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Vol. 5 No. 2 - April/May 2005

Adding Design to Your Concrete Projects

Contrary to what you may think, the best concrete designs do not shout look at meNow that you’ve learned how to stamp and stain, it’s time to give some serious thought to the design of your projects.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 1, 2005
Layering Color with Acid Stains on Concrete

Rule of thumb that says lighter acid stain colors first, darker colors on top. If you do it the other way around, chances are the darker color will swallow up the lighter one.There are as many techniques for layering stains as there are concrete artisans. Here are tips from some of the best in the trade.

May 11, 2005
Preventative Concrete Coatings Contractors Can Use to Avoid Graffiti

If graffiti will be a common threat to a decorative wall, a special anti-graffiti sealer will protect the work, both from spray paint and from the removers that dissolve it.Protective coatings may not deter graffiti artists, but they’ll make cleanup a lot easier.

By John Strieder
May 4, 2005
Getting Started in the Business of Decorative Concrete Curbing

The most popular curb style among homeowners is the mower edge.The market for residential curbing is growing by leaps and bounds. It can be a profitable niche for a concrete contractor.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
May 5, 2005
How You Can Grow Your Concrete Business Beyond Your Local Area

Muted yellow stained concrete overlay in a long hallway with a black swirl design prominently down the center.Veteran contractor Rick Smith shares his expertise on how you can grow your business beyond your local area.

By Richard Smith
May 6, 2005
Concrete Training Seminar in North Yorkshire

Students learning decorative concrete at a training center in the UK.Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen reports on a training seminar in North Yorkshire

By Bent Mikkelsen
May 7, 2005
A Look at Chris Becker of Becker Architectural Concrete

Concrete contractors screeding a cast concrete table that is shaped like a surfboard.Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.

By Amy B. Johnson
April 28, 2005
What Makes Symons a Leader in the Industry?

To upgrade plain, damaged or stained concrete, Symons offers its Spray-Rite system, a polymermodified cement system that provides a thinset surface in a variety of colors and pattern templates.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Symons a leader in the industry.

By Mike Dawson
May 7, 2005
Concrete Contractor Delivers Through Harsh Weather Conditions

Extruded polystyrene tubing was placed in this roof top plaza surrounding the radiant heating tubes.Through snow, rain sleet and hail, this Cleveland contractor still delivered.

By David Thompson
April 10, 2005
The Concrete Countertop Institute is Focused on Education

One of Concrete Countertop Institutes' first classes on concrete countertop fabrication.The Concrete Countertop Institute (CCI) offers comprehensive education and resources for all aspects of concrete countertops. The Institute has recently added classes on creating cast-in-place countertops, marketing and selling countertops, and advanced sink fabrication.

May 8, 2005
Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

May 10, 2005
Bon Tool Concrete Countertop Edge Forms offer Natural Look

A unique and natural looking edge for for concrete countertops.If you’re looking to give your concrete countertop a natural edge, look no further than two new texture edge forms from Bon Tool Co. The forms, one stone and one seashell, were introduced in January. Both give a unique, natural-looking texture to the side of a bathroom or kitchen countertop.

May 9, 2005
Four Easy Tips for Sealing Decorative Concrete

Delaminating sealer on a stamped concrete surface can be fixed.Decorative sealers are designed to provide a wide range of benefits. The top two are always protection and color enhancement. Safety, appearance, and performance (SAP) should be considered when determining what decorative sealer system to use.

By Chris Sullivan
April 4, 2005
Colorful Advice for Your Next Concrete Project

He bought some salmon, sliced them in half and laid them in freshly poured concrete, even going so far as to arrange some of the fish so that they looked like they were swimming up the stairs.“Never hand a customer a color chart,” cautions Lee Levig, owner of Concrete Works in the San Francisco area. It not only may overwhelm them with choices but it may take away an advantage you may be unaware of.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 2, 2005
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Concrete Pours

Large scaled eagle engraved and colored in concrete.Engrave-A-Crete, which manufactures tools and templates to engrave concrete, has come up with a state-of-the-art solution to help contractors help clients envision designs for their decorative concrete projects.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 3, 2005
Concrete Contractors and Artists Inspire

Jones often tries to imitate the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), a Russian-born artist and accomplished musician who many refer to as the father of abstract art.When trying to come up with designs, “Don’t be afraid to look at artwork and transfer that design onto a floor,” suggests Gary Jones of Colormaker Floors. “It can be part of a picture, as little as one square inch.”

May 4, 2005
How to Select Brushes and Brooms for the Ideal Concrete Finish

Contractors prize the aggressive texturing of a stiffer brush when slip resistance is more important than appearance, such as on a ramp. The stiffer the bristle, the rougher the surface, says Steve Cook, sales and marketing manager for Kraft Tool Co.Concrete contracting doesn’t usually lend itself to sweeping generalizations, but here’s a good one: If a contractor wants to give a curing concrete slab more slip resistance, the easiest, simplest solution is to drag a broom across it.

By John Strieder
May 5, 2005
Protecting your Concrete Finishing Brush or Broom

The shallow, grooved texture left on the surface by a concrete broom or brush will help keep shoes and tires from slipping or skidding on a wet or icy concrete slab.A concrete finishing broom is an artist’s tool, and like any important tool, it needs to be treated with care.

By John Strieder
May 6, 2005