Hiring any kind of contractor can be a daunting task. You’re hiring someone to do a job because you don’t have the time, equipment or know-how to do it yourself. Unfortunately, there are a few bad contractors that have given homeowners reason to worry about the quality of the work they’ll end up with.

The quality of your finished concrete project depends not only on the skill of your contractor, it also depends on how professional the crew is–will they show up and do the job or leave you hanging mid-way through the job while they take on another project? In addition, no matter how good the contractor, the quality and longevity of the finished product is greatly affected by the concrete mix they use.

Here are a few of the questions you should get answered before you sign a contract with any concrete company:

  • What type or strength of mix do you use?
    Most concrete jobs, other than footings and walls, should be poured with a mix that will have 4000 psi compressive strength or greater.
  • Will the concrete be reinforced?
    Not all concrete projects need to be reinforced, but large spans and concrete projects that will support a lot of weight (driveways, for instance) should be. Reinforcing with rebar does add to the labor time and cost, but is crucial to the longevity of some projects.
  • How long will the job take?
    A typical patio or driveway shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 days if the weather cooperates. You don’t want the guy that get’s started and then leaves for a couple weeks.
  • How soon can you start?
    Obviously you don’t want to wait months on end to get the job started, but the good contractors are usually booked out at least a few weeks or so. If a contractor says he can start tomorrow, that should raise a red flag.
  • What will the site look like when you’re done?
    This is a question most of my potential customers don’t ask, but I make a point to answer it anyways to help close a deal. Some contractors will destroy a yard just to pour a small patio, while others will leave it looking like they were never there (except for the new concrete of course).
  • Do you have pictures of previous jobs?
    A good contractor will proudly show pictures of his own work and not just hand out product brochures.

Custom Concrete Plus is proud to say that we’re a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, and we welcome you to check out our ratings with Angie’s List. We’ll gladly provide you with answers to all your questions and references from previous clients.

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