What to look for in a Concrete Contractor
Have you been looking forward to a home renovation for quite some time now but have no idea how to hire a trustworthy and efficient concrete contractor who will get the job done in the best possible manner? Changing the interior or exterior of your house or office is a big step which is exactly why people face so much stress and difficulty over it and their mind is in shambles as to how they can best tackle the renovation or getting something built from scratch. Today, I will give you some good advice and tricks which will ease the whole process of hiring a concrete contractor for you and by the end you will know what to look for in a contractor and how to hire them.
Now, with the basics out of the way, we will further get into some details regarding the contractors and their work. Internet has made everything so much easier for us and if we are dedicated enough we should put in the time to get as much as information about them as possible. Furthermore, we will also talk about why we need some of the things I mentioned earlier. Renovations and design are things that require a lot of planning beforehand if you want everything done right and on time. And getting the right concrete contractor is the only way you will be able to oversee it all.
Getting the knowledge:
With the technology we have now, there shouldn’t be any problem for us to contact the previous customers of the contractor and ask them about their work ethic. Once you have made that phone call, you can go a step ahead and ask them for a visit at the place they’ve had work done in. Some people may find this going a little overboard but if the work is as solid as building a retaining structure and building a foundation on it or getting repairing done to different parts of the house. Once you visit the places you can then see for yourself how the building or repairs are withstanding temperature, weather and other climate changes. You can also ask the contractor himself for references and see if he willingly provides you with them.
Signing the Contract
A contract should include a number of things including:
This is another step you can take for reassurance. As I have already mentioned that try to contact a number of contractors and get their rates. Obviously people with low budget will not provide you with the best materials but that’s your choice to make. With concrete work it is better to invest in the good materials then to have to re-do the whole thing again or suffer a malfunction.
Variety of Designs
A good concrete contractor will themselves provide you with a lot of options and designs and will also give you a walkthrough of how they will reach the other end. On the other hand he should also be able to bring your own vision to life and also enhance it in a way.t.
Is there a time estimate for how quick the job should be done?
Usually big projects like walls or counters or a commercial walkway take around two weeks to finish. However, small projects like a driveway or small repairs around the house take only 2-3 days.
Will I have to make a contract on my own or will the contractor provide one?
A professional concrete contractor will provide you with a contract themselves with all their rights and duties with a column for all you want to add to it.
How much down payment is required?
Depending on the contractor, 10% down payment is usually needed in the start while the rest can be given at the end or halfway when you are satisfied with the work.
Is there any reinforcement required?
Yes. A material known as rebar which are steel rods are used to reinforce. You can ask the contractor whether he will be putting rebar in to strengthen the concrete. They will then justify the need for it or not.