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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.

A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

K. Schipper
Apr 11, 2017
Concrete Decor Roadshow
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 8, 2017
Medallions, Part 1: A Compass Full of Triangles

Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I’ve anxiously awaited medallions. The first one I ever did was exciting and a definite “aha” moment because it changed the direction of my career. At the time, I had just started out working for the company I now own. Back then, all we engraved were 2-foot tile and brick patterns.

Rick Lobdell
Apr 7, 2017
Barnsco Decorative Concrete Supply
Decorative Concrete Tips: When To Drain a Pool for Pool Deck Repairs

Outdoor pool with red pool deckTrouble can arise when working beside a filled pool, in all sorts of ways. BBs from a shot blaster, for instance, can get into the water and leave rust stains. To protect pools, some contractors fashion floating drop cloths. Bubble Wrap taped to the tiles can do the trick. Other contractors prefer working on emptied swimming pools.

Jun 24, 2004
Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum
Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Need a Tool? Make it yourself!

A six-inch edger was transformed into a customized chamfer tool to provide a clean, straight and more consistent finish on the top edge of retaining walls and precast wall panels.It happens often: A concrete contractor is faced with a project that requires adaptations to an existing form or tool to shape the concrete during that critical hour before it turns hard.

Aug 1, 2005
Haivala Concrete Tools Magnesium Beveling Hand Tool

On display for the first time at this year's World of Concrete show. The new magnesium "beveling" hand tool is designed to slope the concrete edge under overhead garage doors keeping water from flowing into the building

Feb 15, 2002
Tiger Stripes in a San Diego Kitchen

Tiger stripped metallic concrete floor - epoxy.

Vanessa Salvia
Final Pour
How to Win a Decorative Concrete Contest: Take Great Photos

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 11, 2017
Decorative Resurfacing of Cracked Concrete Balconies

Fixing cracks in concrete decks by using semi-rigid epoxy that allows slight movement.More often than not, decorative resurfacing begins with some type of repair, whether it be patching of small holes before a chemical stain, thin repair of spalled concrete, crack repair, or a full depth structural repair. This article will discuss a project requiring both repair and prevention of recurring cracks on post-tensioned concrete decks.

Dan Cook
Apr 1, 2002
Maintenance of a Concrete Floor from a Customer's Perspective

Maintaining a concrete floor - he maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.he maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.

David Stephenson
The Polishing Consultant
Nov 1, 2014
Kwik-Top: Polymer-modified Cement Specially Formulated to Renew Concrete

Polymer-modified concrete on a pool deckKwik-Top, from Versatile Building Products, is a polymer-modified cement specially formulated to renew concrete. It can be used to apply broom, troweled, knockdown or orange peel finishes over driveways, sidewalks, pool decks, patios or any other floor surface.

Mar 13, 2003
How To: Prep for a Concrete Staining Job

Preparing the concrete job site is an important part of any staining or coloring project.As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 31, 2011
Fast Self-leveling Concrete Crack Repair Product

Two part repair product for cracks in a concrete slab.DP-600 Concrete Repair products from 3M offer a fast way for concrete repair people to get their fill.

Nov 8, 2005
ASCC-DCC 2013 Award Winners

Protecting Your Concrete Work Surface on the Job Site

Doug Carlton
Tried and True Recipes for Concrete Homes

Cast in place concrete is used to build this concrete buildingJust like there’s more than one way to make chocolate chip cookies, there are plenty of ways to build concrete homes with satisfying results. Here’s a synopsis of the main options on the market.

Jun 28, 2004
Carlton's Corner: Disorganization Is Hurting Your Business

Let me ask if this sounds like somebody you know — you put in years perfecting your decorative concrete craft and consider yourself an expert in your field. Past customers appreciated your skill, courtesy and professionalism, and they refer friends and relatives to your services. But recently you have noticed something is changing, and this change makes you uneasy. Sure, you have sharpened the pencil, but it seems most months come and go leaving you asking where all the money is going.

Doug Carlton
Carlton's Corner
Oct 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete in Cold Climates

Got cold feet about offering decorative work in wintry climates? It's being done with great success!

Susan Brimo-Cox
Product Profile: ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant

From American Decorative Concrete Supply Co.

Aug 8, 2009