Concrete is a wonderful building material. Problem is, it’s a huge reservoir of energy. Engineers call it embodied energy. It’s the energy used to mine the limestone, grind it into a powder, mix it with water, bake it, grind it into a powder again all while transporting it numerous times.
According to a recent article in Concrete Construction magazine, “Concrete produces 5 percent of global CO2 emissions – as much as the entire country of Russia.” That’s huge!
Why are we telling you this? Each of us in the decorative concrete industry should understand our resources and their impact on the world. Sharing that info with your clients may convince them to remodel rather than replace their concrete. That’s…
- Good news for you because you’ll earn a profit,
- Good news for the client because they’ll soon have lovely, durable decorative concrete, and
- Good for the environment because many potential CO² molecules will be eliminated by not requiring new concrete.
That’s not even considering the fossil fuels used or the emissions from tear outs, bringing in new, and disposing of the old.
Engrave-A-Crete systems and processes are designed to make existing concrete look good. Beautiful even! Check out our gallery. You’ll find some great before & after pics that prove our point.
Of course you will encounter a few instances of unusable, unstable concrete that must be torn out. For most concrete surfaces, though, simply making them more attractive and livable is the goal.
So, when you’re staining and engraving that next job, know that you’re helping sustain a healthy world environment that generally gets far too much abuse.
Have questions about engraving and staining? Give us a call at 800-884-2114. Check out our training opportunities here.