Pat- South Florida pricing is very suppressed. That type of pricing is really low.
Tough to run a business with that type of competition-we have seen it happen up here as well.
Even if the new management isn't happy with the new companies results and wants to switch back. Chances are they probably wont pay the rate prior to the change.
We see this happening on a lessor scale in the northeast but we still have the carpet cleaner doing stone refinishing with easier systems like diamond impregnated pads and others. Their pricing is lower and comparatively so are the results.
While it hasn't seemed to affect us as much as in other areas of the country it may in the future.
I don't think it is the products as much as it is the marketing for those products.
We use diamond impregnated pads for different variations of finishes of honed surfaces.
I think it just misrepresents industry results to inexperienced contractors.
Maybe I am wrong, but looking at the marketing and advertising from these companies all shows these systems are cheaper, faster and easier to use than traditional methods.
Dana please don't take this the wrong way but why would you feel sad selling products to companies like that.
Give us a little more credit than that, you are after all in business to sell product.