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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.

Decorative Concrete Award Winners Elevate Industry Expectations

decorative concrete award winnerPassion, precision, artistry and creativity were all on display at the L. M. Scofield Co. ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards ceremony held during the World of Concrete 2017 in Las Vegas. Scofield, now a member of Sika, a specialty chemicals company with subsidiaries in 93 countries around the world, enlists professionals from the concrete industry to judge submissions based on skill of installation, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

Amy Johnson
Apr 5, 2017
Concrete Decor Roadshow
In search of new revenue? Offer resealing as an option as part of your bid

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.

Greg Iannone
Apr 6, 2017
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
How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 25, 2011
Barbara Sargent

Sargent had a prestigious career at Lambert Landscape Co. beginning in 1972 until the early 1990s. She rose to the position of vice president, where she was responsible for marketing, customer service and the retail division. It was during her tenure there that she was introduced to Epmar Corp.’s Kemiko stains and coatings and the idea of decorative concrete.


Decorative Concrete Hall Of Fame
Feb 19, 2013
Making and Keeping Great Hires in an Employee Drought

Finding and keeping good employees from Concrete Decor magazine

Karen Van Heukelem
Aug 12, 2014
How to Create Concrete Walls and Caps with Form Liners

Concrete that looks like stone can be seen at subdivision entrances to shopping malls. Form liner used with concrete creates this mystical yard surround.From the look of stone to fanciful murals, these concrete structures are more than just walls.

Christina Camara
Feb 24, 2011
Fundamentals of Business: Using the Four P’s of Marketing to Sell Concrete

Jacob Webb
Feb 22, 2013
Nine Novice Stamping Mistakes

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.

Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

Gail Elber
Nov 24, 2014
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 23, 2011
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
Hands-on Grinding and Polishing Tips


Bryon “Bru” Bruington
Jan 7, 2014
Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Emily Dixon
San Antonio Decorative Concrete
Feb 14, 2012
Good Techniques are Key to Success with Integrally Colored Concrete

integrally colored concrete intersectionThe minute you add integral color to concrete, people look at it differently than they do gray concrete — their expectations are higher. Educating your client about integral color is important. Be sure to explain its limitations. But, also, be sure to use good techniques. These contractor-recommended tips can help ensure excellent results.

Mar 20, 2017
How We Installed Overlay Over a Wood Deck

Todd Fisher
Dec 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Tips: Pigmenting Liquid Release for Concrete

Environmentally friendly stamped concrete pigmented color release has been used on the multicolored green concrete slab in a slate look.Liquid release agent is quickly becoming the choice of many decorative concrete contractors. With the increased demand for quicker turnarounds, cleaner job sites and environmental concerns, using liquid release agent for stamped concrete becomes an obvious choice.

Clark Branum
Mar 31, 2017
A TIP of the HARD HAT to SAFETY on the Construction Site

The debut of Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2017 World of Concrete
in Las Vegas was met with resounding approval as job site safety took center stage in the annual event's Silver Lot.

Feb 23, 2017
Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail, Las Vegas, Nev.

Gail Elber
Project Profile
Jan 6, 2014
Artisan in Concrete: Vince Schrementi, Everlast Concrete

Seamless has been coating floors since 1939. Now the company has taken a decorative direction.

John Strieder
Artisan in Concrete
Feb 17, 2011
Sealing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes a coat of sealer will pop back up just hours after you've put it down. Here's how to keep it in its place.

Rob Spiegel
Feb 9, 2011
Mixtures and Additives: Accelerating Admixtures

A primer on accelerators and their use in decorative concrete.

John Strieder
Feb 18, 2011