Manufacturer training events offer the distinct advantage of deep knowledge. Manufacturers, like Solomon Colors and Brickform, know their individual products better than anyone else, so they can offer the greatest depth of knowledge. Furthermore, manufacturers tend to have resources not available to other trainers. Because training is not how they make money, manufacturer training programs tend to be more cost effective than other comprehensive programs.
Most contractors are hesitant to take their crews off the jobsite and spend money on training, especially in the middle of the busy season. It makes sense to want to keep your crews out there finishing jobs and making money. But taking part in a quality training program can more than make up for the expense and lost time. Learning new skills and improving old ones increases the quality of work and earning potential over time. One long weekend of training can pay dividends for years to come.
Solomon Colors has announced the full list of trainers, speakers, exhibiting organizations, and vendors for the 2017 Decorative Concrete Fair. This list includes some of the biggest experts in decorative concrete, respected industry groups, media outlets, and world-leading product and equipment manufacturers.
Few people can run out and start expertly stamping concrete, staining, placing overlays, or polishing concrete on day one. Experience and training are necessary to master the craft. But the problem is, training often takes time and money that simply isn’t available to the busy concrete contractor.
More people buy existing houses than build new ones. It is common practice for new homeowners to renovate, remodel, and generally alter their home to make it more to their liking and better suit their lifestyle. Enterprising decorative concrete professionals can easily capitalize on this fact.
As an industry, we have many big meetings, shows, and conferences every year. There are events for every conceivable segment of concrete, masonry, and cement. But how many of those are aimed squarely at contractors? And how many are meant for the decorative concrete contractor? If you’re working hard, stamping concrete, staining, and installing decorative overlays, what’s out there for you to see the latest tools, techniques, and products?
We tend to fixate on using stamped concrete for a limited scope of applications – driveways, patios, sidewalks, pools. But there is more it can do. One of the more unlikely options is as a replacement for hardwood and engineered wood floors. Read more to find out how stamped concrete can effectively compete with hardwood.
Professionalism is important to continued and sustainable success. It can be difficult to maintain, but professionalism pays off. When you demonstrate the core values of a professional – competency, honesty, preparation, and consideration – you improve your chances of making the sale and developing long term, repeat customers who gladly recommend you to others. Respect your customer, respect your crew, and respect yourself.
The value added prospect of decorative concrete is unique for the contractor. It relies heavily on the margin between the extra time and material expense and the customer’s higher perceived value of the finished product. This difference represents the additional potential earnings for the contractor, versus traditional, non-decorative concrete work.
World of Concrete is the highlight of the year for the concrete and masonry industries. As a result, most exhibitors try to have something big to show off at World of Concrete. Here’s a quick preview of what Solomon Colors is bringing to the show for 2017:
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A good website can help net you more sales, grow your business, and build your reputation. And it doesn't have to be hard. Read more to learn why you need a website and how to get started.
Concrete restoration is how many contractors break into decorative concrete. The barrier to entry can be relatively low and the opportunities are plenty. Concrete restoration is how Brickform Training guru John Reynolds got his start and it could be how you get yours.
Antiquing goes by many names, including release color, accent color, and highlight color. Simply put, antiquing is an additional color used to accent and highlight textured concrete. It is formed when a secondary color is applied to a textured concrete surface, generally in the deeper areas of the impression.
This is a common question at Brickform training. On the surface, the products seem fairly similar. They are both surface-applied coloring agents. They both create opaque color. They both come with the complete Brickform Standard Color Selection. There are a few significant differences that dictate when, where, and how both Cem-Coat and Freestyle Pro are used. Find your application below to see which is better and why.
Exposed aggregate is a classic decorative finish for concrete. It is arguably the oldest form of decorative concrete, dating back to the early 20th century. Exposed aggregate is a versatile finish for flatwork, vertical applications, and as a component of larger, more complex projects. Surface Deactivator is the exposed aggregate surface retarder from Solomon Colors. It is just one of the many products offered by Solomon Colors to make exposed aggregate better. Surface Deactivator offers more control and consistency than sugar-based retarders.