Concrete Coatings, Inc. started from a small garage and grew into what we are today.
We know you may have questions to ensure you are started on a path to success. Below are a few questions you may have regarding starting a decorative concrete coatings business:
Q: Do I need a concrete or construction background?
A: Absolutely not! At Concrete Coatings, Inc., we are firm believers in success through training. All of our materials are very user friendly and easy to install. At our two day training we have you work with the materials and answer your questions along the way. The majority of our contractors have no experience or training in construction, and are very successful. They come from all walks of life: helicopter pilots, machinists, teachers, computer programmers and more.
Q: What about support after the training?
A: After the initial training, we have multiple options for you to get the information and instruction you need. Here's a list of just a few:
- 'Round the clock experienced technical support access through a toll-free number. (24/7 support is provided from a seasoned professional.) All of our technical support personnel have field experience, not just the right answer from a manual.
- Periodic trainings on new and existing products and techniques.
- On-site assistance as required (Fee based)
Q: What about employees? How many people does it take?
A: Most Concrete Coatings, Inc. contractors start out with two or more people: themselves and another person. We maintain the philosophy of "baby steps" and urge you to grow as your business and demand requires it, and is safe and manageable by your standards. In some cases this is a matter of months; for others it may be a year or two, depending on their wishes. Although the process may seem complicated, it rarely is. Two trained people can be far more productive than just simply more bodies. After your initial start-up, we will train as many employees as you need for $99 per person.
Q: What is the average size of a job?
A: This is a difficult question, because not all job sizes are reported to us, but the residential national average would range from 400 - 800 square feet. Installations of several thousand square feet are not uncommon, especially on commercial / industrial jobs.
Q: How long would it take to install an average job?
A: A job of 400 - 800 square feet with minimal preparation and reasonable pattern etc. would take a team of 2 people of average experience1 ½ - 2 days to complete. This would apply to most any system: Spray-Tek™ Acrylic System, VIVID™ Acid Stain, and Shield™ Epoxy. Many factors play in to this, of course, including distance, preparation, and accessibility, but this may serve as an average for most jobs for consideration.
Q: Why so many different product lines?
A: Every situation presents a different need. That need may be purely visual, but the need is unique just the same. We have multiple product lines because our contractors can bid on anything from a small front porch repair, to a restaurant that wants an acid stain in front and flake epoxies in the kitchen, to the warehouse that has multiple demands ranging from colder temperatures to strong chemicals. Multiple product lines make you impossible to ignore, and make you far more versatile than just a person that can resurface a pool deck or patio.
Q: What about marketing? How does Concrete Coatings, Inc. help me reach my customers?
A: Concrete Coatings, Inc. provides you with a proven marketing plan during your initial training. This plan is designed to help you target the customers in your area that are most likely to need your services. You will be provided with a thorough understanding of how our plan works, as well as all of its tools, such as:
- A Direct Mail Program to jump-start your business
- Brochures for retail prospects
- Yard signs for referral customers
Q: How long does it take to actually start making money?
A: Although this depends a lot on the skills and largely on the motivation of the particular contractor, Concrete Coatings, Inc. prides itself on the way it establishes its contractors. Your entire start-up investment is secured with stocking inventory; in other words, you get tools or materials for your money. This means that as a contractor, you do not have to be concerned with fees such as franchise fees, royalties and advertising fees, etc. Concrete Coatings, Inc. contractors who implement the marketing plan we provide, use our sales process and install even one job per week can have a positive cash flow position within 60-90 days.
Q: As a contractor, do I have exclusive rights to Concrete Coatings, Inc. products?
A: As an independent contractor, you have exclusive access to our factory certification program. Due in part to repeated requests from our contractors, Concrete Coatings, Inc. products are marketed to existing concrete distributors nationwide. We know that making products available to you locally will save you hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in shipping.
Q: What does that mean? Can just anyone purchase Concrete Coatings, Inc. products?
A: It does mean that Concrete Coatings, Inc. products will be available in concrete supply stores. However, most contractors have not had any training or exposure to concrete overlays. With our certification and your personal commitment to constant improvement, you will place yourself at the forefront of the market while offering a service only you as a professional can provide.
Q: What kind of vehicle do I need?
A: Although a trailer or panel truck is highly advisable from both a functional and advertising standpoint, how you get started is largely a question of budget and ability. However, a trailer or some means of transporting and storing the equipment should be one of your first expenses after getting started. A small 6' X 12' locking trailer is sufficient for most installations. This is great protection for your tools. Here again we recommend "baby steps” and advise you to grow as you can afford and need to.
Q: How does the weather affect my business?
A: Concrete Coatings Inc. offers a full line of both indoor and outdoor applications, with multiple techniques for all of them. In addition, we provide advertising tools to help our contractors who have inclement weather during certain parts of the year begin to install the product inside the customer's home in areas such as lobbies, dinning rooms, commercial areas and garages. Multiple products means more chances of securing work, regardless of weather conditions. Most contractors manage to keep busy year round.
Q: What is the average dry time for the product?
A: Dry times depend on factors such as temperature and humidity. Normally, our skim coat will dry in less than one hour. The spray coat dries more quickly and can usually withstand foot traffic in less than one hour; however, it is still tender so caution is advised until it is sealed. Once applied, this will allow the customer's foot traffic within a couple of hours, however 24 hours is recommended. The Spray- Tek™ Acrylic Overlay products are designed to dry as quickly as possible to help you move from job to job as quickly as possible
Q: Can I get started part time?
A: Absolutely! The Concrete Coatings, Inc. system allows you the flexibility to begin your business at the level you find most comfortable for your life. Many people begin part-time, and eventually work up to full-time. We also have many contractors who have always been, and will always be, part-time. The choice is yours! However, don't be surprised if you originally plan on being part-time, but find that you want or need to go full-time because the demand is so great!
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"Everyone who sees the coatings is amazed at the look, feel and durability of the product. It is very user friendly and all of our customers are thrilled with their new concrete. We are very excited to be part of this growing industry and look forward to the opportunity to come!”Jake and Cindy J.-Kentucky