Things to Ask Your Concreter
Before hiring, have a list of concreters to contact, ask them a few questions to see how experienced they are and if they have all the necessary licenses and if they are able to get permits.
Here's a list of questions that you need to ask your potential concreter before even hiring him.
1. What is your qualification?
Yes, being a concreter doesn't involve any formal education, just a set of skills. But it's always good to ask this to see what training he's been through.
2. How long have you been in this business?
A concreter should have a minimum of 5 years experience as this indicated stability and reliability which is a must in this line of work. The longer they've been in the business, the more experience, and the more likely you'll be satisfied with the work. In addition to this, you'll know that he's experienced if he is able to give you helpful insights and the risks involved on your project.
3. When was the last training you've attended? And what is it about?
If you want an impressive work you should ask this. This will give you details and an idea if your concreter knows the latest techniques and products used in the business.
4. How much experience have you gone through in my type of project?
It is best to choose a concreter who is an expert and focused in your type of project rather hiring someone who spreads himself thin over a variety of projects. For example, you’re focusing on making a patio, it’s best to hire someone who is an expert in that field rather hiring someone who claims to be an expert and claims to know everything with just about any kind of project.
5. What specific insurance coverage do you have?
It is important to opt for a concreter who has an adequate insurance coverage to safeguard your property from any potential liabilities from an accident in your work site. And if you want to be 100% sure, check whether his workman's compensation coverage is currently in force.
6. Do you have references?
This will give you an idea about the concreter's workmanship by communicating with his previous clients. You will know more about your concreter, his work ethics, if he showed on time and finished the project on schedule, and if he satisfied his previous clients.
7. Do you guarantee you work?
The best thing you can do is hire a concreter who completely assures his work. Perhaps the most stress relief comes from the fact that the concreter himself is responsible for the quality of all work if something goes wrong during the construction of your project, it's up to him to get it fixed. The charge of those repairs comes out of the concreter’s budget, not your pocket.
8. What percentage of cement is added to your concrete raising/leveling mix?
This will help you know if your concreter mixes a good percentage of cement as this will naturally be stronger and will more likely last longer.