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How did David Jack Corp. produce 480 countertops in just six weeks?

Piles of concrete countertops made for a client who had a short time frame for the order.Burbank, Calif., contractor David Jack Corp. specializes in countertops. So when Los Angeles-based Reform Furniture hired the firm to cast a group of workstation tops for a client back East, it was business as usual -- with one exception.

John Strieder
Nov 17, 2005
ASCC's Decorative Concrete Council Names Winners of 2015 Competition

Award Winning Decorative Concrete The winners of the seventh annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council were recognized in February 2015 during a ceremony at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. DCC is a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.

Editors
Apr 5, 2015
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Coloring Tips

A spider web pattern was engraved and stained on the floor of this bar space in the Nashville Dinner Theater.Tips and techniques for a successfully adding color to concrete.

Editors
Oct 16, 2001
How Joining Forces with Other Construction Companies Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Boosting your bottom lineYou basically have two ways to make more money in decorative concrete — you can increase sales or reduce the cost of doing business. Businesses in times like these have a tendency to become paralyzed when becoming proactive would be the best option. One good way to become proactive is to consider a team approach.

Doug Carlton
Apr 9, 2011
Harnessing the Advantages of Your Small Company

A set of binoculars rests on a ledge at sunset.A leader with a vision and a visionary leader are not the same. It is not enough to simply have a vision and convey the vision to a group of people. You must be emotionally intelligent to understand how to emotionally convey a vision.

Small companiess are better equipped to be successful in this way and its time to harness it.

John R. Abrahamson
Jun 19, 2008
Volunteers Honor Veterans at Monument in Colorado

The Veterans Memorial project entailed about 2,000 square feet of flatwork featuring two different finishesHundreds of people showed up to witness the dedication of the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch in Ken Caryl, Colorado, which was officially presented to the community just in time for Veterans Day 2015.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 2, 2016
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.

Christina Camara
Nov 16, 2008
The Many Advantages of Superplasticizers

Superplasticizers can be a godsend when working with concrete. Here is a list of the many advantages to using them in your concrete work.Superplasticizers can be a godsend when working with concrete. Here is a list of the many advantages to using them in your concrete work.

Editors
Oct 10, 2004
Virtual Ice Rink Created With Concrete Overlay

The floor of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame was transformed using epoxies into a virtual ice rink.Happenstance led Tyson Long, president of Calgary-based Hardscapes Inc., to the new location of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame museum in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, where he used white and clear epoxy coatings to transform the floor of the museum’s ice-hockey exhibit room into a virtual ice rink.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Contractor Creates Eye-Catching Floors With Glow Aggregate

lizard print on grey concrete floorWhat started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.

Jennifer Byrnes
Sep 8, 2016
Hospital Solves Water Issues with Concrete Waterproofing Products

The plan of the addition at this hospital.Challenges arose at the Hawkesbury District & General Hospital when additions were planned. Below ground level was a substrate composed of solid rock with gravel on top. That meant there was no place for accumulated ground water to go, except maybe to seep through the concrete into the building and damage everything that got in its way.

Editors
Oct 4, 2016
Standing Out on the Vegas Strip

Gelcoat application on a reflection pool in Las Vegas New York New York Casino A new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof, protective coatings.

Editors
Apr 29, 2016
The Difference Between Sealing and Resealing Decorative Concrete

Chemical resistant broom - Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete's surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride. Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete’s surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride.

Doug Carlton
Jan 8, 2014
Keep Those Broom Bristles Straight!

How to keep broom bristles straight and why it is important for concrete. Image from www.webstaurantstore.com.No matter how good your technique is, you won’t get an attractive, consistent pattern if your brush or broom has bent bristles. Here are some ways to avoid —or fix — the “bends.”

Editors
Dec 5, 2005
Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 26, 2011
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