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Vol. 5 No. 6 - December 2005/January 2006

Tips on Brushed or Broomed Finishes for Concrete

Try out a broom finish technique for concrete in sand.Brushing or brooming a non-skid texture onto concrete is a standard finishing method. But with a little imagination, the right equipment and a skilled technique, a contractor can turn that finish into an inexpensive decoration that will please his client and boost his company’s reputation.

By Loretta Hall
December 10, 2005
Stenciling Existing Concrete

Stenciling floors or objects is a fun, rewarding artwork form with almost immediate gratification.A look at sandblasting, stenciled overlays and the new gelled-acid etching techniques.

By Amy Johnson
December 10, 2005
Slip Resistance Guide for Concrete Surfaces

Standards for slip resistance for concrete floors. Yellow sign with grey man slipping.Part of the problem has to do with standards for slip resistance: Who has guidelines and which ones do you use for decorative concrete? Then there is the testing aspect: Which testing methods are appropriate and reliable, and in what testing conditions?

By Susan Brimo-Cox
January 10, 2006
Cold Weather Stamping

Some people say don't stamp in cold weather but a few pro concrete contractors say different.We all know there are times when you just can’t get around stamping in cold weather. Here are some helpful hints.

By John Strieder
January 2, 2006
Opaque Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Floors

Roll out epoxy floor coatings in your garage adding a bit of fun with mica chips.Sometimes paint is simply the best choice for a concrete floor.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 6, 2006
How to Get the Look of Outdoor Tile on Vertical Concrete

Stamping concrete to look like tile in a swimming pool wallHow to get the look of outdoor tile on the vertical. It’s easier and faster to stamp tile on vertical walls than to prep and apply ceramic tiles.

By Stephanie Mohler
January 3, 2006
How to Justify the Price for Decorative Concrete

Quality concrete in a designer finish is worth the price.I wish I had 10 cents a square foot for every time I've been asked this question. And other questions such as: How much more does stamping cost compared to regular concrete? Are stained floors more than tile? I've realized over the years that all the above questions are legitimate and deserve an honest answer.

By Carlton's Corner
December 4, 2005
Broaden Your Knowledge with Concrete Techniques

Artistic concept of a faux rock mine shaft inside a mini market in Southern California.Having many techniques in your arsenal can bridge the difference between your client's vision and the reality of a project. Today's clients are more sophisticated. They expect more. Plain gray concrete is no longer good enough for them.

By Richard Smith
December 31, 2005
Consider a Pressure Washer for Concrete

Pressure washers are an excellent choice for the tool box to clean concrete efficiently.The pressure washer is one of the most useful and versatile tools available to the decorative concrete contractor. As with most tools of the trade, a pressure washer in the hands of a pro becomes a magic wand, while in the hands of a novice it can ruin your newly created surface.

By Andy Fulton
January 12, 2006
Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., A Family Business Since 1939

A Saleen car showroom with a metallic gun metal gray concrete floor coating.A head in the clouds is bad for business. Luckily, the Kolleck family does not have that problem. They have focused on floors for six decades, and their business, Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., is successful because of it.

By John Strieder
December 3, 2005
Decorative Applications for Pervious Concrete

A street curb backing up to pervious concrete in a brick red color.Pervious concrete, increasingly in demand for its environmental benefits, takes on color.

By Michael Chusid and Nick Paris
January 23, 2006
Colored Pervious Concrete Used in Award-Winning Park

Water dripping through pervious concrete sample.With the addition of color and increased attention to texture and detail, pervious concrete is now being specified for public parks, fine residences, and other hardscapes where appearance is as important to the environment as drainage.

By Michael Chusind
December 24, 2005
Manufacturer Profile: Architectural Concrete Looks and Feels Like Stone

The form itself does everything because the concrete fills in the cracks, and it flows very nicely.Arch-Crete's lightweight forming system gives the look and feel of real stone.

By Christina Camara
January 31, 2006
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.

By John Strieder
November 17, 2005
Climbing Walls Made of Concrete

RiverPlay, Skinner's Butte Park - stone column replicas standing next to a play structure in Eugene Oregon.Skinner Butte Park's 45-foot-tall basalt columns have attracted rock climbers for decades. So when the city of Eugene, Ore., decided to build Riverplay, an innovative playground in another area of the park, a replica of the columns, sized just for kids, was part of the plan.

January 13, 2006
Thermoplastic Rubber Floors, Pebble-Flex Surfacing System

Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.Pebble-Flex Synthetic Rubber Surfacing System. When it comes to putting a soft, springy surface on top of a craggy concrete floor, Pebble-Flex is where the rubber hits the road.

January 9, 2006
Sprayable Overlay Compound is Part of Stainable Concrete Veneer System

Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is a crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer.Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is the crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer system.

December 30, 2005
Four-Dimensional Stain Cube Stamp Pattern for Concrete

Four dimensional cube stamp for concrete.It sounds just a little bit like a pulp science fiction story: While packing up their warehouse to move, workers at a concrete stamp company discover a long-forgotten design for a concrete stamp that is three-dimensional.

December 19, 2006
Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

January 23, 2006
How to Color Concrete Sealer with Metallic Powder

Adding a concrete stain after a sealer has been applied will not affect the concrete. Removing a stencil after adding a concrete sealer.Adding a metallic color treatment to interior decorative concrete floors or cementitious overlays is a simple step and adds a very distinctive look with concrete stenciling applications.

December 1, 2005
Densifiers for Moisture Management: Letter to the Editor

Densified concrete that has been polished to a beautiful finish.Expanding on a few technical points in a previous article about concrete densifiers that require further clarification.

By Darryl Manuel
December 2, 2005
Keep Those Broom Bristles Straight!

How to keep broom bristles straight and why it is important for concrete. Image from 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.”

December 5, 2005
Coloring Techniques for Stenciled Concrete

Copper color used in a eastern medallion gives this circle pattern high shine.Stenciling and coloring go hand-in-hand to create works of art in concrete. Acid- or water-based stains are the most widely used — and most versatile — materials for coloring stenciled projects. Acid stains tend to produce muted, earthy colors, while water-based stains are available in brighter, more vibrant colors.

By Amy Johnson
December 15, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: Using Stencils

For detailed stencils used with etching or sandblasting over smaller design areas, the stencil can be placed in the center of the target area.Stenciled overlays are usually used for relatively large areas like driveways, pool decks, patios and pathways. So how do you place the stencil properly for the most natural-looking result?

By Amy Johnson
December 7, 2005
Shiny does not necessarily mean slippery concrete

Shiny floors that are not wet do not necessarily mean that they are slippery.At first glance, a shiny floor surface may seem to present slip-and-fall opportunity. In reality, a floor that has been ground, densified and polished can often provide a more slip-resistant floor than plain concrete.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
January 14, 2006
Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

By William C. Panarese
December 4, 2005
Concrete Forms and Form Liners for that Natural Look

Form liner textures from Symons enhance the appearance of concrete walls and columns. Hundreds of standard patterns, in four different materials, are available for specifi-cation to create appropriate and attractive architectural finishes.If you’re going to erect a long molded concrete wall, you’re going to be doing a lot of vertical pouring, and one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is with a decorative form liner.

January 25, 2006
Solvenator Premier Concrete Pump Sprayer

The new sprayer is a standard hand-pump model that Floric Polytech Inc. has retooled with fixtures and seals that stand up to solvents. This sprayer applies solvent-based materials and can be cleaned with solvents without damaging a single part.The problem: How to spray sealers and other solventbased liquids onto concrete as if they were paint. The solution: The Solvenator Premier Concrete Sprayer.

January 24, 2006