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Vol. 9 No. 5 - August 2009

One Contractor's Quest to Rid the World of Ugly Concrete

Colin's interest in decorative started with exposed pea gravel, curved joints and other classic decorative elements, then grew to include new-school tricks like stamping and staining.Even on the thumb tip of northwest Washington state, decorative concrete is making its mark, thanks to this father-son outfit.

By David Thompson
August 8, 2009
Metallic Epoxies Shine Bright in Car Dealership

A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.

By Elizabeth Gillette
August 8, 2009
The Benefits of Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete

Thanks to its incorporation of glass fibers into mix design, GFRC is thinner, lighter, stronger and offers more design flexibility.Thanks to its incorporation of glass fibers into mix design, GFRC is thinner, lighter, stronger and offers more design flexibility.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 8, 2009
Superior Concrete Stenciling Techniques

A look at this stencil up close with circles and dots.From rugs to logos: Several examples of one of decorative concrete’s most proven, versatile treatments.

By Kelly O'Brien
August 8, 2009
How to Keep Up in the Ever-Changing Polished Concrete Industry

Light reflecting on mirrored tiles.The polished concrete industry has seen growth, especially during the past three years, that is both encouraging and depressing. Whenever one has been part of an industry since its birth, he tends to be a little territorial. So, when change occurs, especially if it's not in one's own best interest, one often gets protective and possibly a little jaded. This doesn't have to happen.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
August 8, 2009
Hot-Temperature Effects on Sealing Concrete

Hot weather and sun blazingHeat is the universal catalyst. Apply heat and things tend to happen faster. Consider what happened the last time you accidentally grabbed a hot plate. I am sure your speed increased dramatically as you looked for a place to put the plate down. The same thing happens with sealers at the molecular level when the temperatures go up.

By Chris Sullivan
August 8, 2009
Considering the Liability of Building Green

Green concrete building.Have you considered the liability implications of building green? All construction projects have risks associated with meeting specifications and staying on schedule, but green construction throws in some twists that you should be aware of going in.

By William D. Palmer Jr.
August 8, 2009
Concrete Sealers On The Brain

A film-forming sealer that "turns white" could be the result of moisture trapped underneath or hard-water deposits on top of the sealer. Having an opportunity to see the sealing part of our business from a manufacturer's point of view is priceless. So when Doug Carlton sat down with Bert Adams of Glaze 'N Seal to ask him his point of view on sealing concrete, the results were better than he could have dreamed.

By Doug Carlton
August 8, 2009
Concrete Silicate Colorant That Can Withstand Mother Nature

ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.

Editors
August 8, 2009
Concrete Saws for the Job Site

Diamond Products now offers a new Core Cut CC150-EE early-entry walk-behind saw.An overview of the different concrete saws on the market and which might be the best fit for your job.

Editors
August 8, 2009
Making Unique Art Out of Leftover Concrete

Four concrete faces were made with leftover concrete after a shotcrete job.Benjamin Bobinac, a Phoenix, Ariz., foreman who has worked at Fisher Shotcrete Inc. for a dozen years, is one of those guys who messes around at the end of a job, shaping little statues - mostly heads, in his case - out of the leftover concrete.

Editors
August 8, 2009
Finding the Beauty in Simple Gray Concrete

Simple gray concrete in a hall at the University of Oregon adds to the design aesthetic of the space.There’s something about its weight. There’s something about its economy of purpose, its honesty, and sometimes, its beauty. There’s just something about natural gray concrete. And the longer I’ve been in the decorative concrete field, with options for coloring systems ever increasing, the more I’ve come to appreciate it.

By Mike Miller
August 6, 2009
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