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Vol. 9 No. 1 - February 2009

Canadian Concrete Contractor Dabbles in Landscaping to Go with Decorative Concrete

Large home with landscape and decorative concrete welcoming guests.From quirky flights of fancy to classic looks, this Canadian contractor can handle it all even landscaping.

By Christina Camara
February 13, 2009
New Walkway Gives Latter-day Saint's Church Life

Walkway at an LDS church in Florida gets a makeokver.Honoring the beauty and grace of a Latter-day Saints church and making the work site respectable for a wedding was just another job well done for a Florida contractor.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
February 13, 2009
Stripping Concrete: Mechanical or Chemical?

Polished concrete floor with a high-gloss and reflective coating.When it comes to decorative concrete on floors, sometimes you have to take it off before you lay it down. Take a closer look at your two basic options when clearing the way for new work.

By Amy Johnson
February 13, 2009
The Upside of Concrete Overlays

This deck was given an overlay treatment that included Sand-Rich from Specialty Solutions Inc. Sand-Rich is a noncementitious, aggregate-containing overlay.For contractors and clients looking to improve an existing slab, fix failing concrete or just put some extra decorative oomph onto a surface, cementitious overlays are tops.

By Elizabeth Gillette
February 13, 2009
Concrete Comes to Light

Terrazzo bits that light can shine through are attached to this concrete.Concrete couldn't possibly glow or transmit light... right? Wrong. Three head-turning products LiTraCon, Sensitile, and Ambient Glow Technology prove otherwise.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 13, 2009
Solving Sealer Problems

Preparing concrete for the application of sealer.There are three things in this world that have room for improvement: cell phones, microwave popcorn and, you guessed it, concrete sealers. There have been more prayers and cuss words offered up regarding sealers than over any other decorative concrete issue.

By Doug Carlton
February 13, 2009
Understanding the Green Scoring System

Green palm fronsTo start learning how to describe concrete's green qualities, you need to understand how green points systems work. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most commonly used green rating system for buildings in North America.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
February 13, 2009
Reflecting on Polished Concrete and How To Continue Improving Your Skills

A person climbing steps- looking to get better with every lesson and every job.We're good, but we're not perfect. Once we start thinking that we know everything, or that polished concrete is right for every situation, then we are in trouble. In this economy, we cannot afford a single misstep. Now is the time to focus on running a business correctly, and that includes being aboveboard and ethical in dealings with our customers and vendors.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
February 13, 2009
Porosity, Penetration and Adhesion of Decorative Concrete Finishes

Patio that has been stained and stamped with concrete taking into consideration the porosity and more before application.The world we live and work in moves so fast, just going through the motions seems to have become the norm. Taking time to really understand how or why a product works is not even on the radar screen.

By Chris Sullivan
February 13, 2009
Decorative Concrete Booms Across the Atlantic

Colored concrete medusa sculpture vertical placement on wallThe interest for decorative concrete is reaching new heights all over the world, and with this comes a need for education and training. Many countries are looking to the United States for products, information and support.

By John Anderson
February 13, 2009
New Paladiano "Wonders of the World" Stamp Line

Paladino stamp pattern stained with various brown colors in alternating secession.

There is something that could be said about the connection between wine and the invention of a great idea.

This certainly holds true for Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute.

Editors
February 13, 2009
An Overview on Some of the Newest Concrete Grinders on the Market

Eagle Solutions -- SP13A look at the various grinders on the market and their benefits for you and your decorative concrete polishing business.

Editors
February 13, 2009
Concrete Sitting Wall Wows Kids at Local Montessori School

Sitting wall at a Montessori schoolThe 50-foot elevated water rill at the Cornerstone Montessori School in Stratham, N.H., separates the toddlers' activity area from the older students at the school -- and more.

Editors
February 13, 2009
ASCC/DCC Awards Go To Best Concrete of the Year

First Place: Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, Calif. J. Ellington Library, San Jose, Calif.The Decorative Concrete Council, an arm of the American Society for Concrete Contractors, has selected these projects as the best of 2008 in their categories. These results represent the DCC's first annual decorative concrete competition.

Editors
February 13, 2009
Scofield Announces 2008 Award Winners

Entryway to a hotel that is stained a darker brown/tan color.Nine finalists were selected to receive Scofield awards out of 37 entries. For each of three regions of the United States, there was one commercial finalist, one residential and one selected for "Unique Application." The Eastern Region/Commercial winner J.L. Marshall & Sons Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I. took home the Grand Prize.

Editors
February 13, 2009
Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

Editors
February 13, 2009
Stripping Concrete Tips and Tricks

Concrete that has been stripped - but ghost lines are still visible.We sat down with some experts in concrete and ask them for advice on stripping concrete as well as their best tips and tricks.

Editors
February 13, 2009
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