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Vol. 8 No. 1 - February 2008

The Lure of Decorative Concrete Was Too Strong To Resist

This rustic kitchen has concrete countertops to match.Maurer, who has been doing masonry work in Pennsylvania for close to 25 years, specialized in stone patios until rising prices for materials forced him to explore other avenues. About 10 years ago, when he was in his 30s, he discovered the world of decorative concrete.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 13, 2008
Decorative Concrete in the Forest: The Concrete Treehouse

The view from inside the concrete treehouse.No, it’s not built into the fork of a tree. It’s the grown-up version, with a breathtaking mountain view and lots of decorative concrete.

By David Searls
February 13, 2008
Concrete Countertops Elevate Design Style

Glossy Red concrete Countertop in a bright kitchen. Stained concrete floors vibrant colors.What type of hard surface can give off a mixture of colors, patterns and sheens? Not marble or slate. Nope, it’s concrete, one of the trendiest materials used for decorative countertops.

By Rob Spiegel
February 13, 2008
Tips on Getting the Most From Your Radiant Heat Floors

Placing radiant heat has a lot of factors to consider before getting started.Sure, radiant-heated concrete is warm and comfortable. But before you get too comfortable, there are underlayments, insulation and other factors to consider.

By Amy Johnson
February 13, 2008
Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

By Matt Robinson
February 13, 2008
The Importance of Control Joint Fillers in Concrete

Smoothing out the bead of joint filler on this concrete floor with a scraper.The choice of filler and sealant product for a decorative slab is influenced by the amount of movement taking place, the kind of abuse the surface will be taking, and, of course, how the filler will look.

By Loretta Hall
February 11, 2008
Bathrooms are Transformed with the Concrete Tub

Concrete tub that was custom made for this space using black concrete.They’re heavy and they can be hard to install. But for some customers, decorative concrete tubs are worth every drop of sweat.

By Christina Camara
February 13, 2008
The Questions You Should Ask When Considering Decorative Concrete

Frequently asked questions about decorative concreteThere is nothing more stressful than deciding on the best path for your business. Making the right decision at the right time is very important in growing and in perfecting the decorative craft. I had to answer each of the questions below at some point in my decorative journey and I’m guessing so will you.

By Doug Carlton
February 13, 2008
Will Better Understanding of Polishing Help Us Reach Our Full Potential?

A full palette of concrete dye colors have been placed in this polished concrete to show the different options to clients.We’ve grown up, and now we have to act accordingly, and in unison, for our industry to reach its true potential. We all need to truly understand the process.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
February 13, 2008
The Ins and Outs of Concrete Floor Grinders

CS Unitec Inc. -- EBS 180 Floor GrinderThe ins and outs of floor grinders on the market today.

February 5, 2008
Cheng Design Awards

Fu Tung Cheng announces the winners of the Cheng awards at World of Concrete in front of a large crowd.Cheng Concrete announced the winners of its fourth annual Members’ Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2008 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas last January. More than 100 entries were received for the contest from 25 states as well as Canada, Mexico, and England.

February 13, 2008
Silica Dust Control - Stop Breathing Sand

The Dangers of Silica Dust image from an ingredient in most concrete mixtures, crystalline silica is virtually guaranteed to be present on any decorative concrete job site.

By Kelly O'Brien
February 13, 2008
Arcus Contoured Masonry Blade from Arcus Inc.

Masonry blade for cutting concrete

It occurred to the owner of Arcus that there must be an easier way to make contoured cuts than with a router. A few hours later, she was rolling a rimless, contoured salad plate on its edge, watching as it traced a perfectly smooth, contoured path. Thus, the Arcus Contoured Blade was born.

February 13, 2008
Are You Waiting Too Long To Cut Your Control Joints in Fresh Concrete?

Pacific Palette saw-cut joint tool made these lines perfect on this concrete slabDecorative concrete contractor Tom Ralston has probably never met you, but even so, he suspects you’re waiting too long before cutting your control joints. “Saw-cutting concrete is usually done long after the concrete has been poured or has set up,” he says. “It’s kind of like locking the gate after the horse has left.”

February 13, 2008
Concrete, Wine and Fiber Optics, The Perfect Mix

Outdoor bartop inlayed with wine bottles and fiber optics.Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.

February 9, 2008