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It’s always a challenge to challenge to convince yourself to step away from the jobsite for a couple days. But, if you begin thinking long term, it makes sense to do it for the right reasons. Spend just a few days, August 17 – 19, with us at the Decorative Concrete Fair and it will be worth your while.
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.
The vast majority of homes have a patio, deck, or porch that could be a business opportunity for decorative concrete contractors. Help homeowners upgrade their new homes with decorative concrete, stamped patios, interior overlays, and stained concrete.
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?
Wood patterns for stamped concrete are an increasingly popular texture for concrete. More durable than real timbers, concrete stamped with a wood texture resists moisture and warping. Wood plank stamps can be used with fresh concrete and stampable overlays for new jobs and restoration.
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.
Learn to sell luxury decorative concrete patios to earn more money. Contractors can make more money by offering a premium product like stamped concrete and decorative overlays as an alternative to plain concrete. Even colored flatwork concrete can be a successful upsell.
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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Promoting your business is a lot easier with a website. Done right, it is the low cost way to find new customers and earn more money. Few advertising and marketing efforts benefit the decorative concrete contractor like an online presence.
Concrete restoration is the business opportunity with low barriers of entry. Get into decorative concrete by restoring concrete patios, driveways, and pool decks. Find alternative business opportunities. Increase your portfolio and win new jobs. Concrete restoration helps you earn more.
Stamped concrete is nothing without proper antiquing. Learn the values of adding a highlight color to textured concrete. Add depth to a patterned concrete surface and make the stamp texture pop. Use a secondary color to compliment the base color for the most attractive concrete.
There are many options for recoloring concrete. When it comes time to restore a concrete surface, it is important to pick the product that best suits your needs. Do you need to recolor stamped concrete? Do you need to color a flat concrete surface? Or do you plan on coloring a concrete block wall?