How to Start a Decorative Concrete Business
Odds are that if you look around your neighborhood you would discover a lot of decorative stone work. You might see small statues, stepping stones, pavers, and tiles that are all cast from concrete. The current trends in DIY home projects are primary small landscaping projects. These small projects mostly are made up of decorative stone.
Decorative concrete is also sometimes targeted for the enhancements of the interior of home together with floors, countertops, and even at times the occasional tables among others. Yet, ornamental concrete is additionally a standard and wonderful selection for outside installations like outside room fixtures or driveways tamped to make them seem like stone driveways.
Building a decorative stone business is not all that difficult. There is minimal investment, but mostly what you need is time and space to work on your inventory. The mould kits that we offer for business start up are cost effective, and there are plenty of mould packages available to fit your needs.
Why are decorative Stone Businesses a good venture?
To begin with, casting and creating stone is an amazingly fun and rewarding hobby. It is not difficult to create faux stone using concrete and developing a business doing so can be achieved by both men and women. Another important aspect of these ventures, is that it only takes a few hours to learn how to mix and cast objects in moulds and then create your inventory.
A few years back nobody would have recognized DIY as do-it-yourself, and that is because today, everyone is doing it themselves. There is a lot of demand out there for decorative stone, and while that is great, it is not the best news in this industry.
The most important aspect is that freight is expensive and being operated from home or from low cost rental premises, local decorative concrete businesses have a big cost advantage. The cost of manufacturing decorative stones locally is a fraction of the cost in having the products shipped in from capital cities. This is an industry where a small business can compete more than favourably with the larger city based enterprises.
It does not take a great investment of time or money to begin to create the decorative pavers or garden ornaments, that initially will make up your business. This is also a case where you do not have to quit your day job.
Many people are making a go of this, by merely working weekends. It is a good idea to develop a business plan, while you are waiting for your moulds and other essentials to arrive. This is also a good time to start to set up your work space. There are minimal equipment and supplies that are needed to get under way.
What are the Advantages of building a small decorative rock business?
The large manufacturers as a general rule have very limited and set inventories that they can sell profitably. Smaller operators are much more versatile, in that they can create customized products, change color schemes, and textures really quickly. This adds value to your business and customers will line up to find something new for their projects. With today’s technology, faux stones look just like real rock, but cost a whole lot less.
What kinds of concrete items can you make and sell?
One of the most profitable and popular products to make, are small garden statuary, such as garden gnomes. This could be extended later, to include such lines as garden fountains. Another basic large selling item, that is easy to manufacture, is stepping stones or pavers. With experience, interior projects including tiles and veneers could be added.
There is very little that can not be made if you use your imagination and use the proper techniques. Add into this mix, the array of concrete dyes that are available and you can make customized pieces that match garden themes, outdoor living themes, and many other products that customers cannot get from the major manufacturers..
Decorative concrete options can completely transform concrete floors both indoors and outdoors, to create a dramatic impression by mimicking the look of natural materials like flagstone, brick, slate, tile or even marble and granite at a bare fraction of the original stone cost.
Before picking out any design ideas, take a walk around the neighborhood and check out the local driveways. What colors, patterns, and materials are popular? Do they blend in well with the architecture and style of the homes, or do they distract? Are homes in the area conservative with traditional styling or is there more of a modern, unique flair to people’s tastes?
Once you get an idea of local trends, you can better choose decorative concrete that will not only reflect your preferences but will be in line with the property market. While you want your or your customer’s driveway and home to standout, you’ll want to do so in a tasteful manner in order to maximize value.
Samples of Faux Rock Created by a Master
concrete stone decoration.
It is always safest and best to wait until you have reached a professional standard and gained experience before undertaking jobs that involve the use of dangerous chemicals such as hydrochloric acid. This is used to obtain many beautiful colour effects.
Stamped concrete uses specialty moulds and other techniques to create concrete surfaces that resemble flagstone, cobblestone, brick and even hardwood floors. Many patterns are available, so you have a broad range of choices when it comes to ready mix concrete flooring for a patio, walkway or driveway.
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Decorative concrete is one of the most common ways to create an appealing concrete driveway and make homes stand out, right from the entrance. You can choose the colour, theme, engraving and overall design of your decorative concrete driveway, while maintaining the character and design scheme of the home for maximum curb appeal and resale value.
Finally, all decorative concrete surfaces should be sealed to prevent foreign matter build up. One must keep in mind that concrete is a porous material filled with millions of tiny channels that have the potential to be filled with foreign matter. Therefore all exterior concrete surfaces should be sealed prior to being opened up to traffic.
At some point in the future you will need to schedule a reseal of your custom concrete. These sealers not only protect the surface from build up of grime, they also help to shield it from the harmful UV rays.
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