Finding a concrete flooring contractor in the Denver area isn’t hard. However, finding an expert contractor that can meet all of your project’s requirements is a little more challenging. In our last blog, we discussed some of the things you should do to help you in this process—establish your goals, do research, shop around, etc. In today’s blog, we are going to pick up right where we left off. Specifically, we are going to look at some of the questions to ask concrete contractors when you meet with them.
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When meeting with prospective contractors, there are a number of things to consider. In addition to gauging their overall professionalism and knowledge, be sure to ask about project specific questions. If you are in need of commercial flooring, below are some questions to consider.
Ask About Surface Prep
As you might have guessed, at All West Surface Prep we understand the importance that surface preparation plays in successful concrete flooring. To get a concrete floor that will not only look great but last for decades, it is imperative that after the preparation phase the floor is clean, level, and dry so that an absolutely solid bond can be created. Good concrete contractors, especially those working on commercial and industrial floors, will first begin with a preparation profile that outlines exactly what needs to be done to save old concrete floors or install new, top-notch floors.
Ask About Options and Products
Similar to many service-based trades, the end result of a flooring project is contingent upon the products and methods used. While you want your commercial flooring contractors to be specialized and experts in the service you need, it is also nice to have a range of options and methods. This is something that good commercial flooring contractors will be able to offer. At AWSP, for example, we have a wide array of concrete coatings, concrete polishings, and more. Check out our gallery to get an idea of some popular options.
Working with concrete is messy. When performing concrete grinding, for example, which often requires removing old layers of coatings, your commercial space can quickly become covered with a thick coat of dust and grime. Ask your prospective concrete contractors what they do to deal with this. If they do little to address this problem, know that this type of clean up can take some serious time, which could delay your business’ daily operations.
At AWSP, we strive to go above and beyond with our cleanup. We want to leave the project site better than when we found it. This is why we use industry-leading dust control systems and vacuums. After we finish a job, the only trace of us we want you to see is a beautiful concrete floor coated or polished to your exact liking.
Ask About Execution
Once your prospective concrete company has described the preparation process, inquire about how they execute the next steps and ensure the quality of their work. Whether you are getting a polished concrete floor, epoxy coating, or some other concrete coating, a skilled contractor should be able to explain how they ensure that everything is expertly put in place. If you are wanting to get a design or some type of special coating or unique blend, be sure to ask for specifics on this process. This also might be a good time to bring up specifics like the thickness of the new concrete, and how this may relate to future maintenance and more.
Ask About Time
Regardless of whether you have to shut down your business to get your floors resurfaced or whether you are early in the construction process, the faster your floors are finished, the better this is for everyone involved. Factor this into your decision-making process. While your contractor should not sacrifice quality for speediness, they should be cognizant of the fact that, as a business owner, your time is money. This is why we at AWSP take great pride in completing jobs quickly. Because we have our own equipment (ask your prospective contractor about this as well) and years of experience, we are able to complete jobs faster than most. In fact, we one shot-blasted a 50,000 square foot facility in just 17 hours. It is this kind of accomplishment that gives us the confidence to say, “If you want it done ASAP, call AWSP!”
If you are looking to get started on a commercial flooring project, don’t let the challenge of finding a contractor overwhelm you. Keep these tips and questions in mind, and don’t forget to take notes—especially if you are meeting with multiple contractors. If you are in the Denver area, be sure to contact All West Surface Prep to set up a consultation.