About a year ago some knowledgable folks replied and gave us info
regarding a 5 month old concrete pad and an asphalt turn-around
installed in Sept and was showing signs of considerable FLAKING,
spalling, crooked joints, oil stains from asphalt rollers on 2 day old
concrete they drove on.
Oh and lots more.
Ring a bell?
I had been assured by the principals (owner & his Son) who made a
personal visit last Spring to assure me with a HANDSHAKE and THEIR
WORD their word they would fix the issues.
Now after patiently waiting for them to make the effort I get a
statement an e-mail "Once again, we have told you before we did not do
your concrete work we only sell ready-mix!" and "We pave driveways
that is what we warranty." and lastly If you are having problems with
your concrete you need to contact T*** H*******
he was your concrete
I hired one Contractor. A contractor representing themselves as a
Ready Mix and Asphalt contractor as in their name.
I paid ONLY them and no one else. If they had a finisher not a direct
employee I had no knowledge of that and never did. Now they are trying
to shift the responsibility to this person knowing full well he does
not have the resources to accomplish any repair or any kind due to the
scope of the problem.
This is the company that drove all over my 2 day old concrete pad
repeatedly with their asphalt rollers and then told me they do it ALL
THE TIME with no negative effects.
Most that replied to this were totally amazed that an experienced
cement contractor would even consider this good practice even in a
remote instance much less a good idea as a generally accepted
Ring a bell?
I would just like to have some knowledgeable folks in the business
post their learned opinions for me to possibly refer to. Someone had
an affiliation with the Portland Cement Organization or something like
To put into perspective of the type of folks I am dealing with, there
were DOZENS of hydraulic oil spots with some as big as pie plates from
the rollers backing onto the concrete pad, the rolling out onto the
asphalt. A particularly large one where they parked one roller for at
least 2 hours after supervision had left. (3 of my neighbors saw this
and volunteered it as they couldn't believe they were even on it much
less the time there) as it was the only shady area.
When I saw the spots I simply asked that they clean them up quickly.
Immediately there was a denial of responsibility and if I attempted to
hold back the last payment I might expect PHYSICAL HARM if B****
to be the one to attempt collection from that point.
I am an Electrician with 30 years experience and have been around
construction all my life. I noted that the surface of the concrete
just didn't appear right and looked like it had "tiger stripes" for
lack of a better description. From that point on, every thing I said
was deemed that I was being TOO FUSSY and as far as oil spots go,
"it's a driveway, it's going to get spots on it". Well, sorry, it is
new and I'll put the oil spots on it and don't think paying someone
else to do it is a road I would consider.
The oil spots are only cosmetic at this point although I personally
spent a lot of time with no positive results, the FLAKING and PITTING
of the concrete pad is our main concern.
I have swept up enough to fill a 5 gallon bucket more than halfway
It looks awful.
I am lead to believe it is from an improper mix, or finishing while
too wet. (spalling)
The asphalt also cracked all the way across the width within 5
months.(bad stop/start-improper temperature)
It has a 1' sag across the entire length.
They left a mound of dirt and debris easily moved with their skid
I apologize for the long-winded description. I will attempt to provide
pictures as attachments. 2 Virus free ZIP FILES.
Thanks for an ear. If those that have a valid point and explanation
would be greatly appreciated. I really thought they would fix it after
shaking my hand and giving me their word they would but I see know I
was only being appeased and outright lied to.
MN Electrical Contractor
Knowledge is like money, the less you talk about it
the more people assume you have.