Decorative Concrete Fair Featured Project

Decorative Concrete Fair Featured Project

The centerpiece project for the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair is a premium outdoor living space. This luxury installation will coordinate with many of the demonstrations so attendees can see a finished product before and during the demo. Learn how to incorporate multiple varied decorative concrete elements into the same project.

DCF Trainer Profile: Greg Hyde Hryniewicz

DCF Trainer Profile: Greg Hyde Hryniewicz

At the Decorative Concrete Fair, Greg will share his knowledge on the wide variety of skills it takes to build, grow, and maintain a successful decorative concrete contracting company. Attend his seminar to learn about all of the non-technical things you need to know in order to thrive.

DCF Trainer Profile: Rachel Knigge Bruce

DCF Trainer Profile: Rachel Knigge Bruce

If you attended the 2017 Decorative Concrete Fair, you will likely remember Rachel Knigge Bruce’s stenciling demonstration. Rachel, with her stencil and design company FloorMaps, return for the 2018 Fair for a new and improved demonstration.

DCF Trainer Profile: Tom Ralston

DCF Trainer Profile: Tom Ralston

Tom's passion has been decorative and specialty concrete. His recognized expertise has allowed him the opportunity to share his knowledge through seminars and “hands on” training for over 15 years. As one of the biggest names in the decorative concrete game, Tom is the guy to learn from!

Game of Stones: Prove Your Skill!

Game of Stones: Prove Your Skill!

Design. Compete. Win. The Game of Stones at the Decorative Concrete Fair is your chance to prove your worth. This decorative concrete competition is your chance to use your skills - the same ones you use to make a living - to gain acclaim, earn bragging rights, and win thousands of dollars in prizes.

DCF Trainer Profile: Ryan Lakebrink

DCF Trainer Profile: Ryan Lakebrink

Ryan Lakebrink - president of Lakebrink Custom Concrete, application expert for The Art of Concrete, and Director for the ASCC’s Decorative Council and Polishing Board - will conduct a wet polishing demonstration using Lythic products and Wagman tools at the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair

DCF Trainer Profile: Brandon Gore

DCF Trainer Profile: Brandon Gore

Learn to differentiate yourself in the market by expanding into concrete countertops. Brandon Gore is one of the leading talents for cast-in-place countertops and concrete furniture. Benefit from his years of experience and innovation by attending the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair.

DCF Trainer Profile: Dylan Lauger

DCF Trainer Profile: Dylan Lauger

At the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair, Dylan will lend his skills to demonstrating scored and stained concrete. Learn how to expertly decorate interior floors and outdoor patios using only sawcuts and color.

DCF Trainer Profile: Chris Sullivan

DCF Trainer Profile: Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan is a prolific author, speaker, and educator on topics relating to decorative concrete. He will also be a presenter at the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair. Chris will share his varied expertise on decorative concrete systems and processes.

DCF Trainer Profile: Cement Sisters

DCF Trainer Profile: Cement Sisters

The Cement Sisters are the first Decorative Concrete Fair trainers we’re featuring prior to the event. This sisterly trio will demonstrate carving, texturing, and staining concrete with Brickform Vertical Mix. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to read about more trainers and features.

Demo Recap - HD Supply White Cap in Sun Valley, CA

Demo Recap - HD Supply White Cap in Sun Valley, CA

Solomon Colors conducted yet another educational demonstration at the HD Supply White Cap in Sun Valley, CA on May 9th, 2018. Like any other Brickform demo, this one was an excellent chance for staff and customers alike to develop familiarity with decorative concrete products and techniques.

New For 2018 At The Decorative Concrete Fair

New For 2018 At The Decorative Concrete Fair

The Decorative Concrete Fair has returned for 2018. It promises a holistic, well-rounded learning and networking experience for anyone in the decorative concrete industry. With expanded classroom learning opportunities, improved demonstrations, and an all new competition, the 2018 Decorative Concrete Fair is the best training value for your time and money.

What Is A Hardscape?

What Is A Hardscape?

