couple bringing new look to concrete
features new technological advances
Bringing a new look
and style to Central Montana, Deb and Scott Petersen have laid a
fresh chapter in their lives.
In June, the Petersens
purchased Big Sky Cti (Concrete Technology incorporated) and have
found themselves building a new and solid frontier.
story began when they were visiting some of their good friends in
had a paving company and when they retired they decided to go into
Cti," Deb told the News-Argus.
After they had shown
Scott and Deb some of their work, how it was done and what was needed,
the Petersens thought it might be a nice side business for
"Scott has always
been a hands-on person and he enjoys doing labor-type work,"
Deb said. "So we decided we would give it a try."
In order to be an
authorized dealer, both Scott and Deb attended a school in California.
Scott said that since
beginning of Big Sky Cti, he and Deb have been busy but are definitely
enjoying their new business venture.
"It is a lot
of work," Scott said. "But it is the type of work that
I can bring
my family along with
me and it works for our schedule."
The Scott and Deb
Petersen family includes their two children, seven-year-old Brad
and three-year-old Kelcy.
help us out," said Scott chuckling. "Really it is fun
to be able to have the type of work where they can travel along
Scott and Deb purchased
the Montana distributorship with another man who is based in Missoula.
He is responsible for the western portion of Montana while Scott
and Deb have the eastern portion of the state.
that means for us is we are responsible for supplying new dealers
with the product," said Deb. "We are also responsible
for recruiting new dealers and training them."
Deb and Scott took
their Big Sky Cti business recently and went to Missoula where they
had a training session for 18 prospective dealers.
"It is a lot
of fun too," said Deb. "You cant imagine how great
the product is and how quickly people are using it."
Scott said they believe
in the product enough that have used it on their home.
"This is a great
product for both residential and commercial properties," he
said. "We are very pleased with the results we have done so
Some of the local
projects Big Sky Cti have completed include the front of Flaments
Office Supply, Doug and Jills house entrance, the entryway
of the Yogo Inn, Petro Depot, Centennial Plaza, Dan and June Newtons
patio, Steve Balsters home and Denise Thompsons home.
"We have a wide
variety of colors and tone from which people can choose," said
Deb. "They have 20 stock colors but if you want a specialized
color they will make a color-tone to match. All we need to do is
send them a paint chip of the color you would like to match and
The Petersens invite
any interested or curious persons to look at the front of Flaments,
the Yogo Inn and Centennial Plaza.
"We are proud
of our work and we are sure that people will be impressed with this
new product," said Deb.
"You and even
give Scott and me a call and we will show you our home. We have
taken pictures of each project we have done and we will be more
than happy to sit down and show them to you."
The Cti motto is
"Bringing design and beauty to concrete".
"What we do
is go over the top of spaulded or cracked concrete or even new concrete,"
said Deb. "When we are working with cracked concrete we dont
just go over the cracks we repair and rebuild old concrete ensuring
a strong base.
"The main thing
is to make it decorative."
Deb said they have
the ability to do logos.
"We need templates
to do those types of projects," she said.
Scott mentioned that
currently he and Deb are learning how to use the product indoors
for kitchens and bathrooms. He also mentioned that the Cti system
is a strong and durable.
a stain resistant, heat resistant freeze/thaw resistant surface."
a fresh look
men bring new life to cement with firms artistic restoration
In todays "throw-away"
society, Classic Cti of Northeast Ohio offers money saving repair
options for homeowners and corporations by renovating damaged concrete.
Neil Talevski and
Tom Lauretta opened the business, which is a sister company to Classic
Carpentry, owned by Talevski. The two businesses share the same
theme of designing, repairing and remodeling.
Talevski wanted a
partner for his new venture and turned to Lauretta, a friend since
second grade. They lived within a half mile of each other growing
up and attended the same elementary and high school.
They shared fun, mischief
and punishments as well as their love of creating and working with
their hands. Along with their families, both are now Willoughby
"When I was picking
up this side of the business, I wanted someone I could trust,"
Talevski said of Lauretta.
So far, their friendship
has withstood the stresses of starting a new company.
While new to Ohio, cosmetic
restoration of concrete has been an established practice in 1991
when Cti (Concrete Technology Inc.) opened in Largo.
Renovations as well as
new applications are done with a color integrated, sand, cement
and acrylic mixture that offers a 10 year warranty for residential
applications and two years on commercial.
The Florida manufacturer
is branching out by selling dealerships both in and outside the
U.S., giving companies sole rights to advertising.
a great response so far," Lauretta said.
A promising outlet for
customized concrete is inventory and warehouse storage. Rather than
using painted lines and numbers on concrete, graphics can be implanted
in the surface with Classics process.
lines that last three to four weeks, the product we put down is
so tough, tow motors can pull 1,000 pound skids over it and the
numbers and lines are not damaged," Lauretta said.
