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As decorative concrete becomes more popular and decorative concrete products become more innovative, an increasing number of concrete contractors have come onto the scene hoping to capitalize on this trend. Unfortunately, not all of them have the skills and experience to produce the attractive, high performance surfaces that you want.
So, how do you find the contractor that is right for your job?
Do Your Research
Instead of calling the first contractor you find, or simply responding to advertisements, take some time to research your local providers. Today, most companies will have some type of web presence, whether they have a company website or if they are listed in directories or on review websites.
Within these places, you can find out things such as how long the contractor has been in business and which local concrete products and services they provide. If you cannot find any information about the company, this can be a sign of lack of experience.
Licenses, Certifications, & Other Qualifications
Not all states require special licenses or certifications for decorative concrete contractors. However, even in states that do not, some contractors will opt to receive training using certain decorative concrete materials and performing different applications.
Reputations Are Important
Even the worst contractors can afford top-of-the-line advertising. You have to look behind the flashy slogans and get to know the body of work behind the company. Read reviews and ask for references to get a feel for the concrete contractor’s reputation in the area. Ask previous customers if they would be willing to work with the contractor again.
Can They Provide What YOU Want?
With all of the different concrete dyes, concrete stains, stamped concrete mats, and specialty concrete mixes available today, decorative concrete projects can differ significantly from one another. Instead of simply asking how many years of experience a contractor has, find out how many projects they have completed that are similar to what you want.
Will They Listen?
Creating a decorative concrete floor can be a very artistic process, especially if you want to incorporate original designs using epoxy concrete coatings and other innovative supplies. You likely have a very specific vision regarding how the finished product should look.
It is important to work with a contractor who will seriously listen to you and your ideas. Do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions regarding the decorative concrete materials and how they are used. The contractor you choose should make you feel comfortable during this collaborative process.