If you have a concrete driveway or patio, it’s likely you’ll need to work with a concrete repair company at some point in time. Changing weather, tree roots and age can all cause chips and cracks that ruin both the beauty and functionality of concrete spaces, requiring professional repair. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure the process goes smoothly:
- Vet Local Companies
First, compile a list of local concrete companies and do a little background research on each. The Better Business Bureau or review sites like Angie’s List can help you determine which companies are likely to treat you fairly. If a company has a number of customer service complains, you should probably move along to the next one.
You can also get an idea of what specific concrete services any given concrete construction company can provide. Concrete can be stained, stamped and otherwise decoratively enhanced, so you may get to choose among many companies offering specialized services.
- Get Project Quotes
After you’ve chosen a few companies you think you’d be comfortable working with, you can start asking for estimates. Make sure the company either inspects the damage in person or looks at pictures you send, since the smallest detail could have a big impact on the price. If there’s a specific cause for the damage — such as a tree root lifting the corner of a patio — make sure you get a permanent fix for the problem (tree removal, in this case) included in your quotes.
- Decide On Your Repair or Replacement Method
Once you’re found a company you trust that seems to have reasonable prices, you’ll want to make a final decision on your repair method. Concrete repair can be tricky, and seams can be unsightly, so many homeowners choose to just replace entire sections of concrete altogether.
Concrete tends to crack because it expands and shrinks with temperature changes. If you live in a region with all four seasons, you may want to consider replacing your driveway with asphalt, instead. Asphalt prices are typically much lower than concrete prices, and the material is also less susceptible to cracks. Asphalt can also be repaired more easily. The downside, of course, is that your driveway may not look as high-end.
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