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Vol. 6 No. 5 - October/November 2006

Water Drainage Options for Decorative Concrete

Metal grates can be made from galvanized steel, stainless steel, iron or brass. Because of this, and because of the wide range of material and load class ratings, metal grates vary widely in cost.Tips on choosing the right type of drain system — and for ensuring that it doesn't ruin the look of your decorative concrete project.

By John Strieder
October 19, 2006
How to Place Concrete in Cold Climates

Despite customer concerns, decorative concrete contractors in the northern U.S. and in Canada are proving time and time again that decorative concrete can weather these extremes very nicely. Got cold feet about offering decorative work in wintry climates? It's being done with great success!

By Susan Brimo-Cox
October 21, 2006
A Home Built of Concrete

All concrete home sits surrounded by stamped and textured concrete.They say a man's home is his castle, and with a concrete home, it's true. Quiet and energy-efficient, these durable fortresses are increasingly popular.

By Rachel Zwerneman and Wendy Ardolino
October 28, 2006
Decorative Concrete: Why We Do It

River rock base on outdoor bbq with a concrete countertopSometimes a decorative concrete application is way more than just a job.

By Doug Carlton
October 15, 2006
Reaching your Business Goals

As a business leader, your primary objective is to see through the fog and identify where you want your company to go. I like to use a vision point that is three years away.Reaching the "summit" for your business takes forethought and daily attention.

By Brian Nolan
October 28, 2006
Customer Service Continues Long After the Concrete Dries

three river rocks dressed upProblems two years later? The timeline for customer service has no limits.
In this age of customer service, you should never turn your back on a client with a problem.

By Larry Ross
October 18, 2006
Family Comes First for JAF-Co Concrete

When customers tour the center, Fettig still gets the same buzz that he did in the early days in Las Vegas.Beautiful work, a comprehensive show-room and attention to the well-being of his crew have brought success to Joe Fettig and his wife Betsy.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
October 15, 2006
Get the Best Results with Concrete Admixtures

The culprit in each of these nightmare scenarios is an admixture improperly used. Of course, admixtures are intended to enhance the installation and/or performance of a finished project and in the vast majority of cases they do.Have you had this happen to your concrete stamping job?

By Amy Johnson
November 26, 2006
Sparkling Wine with Polished Concrete Floors to Match

Polished Concrete floor in a winery is the perfect complement to the wooden walls.Anthony Allen, owner of the largest winery in Maryland, knew he wanted a very special floor for his newly renovated wine-tasting and banquet rooms, located in a former dairy barn.

By Pat Wilson
October 17, 2006
Custom Concrete Furniture Molds from Buddy Rhodes

The furniture line complements the company's existing product line, which includes everything from sink molds to concrete countertop mix, which is also the right choice for the furniture molds.Stained concrete floors, decorative concrete countertops... the list of popular concrete applications continues to grow. And now, decorative concrete contractors can add another new service to their businesses: decorative concrete furniture.

By Wendy Ardolino
November 1, 2006
Carved Concrete Animal Kingdom

Eagle sculpture formed from concreteWith initial experience as a concrete contractor, ironworker and plasterer, an artistic streak found ready expression using skills that were learned in the trades.

November 16, 2006
Concrete Walls Save Lives

fire started in a trashcan in the garage, slowly spreading into the ceiling and attic of the home. The concrete walls held up the roof over the house and they did not burnJust a little over three months after they first moved into their new home , a fire burned through the home’s garage, attic and roof, thanks to the home being build using ICFs..

October 24, 2006
Compact Concrete Engraving Blade

Three 2 inch diamond blades by DCI for engraving concrete more detailed work.Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Ga., is offering an innovative product to make decorative contractors’ lives a little easier.

October 2, 2006