Is your Salem concrete contractor doing a good job? Make sure you’re working with the right contractor with these simple tips.
There are normal things you’ll want to look for when hiring a contractor of any type to do work for you. These include reading reviews on Yelp and Google Places for Business, ensuring the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured, and asking for references. It also doesn’t hurt to check the company has been in business for some time and has a great deal of experience. In this post, however, we are going to break down some ways you can check to see if your Salem concrete company is trying to cut corners or if they genuinely care about your project.
- If you’re hiring a concrete contractor for entry steps, make sure they’re installing footings to prevent them from sinking and pulling away from your home. There should also be rebar within your steps to help prevent cracking. Not installing these things is a way contractors can cut corners, so be sure to check if they plan on doing this before hiring them.
- Make sure the contractor plans to set a proper base before laying concrete, otherwise you’re just asking for cracking. This means they should grade the area down and lay a solid, tamped base underneath the top layer of your concrete project. For thicker projects, rebar is likely necessary. Also, this needs to be in the middle of the concrete, not at the base or the surface.
- Look at their past work for signs of blistering, cracking, or spalling, as all of these can be signs of a bad concrete pour.
If you want to feel safe for your next concrete project in Salem or surrounding areas, get in touch with us today for a free concrete estimate. We have been in business for nearly 25 years, and we have hundreds of happy customers who would gladly tell you about the projects we did for them. We look forward to working with you!