Is Doing Concrete Overlays A Good Profession?

Concrete overlays are so beautiful to look at, whether they’re in homes, hotels, around pools, or wherever else. You may wonder what doing concrete overlays is like and whether or not it is a good profession to pursue. Here are some common questions that people have when they’re considering doing overlays as a profession.

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Do You Need To Be An Artist For This Profession?

With how beautiful concrete overlays are, it’s only natural to wonder if you need to be an artist in order to pursue this profession. However, the answer to this question is no, you don’t need to be an artist in order to do concrete overlays. 

This is because with our stamps, you can achieve realistic looking surfaces, like stone or wood, without needing to do any carving or sculpting. You just press, and bam – you have a beautiful surface. You just need to randomize how you press the stamps down for a more natural look, rather than one that is obviously fake.

We teach you everything you need to know in order to do concrete overlays at our trainings, from application methods to our different types of stamps to coloring the concrete and more. There’s no need to be a professional artist – you just need to be ready to learn and want to see a job well done.

Is It Hard To Learn How To Do Overlays?

If you want to be a professional, then you definitely need to ensure that you’re attending a training curriculum so that you know all the ins and outs of the industry, application, and can provide high quality work.

Here at Stone Edge Surfaces, we provide factory training classes. Our distributors can also provide training, using our standardized curriculum. With us, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the education you need in order to do good work.

When you do concrete overlays, you can rent the equipment for the job, sure… But professionals own their equipment and know how to operate it correctly. We help aspiring professionals learn every part of the process so that they can succeed in their business and provide their customers with top-tier services.

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Do You Have To Be Certified To Install Concrete Overlays?

Contractor requirements do vary on a state-by-state basis, but most concrete contractors need a license in order to do business. Good contractors will be licensed, bonded, and insured. 

You can DIY overlays, of course, and this is why you can just buy concrete overlay products and tools without a certification. However, if you’re pursuing this as a career, you will want to be certified, licensed, bonded, and insured. 

Here at Stone Edge Surfaces, we have many training videos up on our YouTube, and we provide training at our factory. You can also be trained by one of our distributors. We do certify contractors in proper application. However, we don’t require certification to use our products, which is why DIYers can buy them at retail locations. That said, if you want this to be your occupation, you want to be certified to ensure that you are using all products correctly, following the proper steps, and can ensure a job well done.

Do You Make Good Money Installing Concrete Overlays?

How much money you can make from installing overlays depends on a variety of factors, from how complicated the job is, what patterns are chosen, and more. We actually have an app that helps you estimate how much you should charge for each job. It’s called Job Estimator Pro. It can be found in the Google Play store, the iPhone store, and on

If you’re looking for training, support, and more information for starting your own business, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to steer people in the right direction.

You can also check out our previous blog, How Much Does Decorative Concrete Or Stamped Concrete Overlay Cost, for more information about what your business expenses can look like. 

How Long Do Overlay Jobs Take To Complete?

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How long overlay jobs take to complete depends on a variety of factors, from the size of the job to what the weather decides to do. Commercial jobs generally take longer to complete than residential jobs. While most jobs can be completed within 2-3 days, some can take longer than this.

Who/What Is The Market For Concrete Overlays?

When you do concrete overlays, your market can include: builders, developers, homeowners, new construction, renovation, landscape businesses and designers, and more. 

To learn more about installing overlays and what it’s like to work in this profession, don’t hesitate to contact Stone Edge Surfaces about one of our factory training sessions. In our factory training, we will cover many different aspects of the overlay industry, from proper installation techniques and beyond. 

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