Working with concrete is no simple task. It takes expertise, precision, and a commitment to quality to give your commercial property the top-performing concrete it deserves. So, when you’re ready to install concrete surfaces, it’s wise to look for an experienced commercial contractor that can deliver top-notch results.
Of course, you want to choose a team that can successfully handle the logistics too, such as getting the proper permits. And it’s important that you and your property are protected should mishaps occur on the job.
So, before you hire anyone, take the time to vet their credentials and get satisfactory answers to all the important questions. Here’s what to know, and what to ask.
What Expert Commercial Concrete Pros Bring to the Table
If you’re wondering why it matters to hire an experienced team of professionals, here’s a quick overview of how commercial concrete contractors benefit you.
Superb Design Guidance
Concrete can be used in many creative ways throughout your commercial property to provide both visual appeal and practical function. Professional contractors look at your property, discuss your goals, and pinpoint areas where concrete can be advantageous—including driveways, walkways, decorative pillars, storeroom floors, retaining walls, and more.
Commercial construction projects tend to be larger, more complex, and often costlier than small residential projects. An experienced concrete contractor understands how to use their expertise to keep your project on time and on budget. They know the ins and outs of your area’s building codes and regulations, eliminating costly delays and re-dos.
Laying concrete so that it looks good, remains strong, and doesn’t easily crack is an art form. It takes know-how and a dedication to craftsmanship. A pro team with the proper equipment and years of practice will do the job right the first time—so you can relax and focus on your business.
Check out this guide for a more in-depth look at why it’s crucial to hire a concrete expert for your commercial project.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Contractor
Talk with 3-5 companies and get quotes from each so you can compare them. The final estimate is only one thing to keep in mind. Be sure the contractor meets your needs by asking these questions too.
1. Are you fully licensed and insured in my area?
If a contractor can’t satisfactorily say yes to this question (with proof in the form of up-to-date documentation), then you shouldn’t hire them.
Every area of the country has specific codes and regulations commercial concrete contractors must meet. Proper licensing helps ensure the company is performing their work in compliance with local codes.
In addition, they should have current liability insurance and be bonded, which helps protect you and your business in case there is damage or injuries that occur while the work is being done.
2. How much experience does your team have?
One of the key reasons to hire a well-trained, professional concrete contractor is how much easier they make it to get the best results for your project.
Find out how many years of practice the crew has. How do they ensure everyone follows the highest-quality standards? How often have they worked on commercial projects like yours?
Do you offer warranties or guarantees for your work?
To get lasting results from your concrete, the installation must hold up over time. But sometimes, flaws in the workmanship can lead to unsightly cracks and other issues.
A high-quality contractor cares about the quality of their craftsmanship. So, find out if they provide a guarantee for their work, and for how long. A workmanship warranty of 24 to 48 months after installation is ideal.
Can you provide me with recent client referrals?
Try to speak with 2-3 recent clients, specifically ones who have had the type of concrete work done that you are looking to do. Ask them:
- How easy was it to communicate with the contractor?
- Did they stick closely to the agreed-upon timeline and budget?
- Did they respect your property and leave it tidy at the end of the day?
- Would you use them again?
How long will it take to start and finish the project?
An experienced, reliable concrete contractor likely has current projects already in progress, so they may not be able to start immediately on yours. But they should be able to provide a reasonable estimate of when they can begin your work.
In addition, they should be able to outline the steps and the timing involved in bringing your concrete installation to life.
Who will manage the project, and how do I contact them?
Your commercial concrete installation should have a specific project manager assigned to oversee the work. Find out who that person will be and how you can expect them to interact with you.
- Will they check in daily or weekly?
- How can you reach them in an emergency?
- Will they be on-site?
- How easy are they to communicate with?
These questions help ensure you get respectful, responsive treatment throughout the process.
Who will obtain the necessary permits?
All construction needs to have proper permits. Be sure that the contractor will obtain those permits, with their name on it, as they are the ones who should be responsible for doing the work according to local codes.
Get Top Results with Your Commercial Concrete Project
Pouring concrete takes expertise, and an experienced team of trained, insured installers know how to do it properly—so you get lasting results. You’ll rest easier knowing that your commercial concrete will stand the tests of time, weather, and wear.
When you’re ready to hire a trusted contractor to handle your commercial concrete pours, turn to the best! R&M Concrete provides great guidance, thorough installations, and responsive customer service so you can concentrate on what matters most—your business.
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