Choosing the Right Concrete Contractor

Concrete lasts a very long time. Make sure you’re choosing the right Salem concrete contractor for your job.

Concrete has a sense of permanence to it. It’s something that should stand strong for years to come. That’s why you’ll want to be extra careful when deciding which concrete contractor you want to replace your driveway, pave your parking lot, or even stamp your new patio addition. There are a few key questions that you should ask your concrete contractor before they begin work on your home or business project.

Do you offer a guarantee?

Before work is even started, you’ll want to know the answer to this question. It is vital to both have and understand the specifics of available warranties for your project. What if the concrete starts to crack? You’ll want to be covered. A reputable concrete contractor will be able to make you a guarantee, honor it, and help you to understand how it works. This should be one of your first questions to a potential contractor. They should stand behind their work.

How long will the project take once it has been started and when will you start?

If the contractor isn’t giving you a reasonable timetable on when they plan to start your project and how long it will take after it has been started, you might want to look for another company. Don’t pay a contractor before they’ve given you a time frame on when your project is expected to be started and when it’s expected to be finished. There shouldn’t be much, if any, ambiguity on your timetable.

Will you fix the concrete job if something goes wrong before completion?

This is especially important when hiring an Oregon concrete contractor, because we live in a rainy environment. If your concrete is poured and sitting to dry, then a storm comes and rains all over your fresh concrete, the contractor should come back to fix the damage that is caused. Weather is something that can’t be controlled, but both the contractor and the customer should be flexible and understanding when weather stands in the way. Weather can delay the start of a project, for example. Make sure you’re on the same page as your contractor with what procedure will be followed if something unexpected happens.

Are you bonded, licensed, and insured?

This one is especially important. Bonds and insurance exist to protect both the business and the contractor in case of a disaster. This will make sure that any damage or mistakes are paid for, and that you won’t be left footing a big bill if something unexpected happens. It is also important that your contractor is licensed to be laying concrete in your state. Ask for your contractor’s license number and look them up through your state’s Construction Contractors Board. It is not legal for an unlicensed concrete contractor to work on your home or business.

One last tip: Don’t pay for an estimate!

Slate & Slate Construction offers free estimates in the Salem, Oregon area for any concrete job, big or small. Call or email us today for a free quote, or just to ask us more questions (even the ones mentioned above) and we will be glad to help.