Specifically, look at other jobs they have done. See if they will provide
you with a list of references for the past 5 years. The reason i say 5
years is to see how their work lasts after a couple years. Typically if
concrete spalls it will do it in the first 2 years or less.
I checked out this one concrete contractor's work whom I'm leaning towards.
He showed me two driveways, one that is a year old, another that is two
years old. They both appear to be in good shape. I talked to the owner of
the 2-year old - he says this guys does good work. Should I get him to show
me a driveway older than two years old?? I also called his old boss and
left a message with him to call me. What should I ask him?
I would say if the 2 year old slab looks ok he's probably alright. Ask his
boss simple stuff like was he on time for work. Did he get along with his
co-workers. You probably won't get him to tell you much about the quality
of his work - that's the problem with ex-bosses they want work too. You can
ask just remember to take it with a grain of salt if it's not such a great
If you read what was asked - "I also called his old boss and
left a message with him to call me. What should I ask him?" How much
information on the quality of his work do you think his old boss is going to
offer. I know I would offer minimal. In light of that fact, and seeing
that Cory had already setup the call from his old boss. One thing I want to
know is if I can work with the individual, especially if something goes
wrong 6 months after the fact.. Yes this is just a concrete pour to you and
I but to the owner who has to walk / drive up and down it everyday it makes
sense to get as much info as possible.
Cory, looks like you are on your way to getting a good contractor. I'm sorry
you don't live closer as I have an outstanding concrete guy here in Tampa
Florida who does outstanding work Jeff who owns Concrete Concepts.
PS...that news hound guy's parents had no children that lived.
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In our local township the residents had to have their concrete sidewalks done
if they weren't smoothed or uncracked. (Don't get me started - yes I said we
HAD to get them repaired!)
But my point is you might want to investigate who ever does that kind of work
for your township, bourough et al.
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