Done right, poured concrete – like a driveway – can be beautiful, durable and add to the curb appeal and value of your home or business. But you need a concrete contractor with the experience and skills to do the job right, so it stands the test of time.
To choose a concrete contractor, many people make the mistake of hiring the first one they get on the phone. Before you commit to someone doing a project that you are going to have to live with for a long time, it’s best to check out that they have these qualities:
They Will Visit On-Site
Before they produce a quote for business, a good concrete contractor will visit your home or business and examine the driveway or space where the concrete is needed.
The contractor should be able to tell you about the timeframe to finish the job, and let you know how long it will take for the new concrete to achieve its maximum strength. For a driveway, most good contractors will suggest waiting at least two weeks before you park on it. If they say a week or less, then you should probably politely decline their services.
They Have the Right Experience
Before you hire your Tulsa area contractor, you should check out their credentials and reputations. At their websites, look at their portfolios of work. You should check out their testimonials to see what other customers say about them. Besides the ones on their sites, go to sources such as Yelp, Facebook, Houzz and Angie’s List.
Also, trust the people you know. Ask friends and family if they have had any experience hiring the concrete contractor under consideration.
Generally speaking, if a concrete contractor has five or more years of experience, it shows that they have staying power and get consistent results in doing good work. And they will be able to give you advice and options you need to get the best results for your residential or commercial concrete project.
Their Price is Right
Of course, the concrete contractor should give you an estimate for the work upfront. It should include expenses such as materials, concrete thickness, reinforcement, coloring and sealer. Then check the estimate with those of other contractors you are considering.
Good contractors know what a job takes and their quotes should be in the same ballpark. Beware of somebody who is impossibly low. As tempting as the dollars may be, you often get what you pay for. Your choice should be a combination of fair price and proven ability to do the work well.
Their Work is Insured
If an accident happens while work is being done, you do not want to be held liable for it. So ask the contractor about what insurance they have in place. Most reputable concrete contractors have general liability coverage and worker’s compensation in place. You can also phone their insurance company to verify the coverage.
R&M Concrete is Tulsa and Oklahoma’s leading commercial and residential concrete company. Our family-owned business, founded on honesty and integrity, has performed projects of all sizes in Tulsa area, other parts of Oklahoma, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arizona.
Contact us today for a free estimate on your concrete project. You’ll get rock solid results.