How to Choose a Concrete Contractor
Concrete has been around for thousands of years, and many concrete buildings have managed to stay standing for hundreds of years after being built, this is why concrete is one of the most popular building materials available, as it simply can’t be beaten for superior strength, durability and safety. When choosing to build with concrete it is advisable to invest in the services of a professional contractor to avoid weaknesses in the structure and guarantee a perfect professional finish that you can be proud of. Be sure whichever company you choose has a registered business and is covered by WCB. The last thing you want is to hire a fly by night company who will not be accountable for their work.
How to get contractors
The best way to begin looking for a good contractor who will give you the best value as well as a professional looking job is to ask around, one of the most powerful forms of advertising around is word of mouth, ask friends and family even acquaintances, they will be only too willing to tell you of their experiences good or bad with concrete contractors, another sure fire method is to do a search on contractors in your area, this can be done online using search engines like google, local classifieds or by using a local telephone or business listings book.
What to avoid
There are a couple of really important things to avoid when choosing a concrete contractor, firstly the thing to avoid at all costs is shoddy work, before employing a contractor or signing a contract, be sure to ask to see previous projects that he has completed, look at them closely and talk to his previous clients, see if they were happy with his work and turn around time. Make sure that the contractor that you choose is both reputable and well known for doing a good job on time.
Professionalism is also important, don’t expect the contractor to be in a suit and tie in order to speak with you , the type of professionalism to look for is by gauging his reactions to your questions and concerns, can he give you clear and concise answers and is he able to explain parts of the process to you easily and in an understandable manner?
What to look for
A contractor who can return your calls in a timely manner, and is happy to take the time to discuss your project with you, and listen to what you require in a job. This is the ideal type of contractor, be wary of contractors who can’t tell you much about the way he will be conducting the project and don’t seem to be able to commit to a time to talk with you about a project, or when the project will be completed.
One thing that you must remember is there is a plethora of various concrete preparation and finishing techniques, especially if you’re going for a decorative concrete look, and even more products to choose from. Make sure your contractor offers the service you are looking for and avoid hiring someone who claims they can perform the service but have no real experience. Concrete is one of the most durable and versatile products on the market with a specific application well suited for any environment from residential home to business and offices through to larger commercial buildings. Your Concrete Contractor should be able to recommend the best products for your specific needs. Make sure you ask your contractor what he would recommend for your lifestyle or business and why to ensure you are getting the best service possible.
How to deal with them
To begin with it is important to make sure that the contractor has been told by you exactly what you want, discuss such things as his polices on warranties, and tell him weather cracks will be acceptable or not, specify the type of finish that you desire. Make sure to tell the contractor what you are expecting to see at the completion of the job. Get a contract, write what you want in the contract! This is probably the most important piece of advice available, because if your contractor doesn’t give you what you want, you will want to have a contract on hand to fall back on. Another thing to be aware of is let him buy the concrete that he will work with, that way he can’t claim that you bought an inferior product, and that’s why things didn’t turn out as specified.
By keeping these simple steps in mind you should be able to find a good contractor and be enjoying all the benefits of having a concrete structure, with minimum of fuss.
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