Finishing gutter installers near me floor surfaces, inside and outside, has dramatically grown in popularity and acceptance in recent years. More staining and sealing products are available and the processes have become increasingly user-friendly, allowing contractors to experience an improved dependability on return on investment with lower risk of job failures.
Among the fastest growing processes in decorative concrete is concrete engraving. The reasons for the growing acceptance of decorative concrete engraving are simplicity of process, lower materials cost, and, most importantly, a nearly infinite range of looks, colors and pattern/graphic reproduction that can be achieved.
Staining and sealing concrete surfaces are long-accepted processes. Adding texture to concrete surfaces is now what the market demands. Consumers and commercial enterprises are looking to replicate higher-cost building materials on or in concrete, and add relief in replication of graphical treatments and designs, such as corporate logos, corporate/city seals, emblems reflecting individual passions, or numbers and letters/initials. The more complex the look created, the higher the perceived value by the end customer.
- Concrete Stamping – The process of stamping texture and designs into wet material with a rubber mold.
- Concrete Overlay – Adding a thin layer of cementituous/acrylic polymer coating to and existing concrete surface. Relief and designs are often achieved by applying pattern tape or stencils to the surface in advance, then removing the tape after the surface has hardened.
- Concrete Engraving – Using specially designed machines to cut patterns in existing plain or colored concrete which simulate grout lines of standard building materials. Other methods use tools and templates to precisely chip away sections of the concrete, revealing designs of exacting detail replicating any pattern or graphic.
Depending on what business you are currently in and what tools and equipment you currently own, the cost of entering any of the decorative concrete business options will vary greatly.
Customized concrete engraving equipment varies in options and capability. It is possible for an entrepreneur to enter the business with a minimum investment of under $5000. Full turnkey business-on-wheels trailer packages are also available for under $60,000.
When evaluating the start-up costs and degrees of difficulty of offering decorative concrete services, do not forget to evaluate training and future technical support. There are numerous training options available that can be researched online. Possibly the most important question you should be asking is whether your trainer or supplier will be available to you in the future for technical support when you encounter a new circumstance on a job site.