Concrete has been around for a very long time but it is only recently that the concrete industry is booming, all thanks to decorative concrete. This material used to be only considered as a base material for pool decks, patios, driveways, and interior floors. Nowadays, it has become the main material. The finishing touch. The highlight. Concrete staining, stamped concrete, and other decorative solutions have given concrete the lead role it has long auditioned for. It is so versatile that it can be used for updating and restoring concrete slabs.
Because of this sudden demand for decorative concrete repair and resurfacing, the need for reliable professionals has risen. How can you make sure that you choose only the best concrete contractor in the area? Here’s a guide to help you out:
Browse your area for licensed contractors. If possible, have a chat with multiple before hiring one. It is highly recommended to make a list of question you want to ask and then use that list for all contractors. Choose the one that provides the most satisfying answers and quotes.
Check reviews and references. The web is a great place to find reviews from previous customers that contractors have worked with. Each contractor should be able to provide at least three people as references. Make sure to contact each one and find out more about the contractor’s credibility.
Verify licenses and certifications, if possible. There are many contractors claiming to be licensed and certified, sometimes presenting fake documents, just to acquire projects. Each state and city usually have a website they could check for this kind of stuff. You can check homeadvisor.com or houzz.com for local listings.
Read contracts and quotations thoroughly. If you have any question or concern, tell the contractor immediately. They should be able to provide credible and logical answers if they have enough experience and expertise.
Never hire someone that asks for a full payment upfront. They should only require a down payment. The balance should only be paid after you fully inspect the completed work. This helps reduce the risk of dealing with shoddy work.
Ask for their portfolio. They should have a copy of previous projects and photographs, as well. If at all possible, ask if you could visit some of their recent job sites to get an up close view of their work. If the homeowners can be approached, ask them about their experience working with the contractor.