Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Exposed Concrete Options

Exposed Aggregate Concrete is a very popular residential concrete application on the Gold Coast. With many different options for stone colours, there is always a choice that suits your natural surroundings of your house. However, Exposed Aggregate Concrete doesn’t always have to be just a standard plain grey concrete with different coloured aggregates. It can be mixed up in a few different ways to really create something unique for your property.

Standard Installation

Installation of exposed aggregate is usually quite a simple process for a contractor with enough experience in it’s application. Exposed is all about timing by your contractor, it takes skill and experience to know the timings of each stage of it’s placement. Typically after placing and screeding off your Exposed Concrete, it is then floated and the surface is continually worked to bed and flatten the stone correctly. When the timing is right, the surface is then retarded by with Raw Sugar or a chemical compound specific to this requirement, then again, when the timing is correct, the surface will be washed off revealing the coloured stones underneath.

Variation 1: Inserts / Borders

One way of mixing things up is with inserts and borders. As you can see in the image installation of plain coloured concrete with exposed aggregate has been installed for the middle section, followed by the same aggregate being installed surrounding it with a simple colour through the concrete to change it up. You can also do this with borders, plain concrete with a colour and also inserting tiles and pavers directly into the concrete.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Variation 2: Colour Through Concrete

One of the simplest ways to change things up is to add a colour oxide through your concrete during the mixing stage. The Oxide mixes through the entire concrete body and once we wash off the surface, with the right choice in colour, contrasts against the stone choice of our clients. There area many different options for colouring your concrete, please check out our Colour Charts under Customer Relations to have a look.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Variation 3: Polishing to Expose

Our final way of finishing your Exposed Aggregate Concrete is to place the concrete as per normal, but instead of washing off the surface during placement, we will wait for the concrete to set and cure, then return with our grinding and polishing equipment to remove the surface revealing the stones, along with flattening the stones along the surface for a very sleek, modern finish. At times this finish can be slippery when wet, however we can add texture to the surface within the sealer to assist with this.

Polished Exposed Aggregate

If you’re thinking about putting in Exposed Aggregate Concrete for you new driveway or other installation, have a chat with us and think outside the box. With these few, simple process’s we can create something unique that not everyone in your neighbourhood already has installed.

Concrete Resurfacing Toowoomba

Concrete Resurfacing Toowoomba

Project Description

Location: Toowoomba
Project Size: 160sqm

Our client had an old existing concrete patio, parking area and surrounds at their property and were requiring decorative resurfacing to make the areas match and repair cracking. Work commenced with floor grinding of the painted areas along with a quick skim over the entire surface to bring the concrete to a workable level for resurfacing. We then proceeded to acid clean and pressure wash all areas. Crack repairing was completed then finally base coating of our Covacrete products was applied. We decided to go with sharply taped line throughout with a Slate Grey main coating, followed by Cuban Coffee and Bluegum flecking, finished off with 2 coats of high grade acrylic sealer. Overall the project was a success as you can see from the before and after photos below and we’re happy to be walking away from another happy client.

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Properties of Concrete

Ever wonder about the basic materials that are mixed to make your concrete? In this article I’ll be going through each of the main materials and what part they play in your concrete.

Cement

Cement

Cement in your concrete is essentially a binding material that forms as a glue for the other materials in your concrete.
It is made by combining silicon, aluminium, iron, calcium, chalk, clay, slate and limestone with other chemicals in a controlled mixture. When combined and water is added, it reacts with the other materials to heat and harden, binding the fine and large aggregate together that make up your solid concrete structure.

Fine Aggregates

Concrete Sand

The fine aggregate (sand), is a very fine material which can assist concrete to solidify, giving the necessary strength required. Sand can fill up the pores or voids inside the concrete which is also a contributing factor for the strength of the concrete. Its considerable hardness and resistant to weathering makes it the perfect material for the mixture.

Course Aggregates

Aggregates

Course aggregates are the larger stones in your concrete mix. They are also considered somewhat of a filler material making your concrete mix stretch further, but they are also one of the main strengthening properties of your concrete. 20mm aggregate is considered the base size and has the best strength properties. Once you lower the size of the large aggregates to 10mm you are weakening the strength of your concrete, so typically to make up for this you MPA rating will be raised (amount of cement) to counter the loss in aggregate. There is also an option for “reduced line” aggregate, which is basically a reduced mixture of large aggregates that are used. Personally, I would never place reduced line concrete as it’s strength properties are far below anything I would be confident in placing and standing behind as a contractor.

Water

Concrete Water

Water in the mix makes the concrete workable during placement. During the setting process, the cement materials start to super heat, which in turn makes the water start to evaporate and be forced out of the concrete mix, making all the properties start to harden and bind together. As a general rule of thumb, it will take only a few hours for the water to evaporate enough for the concrete to begin to harden to the point it can be finished and by the next day, enough water has removed from the concrete to harden enough to walk on without damaging it. It can take up to a month for 100mm concrete to cure properly with all the water evaporating from within the concrete.

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Concrete Crack

A Tale of 3 Cracks

Cracks, cracks bloody cracks.

