The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals and companies who have gone beyond the call of duty to help promote decorative concrete as a thriving business and a constantly evolving art form. These individuals’ achievements and their commitment to excellence and innovation have helped the decorative concrete industry grow.
Rod, Gerry and Bart Sadleir
Since 1986, Concrete Solutions Inc., based in San Diego, Calif., has been a pioneer in the decorative concrete industry. As contractors, Rod Sadleir, the owner of Concrete Solutions, and his brother Gerry were among the first to resurface concrete with a very thin polymer cement overlay. Today, Concrete Solutions manufacturers and distributes the products and systems they developed for the restoration, protection and beautification of concrete surfaces.
At World of Concrete in 1997, they unveiled their first claim to fame, their quarter-inch thick stamped concrete overlay. Its introduction stimulated much interest as others realized what could be done over existing concrete. Today, hundreds of companies around the world offer their own version of this revolutionary stamping system, which allows a decorative concrete finish in a variety of patterns and colors.
The Sadleirs’ innovations didn’t stop there. In 2002, with credit to Gerry’s development efforts, Concrete Solutions launched Spray-Top and its accompanying equipment. This product system allows a very thin cement coating over stamped concrete surfaces for restoration without losing the stamped texture, and it provides a surface that is uniform in color for acid staining or a color dye treatment.
Concrete Solutions has been outstanding in providing educational and hands-on monthly training classes for contractors at the company’s main training facility in Las Vegas since 1997. They also teach classes in San Diego and across the United States, and even internationally for distributors. The classes are largely taught by Gerry, Ernie Archuleta and Rod’s son, Bart, who joined the company in 1997 after graduating from BYU. Gerry and Ben Ashby provide instruction and training for the Ashby Countertop System, to which Concrete Solutions has exclusive rights.
To add yet another dimension to the business, Bart is currently involved with “Project Overlay,” for which he is filming and documenting projects and international visits that promote Ultra Surface Product Systems. He plans to provide contractors with step-by-step instructions for success. Videos will be posted on the company website and distributed on social networks.
Recognizing the outstanding contributions of Gerry and Bart, Rod gave them part ownership in Concrete Solutions, so you can truly say that it is a family-owned business. The three Sadleirs head up a company that is always looking for ways to improve the integrity and the look of concrete surfaces.
Concrete Solutions has been a steady voice in the industry, touting concrete and their ability to repair and resurface it in a natural finish or create a beautiful, durable finish in a variety of textures, patterns and colors that will last for many years.