Concrete projects are a sizable investment in your home or business. Time and money go into the final product, and a good contractor can make or break your project’s success. Southside Concrete Polishing wants you to know what to look for when looking at concrete coating companies for your next project. License and insurance, experience, referrals, examples, honest quotes, materials, techniques, services, and professionalism are all things you should be looking at before you hire someone.
What To Look For
Reputability isn’t something a company can buy. A contracting company earns their reputation through hard work and quality results. Keep in mind the many factors that go into a company you can trust. These next eight items list out important things to check out to help you choose the right company.
1. Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
If a concrete coating company can’t provide a copy of their license, bond, and insurance, it’s safe to say they’re probably not totally legitimate. That’s not to say they aren’t good at what they do, but there is a lot of legal liability in hiring someone who doesn’t maintain their legal certificates and requirements.
While it’s tempting to consider under-the-table contractors because of their lower costs, you have to keep in mind that you could also be getting what you pay for. Typically, contractors that aren’t up to date on their requirements don’t maintain their employee training, safety, and fair pay. If someone is injured on the job site or damages your property during the work process, you could be held liable instead of the contractor.
Companies have to start somewhere, so just because a contracting company is fairly new doesn’t mean they’re inexperienced. You can ask your contractor to tell you about their experience in the specific project type or technique you’re hiring them for. What training and practice have they had? Investing in a project like your concrete coated floors, or an epoxy flooring option is spendy. Make sure your contractor can prove their skill to you before you put your hard earned money at risk for a shoddy job.
Word of mouth and personal referrals are the best way to tell if a company provides a service worth investing in. You can put money into google and yelp reviews, but hearing from friends, family, and colleagues about a contractor’s service is the most honest way to gauge a potential contractor for any job. If you can’t trust the opinions of the people in your circle to give references for talented contractors, then who can you trust?
4. Client Examples
Taking a look at the verified clients a company has worked with in the past. Their finished projects are another aspect to consider for your contractor decision. Southside has worked in showrooms, warehouses, hospitals, medical offices, schools, and more. With over three decades of service, we’ve seen and worked in a wide variety of industrial applications for our services.
Ask to see samples of their work. Any contractor worth their salt keeps a gallery or portfolio of their work. Concrete coating, restoration, polishing, epoxy, and similar projects are visual. If the contractor doesn’t have samples of their work to back up their claims of experience, visit previous customers to see their work in person.
5. Honest Quotes
Contractor work, such as concrete work, is hands-on. The absolute best way to get an accurate estimate for costs is for the contractor to tour the worksite. This prevents surprises later during the project. If a contractor gives you one quote then changes it without an in-depth explanation, you’re going to go over budget on the project. Make sure everything is on the table when you discuss costs and get all the details in writing. You also have every right to get quotes from several companies.
6. Materials & Techniques
During your consultation, discuss your project and how the techniques the contractor suggests would solve the problem. Ask them about techniques and materials and the pros and cons. Don’t just jump on the first thing they suggest. Do your homework, and make sure that the option you decide on is the best investment. Ensure that the contractor crew you choose to work with is trained in the best practices for new and old techniques.
You can’t always judge a business by its name. In the case of Southside Concrete Polishing, we provide more than concrete polishing. We’re also experts in waterproofing concrete floors, epoxy floors, pressure washing, and long-term maintenance for concrete flooring. Building a business relationship with a company with a range of services will provide a more dependable partnership for future projects.
A professional presentation is also important. It’s more than just looking good for your consultation; it’s also about returning phone calls or inquiries promptly. It’s showing respect and being patient with you as their client. Every good business relationship is built from consistent interactions, knowledgeable presentation of information, and feeling like you’re more than an invoice number.
A person’s demeanor in an initial interaction can tell you a lot about the way the relationship will progress. Professionalism isn’t the same as being patronizing. If the contractor you interview doesn’t make you feel comfortable and friendly, that’s not a business relationship that you’ll likely want to nurture for future projects. Finding a good business partnership is important if this project is the first of many possible projects.
Southside Concrete Polishing works with the best teams in New York City. Partnering with the highest rated architects, construction teams, designers, and businesses, we’ve built a strong reputation for passion-filled, high quality, and honest work. We pride ourselves on our continued learning and a strong eye for detail and design.
We proudly serve our communities in the greater New York City area. With teams available to work in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, we’ve got you covered.
At Southside Concrete Polishing, we specialize in several concrete flooring treatments. We understand that your floors are an investment in your business or home. We strive to provide options to you and your company for every flooring project that you may have. Our contractors attend training opportunities, seminars, trade shows, and other industry events to ensure we are up to date on the newest techniques and materials. Some of the things we specialize in are:
Buffing and polishing the surface of your concrete floors to remove minor damage and stains. This technique provides shine and durability.
Waterproofing concrete surfaces to prevent leaks, cracks, and flaws from forming in high moisture settings.
High-shine epoxy resin used to seal and decorate showrooms, medical facilities, educational facilities, and more. This option is easy to clean, durable, and artistic with metallic and opaque variants.
Cleaning and maintaining your concrete floors is critical in the longevity of your space.
Give us a call to discuss your project needs. We look forward to talking over your options and vision. Our team is eager to partner with you and your concrete flooring projects. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of New York City and can’t wait to build a strong working relationship with you and your team today.
Please take a look at the reputation we have with our community on social media. We provide samples of our work and reviews from customers that we have worked with recently. We will answer all of your questions, and we respect your investment in our services and appreciate your consideration. The Southside Team is proud to work with you, and we thank you for your consideration.