Decorative Concrete Color Enhancing Wax

Decorative Concrete Color Enhancing Floor WaxEngrave-A-Crete is proud to add Color Enhancing Concrete Floor Wax (CEC Floor Wax) to its prestigious line of decorative concrete products. CEC Floor Wax is an environmentally friendly material using natural waxes derived from renewable resources.

While CEC Floor Wax can be used on any interior concrete surface, it is particularly useful for floors that may have water ingress from below the slab.

CEC Floor Wax has unique characteristics:

  • No harsh, chemical odor
  • Non-combustible and safe to use in any interior environment
  • Makes colors pop
  • Breathable
  • Natural antimicrobial properties
  • Simple application
  • Easy maintenance – buff out scuffs easily by hand

CEC Floor Wax is ideal for use on:

  • Floors with moisture issues – ideal for basements
  • Acid stained or integral colored concrete
  • Micro toppings
  • Plain gray concrete
  • Smooth masonry surfaces

To learn more about Concrete Resurrection Color Enhancing Concrete Floor Wax, visit our website at EngraveACrete.com or give us a call at 1-800-884-2114

A SMART TAX MOVE | BUY NOW

Put (or keep) some dollars in your pocket this tax year!

There’s still time to purchase the Engrave-A-Crete tools or equipment that will give you the competitive edge you’ve been dreaming of. Simply buy and use them by the end of the year to save big bucks with the tax breaks provided by the Section 179 Tax Deduction.

According to Section 179.org:

“When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example.)

“Now while it’s true that this is better than no write-off at all, most business owners would really prefer to WRITE OFF THE ENTIRE EQUIPMENT PURCHASE PRICE FOR THE YEAR THEY BUY IT.

“In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That’s the whole purpose behind Section 179 – to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written off on the 2015 tax return (up to 25,000.)”

CAUTION: To take advantage of the current deduction and any retroactive raise (that Congress may approve,) you must buy the equipment and place it into service by 12/31/2015. Use Form 4562 to claim your deduction.

While we aren’t tax preparers, we do know a good deal for small and medium businesses when we see one.

Talk with your tax preparer now for complete details. Here are a couple of links to help you learn more:

www.section179.org

http://www.crestcapital.com/tax_deduction_calculator

Check out our complete line of decorative concrete tools, products, processes and training at EngraveACrete.com. Or, give us a call at 1-800-884-2114. We have same day shipping.

Decorative Concrete Business |Judge Judy Says…

Decorative concrete court gavelHave you heard of Judge Judy? She’s the outspoken, no nonsense TV judge who cuts right to the chase with no worry about hurting anyone’s feelings as she asks questions and makes her judgment.

What would Judge Judy say about your case if a customer brought you to court over a job you’ve completed? Or, what would she say if you’re trying to collect from a customer who repeatedly finds fault with your work through no fault of yours and delays payment?

Remodeling Magazine recently published an online article entitled “How Judge Judy Taught Me to Be a Better Remodeler” and it brings up some valid points that might keep you out of Judge Judy’s courtroom, or any other courtroom for that matter.

  1. Make sure the important things are in writing. Look at your paper trail. Your original contract with the customer is obviously critical, but that’s not all. Change orders, for instance, can be particularly important so they don’t get overlooked and are carried out as written. They also serve as a reminder to the customer that they agreed to the change. Make sure they are signed by both you and the customer so there are no misunderstandings.
  2. If you have numerous employees, subcontracts, change orders, permits, etc. then you may need to hire a contract administrator to help you keep things filed and up to date.
  3. Focus on communication skills with your decorative concrete customer, subcontractors, and everyone involved in the project. Be sure everyone on both sides knows who can make decisions and/or promises, and who’s the No. 1 person in charge of the project.

You can read the entire article here. It has some good reminders to keep you and your decorative concrete company out of legal hot water, and especially out of Judge Judy’s courtroom.

