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.

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

First Canadian Concrete Expo

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.

WOC: Solomon Colors & Concrete Cares

WOC: 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 Brick Textures

Cobble and brick pattern stamps are common finishes for a variety of applications – including streetscapes, walk paths, and patios.

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.

Todd Rose Presents at Concrete Decor Show

Todd Rose Presents at Concrete Decor Show

Todd Rose, Solomon Colors Area Manager and training guru, will present two educational courses at the Concrete Decor Show. He will also be available at Solomon Colors/Brickform Booth #308, as well Area Manager Ross Urshan.

Crete and Brews:

Crete and Brews:

Concrete and beer are a match made in heaven! More specifically, concrete is a good choice for flooring and décor in breweries, pubs, and bars. Concrete offers a combination of durability, serviceability, and aesthetic that makes it especially attractive for breweries, wineries, and all manners of watering holes. 

It All Comes Down To Sealer

It All Comes Down To Sealer

Sealers are the unsung heroes of the decorative concrete world. You and your clients will fret over choosing just the right textures, patterns, and colors. But how much time do you spend considering the sealer? Do your clients even know about this step?

Train to Win at Decorative Concrete

Train to Win at Decorative Concrete

There’s nothing quite like some good, old fashioned hands-on training. We host Contractor Education Seminars every year in Springfield, IL and Rialto, CA during the Spring and Fall seasons. These training programs offer a comprehensive look at core decorative concrete skills such as finishing and placement, stamping, staining, and sealing.

Decorative Concrete in the Basement:

Decorative Concrete in the Basement:

Patios and driveways may make up the meat and potatoes of your business. But what about other opportunities? Consider basements as your next avenue for growth. Read on to discover why it could be in your best interest to start selling clients on the benefits of decorative concrete finishes in their basement.