Helpful Tips for Selecting Reliable Concrete Contractors in Wisconsin

December 11, 2018 11:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you want to renovate or install a driveway, patio, walkway or another concrete surface, then your first priority is hiring a reputable concrete specialist. Below are five helpful tips for selecting reliable concrete contractors in Wisconsin.

Get personal recommendations

Concrete pouring may appear very simple from the perspective of someone not in the concrete business. However, the reality of it all is that concrete projects require knowledge, skills, the right tools and equipment. For this reason, you need to make sure you are hiring a concrete contractor or company you can trust. Ask for recommendations from family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Jump on the Better Business Bureau’s website and visit online forums to read contractor reviews or complaints.

Make contact with companies

Whether you have narrowed down your list of potential concrete contractors or are still in the research phase, you can benefit from contacting local contractors and asking questions now—for example, how long have they been in the concrete business? You want timely and friendly responses. Asking questions can help you decide if it’s worth getting estimates from certain contractors.

Get estimates

Ideally, you should get at least three project estimates in writing from a range of concrete contractors in Wisconsin. For the most accurate work estimate, each concrete contractor must actually come to the site of your project. While they are there, ask all your questions about the project. How long will it take to complete? Will current or expected weather affect progress? Do they have to disturb or remove the surrounding land? Be sure to focus on the quality of the work and materials. While low estimates are nice numbers to hear, be wary of unusually low ones, as these companies may not give you the best value for the price.

Check out licensing

Another important thing to do is check out licensing. Check that your state requires concrete contractors to be licensed. Your state’s licensing board can give you their specific requirements. For states that do require a license, the state licensing board will be able to show whether the contractor has a valid license. The contractor you hire should be insured and bonded. And if a permit is required for your project, they should be able to obtain a work permit from the city before starting the job.

Ask for references

When you find a contractor you like, it’s important to ask for a list of references you can contact. The list needs to include customers from the last year or two, which will be the most recent references for the company. These people will be able to tell you about the contractor’s service skills, pricing, communication and how their concrete work has held up since installation. Another thing to consider doing is asking for references who had the same type of work completed as you’re looking to have done. For example, if you want your concrete to have texture or decoration, talk to customers who had similar jobs done through the same contractor.

For more information about residential or commercial concrete work, contact Kwiatkowski Construction Co., Inc. Reach out today to begin working with some of the best concrete contractors in Wisconsin!

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