Visions-N-Crete Flagstone | Decorative Concrete Profile

Visions N Crete flagstone with deer prints 3Flagstone is a popular decorative concrete pattern around the world. The amazing thing is that no two flagstone jobs turn out exactly the same.

Color choice, shading, layout, grout line size…the list of differences goes on and on, making each installation one of a kind.

Brian Houghton of Visions-N-Crete with the Engrave-A-Crete Shark.

Brian Houghton of Visions-N-Crete with the Engrave-A-Crete Shark.

 

 

Brian Houghton of Visions-n-Crete, Keene, NH has learned that personalizing a flagstone pattern results in a beautiful installation and one the customer will love.

 

 

 

Visions N Crete plain concrete

 

A plain gray concrete walkway and front porch in Swanzey, NH served as a blank palette for Brian on this job.

 

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete stain

After consulting with the customer, he applied Concrete Resurrection Mountain Road and Honey Oak Reactive Acid Chemical Stains to transform the concrete into an attractive surface.

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete flagstone deer

 

While a simple flagstone pattern would have been beautiful, Brian added an engraved deer head pattern, using an Engrave-A-Crete template and the KaleidoCrete tools to up the “Wow!” factor.

 

Visions N Crete decorative concrete flagstoneThe remainder of the walk and porch were engraved with a flagstone pattern, again using Engrave-A-Crete templates.

The result was eye catching and outstanding.

 

Visions N Crete flagsone with deer hoof prints

But Brian wasn’t done. Next he engraved deer hoof prints meandering naturally along the walkway.

Can we say unique? And beautiful? Absolutely!

 

Visions N Crete flagstone decorative concrete finished

Outstanding work, Brian! We love seeing your installations that are a notch above the ordinary.

 

To see more of Brian’s impressive work, visit and Like his Visions-n-Crete Facebook page, or go to his website at http://www.visionsncrete.com.

To learn more about the KaleidoCrete system that Brian uses for his engraving, visit our website at http://engraveacrete.com/kaleidocrete.

You can view our template gallery here and learn more about Concrete Resurrection Reactive Acid Chemical stains here.

Concrete Acid Stain |Certain Color Changes

RAC Azure Sky Concrete Acid Stain

RAC Azure Sky

Four of our Concrete Resurrection Reactive Acid Chemical Stain colors (RAC) have an asterisk beside them in our catalog and on our website. We often get questions about that, and we’d like to share the answers.

 

 

 

RAC Summer Wheat Concrete Acid Stain

RAC Summer Wheat

Which RAC stains have the asterisk beside the color names?

Olive Mist, Azure Sky, Mossy Oak and Summer Wheat

 

RAC Mossy Oak Concrete Acid Stain

RAC Mossy Oak

 

What does the asterisk mean?

It means those four colors are for interior use only because they contain copper atoms. All of the other RAC colors are for indoor or outdoor use.

 

What happens if I use one of the four marked colors outdoors?

Maybe nothing out of the ordinary. On the other hand, the outdoor concrete may turn a SHADE OF BLACK that may or may not be ugly depending on your point of view. It’s probably NOT what your customer was looking for though, or you either since it’s a permanent condition. Don’t risk it.

RAC Olive Mist Concrete Acid Stain

RAC Olive Mist

What causes the color change?

Oxidization causes the lovely color you started with to turn black. Outdoor slabs usually don’t have a vapor barrier underneath them so moisture from the ground migrates up through the concrete. When the water molecules reach the concrete acid stain, they react with the copper atoms in It and oxidize.

Could this same reaction take place on an interior floor?

Yes, if there is excessive moisture present. Interior floors usually have a vapor barrier though, and that prevents the problem. Always test the concrete with a moisture meter before you take any job regardless of the stain color. Know what you’re dealing with before you begin.

Have more questions about RAC stain? We offer free customer support to those using Concrete Resurrection stains. We don’t, however, answer questions about other brands of stain since we don’t know those products or how they’ll react in any given situation.

You can reach us by email at info@engraveacrete.com, use the Live Chat feature on our website, or give us a call at 800-884-2114 where a real person answers the phone.