7 Things you MUST know before using decorative concrete
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Now - before you choose concrete here are seven things you MUST know.
1. Not all decorative concrete products are the same: Like paint, there are entry level products and commercial grade products. Be sure to compare apples to apples to ensure your finished concrete project lasts and is designed for your specific application.
2. Experience Counts: Like anything in life, experience matters. If you expect the best and don’t mind paying a bit more for it, hire an experienced contractor. Concrete has many variables and only experienced companies will understand and know how to handle all situations.
3. Don’t always go with the cheap guy: An abnormally low price could be like that for a reason. Cheap bids often require the “cutting of corners” to make a profit. Make sure the price is fair and there is enough money in it for everyone to make a profit. If there is not, the long term cost of a failed job may cost a lot more than doing it right the first time.
4. No certification required: Concrete contractors often do not need to be certified to perform their work. It is always best to get references and look at past projects before hiring is done.
5. Beware of those without a website presence: Building a brand and name takes time, effort and a solid reputation. Be cautious of companies who are hard to find online. What is stopping a fly by night company of shutting down one day and getting a new company name and phone number the next day? Those companies who have invested time, money and effort to build a brand are more likely to keep their clients happy in fear of getting poor reviews online. Always deal with someone who has something to loose.
6. Communication is Key: Whoever you decide to use for your project will be responsible to give you a great finished outcome. Make sure your contractor is accessible, answers their phone, gets back to you via email promptly etc. If you are having a hard time communicating with your contractor up front imagine how hard it will be to get ahold of them if there is an issue.
7. Due Diligence: Ask questions, get answers! Find out how many years in business, how many projects similar to yours have been done, get names of referrals, check out their portfolio, educate yourself on the process and what needs to be done. The only stupid question is the one not asked.
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