The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, has published the eighth in a series of Problems & Practice papers.

The papers cover issues facing decorative concrete contractors.

Problems & Practice #8 is entitled "What's in Your Concrete?" It discusses the use of supplementary cementitious materials and admixtures in decorative mixes, and how these may affect the appearance and performance of the finished product.

The first seven Problems & Practice papers cover:

#1-Appearance Requirements for Colored Concrete Slabs
#2-Base Preparation for Slabs on Grade
#3-Preconstruction Meeting for Acid Stained Floors
#4-Curing Decorative Concrete
#5-Jointing and Crack Control in Decorative Concrete Applications
#6-Efflorescence and Colored Concrete
#7-Responsibility for Moisture Testing Concrete Floors

The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry. Members include concrete contracting firms, manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in the concrete industry such as architects, specifiers and distributors.

There are approximately 550 member companies in the United States and seven foreign countries.

For more information, visit or call the ASCC office at 866-788-2722.