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Vol. 19 No. 1 - January 2019

Hand Brush Details on Concrete Borders

Rick Lobdell applies acid stain with chip brushOver the last couple of years, I’ve written articles on how I use math to break down design layout and my views of color theory. This time, I’m going to share one of the little details that help my projects look amazing — how to properly use a brush.

By Rick Lobdell
January 9, 2019
Campout Centers on Concrete Boat Building

group boating on a concrete boat created at the Mendo MiniAbout 20 people gathered together Sept. 27-30 in Manchester, California, a town about three hours north of San Francisco, for the third annual Mendo Mini Campout and Boat Build.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 9, 2019
Polishing Contractors Should Address Pour-Backs, Trenches and Cutouts

Measuring moisture on a polished slab.For both new construction and remodel projects, polishing contractors face similar issues when trying to get concrete not poured at the same time to aesthetically match. This is a major problem in the world of construction.

By David Stephenson
January 15, 2019
Should You Seal Concrete Now or Hold Off for Warmer Days?

This sealer failure was caused by condensed moisture in a low spotIn my experience, sealer issues caused by cold weather don’t occur in the northern “cold climates” but rather in the more temperate or “shoulder” regions that have transition seasons. They also tend to happen in warm climates that may experience cold weather for only brief periods of time.

By Chris Sullivan
January 9, 2019
Shipping and Receiving Ramp Gets Concrete Makeover

Shipping and receiving ramp with a fresh lookAs part of the Aagen Group’s renovation of its facilities in Houston, the Business Flooring Specialists refurbished the company’s shipping and receiving ramp. The ramp was showing wear and tear and also needed its traction improved — especially when it was wet.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 9, 2019
The Art, Science and Strategy of Concrete Color Restoration

Lap pool that has a restored concrete pool deck.Stained, integrally colored or other decorative concrete treatments will eventually need a freshening up if not a total do-over.

By Joe Maty
January 18, 2019
Using the Right Sealer for Your Climate

Sealed concrete driveway by Stephens ConcreteFor years, Tyler Stephens, owner of Stephens Concrete Sealing in Indianapolis, used to use your typical film-forming sealer on his outdoor concrete projects. “It left a little sheen behind and had nice curb appeal, but it didn’t bead water the way penetrating sealers do,” he says.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 17, 2019
Water-beading Characteristics Add to Penetrating Seals' Appeal

Water beading on a concrete surface.Across the country, there’s a trend afoot when it comes to what people are seeking for their outdoor projects. “They want a natural look that delivers penetrating protection,” says Chris Sullivan, decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and the vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Inc. based in Houston, Texas.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
January 23, 2019
Be Careful When Using 100 Percent Solids Urethane on Metallic Floors

Blue metallics on concrete patioWhen installing a metallic epoxy system, urethane can be detrimental to a project’s outcome or a welcome addition to its success.

By Jon Kopp
January 22, 2019
For Best Results, Plan Ahead for Concrete Joint Placement

Using control joints as design.Joints — both construction and control — are parts of almost every concrete project. Whether the job is a stained patio or a stamped sidewalk, good planning and a little extra care can help create a finished surface that’s both attractive and properly jointed.

By K. Schipper
January 21, 2019
Well-placed Joints in Concrete Help Channel Cracking

When it comes to concrete -- as with so many other things in life -- people tend to judge a book by its cover.When it comes to concrete — as with so many other things in life — people tend to judge a book by its cover. There’s nothing like a giant crack or a crumbling corner in a recent concrete placement to make an unhappy customer.

By K. Schipper
January 20, 2019
Mobile Mixers Give Decorative Concrete Contractors More Control

een here are samples of concrete with a portland cement content that have been color loaded in the mobile mixer. Mobile mixers, sometimes called volumetric mixers or metered concrete, offer a variety of benefits to decorative concrete contractors, including only paying for what is used, eliminating hot loads, readily allowing mix design changes on-site, labor savings, admixture additions and color batching.

By Todd Rose
January 19, 2019
Concrete Entrepreneur Founds Three Businesses

woodplank concrete overlay floorsA decade after he entered the concrete industry as an installer, Keefe Duhon is owner/president of three separate and successful companies based in New Iberia, Louisiana.

By Chris Mayo
January 16, 2019
To Succeed in Decorative Concrete: Be Your Best

Stenciled concrete on an exposed aggregateTo be your best doesn’t mean you have to always do the most difficult concrete projects. It simply means you do your best work on every concrete project.

By Greg Iannone
January 15, 2019
Concrete Decor LIVE! Wows Canadian neighbors

Concrete Decor LIVE! debuts in Canada.Following the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Concrete Decor magazine received a call from management at The Buildings Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, asking if it would be interested in hosting an event like Decorative Concrete LIVE! in Toronto inside the show’s World of Concrete pavilion.

January 14, 2019