No two contractors are the same, regardless of what industry they come from. And, the same holds true for concrete vendors. Price, customer service, experience, licensing, and materials are all going to vary between the contractors you are considering.
That’s why when it comes time to choose a concrete vendor to help your with your commercial concrete project its important you research vendors before making a final decision.
That’s why today we are looking at the most important to consider before hiring a concrete contractor.
1. Services Provided
Concrete vendors come in all sizes and deal with a variety of project types. It is important to know beforehand whether the vendor you are going with even works on commercial projects. After all, many smaller concrete businesses only deal with residential concrete work.
2. How Long They Have Been in Business
The longer a contractor is in business, the more reliable they are. In fact, experience makes all the difference in the overall quality of your concrete project, even if it is just a simple slab foundation job.
3. What Kind of Insurance They Carry
You need to protect yourself, especially in the case of large commercial jobs, and make sure those you employ to work on your property carry the right type of insurance.
At the very least, check for liability insurance that protects any employees injured on the job, as well as general liability coverage and automobile insurance.
4. What Kind of Mix They Use
Not all concrete is the same. At TexCon Ready Mix, they understand the importance of providing a variety of concrete mixtures to meet your commercial project needs. In fact, TexCon provides commercial ready mix such as flowable fill concrete, heavy and lightweight concrete, underwater concrete, and more.
5. Project Guarantees
Trusted concrete professionals stand behind their work and products. In addition, they take care to manage the project efficiently, clean up after themselves at the end of each day, and take full responsibility for anything that is not to your liking, including any damage to the surrounding areas.
6. Project Cost
Transparency when it comes to the cost of a large commercial project is crucial. Not only is it the right thing to do, you need to know beforehand how much your project is expected to cost before agreeing to sign a contract.
Have the estimate and project details written up and signed by both parties after agreeing to the terms. Everything should be clearly defined, including cost of materials and labor, so there are no surprises when the project is completed.
Things to look for in a solid contract include:
- The promise that a large scale commercial project is something they can accomplish (and have accomplished in the past)
- The services include things like land clearing, concrete delivery, and installation of the concrete
- How long the project is expected to take and how much labor and materials are expected to be used
- What the steps are should a change mid-project need to be negotiated
If you are considering a specific concrete contractor, ask them to provide references that are both recent and old. You want to make sure they have been consistent over the years with their work, that there have been no serious issues with customers, and most importantly, there are no prior issues with the state contractors board.
As you can see, choosing the right concrete vendor is not as simple as choosing the first name in a list found on the internet.
If you want your commercial project done correctly, it is important you do your due diligence and make sure whomever you hire is capable of completing your commercial project beyond your expectations.