A Picture is Worth a Thousand Concrete Pours

Engrave-a-crete used to create an eagle flying in a brick circle.Engrave-A-Crete, which manufactures tools and templates to engrave concrete, has come up with a state-of-the-art solution to help contractors help clients envision designs for their decorative concrete projects.

From a digital camera, contractors simply input a picture of the project into their computer. A CAD software program, a new product available from the company, will allow them to show their customers a variety of options. “This program allows them to see what a project would look like before it’s done,” says Darrel Adamson, president.

A stencil was used to transfer a CAD drawing to a concrete slab to be engraved and coloredIn addition to being able to change colors and patterns at the click of a key, you can also add sheens and remove shadows. “You can even remove an existing car and put a nicer one in the driveway,” Adamson quips.

The software, which Adamson says contains step-by-step movies that make self-training easy, retails for $495.