Hardscape is a blanket category for any manmade materials incorporated into a landscape. Typically, the term hardscape is used to refer to patios, walkways, retaining walls, and other similar structures. Hardscapes can be made from a variety of materials including natural stone, brick, pavers, wood, and concrete.

Profile of a Successful Demo

Profile of a Successful Demo

Throughout the year, Solomon Colors helps facilitate dozens of educational demonstrations at customer locations. These demos are a valuable tool for the ready-mix producer, materials distributor, and the concrete contractor. They present the opportunity to develop relationships, build skills, and grow demand. On February 28th, 2018 Carew Concrete held one such demonstration, with the help of Solomon Colors, at their Appleton, WI plant.

Saving Labor While Increasing Value

Saving Labor While Increasing Value

The largest expense for any business is labor. Reducing labor costs and improving efficiency is the best way to increase the bottom line. But that raises the question: “How do you decrease labor costs in a labor-intensive field like decorative concrete?” Here are four ways to decrease labor costs in decorative concrete and improve the bottom line.

First Canadian Concrete Expo a Resounding Success

First Canadian Concrete Expo a Resounding Success

On February 7th and 8th, Solomon Colors exhibited at the first annual Canadian Concrete Expo in Toronto, ON. A steady stream of concrete contractors, materials suppliers, ready mix producers, precast producers, and block manufacturers came by the Solomon Colors booth.

World of Concrete: Solomon Colors & Concrete Cares

World of Concrete: Solomon Colors & Concrete Cares

It’s become tradition, at this point, that Solomon Colors will be part of Concrete Cares’ efforts at World of Concrete. Every year, Concrete Cares attends the World of Concrete to receive donations and raffle tools to raise money for cancer charities. As a charity-oriented company, Solomon Colors always happily supports Concrete Cares in the fight against cancer.

World of Concrete 2018 Preview

World of Concrete 2018 Preview

Solomon Colors will be in the Silver Lot, in our usual place near the South Hall. Stop by and see us at World of Concrete 2018! Use the code "BUY" to receive a discount when you register for an exhibit only pass at World of Concrete. 

How To Stamp Using Fan Patterned Stamps

Fan textures are usually composed of brick for cobble textures arranged in a semi-circle patterns. There can have a rounded concave or pointed convex. With the concave bottom, the top of next texture will center nicely behind the next. Convex textures will sit offset of the previous row.  Fan patterns create beautiful impressions reminiscent of European streets.

  • It’s always a good idea to lay out your tools and get organized ahead of time.
  • Place and finish the slab as you normally would.
  • After you’ve finished the slab and are waiting for it to firm up, start prepping your tools.
  • Use Brickform Antique Release and Liquid Release to protect your tools and the concrete while stamping.
  • Apply Antique Release to the bottom of the stamps prior to stamping. Apply it to the concrete at a rate of 800 to 1000 square feet per bucket. Too much release will result in a false imprint while too little will cause the texture tools to stick to the concrete.
  • Start by using corresponding texture skins around the edge of the slab and in hard to reach areas.
  • Use Brickform Touch-Up Wheels to help create crisp, clean grout lines.

How To Stamp Using Brick Textures

Cobble and brick pattern stamps are common finishes for a variety of applications – including streetscapes, walk paths, and patios. They provide a vintage appearance that works well in old areas and new construction alike. Failure to master placement of these textures, however, can lead to a cheesy, cartoonish look. Watch this video to see how to best stamp using cobble and brick stamp patterns.

  • It’s always a good idea to lay out your tools and get organized ahead of time.
  • Place and finish the slab as you normally would.
  • After you’ve finished the slab and are waiting for it to firm up, start prepping your tools.
  • Use Brickform Antique Release and Liquid Release to protect your tools and the concrete while stamping.
  • Apply Antique Release to the bottom of the stamps prior to stamping. Apply it to the concrete at a rate of 800 to 1000 square feet per bucket. Too much release will result in a false imprint while too little will cause the texture tools to stick to the concrete.
  • When stamping, make sure your first tool is lined up perfectly square.
  • For easier stamping, consider cutting a tool in half to use at the edge of the slab.