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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.

Seminary Receives Concrete Makeover using Pure Texture

Seminary wall coated with Pure Texture concrete coating with arched openings into a room.In his 40 years of working in the masonry and general construction industry, Dominick Freda has never been involved with a project of the magnitude of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, a traditional Roman Catholic facility situated on 1,100 acres in Dillwyn, Virginia, not far from Charlottesville.

Jacqueline Valle
Apr 7, 2017
Concrete Decor Roadshow
Get to know Joshua Annis of Joshua James Artistry

Carved concrete wall that looks like the inside of a cave by San Diego concrete contractor Joshua AnnisWith a passion for art and a love of sculpting, painting and pottery, Joshua Annis had the opportunity of a lifetime presented to him at a young age and at a time when he had no direction in his life and then along came concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Apr 5, 2017
Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

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.

David Stephenson
Apr 7, 2017
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Mar 21, 2017
Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

Chris Sullivan
Trowel & Error
Apr 28, 2011
Are You Afraid to Seal Concrete?

Serene setting at a upscale hotel where luxurious lounge chair sit atop a stamped concrete pool deck.I firmly believe that the lifeblood of our industry is new and innovative products that continue to move the decorative market forward. A close second, the oxygen of our industry, is word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied clients who have had their expectations met.

Greg Iannone
Feb 28, 2017
How to Apply Color and Eye Catching Design to Polished Concrete Floors

A rounded corrugated roofing material enhances the Curvy border in green colored polished concrete floor designed from using graphic tape when apply the concrete color. Graphic design can be produced before or after the full curing of the slab, utilizing saw cuts, specialty tape, stamping or stenciling. In this article we will focus on the methods used following a full cure, in conjunction with acid stains and acetone-based dyes.

Peter Wagner
Feb 21, 2011
How Do I Fix Flaws in Poorly Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete that didn't work


Chris Sullivan
Nov 22, 2013
Concrete Questions: How Do You Fix a Stamped Concrete "Patchwork Quilt"?

stamped and stained concrete walkway

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
Mar 6, 2014
The Importance of Polymer Content in Trustworthy GFRC Mix Designs

GFRC mix designsGlass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a highly specialized form of concrete distinguished by a cement-rich mortar containing a very high load of alkali-resistant glass fibers. The fibers are the main ingredient responsible for producing high flexural (or bending) strengths in GFRC.

Jeffrey Girard
Success with Concrete Countertops
Apr 10, 2014
Surmounting the Task of Building Straight and Radial Concrete Steps

Today's manufacturers offer contractors a timely, cost effective and decorative treatment for almost any staircase project.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 23, 2011
How small marketing tactics can make a BIG difference for decorative concrete businesses
Photo courtesy of Tamryn Doolan
Photo courtesy of Tamryn Doolan
Vanessa Salvia
Feb 2, 2015
Project Profile: A Florida Cow Town Recreated in Concrete

Joe Maty
Feb 26, 2013
A Mosaic of Healing and Learning


Gail Elber
Project Profile
Jan 6, 2014
Using Concrete Control Joints in Your Design

Red stained concrete diamond shapes blend with the control joint that runs through the middle of the concrete slab.Concrete control joints are necessary, but they don't have to be ugly. Here's how to turn them into art.

Joan Stanus
Feb 24, 2011
Dana Boyer, ConcretiZen: Turning Art Into Concrete Profit

Geometric concrete creates a 3 dimensional affect on this driveway.Boyer is the owner of ConcretiZen, based in Apache Junction, Ariz. She does it all — art pieces, driveways, pool decks, countertops, floors. She takes residential and commercial jobs, coloring, texturing, stamping, polishing, sandblasting or engraving concrete.

Christina Camara
Artisan in Concrete
Dec 30, 2013
Experts weigh in on what's coming in the Decorative Concrete Industry

Concrete Industry Forecast red door on blank concrete wall indicating where is decorative concrete going.

We asked everyone the same set of questions. It wasn’t easy to approach this, given our friends’ varied experiences and applications. Perhaps the first challenge to looking ahead this way is defining the industry in general.

Vanessa Salvia
Jan 5, 2015
Choosing the Best Mixer for Your Countertop Concrete

Steven Miller
Aug 23, 2013
Specialized Construction Services Inc.

Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 16, 2011
Eliminate white specks in your colored concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

Lee Dawson
Feb 17, 2011
Fly Ash, Concrete Admixtures

Fly Ash is a coal waste products that acts a lot like cement in the right recipe.

Feb 17, 2011