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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.

New is in the Eyes of the Beholder

decorative concrete newsWhat’s new in decorative concrete? That was a popular question that came my way multiple times during the recent World of Concrete. I realize my name is out there, but I’m a long way from having a crystal ball to be able to predict what the future of our industry holds.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 7, 2017
Concrete Decor Roadshow
Making the Mold - 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 7, 2017
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
Re-fashioning the Fashion Show Mall

concrete in the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas

K. Schipper
Project Profile
Jan 11, 2016
New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter

Wet-grind hard concrete floor

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Hands-on Grinding & Polishing Tips
Jun 24, 2014
Project Profile: A 26-Foot Color Logo for a Florida High School

Ted Uram
May 16, 2013
Top Marketing Trends for 2017 Focus on Websites, Newsletters and Social Media

The beginning of a new calendar year marks the time when many reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the coming year. In the practice of marketing, we often examine what methods worked in promoting our company’s products and services.

Ashley Kizzire
trends , marketing
Dec 27, 2016
A Clearer Picture: Understanding Image Resolution

understanding image resolution

Jay Thompson
The Broadcast
Aug 3, 2015
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
Nov 24, 2014
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.

Feb 23, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: The Two-Day Pour

Matching up two concrete pours can be a challenge. Learn some trips to a successful two-day pour.Some large projects will require more than one pour to complete. Whether you are doing an overlay or stamped concrete, matching in to the previous days work is very important. Having a project look uniform from start to finish, will lessen headaches, make happier customers and sell more work.

Joe Francis
Mar 16, 2017
Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Jan 8, 2015
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2011 Inductees

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame announced its first group of honorees at the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Phoenix, Ariz.  It was only fitting that the Hall of Fame welcome its 2011 inductees at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show, held last March in Nashville, Tenn.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 5, 2011
Are You Ready to Be a Project Manager?

Concrete installation project manager

Mark Celebuski
May 14, 2014
Tips for Buying and Maintaining Concrete Stamping Tools

Close-up of a red stamp matContractors and manufacturers share tips for buying and maintaining these essential tools.

John Strieder
Feb 25, 2011
Improve Your Sales and Customer Relations with a Decorative Concrete Design Center

Colorado Hardscape's Concrete Design Center Showroom

Karen Van Heukelem
Concrete in Colorado
May 12, 2015
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
Project Profile: Polishing in a Second-Story Condominium

Joe Maty
Jan 28, 2013
Customer Service Continues Long After the Concrete Dries

Problems two years later? The timeline for customer service has no limits.

Larry Ross
Feb 16, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Getting an Early Start on a Profitable Spring

For some in the decorative concrete industry, this spring can’t come too early. The doldrums of winter take a toll not only on the pocketbook, but also on our creative juices as artists and promoters.

Doug Carlton
Feb 14, 2012
The Concretist Inc.

Mike Miller, a Benicia, Calif., artist, calls his work "sensory concrete."

Chris Camara
Feb 15, 2011