WerkMaster Provides Solution To Increased Labor Costs Of 30% to 60% For Edging On Concrete, Stone, Terrazzo and Hardwood

May 06, 2013   Business News
(PRLEAP.COM) May 6th, 2013 - Vancouver, BC. WerkMaster Grinders & Sanders Inc. provides solution to increased cost of edging for concrete, terrazzo, hardwood, granite and marble floors. Cost of edging represents approximately a 30% to 60% increase in labor costs for residential, commercial, industrial or institutional facilities restoration and refinishing projects.

What is the Actual Cost of Labor for Edging?

What is the actual cost of prepping a 1000 square foot room? If you are removing a coating such as cut back carpet glue, VCT tile glue or epoxy, how long does it take with your existing equipment?

If you calculate your rate of removal at 100 square feet in 30 minutes then the natural assumption would be that it will take 300 minutes or 5 hrs to complete 1000 square feet. However, what many fail to properly calculate is the amount of time to complete the edging.

If you are working in an open 25 x 40 foot room you will have 130 feet of edging. If you can edge at a rate of 1 minute per foot, you have to add 130 minutes of time to your cost estimate. Actual labor time is 430 minutes or 7 hours. In this example edging represents approximately 30% of the cost of the job.

Now if the 1000 sq foot 25x40 area is made up of 5 10x10 rooms the cost of edging takes on a whole new meaning. A 10x10 room equals approximately 37' of wall allowing for a 30 inch door. Five rooms x 37 feet per room equals 185 feet plus 35 additional feet for the 5 x 7 wall adjoining the open space for a total of 220 feet of edging. The balance of the walls in the open space represent an additional 60 feet for a total of 245 feet of edging. 245 minutes of edging = 4 hours plus 5 Hours for the field = 9 Hours for the job. Edging represents almost 45% of the labor!

If you are a one man operation, you will be spending almost half of your time on your knees! If you are a team, someone else (hopefully your employee or partner) is killing their back and knees! No matter how you cut it, edging is painful, slow, and frustrating but necessary.

On a polished concrete floor, the edging process is necessary for EVERY STEP translating into hours and hours of labor. Hand grinders produce a different scratch pattern than the planetary machines resulting in a need for blending, adding additional time.

Answer: Edging Represents Between 30% to 60% Increased Labor Costs!

What many fail to realize is that technology is changing. With the advent of Octi-Disc technology, the same machine can be used to edge as well as to do the field, all in one step. No unwieldy devices that incorporate a hand grinder producing a different scratch pattern than a planetary.

WerkMaster's Octi-Disc technology allows the operator to edge standing up to within 1/8" or 3mm of the wall while reducing the overall labor time and cost of completing a room by up to 50% over today's conventional systems.

To learn more, watch the Edging Solutions Video

About WerkMaster™
WerkMaster™ is proud to be one of the most innovative and effective manufacturers of award winning concrete surface preparation equipment, stone, terrazzo and polished concrete equipment as well as hardwood floor refinishing machines. WerkMaster's floor finishing and countertop tools are really 7 Machines in 1: Edger, Polisher, Grinder, Buffer, Burnisher, Sander and Stripper that edge to within 1/8" or 3mm of the wall. The Scarab edges right to the wall.

WerkMaster's Ultra Floor Enhancement products deliver unmatched quality and performance guaranteeing protection from staining and etching for up to a minimum of 24 Hours before having to clean the surface while providing a Slip Rating of 7 on the James Scale.

For more information, please call our Toll Free Number at 1-866-373-WERK or visit our website at www.werkmaster.com