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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.

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 7, 2017
Concrete Decor Roadshow
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
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 6, 2017
Fundamentals of Business: Seven Strategies for Managing Working Capital

Jacob Webb
Jan 22, 2013
It's Time to CARE About Sales Silence

The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying. Small child drawing a chart with chalk on a blackboard.

Shhhh… Close your eyes and don’t make a sound. The sound of silence is the sound of sales increasing substantially for you and your company. The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying, before worrying about your next statement. It also represents the lack of time salespeople spend honing their sales skills

Ken Lundin
Feb 24, 2011
Concrete Floor Restoration Brings Historic Theater To Life

Bright colors on this restored concrete floor bring life back to an important piece of historyWhen California contractor Julio A. Hallack agreed to renovate the floors in Modesto’s State Theater — once a prime example of art deco architecture — he knew he had a big job ahead of him. Half the lobby consisted of terrazzo installed in 1934 and the other half was covered by filthy carpet that reeked from years of spilled beer and wine.

Rosemary Camozzi
Feb 25, 2011
Delineation of Concrete - Saw cutting concrete

How to saw cut driveway using delineation.Delineation is used on these jobs to separate the various irregular shapes and arches so that colors and stains don’t run together. The sawcuts themselves are either grouted or just left exposed, with the unstained concrete showing.

Jack Klein
Feb 23, 2011
Epoxy Floor Coating & Logo at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas

Concrete contractors work on detailing for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas using a stencil over epoxy coatings.

In a city where pawn shops are a dime a dozen, one pawn shop in particular is becoming legendary. Located off the Strip in downtown Las Vegas, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is the setting for the History channel’s “Pawn Stars,” a reality show documenting the antics of pawn business veterans

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 22, 2013
Trade Shows: What's in Them for You?

The decorative concrete industry is a niche market with a lot of players competing for work. An internet search for “decorative concrete contractor” will bring up nearly 3 million entries, and “concrete artisan” generates nearly 1 million. In local phone books, however, there are typically no such entries. Instead, potential customers must look up “concrete contractors” or “concrete products” and hope to find an ad or two detailing services among the dozens of company names.

Victoria K. Sicaras
The Broadcast
Jun 29, 2016
Bill Stegmeier

Concrete pool decks may seem like a fairly standard job for the layperson, but during the course of his career, Bill Stegmeier transformed the pool deck industry through his innovations. In the early 1950s, Bill owned a south Florida concrete construction firm that poured pool decks, as well as a chemical manufacturing company that supplied concrete additives.


Decorative Concrete Hall Of Fame
Feb 19, 2013
Ask Concrete Decor: Acid Staining, Powder Release Agents and More

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I am new to acid staining and would like to know the best floor prep for staining on old and new concrete?

Feb 23, 2011
Bring Concrete Back to Looking New by Cleaning and Resealing

Cleaning dirty concrete is easy following these easy steps. Bring that concrete slab back to looking new.Keep your customers happy and earn some extra cash with concrete cleaning and maintenance.

Christina Camara
Feb 25, 2011
How to Avoid Streaks on Concrete When Using Colored Release Powder

Streaks When Using Colored Release Powder

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
Apr 6, 2016
Deeply Penetrating Pigment Water Repellent Sealer / Stain - Acryl Pen

Acryl-Pen is a deeply penetrating, pigmented water repellent sealer/stain designed for both interior and exterior horizontal concrete and masonry surfaces. Shown in Amber.Surfaces are protected from discoloration caused by air pollution and the damage caused by freeze-thaw cycles, carbonation, graffiti, and pedestrian and vehicular-borne substances.

Mar 9, 2017
Architectural Bridge Honors Native Americans

Gold Line Light-Rail Bridge, Arcadia, California

Joe Maty
Project Profile
Oct 3, 2014
Jeff Patterson and Muller Construction Supply Mobile Training Trailer

Opened decorative concrete training trailerWell-stocked mobile training unit travels locally trailer educates contractors and customers

Feb 25, 2011
Picture Perfect

concrete waterfall photography5 tips for photographing hardscapes

The beauty of decorative concrete comes from its versatility and stunning final results. Each project’s unique traits help sell the next project. However, your future potential clients don’t necessarily have access to your past projects, which is why photography is a crucial component of your marketing plan — regardless of your company’s size.

Karen Keyes
marketing , photography , tips
Dec 27, 2016
The Portable Hippo Mixer for Easy Concrete Transport

Porta Hippo Mixer has an easy tilt feature that allows contractors to mix, transport and pour concrete easily.The Hippo Mixer’s easy tilt feature allows contractors to mix, transport and pour materials with unparalleled ease. With a mixing capacity of roughly 18 gallons (or 240 lbs), its high torque, 16-amp, two-speed motor makes it a natural for mixing self-leveling materials more productively while reducing operator fatigue.

Feb 25, 2011
Fixing Another Contractor's Mistake

Fixing Another Contractor's Mistake Whether it's your own work or someone else's, you may be called upon to fix a decorative concrete project gone awry. Trowel & Error is a new column that celebrates the fact that there's always a solution to every decorative concrete problem.

Richard Smith
Feb 16, 2011
The Allure and the Reality of Polishing Concrete

If World of Concrete 2011 was any indication, the polished concrete market will again see substantial growth in the coming year. It has become pretty clear that polished concrete is the hot market in decorative concrete right now. There was no shortage of equipment and chemical manufacturers touting the latest and greatest at the show, with each making a case for why their system was the best option on the market.

Chris Sullivan
Mar 16, 2011
Site Technologies Inc., Roswell, Ga.

For this niche contractor, it's all about the hardscapes.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 10, 2011