What Makes Manufacturer Sponsored Training Special

What Makes Manufacturer Sponsored Training Special

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.

Training Costs Too Much: The Time and Money Value of Decorative Concrete Training

Training Costs Too Much: The Time and Money Value of Decorative Concrete Training

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.

Decorative Concrete Fair Finalizes Exhibitors

Decorative Concrete Fair Finalizes Exhibitors

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.

The Best Value in Training

The Best Value in Training

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.

How Renovation Projects Help Concrete Contractors

How Renovation Projects Help Concrete Contractors

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.

Join Us For The First Decorative Concrete Fair

Join Us For The First Decorative Concrete Fair

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?

Substituting Hardwood Flooring With Stamped Concrete

Substituting Hardwood Flooring With Stamped Concrete

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.

Real Pros Act Profesional

Real Pros Act Profesional

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.

Contest at KC Bobcat Demo! Congrats Bearded Wonders!

The team "Bearded Wonders" took on the challenge to create a pattern and coat a board with Brickform SM Pro in 30 minutes. Tim O'Bryan, Division General Manager second from left, pulled out $100 cash and threw down the challenge to the 20 in attendance. Mark Grismore, Bobcat Decorative Champion, middle rallied the troops and hosted an awesome training program.  KC Bobcat has three locations, Tracy, MO, Blue Springs, MO and Olathe, MO.

From Steve Johnson - Area Sales Manager

How Decorative Concrete Adds Value For The Concrete Contractor

How Decorative Concrete Adds Value For The Concrete Contractor

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 2017 Preview

World of Concrete 2017 Preview

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:

Sign Up For MyConcreteContactor.com - WIN A TABLET!

Sign Up For MyConcreteContactor.com - WIN A TABLET!

Sign up for MyConcreteContractor.com between January 17th, 2017 and February 17th, 2017 for a chance to win a Samsung Tab2 tablet! If you're going to be at the World of Concrete, stop by booth # O41054 for details. Offer only valid for decorative concrete contractors - review MyConcreteContarctor.com terms of service for eligibility.

How to Use a Website to Grow Your Business

How to Use a Website to Grow Your Business

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.

Special Offer for WOC 2017!

Use the code BUY when registering for World of Concrete 2017 for $40 Exhibit-Only admission. The World of Concrete 2017 takes place between January 16 and 20, 2017. Exhibits run from January 17 to 20.

How To Build Success With Concrete Restoration

How To Build Success With Concrete Restoration

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.

What is Antiquing?

What is Antiquing?

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.

When should I use Cem-Coat versus FreestylePRO?

When should I use Cem-Coat versus FreestylePRO?

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.

Live Photos at Structural Materials Demo - Grand Forks, ND

Here we've got some live photos taken by John Reynolds at the Brickform demo at Structural Materials in Grand Forks, ND. Josh Cunninghaminstructs attendees on the finer points of stamping with Brickform textures and Color Hardener. Hopefully those dark clouds don't rain on their parade!

All About Exposed Aggregate

All About Exposed Aggregate

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.

VIP Offer For International CP&S Conference & Expo

VIP Offer For International CP&S Conference & Expo

Polish your skills at the 2016 International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference and Expo. This is the only event of its kind. If you are even slightly interested in concrete polishing and concrete staining, the CP&S show is a must-attend. With more than 20 technical and business management seminars – including an All Day Leadership Boot Camp with Brad Humphrey – and dozens of manufacturer exhibits, the CP&S show is perfect for improving your skills, growing your business, and networking.

Lythic and Solomon Colors are bringing you an exclusive VIP offer. Register online with the promo code SOLO for free access to the exhibit hall. While you’re there, make sure to visit us at Booth #101. We will be discussing the latest and greatest in easy-to-use, environmentally friendly, polishing and maintenance products.

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