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Vol. 5 No. 5 - October/November 2005

Aggregate Choices Can Add Dimension to Concrete Work

Aggregate added to concrete mix can add a designer element that normal pea gravel cannot..Naturally colored aggregate, varying dramatically from region to region, can add unusual dimension to your decorative concrete work.

By Christina Camara
November 2, 2005
Elegant Fireplace Surrounds - Concrete takes its place at the heart of the home

Interior decorative concrete is all the rage for countertops, floors and bathtubs, but nowhere does it pack more design punch than in fireplace surrounds and hearths.Winter’s on its way! It’s time to think about adding hearths and fireplace surrounds to your decorative concrete offerings

By Amy Johnson
November 3, 2005
Polyurea Floor Coatings: Quick, Tough and Beautiful

Motorcycle sits upon a polyurea coated floor in a showroom.Tough, quick to set, and low in solvents, polyureas require only one coat and get the job done fast.

By Loretta Hall
November 5, 2005
Cracking the Case of Cracks in Overlays and Toppings

Ideas for how to repair cracking overlays that are replicating the cracks from the concrete below.Ideas for what to do — or not to do — with cracks in overlays.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
October 10, 2005
ASCC Workshop and Demos Emphasize Preventing, Correcting Problems

A Demo slab of concrete was used to show how retarders with different levels of etching capability were applied over a stencil to a single slab to expose aggregate at different rates. The retarder also makes the stencil easier to remove without damaging the edges of the design,even when it is left on for days.The annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, held in Denver in September, was a showplace of what can go wrong — by design.

By Amy Johnson
November 12, 2005
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is LEED certified due to many of its environmental benefits.Although LEED credits aren’t yet available for polished concrete, it’s “green” as can be.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
November 23, 2005
Eugene, Oregon's own Concrete Craftsmen, Water Brothers Construction Inc.

Cast in place countertop where a fossilized shells were tapped into the surface by Water Bros. Concrete out of Eugene Oregon.Installing foundations keeps this company grounded. Decorative concrete allows it to soar.

By John Strieder
November 1, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertops

Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertopsWhen blueprinting the process of forming cast-on-site counters, an important detail that's overlooked, is using the right material for the job.

By John Kipp
October 31, 2005
Why Add Accelerating Admixtures to Concrete

Concrete contractor on top of a concrete truck adding accelerator admixture to concrete batch.A primer on accelerators and their use in decorative concrete. Accelerators are one of the most popular kinds of chemical admixtures. Like water reducers, retarders and plasticizers, when added to a concrete batch either immediately before or during mixing.

By John Strieder
November 9, 2005
Architects Use Kemiko Concrete Products

Elegant indoor swimming pool deck in a rich brown Kemiko concrete stain color invites.Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
November 16, 2005
Lafarge's decorative concrete products grace a new home in British Columbia

Two men with yellow bucket mixing concrete using a product from Lafarge.Tim Higginson is not just a decorative concrete sales manager, he's also an enthusiast incorporating many concrete design features both inside and outside of his home.

By John Strieder
November 10, 2005
Concrete Table by Architect Bjorn Ollner

s.Architect Bjorn Ollner created this navy blue outlined concrete table with the help of Gary JoneArchitect Bjorn Ollner met Gary Jones while they were both working on a pirate museum in the Bahamas (and if you know Gary, that doesn't seem like an odd place to find him). Ollner started his career in Sweden designing free-form concrete houses.

November 20, 2005
Plastic Replacement Blades for Power Trowels

Using plastic power trowel blades removes the risk of leaving steel marks on a concrete slab.Wagman plastic blades leave a hard, polished finish up to the standards of steel, but without the dark burnish marks that tend to show up when steel spins against concrete.

November 7, 2005
Fast Self-leveling Concrete Crack Repair Product

Two part repair product for cracks in a concrete slab.DP-600 Concrete Repair products from 3M offer a fast way for concrete repair people to get their fill.

November 8, 2005
Tinted Polyurea Coating Perks Up a Drab Floor

Polyurea coating was used in this office space to disguise the unsightly concrete below.West End Commons is a new 91-unit loft development in Oakland, Calif. The two- and three-story townhouses have office space on the ground floor, with living space in the upper levels. Pettigrew’s company, Diamond D Concrete, won the subcontract to clean and clear-coat 40,000 square feet of concrete slab floors.

By Loretta Hall
November 4, 2005
Repair Concrete Cracks in the Substrate to Avoid Cracks in your Overlay

Before attempting to cover concrete with any type of product you must repair the cracks in the surface or they will show through.Most cracks in a substrate will telegraph through overlays if not prepared properly, so spend the extra time and dollars to prep the area correctly. If you repair problem areas prior to installing an overlay you will minimize the chances of cracks in your overlay.

By Brian Vicari
November 5, 2005
Tips and Hints from the Concrete Pros

A well trained dog holding a ball on his nose. a small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.A small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.

November 10, 2005