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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.

Medallions, Part 1: A Compass Full of Triangles

Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I’ve anxiously awaited medallions. The first one I ever did was exciting and a definite “aha” moment because it changed the direction of my career. At the time, I had just started out working for the company I now own. Back then, all we engraved were 2-foot tile and brick patterns.

Rick Lobdell
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 7, 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 11, 2017
Barnsco Decorative Concrete Supply
Embedding and Imprinting Objects in Concrete

Imprinted brass gears in concrete Whether it's knick-knacks or corporate logos, embedding or imprinting objects into concrete gives an unmistakably addition to the home or business. Here are some tips on how to add this finishing touch to an interior or exterior project.

Gail Elber
Nov 4, 2003
Transform the Ordinary into the Extraordinary with Epoxy

concrete epoxy floors

Debby Canto Davis
Benefits of Snow Melt Systems and Radient Heat for Concrete

Putting radiant heat coils into concrete is a great way to beat the winter snow blues.There is a way to rein in the nuisance of dealing with snow and ice: by melting it away! Snow shovels, plows, blowers, salts and other chemicals… not required. By introducing your clients to this technology, you can help them have a stress-free, accident-free winter.

John Vastyan
Nov 4, 2003
National September 11 Memorial Fountains, New York City
Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Project Profile
Feb 19, 2012
LEED Points and Decorative Concrete

Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.Whether you realize it or not, the decorative concrete industry is firmly involved in the green building movement. Manufacturers are developing more water-based stains, sealers and color systems. Installers are offering low-VOC options to clients.

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
May 1, 2016
A Concrete Contractor Who Has Taught the Basics of Concrete Around the World

A concrete highway wall just outside of Cairo. This was the contractor's first concrete staining job (with instructions from Archambault over the phone).From Cairo to Seoul, this contractor has taught the basics of concrete around the world. Michael Archambault was more than a casual contender. Back in the '70s, before he was 25 years old, the sassy lad who grew up in San Diego had Houston by its concrete tail. He not only owned a Patterned Concrete Industries franchise but eventually bought out the mother company and served as president.

Stacey Klemenc
Dec 16, 2003
Cold Weather Stamping

Some people say don't stamp in cold weather but a few pro concrete contractors say different.We all know there are times when you just can’t get around stamping in cold weather. Here are some helpful hints.

John Strieder
Jan 2, 2006
Introducing Rare Earth Labs, Inc.

Hand Engraved concrete stones were individually stained with Rare Earth colors.Making concentrated concrete stains in Arkansas, with these stains water makes them better.

Bob Graham
Feb 8, 2001
Artisan In Concrete: Brad Walker, Lonestar Concrete Systems, Watauga, Texas

It’s hard to picture a slow day at Lonestar Concrete Systems — the decorative concrete installation company completes an average of 2,500 projects per year, has anywhere from 70 to 100 projects going at all times and works regularly for big-name clients, including Walmart, McDonald’s and Family Dollar, explains owner Brad Walker.

Natasha Chilingerian
Artisan in Concrete
Oct 9, 2011
Concrete Countertops: When are they the right choice for your customer?

Concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.Concrete countertops are more than a trend. As more and more homeowners and designers specify concrete countertops in new homes and in remodeling projects, concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Nov 6, 2003
Artisan in Concrete: Jim Vermillion, Concrete Polishing & Artistic Staining of Alaska

Decorative concrete by Jim Vermillion - Concrete Decor

Gail Elber
Artisan in Concrete
Slip-resistant Surface a Win for Vegas

AquaFlex concrete coating

Vanessa Salvia
Final Pour
Diane's Beachwear, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Natasha Chilingerian
Project Profile
Nov 9, 2011
3 Tests for Measuring Concrete Moisture Content

Measuring moisture in concrete tipsThree easy test that can help monitor the amount of moisture remaining in a slab of concrete.

Peter Golter
Jan 11, 2004
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

Scott Cohen

These days, homeowners who fall for waterfalls may be able to get exactly what they have in mind. Thanks to decorative concrete, options are almost limitless.

Sue Marquette Poremba
May 31, 2009
A Concrete Makeover for Wood

Tips for putting an overlay on top of a wood surface.

David Thompson
How Contractors Handle Maintenance

Picking the right sealer. Teaching the client. Selling a plan. Contractors have several ways to make sure their projects — their calling cards — stay maintained, durable and looking great.

Amy Johnson
Jul 8, 2010