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 Transformed | Sell More, Protect Earth

decorative concrete remodelConcrete 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.

Concrete ready for decorative concrete makeover

 

That’s not even considering the fossil fuels used or the emissions from tear outs, bringing in new, and disposing of the old.

 

Decorative concrete flagstone

 

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.

Introducing ReCharger Variable Mist Sprayers

NEW – ReCharger Variable Mist Sprayers join our fine line of decorative concrete accessories designed for applying color to concrete and other cementitious surfaces.

The intelligent solution to aerosols, ReCharger sprayers are easily recharged using compressed air. Their complete portability makes them ideal for decorative concrete applications.

ReChargers are available in 24 oz, 16 oz, and 8 oz sizes. All are industrial quality, refillable, have corrosion-resistant working parts, and chemical-resistant interiors and exteriors.

ReCharger 24 oz sprayers

24 oz ReCharger sprayer

 

The 24 oz ReCharger features an adjustable nozzle that ranges from extra fine mist to a pin stream.

 

 

ReCharger 8 oz 16 oz sprayers

8 oz or 16 oz ReCharger sprayer

 

The 8 oz and the 16 oz ReChargers come with an extra valve and nozzle assortment including 2 fine, 2 regular, 2 medium, 2 coarse and 1 pin stream.

 

 

ReChargers are excellent for use with Concrete Resurrection Ten Second Color™ Dye, Water Reducible Concentrate (WRC) stain, and interior or exterior acrylic sealers. ReCharger sprayers are not suitable for use with acid stain.

Have questions about the ReCharger? Email us at info@EngraveACrete.com or give us a call at 800-884-2114.

Check out our entire line of accessories designed for coloring concrete  here.

Floor Prep Tip |Avoiding Moisture Damage

Protect the bottom unfinished edge of cabinets during floor prep.Protecting wood trim and cabinets during interior concrete floor prep prior to decorative concrete staining is important.

Removing wood base or cabinets that likely have an unfinished bottom edge that comes in contact with the concrete is the best idea.

 

Problem!

Even though you have an assistant with a wet vac cleaning up the dirty water spewing from your floor machine, moisture may seep under the wood and be wicked up. This may result in the wood swelling or other damage.

protect wood trim during floor prep prior to decorative concrete stainingA Quick Tip

When removing wood isn’t an option, here’s a quick fix. Run a bead of cheap silicone caulk where wood and concrete join to form a seal against the moisture. Allow it to dry. When you’re finished with the floor prep, just peel away the caulk strip.

For other quick tips, visit the Tips of the Trade section of our website.

There’s always outstanding decorative concrete tech support available for Engrave-A-Crete tool owners and customers at 800-884-2114 or email us at sales@engraveacrete.com.