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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.

Forming techniques for concrete countertops and elements

Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
Apr 10, 2017
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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
Harness the Power of an Effective E-newsletter

harness the power of an effective newsletterWhen 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.

Amy Numbers
Apr 7, 2017
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Tip: Repair cracks in the substrate first to avoid cracks in your overlay

Before attempting to cover concrete with any type of product you must repair the cracks in the surface or they will show through.Most cracks in a substrate will telegraph through overlays if not prepared properly, so spend the extra time and dollars to prep the area correctly. If you repair problem areas prior to installing an overlay you will minimize the chances of cracks in your overlay.

Brian Vicari
Nov 5, 2005
It's Architectural, but is it Appealing?

Decorative concrete Perot Museum Dallas

Vanessa Salvia
Final Pour
A Guide to Building Concrete Fire Features

How to build concrete fire featuresThroughout the United States and Canada, even in cold climates, homeowners are clamoring for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, using concrete as the material, to enhance the beauty, comfort and resale value of their homes.

Jeffrey Girard
Artisan in Concrete: Thom Hunt, Big Bamboo Studios, Fairbury, Neb.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Plastic Replacement Blades for Power Trowels

Using plastic power trowel blades removes the risk of leaving steel marks on a concrete slab.Wagman plastic blades leave a hard, polished finish up to the standards of steel, but without the dark burnish marks that tend to show up when steel spins against concrete.

Editors
Nov 7, 2005
Vertical Concrete Overlays: Decorative and Durable

Vertical concrete overlays - Designs are unlimited. By stamping or carving, contractors can create geometric patterns, complicated forest scenes and even faux dinosaur fossils. A huge range of colors is available using integrals or acid stains.Owners of commercial and retail establishments are discovering the benefits of beautiful, easy-to-clean concrete walls.

Mike Dawson
Vertical Concrete Overlays
Aug 25, 2005
Inspiration finds form in Decorative Concrete: Airspeed Skateparks

Skilled skater dude on a skate ramp he built with his friends in Oregon.Plenty of people can work with concrete and make functional and aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior structures. A skatepark, however, is a different animal. In addition to having a sound structural plan and fresh features, a great park needs a crew that understands motion.

Mary Ann Petersen
Dec 1, 2002
Slip Stone Extruded Wall System

The new Slip Stone System works to enhance extruded form wall applications much more efficiently.Rolling Along! Slip Stone System Enhances Extruded Walls. For extruded form wall applications, decorative concrete is no longer a stranger.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 7, 2001
The right mixer and paddle can be the pairing for success

The right mixer and paddle can be the pairing for success

Just as a good cook knows when to use a stand mixer with bread hooks and when to get out the hand mixer with a whip, there are a mixer — and a paddle or blade design — for just about every size job in the decorative concrete industry, as well.

K. Schipper
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Decorative Concrete Techniques - Cleaning & Re-Sealing Exposed Aggregate

How to clean exposed aggregateExposed aggregate is a common theme around many backyard swimming pools, and it's often a gorgeous accent to poolside appeal. How to clean exposed aggregate concrete.

Editors
Feb 4, 2001
Concrete Homes Grow in Popularity and Stand the Test of Time

The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.

The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.

And although most Europeans grasped onto this concept eons ago — their dwellings are built to be passed on from generation to generation — it’s taken the less frugal Americans awhile longer to literally bring the concept home.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 6, 2004
Reinforced Filament Scoring Tape for Concrete

Scoring tape for cutting into concrete, easily identifies where you need to cut for a flawless finish.Unlike a chalk line, the tape always provides a visible line to follow. Scoring tape extends between two points and adhere's firmly to the surface. Once the tape is in place, simply following the black line with the saw to produce a clean, straight line.

Editors
Jul 12, 2001
Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

Don't Slip,
Get a Grip

Choosing a nonslip additive for your floor coating

 

Peter Collins
Apr 30, 2013
Add Faux Concrete Rocks to Your Decorative Concrete Portfolio

Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.

John Strieder
Jul 1, 2005
Broadcast vs. Troweled Quartz Systems

Decorative concrete broadcast quartz system

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Choosing an Overlay

Things to consider when choosing from the ever-growing array of options.

Susan Brimo-Cox
TechFab/C-Grid Contest Inspires Concrete Craftsmen

Check out the beautiful countertops made using Tech Fab’s C-Grid reinforcement.

Editors
Controlled Erosion

Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

Kelly O’Brien
Feb 11, 2011
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