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Vol. 19 No. 7 - October 2019

How Does Moisture Move Through Concrete?

Understanding how moisture moves through concrete is critical to successful flooring.Understanding how moisture moves through concrete is critical to successful flooring. It helps you reduce the risk for future moisture-related flooring failure during installation. It also helps you identify and assess the cause of moisture-related issues that have already occurred.

By Jason Spangler
October 30, 2019
Consider Clean-and-seal as an Alternative Finish for Interior Concrete Floors

When someone calls us for a quote about sealing their concrete, it's usually a driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck.When someone calls us for a quote about sealing their concrete, it’s usually a driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck. Sealing exterior concrete surfaces that get exposed to Mother Nature 24/7/365 with her summer heat and winter snow and ice makes sense to customers and contractors alike.

By Tyler Stephens
October 29, 2019
Build a Stone-veneer Monument Mailbox in 5 Easy Steps

Build a Stone-veneer Monument Mailbox in 5 Easy StepsAs clients look to increase their home’s curb appeal, they often overlook transforming the mundane mailbox. Considering a home’s curb appeal encompasses everything from the sidewalk to the front door, a monument mailbox can quickly and easily make a big impact in improving a home’s first impression. Here’s what you need to create a monument mailbox and how to do it:

By Cory Olson
October 28, 2019
F-rated Floors Repaired to Achieve A+ Status

 Texas-based VLK Architects is no stranger to being recognized for its outstanding accomplishments when it comes to designing public schools such as the monumental and expressive Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center.Texas-based VLK Architects is no stranger to being recognized for its outstanding accomplishments when it comes to designing public schools such as the monumental and expressive Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 27, 2019
New Concrete Floors Emulate Old World Beauty

When it came to installing floors at his new decorative concrete training facility, concrete guru Bob Harris chose to emulate the old ways of Venetian artists.When it came to installing floors at his new decorative concrete training facility, concrete guru Bob Harris chose to emulate the old ways of Venetian artists.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 26, 2019
Pros and Cons of Commercial vs. Residential Concrete Construction

Weighing the pros and cons of residential vs commercial jobsAbout a week after having my fourth child, I received several kind comments and gestures from people across our industry. But two in particular stuck out. The first involved a residential client and the second was from a commercial general contractor. The interactions made me ponder the pros and cons of residential construction versus commercial.

By Karen Keyes
October 25, 2019
Magnetic Stamps are Big Draw to Concrete Installers

Magnetic stamps by Proline.Imagine you own a company that supplies concrete contractors with the tools for their trade. You offer a product that has been the industry standard for decades and is essential to most contractors in your industry. Your company sells a lot of them and they are a good source of income. Your company is a recognized industry leader as a provider of the product.

By Chris Mayo
October 22, 2019
Consider an Overlayment's Tensile and Flexural Strength

Compressive strength -- the ability of a material to withstand being compressed or pushed together -- is often used to determine mortar and concrete's quality.Compressive strength — the ability of a material to withstand being compressed or pushed together — is often used to determine mortar and concrete’s quality. This makes sense for floors and overlayments as the primary forces applied to them are downward, compressive loads from traffic, equipment or anything affected by the force of gravity.

By Matt Sambol
October 21, 2019
Concrete Decor Show: I'll be there ... will you?

Chris Sullivan meets with buyers at the Concrete Decor Show. Is there value in having a dedicated trade show for the decorative concrete industry? The short answer is yes. There’s tremendous value in having an industry-focused show. While there are decorative-devoted pavilions at other shows, they are just that — areas within other events.

By Chris Sullivan
October 22, 2019
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