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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.

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 10, 2017
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Concrete Decor Roadshow
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
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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Barnsco Decorative Concrete Supply
Concrete Clad Bar Looks Like Upholstered Leather Sofa

upholstered bar sofa designAt first glance, you’d think you were looking at a distinguished upholstered bar done in a style that many attribute to a sofa designed for the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), that featured the now iconic buttoned leather look.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
concrete clad , bar , concrete
Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items


Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

Michael Miller
the concretist
Jun 5, 2012
Answers to Concrete Staining Problems, Questions and Concerns

Construction worker filling up a pump sprayer with a fix for concrete staining projects.When you think about it, the relatively low percentage of callbacks and problems compared to the overall amount of work performed says a lot about the caliber of installers and the industry as a whole.

Chris Sullivan
Trowel & Error
Jul 9, 2012
Viva Italia! How Italians Do Decorative Concrete

Vertical concrete overlay training class in Italy by Ideal Work.Our publisher goes on a whirlwind trip to Italy and finds that European contractors are eager to learn more about how Italian concrete contractors do decorative concrete.

Bent Mikkelsen
The New Finishers Edge - Metal Straight Edge for Cutting Concrete

Metal track for cutting concrete in a straight line, Finishers Edge.The Finishers Edge is a new “straight-edge” cutting system designed to provide fast, affordable and a highly simplified means for cutting straight lines in concrete. Enclosed in a durable carrying case, the Finishers Edge comes with five stainless steel tracks; a 2', 3', 5', and (2) x 10' pieces.

Editors
Apr 1, 2002
Byron Klemaske II

When Byron was just 17 years old, in the early 1970s, he took a leap of faith and went to work for John T. Dryden Inc., a San Diego concrete imprinting company. He quickly became intrigued with the possibilities of the Bomanite process used by the company, and went on to develop innovative decorative concrete products, tools, methods and finishes. He expanded uses and markets for decorative concrete and trained many other notable people in the industry.

 

Editors
Decorative Concrete Hall Of Fame
Close Encounter with Concrete: Michael Littlefield, Mélange Studio

Exposed gears on the side of a concrete side table with exposed aggregate.Once 5-year-old Michael Littlefield touched uncured concrete, he couldn't keep his hands off it. Today, his obsession is his livelihood.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
concrete furniture , Artisan in Concrete
Jun 2, 2007
Are You Afraid to Seal Concrete?

Serene setting at a upscale hotel where luxurious lounge chair sit atop a stamped concrete pool deck.I firmly believe that the lifeblood of our industry is new and innovative products that continue to move the decorative market forward. A close second, the oxygen of our industry, is word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied clients who have had their expectations met.

Greg Iannone
Bomanite's Culture of Invention

decorative concrete company, Bomanite

Joe Maty
Add Design to Concrete Borders, Edging, Curbs and Gutters

Decorative concrete curb or edging around flower bed separates the grass from the bark mulch under the tree. A look at the possibilites for adding value to projects with decorative concrete edging, curbs, gutters and borders. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities for adding value to these projects with decorative techniques.

Gail Elber
Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
The Pros and Cons of Taking On Military Concrete Polishing Projects

AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) showcases polished concrete projects in many of its stores up to 150,000 square feet.

As a polishing consultant I get to wear several different hats, but by far the largest amount of my time is spent managing polished concrete programs for retailers. Polished concrete is an aesthetically beautiful and valuable flooring solution, but it is fairly specialized.

David Stephenson
Feb 27, 2013
Film-Forming Concrete Sealers and Their Effect on Color

Sealing concrete with a film-form concrete sealer changes the appearance of the colored concrete below.If you think clear sealers won’t affect the color of concrete, you’re right in some instances and wrong in others.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 9, 2011
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
Soy-based Concrete Stains

Swirls and spins painted onto a concrete floor using environmentally friendly soy-based concrete stains.Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.

Editors
Artisan in Concrete: American Concrete Concepts Inc. Springdale, Ark.

David Stephenson’s story encompasses everything from AmeriPolish to Wal-Mart to the Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Colts. It all began when he discovered polished concrete. 

Kelly O'Brien
polished concrete , contractor
Nov 11, 2009
Artisan in Concrete: CSolutions, Atlanta, Ga.

Decorative work is a growing part of this groundbreaking company, where business savvy meets design expertise.

Christina Camara
Artisan in Concrete
Mar 18, 2009
Choices in Fiber Reinforcement

You won't find this kind of fiber in bran muffins — learn about the fiber additives that strengthen concrete.

Loretta Hall
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