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.

Ten Second Color™ Dye |Fast, Long Lasting Color

world of concrete 2015 brandonEngrave-A-Crete is pleased to announce the addition of Ten Second Color™ Dye to their prestigious line of Concrete Resurrection products for coloring concrete and other cementitious surfaces.

Ten Second Color™ Dye allows the user to obtain the beautifully mottled effects of acid stain in a fraction of the time and with less effort than required by a traditional acid stain application.

Technologically advanced Ten Second Color™ Dye…

  • Works in a matter of seconds, dries quickly
  • Easy to apply
  • No neutralizing
  • Interior and exterior
  • UV Stable
  • Dissolves much more quickly than powder dyes
  • Available in 16 rich, translucent colors ranging from earthy browns to vibrant jewel tones
  • Can be combined into countless custom colors or layered for unique effects
  • Packaged in a pre-measured plastic container for cost-effective shipping. Simply add your own Acetone to the fill line to make 32 ounces of TSC dye.
  • Outstanding results on old or new concrete surfaces, but is not intended for use on polished concrete.Ten Second Color color_squares

For more information and a complete color chart, visit our website at EngraveACrete.com.

Engrave-A-Crete, Inc. is a family-owned business that takes pride in manufacturing an impressive line of decorative concrete engraving tools and Concrete Resurrection products at their state-of-the-art facility in Mansfield, MO. Known for superior quality and dependability, Engrave-A-Crete’s tools, products and processes are used worldwide to preserve and enhance existing concrete surfaces. For more information about Engrave-A-Crete tools, products, business opportunities or training, click here.

 

New in 2015 | Engrave-A-Crete Updates

Engrave-A-Crete holiday and new year greetingFirst of all, Engrave-A-Crete family and friends, we’d like to wish each and every one of you a 2015 filled with peace, joy and plenty of profit!

Just a heads-up that our offices and shipping department will be closed December 24-26 and January 1.

We’re looking forward to a great 2015 here at Engrave-A-Crete! We’re excited to offer you new Concrete Resurrection products, streamlined decorative concrete training classes, advanced classes, and upcoming shows.

Concrete Resurrection Polyaspartic Sealer has just been added to our store, and it promises to give you the look of epoxy without the extended drying time. That gets your jobs finished quicker while giving your customers the beautiful finish and protection they want for their decorative concrete surfaces.

The new Coatings Eraser is a tool designed to attach to any standard auto scrubber or floor buffer, and it efficiently removes mastic, carpet or tile adhesive, thin-set, and other difficult to remove coverings. It will be in our store soon. Another time and effort saver for you!

Ten Second Color Concrete Dye will be joining our fine line of Concrete Resurrection products in a couple of weeks. A good selection of colors combined with extremely quick drying times and ease of use will make Ten Second Color a product you’ll want to check out.

World of Concrete 2015 is almost upon us. February 3-6 will find us at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 040429. Be sure to look us up if you’re there!

Just another reminder that freezing winter weather brings about shipping changes. Since some of our products are subject to freezing, we’ll plan your shipment to leave us and reach you during the work week so no chemicals are left on a cold dock to freeze.

Decorative concrete products that are damaged by freezing temperatures are:

  • Inside Acrylic
  • Epoxy
  • Water Reducible Concentrate (WRC) Stains
  • Inside Floor Finish
  • Polychromatic Stain

Again, we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and a fantastic and prosperous 2015.

We look forward to meeting your decorative concrete needs. Just give us a call at 1-800-884-2114.

September Secret | Decorative Concrete Seminar Rocks!

layout instruction 6-25-14Want to know a decorative concrete secret? Our September seminars traditionally have fewer students. A smaller class size means YOU get more individualized attention and YOU get more hands-on time with tools and stains.

So, September seminar is a win-win situation!

Still wondering if the Discovery & Training Seminar is right for you? Take a look at what some of our June attendees had to say about their experience here.

seminar 6-25-14 white basecoat“It’s a great hands-on class for someone who has not been in this realm of concrete. For someone who does a lot of stamped concrete, engraving looks to save time, money and physical labor.”

