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Vol. 9 No. 2 - March/April 2009

Decorative Concrete Contractor is a Jack of All Trades

Concrete steps in a modern home with light accent colors.Decorative work is a growing part of this groundbreaking company, where business savvy meets design expertise.

By Christina Camara
March 18, 2009
Using Concrete to Restore A Hotel To All Its Former Glory.

Intricate details of this hotel in Canada were brought to life using ductal productsA high-strength cementitious material gave contractors exactly what they needed to restore this venerable and historic building.

By Chris Mayo
March 18, 2009
Unpredictable yet Beautiful - Meet Concrete Acid Stains

The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What's more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What’s more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
March 18, 2009
Getting the Right Profile with Surface Preparation

A man running a surface prep machine to get his floor ready for a concrete applicationSurface prep is not the most creative part of a decorative concrete project, but it’s also rarely the same old grind.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
March 18, 2009
What's New in Decorative Concrete

Cindee Lundin works on her artistry in concrete entry at World of ConcreteIf you missed this year's World of Concrete in Las Vegas, let me bring you up to date on what is happening in the decorative concrete industry. The decorative all-stars were out in full force and they certainly delivered and the decorative concrete information highway ran straight through Las Vegas this year.

By Doug Carlton
March 11, 2009
The New Trend Towards Green Concrete

Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays.Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays. In some cases this seemed to be little more than lip service, but in other cases, some very real steps are being taken towards greener concrete.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
March 18, 2009
Eliminate the Wait With Quaker Chemical Corp's RapidShield

RapidShield product placed in green and yellow in this corridor.One of concrete's few downsides is the amount of waiting a contractor, and customer, must do while the concrete sets or coatings dry. Some of that waiting time is now significantly reduced, thanks to RapidShield from Epmar Corp., a subsidiary of Quaker Chemical Corp.

Editors
March 18, 2009
Bringing Colorful Concrete to a Church Lobby

Different sections of this church lobby floor were colored by reds oranges and whites.When Adobe Coatings of Mesa, Ariz., was brought in to create new concrete floors for Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Ariz., the original plan was to use acid stain for the entire project. One hitch: The 11,000-square-foot project included some balcony space.

Editors
March 18, 2009
Acid Alternatives: Water-based Stains That Promise a Faux Acid Stain Look

Reflector enhancer by Elite Crete in two colors and installed in a gymToday’s contractors who love the look of acid stains but loathe the labor and time required to get the job done have more ways than ever before to bypass the troublesome application using safer-for-all water routes.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
March 18, 2009
Mottled by Design: One Company's Technique for Imitating the Look of Acid Stain

Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today's water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today’s water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
March 18, 2009
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