with Creative Concrete & Design:
- Removal of
existing concrete, asphalt or dirt to clear the area
- Setting of
- Sand Reinforcement
- French drains
- Pouring of
all types of concrete (color, stamp, various finishes)
job site cleanup
- YOUR SATISFACTION!
is committed to your satisfaction. We are not finished until you are
happy. Our goal is to bring your vision to reality. 15 years in the
business. Call us for quality results.
welcomed and appreciated!
Things to consider
before making your concrete decision:
1. A prompt response
to a request for a concrete bid shows respect and importance to you
by the concrete company you are contacting. If you have to wait for
a return phone call or bid the company may not be reliable or may not
care about the work you wish to have done. We at Creative Concrete and
Design rely on satisfied customers to keep our business going and that
begins by a fast response to your requests.
2. There are
two different types of concrete mixes. The first is known as "pea
gravel mix" which uses a 3/8" rock. This type is used often
in flat work because of the ease in workability by the finishers. However,
ease for the finishers does not necessarily mean quality and value for
the homeowner. Pea gravel mix is NOT concrete, it is grout mix. This
mix is apt to crack because the concrete shrinks too quickly. In addition,
3/8" mix is often contaminated which can cause surface pop-outs
on the finish. Increasing expansion joints cannot retard cracking nor
can it prevent pop-outs.
The second type
of mix is what we are Creative Concrete and Design use. This mix uses
¾" rock making it structurally stronger. Because the rock
is bigger, the concrete cannot shrink as quickly resulting in a lower
chance of cracking and zero chance of pop-outs. It means harder work
for our finishers but better results for you, the homeowner. DO NOT
be fooled by a contractor who says that pea gravel is just as good as
the ¾" mix. Vendors of concrete mix agree with Creative
Concrete and Design that pea gravel in no way is just as good as ¾"
before a pour is as important as preparation of any home improvement
job. A concrete contractor should:
a. Place 2"
of compactable sand for sidewalks and 2" of Class II road base
for driveways and patios.
b. Place #3 rebar 24" on center for a 4" slab
c. Saturate the ground (sub base) to aid in slowing the concrete's
d. Tamp the surface of the concrete when pouring to make the rocks
settle to the middle of the slab so they are not on the surface. This
action adds to the strength of the slab.
e. When pouring concrete in the heat a retardant can be added to slow
drying to allow more working time to finish properly and lessen cracking.
f. Post pour a curing compound is recommended to continue in the slow-cure
g. Be able to show pictures of previously finished work as well as
offer on-site examination of finished jobs.
h. Provide a list of referrals.
Six Steps to Success
a prompt reply to your request regarding concrete work as well as
a prompt return of a finished bid.
- Get three
estimates: that's all you need to get a feel for the range of prices.
- Make SURE
the contractor is licensed: this is an absolute must!
- Get in writing
all that will be included in the estimated cost of completing the
- Remember the
lowest price is NOT always the best job!
- Price, Value
It is tempting
to take the lowest bid for your job - let's face it, we all want to
save money. However this is a decision you and your family will be living
with for years and years to come. Don't let price be your only consideration
when choosing a contractor.
materials AND service is important to us and it should be important
to you. The cost to tear out and re-pour after a job has gone bad will
be 3 or 4 times as costly as doing it right the first time.
& Design DOES have extremely competitive prices but it's our QUALITY
that makes us stand out from the rest.
You will be satisfied!