J. Craig

“I would highly recommend this class to a beginner or advanced concrete installer already in the trade. It’s been a great experience. I am a general contractor and have been in the trade for 20 years. I am hoping this can be another great avenue for my company.”

E. Brissette

“This seminar gave me the confidence to press forward with this business venture.”

seminar 6-26-14 using the BarracudaD. Dionne

“This was a very good class. I really like all of the designs on the slabs. Good information from all of the teachers.”

J. Jones

“Engrave-A-Crete has taught me new techniques and showed me some products and tools that I didn’t know existed. Thank you!”

T. Taylor

“If you want to learn to engrave and stain concrete and want to learn the right way, this is the course to take!”

W. Jones

The September Discovery & Training Seminar takes place September 10-12, so don’t delay. Register on-line or give us a call today at 800-884-2114.

And remember, a $100 deposit saves your seat!

What are you waiting for? September seminar is coming up quickly. Check it out here and enroll today!

Brad Olmsted | Decorative Concrete Artisan

Life has been busy for Brad Olmsted since opening his decorative concrete business, Concrete Colorscapes, five years ago. During that time, he has left an impressive mark on the world.

Brad Olmsted

An earth-tone swirl created with the Mongoose adds flair to this tile floor.

To say that Brad knows concrete is an understatement. Prior to becoming a business owner and his own boss, Brad worked for 20 years in the concrete coring and cutting industry. Weary of job stress and sensing the need to grow his skills in another direction, he realized it was time for a career change.

“As a part-time exhibiting artist, using a multitude of different media, I took several months off to clear my head and create. Then I really started to understand the whole ‘starving artist’ thing!”

Brad had been interested in concrete staining and engraving for some time and had spent considerable time researching the options, but he wanted to know more. That’s when he enrolled in an Engrave-A-Crete Discovery and Training Seminar and learned for certain that the decorative concrete world was where he belonged.

Brad Olmsted porch

A tile design, engraved diagonally, make this porch a beautiful living space.

“I already knew the characteristics of concrete, but I was interested in knowing more about the tools and techniques,” Brad says.  “Mid-way through the seminar I knew that I could really make things happen with the help of the tools and support from Engrave-A-Crete.”

With a vision in mind, Brad returned home to take the first steps toward founding Concrete Colorscapes.

“With a small line of credit from my bank, a bit of savings and a ton of determination, I started Concrete Colorscapes by purchasing a KaleidoCrete Pro Pack and a Mongoose Deluxe set,” Brad says.

Brad Olmsted roots and blooms

Vivid color and a sophisticated design give life to gray concrete.

From his first job to the most recent, Brad combines excellent design, superior skill and careful attention to detail to produce awesome projects, a few of which are shown on this page.

One particularly impressive work is the 26’ diameter labyrinth Brad installed in the Meditation Garden at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina. He created the design with an Engrave-A-Crete template and engraved it using the KaleidoCrete System. He achieved the perfect color combination by using Concrete Resurrection Beach Sand and Mocha WRC stains, then created highlights with a custom-mixed brick color. The project was completed some time ago, and it speaks well of the durability of stained and engraved concrete.

Brad Olmsted labyrinth

Serenity and artistry combine in this 26′ diameter labyrinth. Notice Brad’s job-site sign – an ideal way to market his business.

“It has held up great,” Brad says, “even with mowing crews and sap from trees, not to mention squirrels dropping walnut husks!”

Concrete Colorscapes continues to grow, due largely to Brad’s knowledge, skill and strong work ethic.

Brad Olmsted steps

Brad chose the perfect stain color to make these steps blend with the surroundings.

“I have steadily built my business upon hard work, commitment, courtesy, honesty and all that goes into it,” Brad says. “I have done jobs in tiny little screened-in porches up to multi-million dollar homes, and I treat every job as if it was my own floor.”

Brad, you are truly a concrete artisan and an asset to the industry. We at Engrave-A-Crete salute you for your outstanding workmanship and design. You make us proud.  Keep up the good work!

Brad’s website is currently undergoing renovation. To see his latest projects, Like his Facebook page – Concrete Colorscapes.