Kari Moosman
Kari Moosman

Welcome to the first issue of Concrete Surfaces, the magazine devoted to treatments for protecting, enhancing, and maintaining concrete surfaces. I'll bet at first glance you thought, “Concrete surfaces? I know how to finish concrete.” But that's not what we're talking about. We're reporting on the activity that happens 28 days after the concrete was poured.

More often than not, another contractor returns to the job and truly “finishes” it for the owner by applying sealants, coatings, epoxies—you name it. A concrete surface is rarely left bare.

But should these contractors be doing this work? Who knows the concrete better than you? Who knows the mix design, the moisture content, the dry time? So, just who should be specifying and applying the coatings for concrete? You, the concrete contractor.

The trend for an expert doing this work is on the upswing. Concrete contractors are realizing that they have been walking away from business —leaving money on the table for someone else to pick up.

For more than 50 years our sister publication Concrete Construction magazine has been reporting on this portion of the industry. Our editors have witnessed how concrete contractors are growing and expanding their business into the surface treatment market.

This new publication is a result of the nearly explosive growth our editors have seen in the last four years. Contractors are now being paid for finishing off the job, be it grinding and polishing floors, spraying below-grade waterproofing, or sealing parking decks.

Our mission is to provide you with the technical skills and knowledge of concrete surface treatments that will help you expand your business. Concrete Surfaces is going to bring you the technical information you've come to expect from our fellow editors.

Along with our staff, we promise to provide the up-to-date information from the trade associations that offer training and information on concrete treatment methods and materials. These include The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), the Sealant, Waterproofing, and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute), and the Polyurea Development Association (PDA), to name a few.

In the next few months we'll be reporting on exciting learning opportunities that will be happening at the World of Concrete.

For us to help you, we need also need your involvement. E-mail your stories to me about jobs you, the concrete contractor, have treated. When did you make the leap? How did you get up to speed on the materials and methods? What are some of your tips or suggestions for contractors who are thinking of adding this side of the business to their company? Send us your troubleshooting questions. And let me know what you think of our first issue.

It's time to take control of the entire concrete project and grab more business!