Friday, June 26, 2009

Are all concrete contractors the same?

The answer is no. Placing concrete is a craft and not all contractors skills are the same, and not all companies provide the same service to your overall project.

I have a brochure from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) entitled "A Guide to Selecting a Concrete Contractor." The ASCC states that part of your selection process in finding a concrete contractor for your project is, of course, cost evaluation. "You should be charged a fair price for the labor and materials for your project. Prior to looking at cost, however, you'll want to pre-qualify potential contractors. Accurate estimating, site preparation, an appropriate layout for your area -- how your project will be handled -- all should be taken into careful consideration. In the same way, you should evaluate the companies you are considering by examining their levels of experience, craftsmanship and reliability.

Good contractors use high quality materials and pay a higher wage for experienced craftsmen. The quality of the labor and materials is key to the finished product and your level of satisfaction."

The selection of a contractor should be determined by 1) the pre-planning that goes into the job, 2) the experience and level of craftsmanship demonstrated, 3) reliability and track record, and 4) a fair price. This brochure allows you to compare up to four contractors in these areas with a checklist of 15 different criteria. If you think this brochure would be helpful to you in selecting your concrete contractor, give me a call at 937-362-3210. I will be glad to get you one, and would also be glad to provide you with an estimate and explain how Yoder Concrete Construction, LLC could become your contractor of choice.

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