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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.

What's New In Decorative Concrete

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 12, 2017
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Get to know Joshua Annis of Joshua James Artistry

Carved concrete wall that looks like the inside of a cave by San Diego concrete contractor Joshua AnnisWith a passion for art and a love of sculpting, painting and pottery, Joshua Annis had the opportunity of a lifetime presented to him at a young age and at a time when he had no direction in his life and then along came concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
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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A Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor in a Michigan Art Gallery

Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Project Profile
Product Focus: B01 from Construcolor USA Ltd.

Designed as an easier-to-use, more controllable color system, Construcolor B01 integral pigment is a liquid gel that has been winning over skeptics for the last decade.

Editors
Product Focus
Aug 9, 2011
Terrazzo and Honed Concrete Chosen to Finesse Airport Rental Car Complex

When weary travelers pull or carry their bags across the plaza and into one of the lobbies of the Consolidated Rental Car Center at Lindbergh Field at the airport in San Diego, they probably won’t give much thought to the decorative concrete and terrazzo beneath their feet.

K. Schipper
Color Your World with Integrally Colored Concrete

Walt Disney World awesome integrally color concrete outdoor area.Choosing integrally colored concrete offers lasting color and design options with the right materials, tools and techniques.

Susan M. Brimo-Cox
Feb 1, 2001
Creating Unique Concrete Form Liners

With the concrete form removed the silhouettes of skate boarders can be seen in the pink foam.From skate parks to highway barriers, concrete walls are taking on a new look. Rather than monstrous monoliths of flat concrete looming on the horizon, extraordinary three-dimensional creations are popping up in cities and suburbs, along highways and beaches, next to mountains and in deserts — as one-of-a-kind works of art.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 8, 2004
Field Recon App Makes Quick Work of Jobsite Data

Workforce Recon jobsite appIs your business losing money by employees not documenting the work they are doing? Here is an app that can help.

Vanessa Salvia
Software & Apps
Feb 1, 2015
Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

Lee Levig
Jun 10, 2004
How Can You Minimize Sealer Slipperiness?

Sealing a concrete patioUsing grit additives has become the most common method for reducing slipperiness when sealing decorative concrete flatwork on exterior walking surfaces. The grit additives are mixed into the sealer, then the gritty sealer is applied to the concrete. However, as the question states, in this situation the weather was too cold to reseal the concrete. So another method needs to be used until springtime arrives and temperatures rise consistently above 50 F. 

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
Vegas Artisan Puts Fresh Concrete Stamp on Venerable Casino

Stamped concrete walkway in Las Vegas

Gail Elber
Project Profile
Concrete in Disguise: Creative Use of Decorative Forms and Liners Make Concrete Look Like What It's Not

large scale colored concrete retaining wallStructurally unbeatable, decorative forms and form-liners are creating a timely and profitable advantage on more and more jobsites, big and small.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 1, 2001
Concrete Contractor Veterans Share Techniques for How to Stamp Concrete

Misty hillside spa surrounded by amazing concrete rocks tumbling down beside stamped concrete stairs.Experts share some secrets for honing your concrete stamping skills.

Denise Wendt
Aug 23, 2002
Product Focus: Hydro Guard from Southwestern Paint and Supply LLC

Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Product Focus
Aug 9, 2011
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
Environmental Issues Can Impact Exterior Acid-Stain Projects

Acid-stained concrete has been popular for decades. The process of acid staining is well documented, as are the key precautionary items to look for before and during application. When I first started troubleshooting decorative concrete problems around 2001, I got a lot of calls involving acid stains. oday, I might get these calls a few times a year. Thanks to real-world experience, continuing education and better specifications, issues with acid stains have been greatly reduced.

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
Concrete Contractors across the country share insights on what helps them succeed

Contractors across the country share insights on what helps them succeedWhile surveying my peers, I discovered that contractors approach projects differently and require a great variety of tools to get the job done. Perhaps this is why our industry is so innovative and unique.

Karen Keyes
Floating Concrete

Floating Concrete Tools, Finishing Concrete Floors One of the most basic yet important steps in finishing concrete, floating is as much of an art as it is a science. After the heavy lifting and digging involved in preparing a site for pouring concrete, floating it contrarily requires precise tools and a light hand.

Elizabeth Gillette
Concrete to Dye For

Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

Amy Johnson
Thin-Shell Concrete Structures

There is more than one way to create a concrete home — and the thin-shell method produces dwellings of unparalleled beauty. 

Amy Johnson
thin shell concrete structures
Nov 11, 2009
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