ERO Decorative Concrete is an architectural concrete company specializing in diamond concrete polishing and pre-cast architectural concrete items for your home or business.
Diamond concrete polishing is similar to the process of sanding a piece of wood. The only difference is that we use diamond impregnated blades to bring out the natural beauty already in your new or existing concrete surface. Each person we work with is able to choose how shiny they would like the floor to be. The floor can be extremely shiny with high reflectivity, or matte with no sheen. Stains,dyes and logos may be added to further personalize each floor.
Our pre-cast architectural concrete items range from, countertops, hearths, mantles, shower surrounds and outdoor living areas. Each item is created from scratch for each individual. Each person is able to choose the color, style and feel that they would like to see in their home or business.
ERO Decorative Concrete is a certified contractor for the International Polished Concrete Institute (IPCI) and HTC Superfloor. Additionally, we are members of the Concrete Countertop Institute.
Testimonials and Press
_"We had ERO Decorative Concrete make the concrete stairs and
landing for our staircase to replace the carpeted stairs. It turned out
beautifully done with a really cool vibe to it. It was a great solution
to the problem of turning an old-fashioned staircase to a stunning modern one.
He matched the color perfectly with our countertops as well. We
also got to put our family's handprints underneath one of the steps which is a
sweet bonus. We are really happy with them and definitely recommend
considering ERO Decorative Concrete for your remodel." -Kate Merrick
Success Story Article Written By The Concrete Countertop Institute About ERO Decorative Concrete !
ERO Decorative Concrete Builds Creativity on a Solid Technical Foundation Posted by Jeff Girard on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 01:00 PM Erik Oftebro, a native of Santa Barbara, CA, has always loved working with his hands. He has transitioned from training horses at the family ranch to structural concrete, and finally landed in the decorative concrete industry. His passion for making beautiful concrete started when he was doing a job for a Harley Davidson shop near Sacramento which called for decorative concrete, a method he had been unfamiliar with. Once he started, he couldn’t get enough! He was inspired to get his concrete contractor’s license and went into decorative work full time as ERO Decorative Concrete.
Eventually, he decided to expand into the realm of concrete countertops, an area which he had known about, but hadn’t had a lot of hands-on experience in. He came to the CCI Ultimate class in March of 2011 and never looked back.
Erik loves the innovative possibilities inherent with concrete, especially in Santa Barbara, where people are ready to embrace new ideas and are excited to try new ways of doing things. He loves opening people’s eyes to the fact that concrete isn’t just this gray stuff (although it’s amazing how many people do prefer the ‘raw’ gray look), but is ripe with potential. The key is in making good concrete first, pretty concrete second. Once you know the principle foundations for making quality work, you can tailor the actual project to whatever the customer wants.
He had a project recently where a family was moving into a new home and wanted a custom stair case and landing that would match their countertops. The spiral staircase had 11 treads that had to be cast individually, since each was slightly different from the others. One of the daughters in the family won a fight with cancer, and the family commemorated the occasion by adding names and hand prints to one of the stair treads. Details like that really make concrete projects stand out to the average home owner.
The landing was the challenging bit, since it was four feet across, three feet wide, had an inch ledge on two sides, and was unsupported on another. It also had a curve that had to fit flush against the wooden flooring. Quite a challenge! Erik was able to work with Jeff Girard to make sure he was creating a beam that would support the weight without cracking.
Another recent project came from a referral by the general contractor in charge of a remodel; Erik’s name was mentioned and the client looked him up via the CCI Find a Contractor Listing. The client had a stone wine cellar that had a travertine bar. She didn’t like the striated look of it, and had thought about getting the piece done in limestone, but it would not have fit in with the aged look of the rest of the space. Erik was able to make a few samples until he found one the customer loved. He created a slab with travertine as the inspiration, and installed it raw into the space. He was then able to custom match a stain that gave the piece the same patina of the rest of the room, combining new and existing features seamlessly. The client was thrilled with the result, and has since commissioned several more projects.
Erik says it’s very satisfying to be able to accept a client that a lot of contractors would walk away from. Whether it’s someone who wants stair treads that match their counters, a sandstone-looking BBQ surround, or a vanity that is created to match a favorite picture, it’s a never ending challenge. There will always be ways to think outside the box.
He is very thankful that he put the investment in to learn the basic principles of concrete from Jeff. He has never had a callback about a quality issue, and that is mainly thanks to Jeff’s solid technical teaching. He is able to take what he knows and use it to build whatever the customer wants, and to get it right the first time out. That confidence in his own skill has enabled him to take the basic tools he learned at CCI and turn them into a success story.