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Vol. 9 No. 3 - May 2009

A Concrete Company that Values Skilled, Hard-working, Quality-minded Individuals

Fun city plaza featuring hundreds of street lights in one block.This ambitious outfit maintains two locations to serve the decorative concrete needs of greater Los Angeles.

By David Searls
May 28, 2009
Freeman Justice Center Historical Mural

Arizona Polymer Flooring's two-component Polyurethane 250 as a primer.Even a tropical storm couldn’t stop these master craftsmen from lending their artistic touch to the entryway of a new courthouse.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 11, 2009
Exposed Aggregate Faux Paver Effect on Concrete Recipes

This simple textured look is very versatile and easily achieved with just a few ingredients. Exposed Aggregate Faux Paver EffectTempt the eye with a whole new batch of concrete color makers’ favorite designs and effects.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 11, 2009
What to Do When Decorative Concrete Cracks

There is at least one thing all concrete installers agree on: Concrete cracks. They differ, however, on how to approach repairing those cracks.Grout it, fill it or design around it? In decorative concrete, every crack presents a contractor with a unique set of problems.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
May 7, 2009
Acid Stain Alternatives for Concrete

Colors of all three stains can be mixed with other colors before application. You can also layer colors one at a time, depending on the look you're going for.Three more ways to get the look of acid stain without the hassle.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 8, 2009
Cutting-Edge Concrete Densifiers

Densifying concrete can improve color as well as performance. These innovative materials will help you firm up your surface.Densifying concrete can improve color as well as performance. These innovative materials will help you firm up your surface.

By Amy Johnson
May 9, 2009
Green building - Hype or Hope?

Green building through the use of concrete is playing a major role in the way many modern-day projects fit together.I'm not exactly the poster boy for the LEED program, as you can guess. However, with so much chatter about "sustainable sites" and "Energy Star scores" these days, I was kind of thinking it might be a good time to clear the air.

By Doug Carlton
May 12, 2009
Polished Concrete Gloss Testing: Think it Over Before You Commit

portable gloss meters Polished concrete - how does one quantify it? Well, one direction that some installers, equipment makers and chemical densifier manufacturers have taken is to include gloss testing in their specifications. When used correctly, as an objective tool, gloss testing can help installers provide quantifiable evidence of their work.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
May 13, 2009
Trends and Problems in a Weak Decorative Concrete Economy

The number of questions dealing with low cost and easy ways to turn a gray slab into something decorative has increased significantly over the last few months.Today's trend has less to do with any certain product and more to do with a weak economy and saving money. Just like people are finding ways to make their cars go another year to save money, so too are they are looking for ways to make their existing concrete work another year.

By Chris Sullivan
May 21, 2009
Greening Your Decorative Concrete Business

One way to demonstrate your commitment, and incidentally, to cut some expenses, is to green up your own internal operations by looking at your office procedures, transportation practices and on-site operations.Concrete contractors often tell me that they don't have any input in the green aspects of the jobs they work on. By the time the concrete sub is hired, those decisions have been made, so what's the use of even bothering?

By William D. Palmer Jr.
May 1, 2009
This Concrete Stamp is No Cookie Cutter

The result was rough but really interesting, and never quite consistent or predictable. Just what we were looking for! The surface was subsequently tamed by a light diamond grind, and stained and polished.Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars on Parisian cobblestone stamps? A flight to Paris and a hotel for the weekend, for both concrete contractor and client to share mutual experiences and gather ideas, would’ve been cheaper and the real deal!

By Mike Miller
May 7, 2009
Decorative Concrete Calls for Innovative Safety Management

TB Penick construction workers placing an American Flag made of Terrazzo on a slanted concrete surface.Decorative concrete is a highly specialized form of construction. The product itself is unique, the tools, materials and construction methodologies employed are specialized, and the people who produce construction art are creative, dedicated artisans.

By Peter Lupo
May 30, 2009
Tradical Hemcrete from American Lime Technology

The material is 100 percent recyclable -- if a Tradical Hemcrete building is torn down, the demolished walls could be spread on fields as fertilizer.By combining a lime-based binder with a treated hemp shiv, the Tradical Hemcrete mixture provides an extremely sustainable, carbon-negative alternative.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 21, 2009
Trends in Concrete Curbing Equipment

The best concrete curbing machines on the market. Easy way to create concrete curbs.Keeping up with the newest trends in the concrete curbing market. Take a look at four awesome concrete curbing machines.

May 10, 2009
Giving Back to Veterans One Concrete Table at a Time

After serving in Vietnam during 1967 and 1968, Rick Ogden lost contact with nearly all of his fellow soldiers.“It’s nice … to reacquaint with and meet guys I didn’t know that had an equal or similar experience,” he says. “It has been a soul-fulfilling deal for me. In taking these tables to these very real combat heroes."

May 13, 2009
Elegant Glossy Concrete Floor Finish

two-toned color scheme on a concrete floorThis elegant color combination is the way to go for a simple design that calls for a two-toned color scheme.

By Kelly O'Brien
March 22, 2018
Swordfish Stampable Overlay Design Recipe

Swordfish image stamped and colored into a concrete overlay.This top-to-bottom (well, really bottom-to-top) overlay recipe is great for putting down a distinctive design, such as this swordfish.

March 22, 2018
One-of-a-kind Stained & Resurfaced Floor Treatment

H&C Semi-Transparent Decorative Stains (Meadow Green, Obsidian, Pumpkin Spice)Perfect for a one-of-a-kind finish, this floor treatment gives you lots of room to get creative with your colors.

March 22, 2018
Colored Concrete Sealer with a Reflective Shine

Elite Crete Reflector Enhancer added to clear concrete sealer.This incredibly simple staining application lends a distinct reflective sparkle to any floor.

May 6, 2009
Tile Finish for Resurfaced Concrete Floors

Mix small amounts of the Terra Cotta Color Hardener with water. (The amount of the color hardener you use will depend on the shade of the color you desire.)For your next resurfacing project, try this crisp, clean tile design

May 8, 2009
Vineyard-inspired Color Combination for Vertical Concrete

How to make concrete rocks look like a California Vineyard.Give your next faux-stone wall vertical project the look of a Spanish vineyard with this effect from Flex-C-Ment.

May 4, 2009
Crackerjack Design Ideas

Miller incorporates cracks into the decorative scheme of a concrete piece. He will grout a crack to expand it or fill the crack with bronze or brass powder.To quote Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack in everything … that’s how the light gets in.”

March 22, 2018