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Vol. 7 No. 5 - August 2007

Tips to Prepping Heavily Pitted Ceramic Tile Prior to Decorative Concrete Application

Ceramic tile was prepped using bonding primer to better receive the decorative concrete treatment.If you think that converting 22,000 square feet of flooring from heavily pitted ceramic tile to sleek, glossy, stylish concrete isn’t hard enough, try completing your mission in a “live” supermarket. Take on the added challenge of racing the clock in the middle of the night to get one section completed before the daily load of feet and shopping-cart wheels travels over its still-unfinished and barely dry surface.

August 9, 2007
Quick Draw Design & Layout Tool for Concrete

Using the quick draw design tool for creating decorative concrete design.Artists can use Quick Draw to create large and highly detailed designs comfortably from a standing position. For detailed drawing, the chalk-holder piece of the assembly, called simply Quick Draw, can be removed and used alone.

August 1, 2007
ASTM Looks Out for Workers' Health Regarding Acid Etching Concrete

ASTM Logo - helping our world work betterASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world — a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and services. Standards developed at ASTM are the work of more than 30,000 ASTM members.

By Tamryn Doolan
August 2, 2007
Understanding the Unique Properties of Hardeners and Densifiers

Concrete floor colored with multiple colors.Sometimes terminology can be confusing. Take the case of chemical hardeners and densifiers.; these words have somewhat unusual meanings within the realm of concrete.

This article outlines the different properties and meanings of both.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 12, 2007
Diving Into Decorative Concrete Commercial Projects

Integrally colored concrete in a commercial parking lot.Thousands of contractors use decorative concrete in commercial projects because it is attractive, durable, affordable and easy to maintain. This article is about the explosion in commercial decorative work and how it may benefit your company

By Doug Carlton
August 2, 2007
Decorative Contractors and LEED Standards: Why You Should Take Notice

Green building website screenshotGreen building has been making a lot of headlines lately — it seems as if you can’t turn on the TV, read a magazine or attend a conference without hearing about it. You have probably heard the buzz about LEED and wondered how this building rating system applies to you. Green building is the next step for the decorative contractor industry, and LEED will help you and your business take that step

By Ashley Katz
August 1, 2007
Floating Color-Hardened Concrete

Tossing red color hardener onto a slab of concrete.There's more to color hardener than color. The material inspires a chemical reaction, and it works best when worked in with a float. Timing is essential, and so are the right tools.

By Loretta Hall
August 11, 2007
Retaining Walls: Evolving From Drab to Fab

Upclose view of the retaining wall detailsThe purpose of the retaining wall remains unchanged — to hold back dirt — but decorative concrete offers a solution to improve the appearance of retaining walls.

By Rob Spiegel
August 10, 2007
The Importance of Bonding Primers on Concrete

Decorative concrete work done at a 22,000-square-foot Heinen's Supermarket in the Cleveland area. Bonding primers were used to help concrete adhere to ceramic tile.A primer on primers! Here's some information on pretreatments that will stick with you. So the use of bonding primers can serve two purposes when applied to concrete before topcoating, sealing the concrete surface and developing a bond line for a coating or topping to bond to the substrate.

By Dave Searls
August 8, 2007
Decorative Concrete Contractor Flourishing South of the Border

Stained concrete compass in the courtyard of an Arena MonterreyMexico's decorative concrete construction industy lags behind the decorative industry in the United States, but staining and other techniques for coloring concrete are helping this contractor flourish south of the border.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
August 7, 2007
Construction of the Concrete Waterfalls at the Wynn Las Vegas

Complementing all the glitter and glam are concrete creations that make heads turn. A 144-foot-tall mountain peaks above the resort's sprawling 192 acres.Complementing all the glitter and glam are concrete creations that make heads turn. A 144-foot-tall mountain peaks above the resort’s sprawling 192 acres.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 1, 2007