Concrete has been with us since forever, and a lot of concrete buildings have remained standing hundreds of years after they were built. This is behind concrete’s unwavering popularity even to this day.
If you’re planning on a project that involves concrete and concrete decoration, keep the following in mind:
Do a bit of research and list down some contractors you might consider for the job. Teach yourself about the industry, and see what questions you need to ask a contractor and how you can better understand their responses. Don’t be so quick to accept as truth everything a contractor tells you.
Decide on the type of concrete decorative work you’re aiming for.
Note that there various types of concrete finish work a contractor may be trained for or experienced in. What is required for a patio or sidewalk is clearly different from what you would need for your home’s facade. In any case, be sure to ask your prospective contractor what their specialty or specialties are.
Know your prospect’s industry background.
So much can be said about how long a company has been in operation. Usually, a contractor with no less than 5 years of experience has shown consistency in terms of work quality, as well as dependability when it comes to customer service.
Ask for recommendations and reference.
Ask for client references from your potential contractor, but make sure these are projects from at least five years ago. Most concrete will not show any flaws until after this period. Let these homeowners tell you how their experience was with the said contractor, and ask them if they would hire the same person or company for a future job.
Know what insurance they carry.
You need to select a contractor with enough insurance coverage to shield you from liability in case an accident takes place at the job site. Reputable contractors have workers compensation, general liability and even vehicle insurance.
Pick a contractor that offers a product or performance guarantee.
Ask the contractor whether they offer a product or workmanship guarantee. Ask essential questions like when can they start working, when might they be able to complete the project, are they going to clean up the site after, will they fix any damages on landscaping, sidewalks, and so on.
Have them sign a written contract.
Let your contractor explain thoroughly what they will do and to include all these details in the written contract. They should specify each steps that will be taken from beginning to end. What supplies must be ordered, for instance, or what is our timeline, or what is the schedule of payments, etc. All these are crucial details that should be clearly indicated in your written agreement.