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What are Form Liners

What are Form Liners

Exposed edges of concrete can be ugly. When form liners and step liners are so easy to use, why not upgrade that pool coping, stair face, riser, or patio edge? Form liners and step liners are perfect for steps, concrete countertops, and pool decks.

Artificial Stone Overlays

Artificial Stone Overlays

 Artificial stone finishes can be made with decorative concrete overlays. Mimic natural flagstone, paving stones, and slate with microtoppings, overlays, and stencils. Repair cracks and improve appearances.

Rapid Restorations

Rapid Restorations

Speed often means profit, especially with decorative concrete overlays. Concrete restoration is the best way to improve existing concrete affordably and quickly. Repair concrete in less time using decorative overlays.  

Easy Upgrades For Concrete

Easy Upgrades For Concrete

Upgrade exposed aggregate finishes with reusable stencils. Easily and quickly add value to almost any project to make more money with decorative concrete. Decorate broom finishes, trowel finishes, and exposed aggregate.

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: 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

Demo Recap

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.

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.

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. 

Stamp Placement Videos

Stamp Placement Videos

If you want to be successful when stamping concrete, it is important to be familiar with the layout and fit of the texturing tools. Improperly fitted tools lead to squeeze ups, sloppy grout lines, and generally poor texture. Even if you fit the tools properly, unfamiliarity with the textures will make the process slower, reduce the quality of the finished product, and make the process more difficult.