outdoor grandeur.

By David Searls
November 16, 2008
Building a Successful Decorative Concrete Business in Winter

One of the first decorative concrete contractors in the Boston area, Bill Guthro built his business in a town known for winter weather.One of the first decorative concrete contractors in the Boston area, Bill Guthro built his business in a town known for winter weather.

By Christina Camara
November 16, 2008
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