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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.

Protect Your Lungs From Job Site Hazards Before Damage Sets In

mask protectionHow often in the course of your day do you think about breathing? Unless you’re one of those unfortunate people who suffers from a respiratory illness, it’s unlikely you give it any thought at all. The fact that breathing is a somewhat involuntary action is probably why we so easily take it for granted.

Deven Johnson
Apr 8, 2017
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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
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 7, 2017
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Haivala Concrete Tools Magnesium Beveling Hand Tool

On display for the first time at this year's World of Concrete show. The new magnesium "beveling" hand tool is designed to slope the concrete edge under overhead garage doors keeping water from flowing into the building

Editors
Feb 15, 2002
Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 9, 2011
When Water Attacks: Effective Drain Systems for Decorative Concrete

Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.How to prevent water damage from spoiling your project. Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.

Robert Spiegel
May 1, 2007
Keep Concrete Work Beautiful by Choosing the Correct Concrete Sealer

Large concrete slab finished with blued color hardener and then sealed with the correct concrete sealer.Match the sealer to the job, and let your work shine! Concrete sealers help protect and beautify concrete work. But choosing the right one from a bewildering assortment of products is not always easy. Making the best selection depends on several factors: the application, desired aesthetics and maintenance requirements. Knowing the basics can help you make the right choice for each project.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 5, 2003
The Crush House: Where seeing red isn't a bad thing

Sinks that look like wine bottles made of concretePeople who know Ted Swaldo weren’t surprised last year when the Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro began expanding.

K. Schipper
Project Profile
A Veteran Floor Guy Takes on a High-End Cast-in-Place Countertop

Cast in place concrete countertopIt all started when I got a call from interior designer Julie Doran. Been a long time. Where you been? “Second career as a flight attendant, third career as a full-time mom. Now, I’m back into design.” What’s up? “Got a new client. I’m designing a tricked-out outdoor kitchen. I think you may be just the guy to do the countertops.”

Michael Miller, the concretist
the concretist
Paper Stencils are a Popular Choice For Fresh Concrete Applications

Stenciled concrete on a pool deckPlastic stencils are generally designed for renovation work, such as overlay or spray applications and they are difficult to float in new concrete applications, This is why paper stencils are often the choice for fresh concrete pours.

Editors
Jun 1, 2004
Saw Kart from Engrave-A-Crete

Saw kart from engrave-a-crete makes clean lines From the guys who claim several world titles, including the “World’s #1 Manufacturer of Decorative Concrete Cutting Equipment,” comes this innovative accessory called SawKart.

Editors
Dec 7, 2001
How Did the Extreme Winter Affect Exterior Decorative Concrete?

Affects of extreme winter weather on decorative concrete

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook Coatings and Stains

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook penetrates the surface to stain almost any surfaceThe Concrete Color Maintenance System, from Newlook Coatings and Stains, is a solid-color, water-based stain that penetrates the surface of porous concrete to stain it to almost any color desired. “It’s like integralcolored concrete, only more perfectly colored,” says Sonny Baird, a partner in Newlook.

Editors
Jun 28, 2004
Simple Fabric Forming to Make a Sink

Tommy T. Cook
How To
Dec 20, 2012
How to use Glass as Aggregate in Concrete

Glass aggregate can replace part or all of the sand and gravel in concrete, for effects that range from colorful terrazzo, to granite- or marble-like finishes, to concrete that reflects light like a mirror. Glass aggregate can even be used to produce concrete that literally glows.Crushed or ground glass can substitute for gravel or sand while adding beauty to decorative concrete.

David Thompson
Jul 8, 2005
What is Proline's "The Billy Banger"

The Billy Banger a hand tamping tool for stamped concrete mats and skins.Among the quirkier success stories of World Of Concrete 2006 is a little texture-mat tamper that manufacturer Proline Concrete Tools dubbed "The Billy Banger."

Editors
How To: Ornamental Casting

A How To feature that offers step-by-step instructions
for casting statuary and other fine-featured pieces.

Bart Sacco & Kelly O’Brien
How To
Jun 5, 2012
Make the Most of the DAILY GRIND

There’s a grinder/polisher model available for just about every task, whether it’s prepping the floor
of a big-box store or finishing a basement or small office. Finding the right tool for the job can make a big difference in speed and efficiency, so know what you want before you go shopping.

K. Schipper
The Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete contractors know having multiple tricks up their sleeves can lead to steadier, more lucrative work.

Natasha Chilingerian
Feb 11, 2011
Southern Color

Southern Color, recently bought by Rockwood Pigments, continues its tradition of customer service while it expands nationwide.

Christina Camara
Servicios Proconsa, Monterrey, Mexico

The national distributor for Kemiko products in Mexico takes a three-tiered approach to doing business.

Sue Marquette Poremba
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