Having clean, quality concrete around you home helps you maintain the value of your property. Damaged, cracked or sunken concrete on your driveway, walkways and patios can diminish your home’s curb appeal, make chores like snow removal difficult and could even lead to water infiltration and some expensive damage.
If it’s time for new concrete, or concrete repair to your existing concrete, hire a professional concrete contractor. If you need to pour a new driveway, or have your current concrete fixed, it’s important that you hire the RIGHT concrete contractor in Edmonton. Here are some helpful tips for hiring a concrete contractor:
Need concrete replacement or repair?
The first thing you need to decide is if you want to replace your concrete or just have it repaired. There are many benefits to both options. Repairing your concrete is the most cost-effective way to improve its function and look and will cost you far less than a replacement. However, if you want to change your concrete completely, having new concrete poured will give you more options for a revised layout, colours, textures, finishes and styles.
Get detailed estimates on paper!
When you get quotes from a few contractors, make sure to get detailed, written estimates. Consider each contractor’s response times and how thorough their estimates are. Make sure they include the cost of materials, labour and anything else that might be included in the job. Once you have a few written estimates, you can compare “apples to apples” of the estimates. Things to compare are construction procedures, start dates, how long the job will take and everything that is included or extra. You should also ask about any payment schedules they might have.
Ask each concrete contractor is they could provide a couple of references for previous work or for projects they are currently working on. You can ask previous customers if they are happy with the finished product and about their customer experience. When checking references, you can check with the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding issues and with accreditation companies like RenovationFind.com. With companies that are RenovationFind Certified, you can be sure they have proper licensing, insurance and good financial and legal history.
Learn more about how to choose the right concrete contractor.