Concrete is forever. Well, not quite. But, it is safe to say that if your concrete contractor makes a mistake, or doesn’t really know what they are doing, it is going to be a hassle to fix it. That’s why choosing the right contractor upfront is so critical. To help, we have collected six questions to ask a concrete contractor that will give you a real sense of their skill and ability.
1. Can I See Proof of Your Insurance?
Concrete contractors can do a lot of damage and, if they don’t have insurance, you may even be on the hook for it. Ask for proof that your contractor has general liability and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you and their business. Even the best contractors make mistakes so everyone should have insurance.
2. How Long Will My Project Take?
From pouring to curing, concrete projects can take some time. Your contractor should be able to tell you exactly how long and when you’ll be scheduled for, so you can plan your life around the work.
3. What Kind of Experience Do You Have?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a concrete driveway contractor. Contractors should be able to talk at length about their previous projects, special challenges they overcame, and the end quality of their product. Ideally, they’d show you pictures or even let you take an in-person look at some of their projects.
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4. Are You Handling the Permits?
Any contractor should know whether or not their work will require permits and how to get them. Most are used to filing the paperwork and dealing with the permit office, so they typically handle them without you and just assure you when the permit is granted.
In this process, the contractor typically has to confirm that the project conforms to building code and other standards, so don’t let your contractor leave this one to the last moment.
5. Does My Concrete Need to be Reinforced?
Concrete is involved in a wide range of projects, from pouring foundations to home to getting rid of interlock driveways. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, you may or may not need to get your concrete reinforced with rebar. If different contractors give you different answers to this one, be wary that one may be trying to cut corners. Get three quotes so you can better compare when two contractors disagree.
6. Who is Working With You?
Sometimes the team that quotes your project isn’t the same one that will end up working on your project. Ask who will be involved, if they are sub-contractors, and how you will be able to get in touch with them. Hopefully, the installation team will have the same communications skills and dedication as the sales team.
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