Vol. 17 No. 3 - April 2017
A Company and a Brand You Can Trust
LAVINA by Superabrasive has become a leading name in the concrete grinding and polishing industry. It is well recognized for its reliable and efficient floor machines and high-quality diamond tools. Here is what concrete contractors shared about their experience with LAVINA products and the company that makes them -- Superabrasive.
As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.
When it comes to communicating with your customers, electronic newsletters are a powerful tool to highlight your expertise and experience. Since we live in a society in which most of us are glued to our phones even when we are out of the office, a well-designed newsletter can be an effective means to quickly continue to strengthen your brand.
What if I told you that you could get paid over and over again for a project you completed a year or two ago. Would you be interested? No, this isn’t some slick marketing idea or even a take-off of a multilevel marketing or pyramid scheme. Rather, this is working smarter not harder with a fair amount of common sense mixed in.
Trouble can arise when working beside a filled pool, in all sorts of ways. BBs from a shot blaster, for instance, can get into the water and leave rust stains. To protect pools, some contractors fashion floating drop cloths. Bubble Wrap taped to the tiles can do the trick. Other contractors prefer working on emptied swimming pools.
Through snow, rain sleet and hail, this Cleveland contractor still delivered.
Delineation is used on these jobs to separate the various irregular shapes and arches so that colors and stains don’t run together. The sawcuts themselves are either grouted or just left exposed, with the unstained concrete showing.
At a recent Flattoo workshop conducted by Surface Gel Tek, Tamryn Doolan discussed many decorative uses for the company’s products. But I also learned another surprising benefit of Tek Gel for Profiling besides its etching and stenciling capabilities.
Stamping concrete is a process of stretching the surface of the hardening concrete to create a unique indented pattern/texture on an otherwise ﬂat surface.
Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.
Bag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.
Achieving color consistency requires careful planning and attention. Here are some tips.
Anti-Growth is a concentrated coating, which is mixed with water, costs pennies per square foot of coverage. It can be brushed, rolled, sprayed, sponged or ragged on, depending on the surface.
Texture-Crete, manufactured by Life Deck, is a polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied to existing concrete surfaces as well as plywood decks. The coating creates a decorative and safe textured finish with numerous color and texture options.
Concrete couldn't possibly glow or transmit light ... right? Wrong. Three head-turning products LiTraCon, Sensitile, and Ambient Glow Technology prove otherwise.
Does the use of admixtures change the intensity of integral color?
A decorative concrete supply store in Michigan dazzles customers with its new showroom.