When contracting any type of significant work on your residential or commercial property, it’s important to do your research before making a decision on a provider. Because concrete contractors aren’t as tightly regulated as plumbers or electricians in terms of licensing and insurance, there is a lot of quality variation within the industry. In this blog, we go through all of the key factors you should take into consideration when looking for a concrete contractor.
Asking about the type of insurance your employer has is the first thing you should do when looking for a contractor. Their insurance should cover general liability, automobiles, and workers compensation at a bare minimum.
A good contractor will stand behind the quality of their work and should be able to offer guarantees regarding timeframe, working hours, job quality, clean-up and repairs.
These guarantees should be provided in writing to ensure you have some recourse against the contractor if anything goes wrong.
The art of laying concrete is easy to learn but hard to master. As such, you’re always better off choosing a concrete contractor who has at least a decade of on the job experience and the evidence (i.e. testimonials, images) to prove it.
Broadly speaking, the more experienced the contractor, the more professional the result.
Being able to see the type of work the concrete contractor has recently completed will give you an idea of whether or not they are able to achieve the effect you are looking for.
Prestige Concrete for example, specialise in exposed aggregate, stencilled and coloured concrete types and we are continually working on projects of this nature. We’re the perfect concrete contractor to work with if you want to pave your pool patio area with exposed aggregate, but we are probably not the right choice if you want to lay a plain concrete carpark.
What customers have to say about a concrete contractors’ services can be very telling. A cursory search through Google Reviews should provide you with the most recent feedback from clients.
Whilst individual reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, if you begin to see patterns forming in the reviews about stretched out timeframes or unsatisfactory results, it’s fair to assume the contractor struggles to deliver on their promises. A lack or absence of reviews online doesn’t necessarily mean the contractor is bad, but you should still ask them for some examples of recent work and references you can follow up.
Prestige Concrete services are a Melbourne based concrete contractor with over 20 years of industry experience. Lean more about our services today by calling 0411 440 157.