7 Questions To Consider When Choosing A North Carolina Concrete Contractor

Whether it’s a small patio behind your home or a large-scale commercial parking lot, choosing a contractor can be a daunting task. Fulford & Jones, Inc. aims to help you start the process by offering these seven questions to ask a concrete contractor. And when you’re ready to start your next construction project, give us a call! Our Wilson, NC-based team applies years of experience to every project, creating one-of-a-kind results for each customer.

1. Is One Season Better To Work With Concrete Than Another?

Generally speaking, yes — especially here in eastern North Carolina. Spring is the ideal time of year but quickly turns into a busy time for contractors because the temperature is as temperate as it will be. Yet, Fulford & Jones, Inc. understands schedules don’t always align perfectly. Our team works with you to minimize these issues with consistent communication and flexibility.

Consistent Temperatures Connected To Consistent Concrete

The best time for any concrete services is when the weather features low humidity and mild temperatures. This is a driving factor in producing high-quality and long-lasting products for your project.

Keep An Eye Out For Temperature Jumps

Since the ambient temperature directly affects how the concrete sets up, it’s critical to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Too much heat and it dries out too quickly. Cold weather has the same effect.

2. What Type Of Concrete Services Does The Contractor Offer?

Keep in mind the service offered differs from the product — service is the action while the concrete product is the type of concrete used. While some contractors offer a wide range of products, others might be more specialized and only offer a few.

Architectural & Decorative Concrete

Although it’s common for these types of concrete to be used side-by-side in construction, they provide different aspects of a project. Architectural concrete imparts structural function and an aesthetic finish while decorative refers to flatwork or non-structural parts.

Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete is used for surfaces where water accumulation is a concern, such as parking lots and walkways. Since the water can permeate the surface, safety improves for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

Fiber-reinforced features an increase in structural integrity when used and is found in many concrete structures, such as:

  • Agricultural silos;
  • Commercial interior floors;
  • Elevated shopping center decks; and
  • Slope stabilization in landscape work.

Its versatility lies in the ability to improve durability, increase longevity, and aid in sustainable building practices.

Standard Concrete

This is the type most people think of when a construction project requires concrete. It usually features a basic mix design and a compressive strength of 2,500 PSI to 3,000 PSI.

3. Can They Provide References To Past Projects?

While looking through a project portfolio provides an idea of the work capacity, ask if they would provide references to speak with for the work. You’ll have the chance to speak with previous customers and gain an understanding of how the contractor works, how the project went, and whether the customer would recommend hiring them.

4. Is The Contractor’s Insurance & Licensing Current?

Every project begins with a clear vision and timeline, but sometimes things happen at any given time. Because of this, it’s important to verify the company has current liability insurance and any necessary licensing before scheduling work. Check the insurance coverage dates with the insurance provider and/or licensing agency. And if a contractor pushes back on this question, cross them off the potential list.

5. How Long Have They Been A Concrete Contractor?

Taking experience into consideration is pivotal as it goes hand-in-hand with producing a concrete surface designed and installed to last years. While there isn’t a hard and fast minimum that designates experienced contractors from someone entering the industry, five years tends to be the minimum time to amass experience and skill.

6. What Is The Cost To Pour Concrete For This Type Of Project?

Receiving a quote for the proposed work is the penultimate question you can ask a contractor. While a guideline is to go with the best contractor your budget allows for, remember that a cheap project quote may increase exponentially later. Hiring a qualified and experienced company such as Fulford & Jones, Inc., will help you avoid unnecessary concrete repairs later.

7. What Is Their Guarantee For The Work?

The majority of concrete contractors have some type of guarantee attached to their work, usually in the form of a written agreement or contract. Make sure you read and understand the terms of work outlined before signing the contract and paying any money, even a down payment for the work. It should outline responsibilities for both the contractor and yourself.

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Quality Concrete

Whether your next project needs bulk concrete or a small amount of concrete, make Fulford & Jones, Inc. your first call in Wilson, NC, and surrounding areas.

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