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2009 Concrete Countertop Design Competition Award Winners

An indoor/outdoor concrete countertop.Take a closer look a the winning designs of the 2009 Concrete Counterop Design Competiton.

A big thank you to our sponsors, Preitech, Concrete Countertop Institute, Cimarron and Alpha Professional Tools.

Editors
Sep 2, 2009
Concrete Industry Offers Lucrative Career Path for Women

Concrete industry offers lucrative career path for womenWomen CEOs of concrete companies are smashing glass ceilings and bucking trends that have emerged for women in other nontraditional occupations. While women CEOs only comprise 2 percent in the basic and infrastructure sectors according to World Economic Forum and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Sefla Fuhrman, Ph.D.
Sep 15, 2017
For Bomanite Personal Relationships are Part of the Plan

Dan Sieben, Mike Bernath, Brad Bowman and John Wilcox pose at a social dinner in the late '80s.A good marketing strategy was only part of the overall picture. Just as crucial to Bomanite’s long-term franchising game plan was the networking — the sharing of expertise and innovations among the highly diverse and widely dispersed franchisees.

Editors
Jan 9, 2016
A Concrete Contractor Who Has Taught the Basics of Concrete Around the World

A concrete highway wall just outside of Cairo. This was the contractor's first concrete staining job (with instructions from Archambault over the phone).From Cairo to Seoul, this contractor has taught the basics of concrete around the world. Michael Archambault was more than a casual contender. Back in the '70s, before he was 25 years old, the sassy lad who grew up in San Diego had Houston by its concrete tail. He not only owned a Patterned Concrete Industries franchise but eventually bought out the mother company and served as president.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 16, 2003
Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to Lumber

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to LumberAs a child, who wasn’t thrilled to see the wood forms come out indicating a new sidewalk, driveway or even basement was about to be poured? Today, we know concrete can do so much more, and certainly the forms that helped shape it have changed, too.

K. Schipper
Dec 15, 2017
How to Get Your Decorative Concrete Projects Noticed by Editors

Trade-magazine editors are always looking for great projects to cover and they love to hear from contractors who have a story -- and great photos -- to share.Trade-magazine editors are always looking for great projects to cover and they love to hear from contractors who have a story — and great photos — to share.

Kari Moosmann
Sep 6, 2016
Six Ways to Make Sure More People Find Your Website

Remember the days when you could simply name your company Remember the days when you could simply name your company “AAA Concrete” to ensure your business would appear first in the local directory? Those days are behind us. We now live in an era when “Google” is a verb.

Karen Keyes
Jul 7, 2013
Five Pieces of Advice on Working with Retailers and Decorative Concrete

Five hands holding up one two three four five fingersIn recent years the decorative concrete and coatings market has made its way over to the retail market. Retailers have unique needs that they have to address, and decorative concrete and coatings are becoming a more and more popular method for filling those needs.

Brandon Carpenter
Aug 12, 2008
Tip: Using Concrete Sealers to Create Color Effects

Solvent based concrete sealers darken the color of concrete. Water flowing stained concrete floor used as guidance for visitors.On a project where different colors are desired, a simple solution is to use a solvent sealer in the darker field and a water-based sealer or a stand-alone wax (for interior projects) in the lighter field.

Shellie Rigsby
Feb 2, 2004
Arcus Contoured Masonry Blade from Arcus Inc.

Masonry blade for cutting concrete

It occurred to the owner of Arcus that there must be an easier way to make contoured cuts than with a router. A few hours later, she was rolling a rimless, contoured salad plate on its edge, watching as it traced a perfectly smooth, contoured path. Thus, the Arcus Contoured Blade was born.

Editors
Feb 13, 2008
Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Matt Robinson
Feb 13, 2008
Creating the Look of Stones with Concrete on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor MagazineLast year, a homeowner in Augusta, New Jersey, went into a masons’ supply store looking for a fix for his pool deck. The pavers installed 15 years ago had settled. The deck wasn’t draining properly, and his homeowner’s insurance company had identified the paver portion of the pool deck as a hazard.

Gail Elber
Feb 1, 2015
Understanding Water in Regards to Concrete Countertops

Water droplets on a black and gray background.There are some important, key factors that can help you be more successful with your concrete countertops. Here I will discuss a fundamental ingredient: water. We’ve all worked with concrete and water, but working with a material isn’t the same as knowing how it works.

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 7, 2011
Getting Into Green Building: Trends, Ideas and Challenges

Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, green Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, “green” building materials and methods will be the most significant driver in construction growth for the next five years and in the foreseeable future.

Sherry A. Boyd
Jun 5, 2012
When Downtime Must Be Minimal, Polyaspartics are Paramount to the Job

When fire stations are upgraded, contractors must complete improvements while minimally disrupting operations and firefighters' access to equipment. Oftentimes, the return-to-service window of products used is paramount to completing this task, especially when coating and sealing concrete apparatus bays.When fire stations are upgraded, contractors must complete improvements while minimally disrupting operations and firefighters’ access to equipment. Oftentimes, the return-to-service window of products used is paramount to completing this task, especially when coating and sealing concrete apparatus bays.

Erik Pisor
Oct 16, 2016
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