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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.

Concrete surface retarders deliver practical results with a little artistry

To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons. They’re easy to work with, relatively inexpensive — especially considering the costly alternatives of sandblasting or acid washing — and can be used to create endless textures and designs.

David Searls
Apr 6, 2017
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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
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
Carved Vertical Concrete Old-World Wine Cellar

Old world wine cellar made of concrete that was carved out of concreteFor high-end homebuilders, the inclusion of a private wine cellar in the blueprints is not exactly a groundbreaking idea. But while most cellars consist of pretty straightforward temperature control and wine-racking systems, Nathan Giffin, owner of Creative Rock Forming and the creative powerhouse behind a recent wine cellar project in Naperville, Ill., has rather a different idea of what a private wine cellar can be.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 28, 2011
An Epic Hardscape in the Hills

Restored decorative concrete garage and driveway.

Joe Maty
Project Profile
Aug 14, 2014
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Grows by Three

Concrete Decor Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame

Sep 24, 2015
It's Architectural, but is it Appealing?

Decorative concrete Perot Museum Dallas

Vanessa Salvia
Final Pour
Aug 15, 2014
How I Invented a Way to Staple Cracked Concrete

Allan Firestone
Jan 28, 2013
Use Underpainting Principles to Make Your Colors Shine

How is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 15, 2011
A Colorful Transformation of a Transit Stop

Decorative concrete on a bus stop“The imagery was kind of inspired by the playfulness of the site,” Lucking says. “It’s like psychedelic cactuses, which is what Fourth Avenue is like.” They decided Lucking would execute the design in a mosaic on the pavement, and Goldlust would render it as cutouts in the station’s steel benches and partitions.

Gail Elber
Project Profile
Apr 8, 2014
Successful Training Requires Commitment and a Plan

Training in the construction industry seems more daunting than some other professions.  With all of the moving parts of our industry, we not only need to train on skill and leadership, but also safety and technology.

Karen Keyes
Oct 6, 2016
High-performance mix design: A wet-cast mix

When I entered the concrete countertop industry after 25 years in the architectural precast industry, I had a hard time understanding some of the practices in use. There seemed to be a lot of misinformation surrounding the how and why of mix designs when it came to concrete countertops. Some of the practices, such as leaving the countertop in the mold for days on end, made no sense to me. Failures were common.

Mark Celebuski
May 7, 2013
Project Profile: Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan Resort

During a hot summer in northern Texas, a cool dip in a pool or ride down a water slide can be the perfect remedy, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Springs, a new water park that opened for the 2011 summer season at the Gaylord Texan, a Grapevine, Texas, resort owned by luxury hospitality chain Gaylord Hotels.


Natasha Chilingerian
Oct 28, 2011
Concrete Stamping Enjoys a Resurgence of Popularity

stamping concrete walkway

K. Schipper
Feb 26, 2016
Tina Anderson, Tri-Co Floors - Redefining Architectural Concrete From the Ground Up

stained concrete by Tina Anderson in a restaurantFrom concept to installation, Tina Anderson's Tri-Co Floors redefines architectural concrete from the ground up.

Robert Simpson
Feb 23, 2011
It's a Wrap

This represents the last column in my design-focused series, “The Elements of Style for Contractors.” Before I bid you all good-bye, I’ll summarize the main points. Concrete Decor posts complete archives of past issues, so you can check out the topics of the previous 10 articles. The series kicked off in January 2015 when I described the five composition ‘tools’ concrete artisans should have in their tool kits — Line, Shape, Value, Color and Texture.

Gaye Goodman
The Elements of Style for Contractors
Jun 30, 2016
Q&A: Mike Cook

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 18, 2013
Rubber Safety Surfacing

Troweling TPV TPV can be applied with a trowel in more than one bright color, as seen here in a four-season room overlooking Rainbow Lake in Michigan. Photo courtesy of American Recycling Center Inc.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 10, 2014
The White Stuff - White Portland Cement

Portland Cement Association, white portland cement has essentially the same properties as gray cement, except for when it comes to color.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 8, 2011
Artisan in Concrete: PBC Companies, Brea, Calif.

One of the largest decorative concrete companies in the country is still finding plenty of room to grow.

David Searls
Artisan in Concrete
Feb 9, 2011
Kemiko Concrete Products

Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 18, 2011