With resistance to 6,000
pounds per square inch, "it is twice as strong as concrete,"
With a wide range of
colors and designs and the opportunity to upgrade property value,
Talevski said he hopes residential use with be just as popular as
Concrete has no guarantee,
he said, but their product comes with a warranty against structural
problems, staining and mildew.
According to Talevski,
maintenance is as simple as soap and water and the process is USDA
approved for the interior and exterior of restaurants.
"The process totally
seals the concrete," Lauretta said. "Its no longer
Other markets open to
custom designed concrete include company logos on walkways and in
showrooms as well as school logos on sidewalks and in stadiums.
"We have a non-slip
surface and our product is 40 percent cooler on your feet when it
gets hot," Talevski said, adding that it is ideal for public
and private swimming pools.
The non-slip surface
attracted Tom LaPuma of Chester Township to have a ramp resurfaced
at his home.
"It came out nice,"
LaPuma said, adding that he was very pleased with the look.
He had his home sidewalk
done in a cobblestone finish and he is considering having the logo
of his Mayfield business, LaPuma Fine Pastry, designed into the
Both owners attended
school for two months at the Cti headquarters in Florida to learn
the application process and structural repair of concrete.. Differences
in applications techniques allow for changes in surface texture,
color and design.
restoration specialists," Lauretta said. "Our main goal
is to repair the concrete. Our product is only as good as the concrete
its on top of."
With endless customization
options, Lauretta said, they can match any décor.
all kinds of designs," he said. "One I got from a picture
in a quilting book."
Filling In Cracks, Paving The Way, & Bringing Design & Beauty
has been real rewarding," remarked Forest "Rex" Pingleton,
Dealer of Unique Surface and Design, LLC, with Concrete Technology
Incorporated (CTI). "It satisfies customers; really makes them
Pingleton is referring
to a system which resurfaces and designs concrete by utilizing a
modified acrylic resin, cement spray coat combination (a color integrated,
modified acrylic mixed with portland cement and polymer, that is
activated with a modified acrylic resin).
This process is
excellent for covering areas such as: driveways, walks, pool decks,
balconies, vertical surfaces, as well as commercial and industrial
floor restorations where industrial topcoat is required. In addition,
logos for businesses can be created.
achieve a texture and color of any type stone or look you require.
A base coat is applied that fixes any imperfections in the original
concrete. A design is then laid over it and a hopper gun shoots
a textured layer over that. A final clear coat is put over the system
that is nonporous and protects it, as well as makes it very easy
to maintain. Mold, mildew, motor oil, etc., can be used to remove
though or repetitive latencies.
In repairing cracks
that often arise in concrete, Pingleton explained that "first,
the concrete is pre-washed, and repairs are made to the cracks and
any spoiling; second, a thin, skim coat is put down that absorbs
into the concrete; third, the desired pattern that the customer
would like to have (stone, brick, etc.) is taped out; fourth, the
concrete is sprayed with polymer and resins mixed with Portland
cement (a high-grade cement); fifth, an acrylic sealer is applied
for protection; and then its done. This system makes the concrete
twice as strong."
Pingleton went on
to state that a 10-year manufacturers warranty is offered
against fading, delamination, and regular product failure. He firmly
stands behind all of his work. Pingleton, the CTI dealer for this
area, has always had satisfied customers. "We do a really great
service to them."
If you replace your
concrete, you will be paying the cost of rip-out, removal, forming,
and pouring concrete. This takes larger equipment than the CTI Concrete
System, which usually causes damage to landscaping. When completed,
you will have new concrete that will stain, absorb oil stains, can
be damaged by salts, and have a strength of about 3,000 to 4,000
with CTI Concrete System will strengthen the existing concrete to
7,000 PSI, resist stains, oil spills, and salt damage. Additionally,
it can be designed and will add value to your home, while making
an attractive presentation of your concrete surfaces.
An average job will
take one to three days, depending on the condition of the concrete.
If new concrete is poured as part of the repair or enlargement process,
the CTI Concrete System cannot be applied for at least seven days.
The cost of the CTI
system is normally 20-25 percent less than the cost of removing
cement and pouring new, and is much better looking and much easier
to maintain than the original cement. Also, CTI offers 13 standard
colors and 13 highlight colors which allows for different color
combinations to choose from.
The CTI manufacturing
facility has been producing resurfacing products since 1968. Acrylic
Resurfacing has been in use since the early 70s. Polymer was added
to the process in the 80s, to provide a superior bonding process
to add strength. In 1997, CTI was listed as number 419 out of the
500 fastest growing companies in the United States, and are now
expected to reach into the top 100.
Design and Beauty to Concrete."