They’re ugly, unwanted and sometimes a sign that your concrete is falling apart. But not always….

We as concreters do very little during an installation to prevent cracking of the concrete, rather, we put a lot of effort into controlling that cracking.

  • With proper installation of steel reinforcing, we aim to control the crack from being able to pull apart from itself.
  • Installation of Abel Flex allows for the concrete to move hard against another solid structure, which in turn removes excess tension from the slab attempting to help the concrete crack less.
  • Control joints create a weak point in the concrete depth which it is hoped, that the concrete when under tension will find the weakest spot to crack along inside our cut or tooled line, subsequently controlling where the concrete cracks.
  • Installation of crack inducers are installed under the concrete (usually where a control joint will be cut, to again assist in this area being a weaker spot to find under tension.

As you can see, the majority of tactics we undertake to combat cracking, are actually for controlling the cracking and not stopping it. It is fundamentally shallow thinking to believe your concrete, being a solid structure placed on soft ground, will not find a point where the tension is too great and over the length of the concrete and cause a fault.

Apart from the ways we as contractors go about your structural project, lets go into a little more detail of the 3 main types of cracking and how serious they actually are.

Shrinkage Cracks

These cracks occur during the pour due to the concrete surface setting too quickly. The water evaporates to fast out of your materials, then the surface sets too quickly causing it to shrink and crack.

These cracks usually happen when pouring on extremely hot days or overly windy days. Unfortunately, there is very little a contractor can do to stop and fix this once it is happening. The only real two ways to go about this is to use an Alcohol based vapor on the surface to re-add some moisture, then continuing to work the surface keeping the small cracks closed and holding together.

These cracks are not structurally a problem for your concrete, they are unfortunate, but will remain small hairline spiderweb cracks without pulling further apart.

Concrete Crack

Non Structural Cracking

Non structural cracking is where your concrete has started to tension either from the ground underneath moving under the weight of the concrete, or by heavy vehicles / items being placed on the concrete.

This type of cracking is called non structural because although the concrete itself is cracking, our preventative and controlling measures are working and the crack is not separating any further.

There is typically no need for any rectification work for this type of cracking, as they are considered normal and just unfortunate that they haven’t found the control joints to crack along that have been installed.

Concrete Crack

Structural Cracking

Structural cracking is caused by the same reasons I mentioned in “non structural cracking”, however in difference, these cracks are not being controlled by our preventative measures and are not only beginning to pull apart further than they should, they can lead to lifting or dropping of the two section of concrete surrounding the crack and have serious consequences for your concrete slab.

If you have this type of cracking occur, it is normally due to failure during the installation by the contractor and they must be dealt with immediately to rectify the problem.

Concrete Crack

After you’ve had your new concrete installed you get some cracking, take a little further investigation into what kind of cracking it is.

Most of the time, cracking in concrete is considered normal however unfortunate it is to both client and contractor, nobody likes to see them.

If you do however, notice that your cracking is starting to pull apart more than say a $1 coin in width, then it could be structural. Give you installer a call to come and inspect and if required, for rectification to begin.

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Job Satisfaction

A lot of people seem to have a misconception about concrete and concreters, sometimes thinking of it as a dull industry with just a lot of hard, physical work involved. Of course this can be true from time to time, but, unless you’re in the industry you won’t get to see the job satisfaction that is brought about after completing a project, especially a decorative project or something freehand.

I can personally look back on the projects that I/we undertake at Walker Concreting & Resurfacing and recall at least 9/10 jobs where I’ve actually stood back when the work was complete looking over the job and feeling very proud of myself and the boys for what we have accomplished.

Here I’ll go through a few of the things in detail which make our industry so rewarding for the men and women who ply their trade within.

Physically Hard Work

First things first. A lot of the time, concreters aren’t drawn to this trade for lack of better options. We’re a funny breed of people who would rather be out getting our hands dirty and having sweat over the brow as opposed to sitting in an office with a tie on having to shave every day to keep up appearances.

Concreting can be a very physical line of work for a good part of it. Everything is heavy, the steel, demolition, new concrete, it pushes our bodies with everything we seem to touch.

This brings about a sense of accomplishment and pride by the end of the job. Sitting back and going through in your head exactly how much materials you have moved and placed by hand is not something anybody can just come and do. It not only takes a fit, strong person to complete the work, but also years of training and expertise in knowing exactly how to handle the materials to get things right (and make it a bit easier on the body as well).

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Winning Projects

Apart from all the work that goes into the backend of the business through advertising and years of good, quality work provided to gain a good reputation, the quoting process of a project is extremely important and takes a lot of work to make yourself stand out from the competition.

Firstly, getting that call from a potential client, then going out to inspect the work that is required, to writing up the quotation in detail and outlining the entire project’s schedule to expect to complete it in. Then finally providing our clients with website information, address’s to inspect our work and several other items to make yourself stand out.

Having all of this information come together properly and having our client call us to approve our quotation to pick us above our competition is extremely satisfying. It means we have done everything right in gaining confidence in our client to have the knowledge that we can complete their work to the standards they require….being put first among our peers who competed with us.

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Project management

Organising a concrete project can be relatively challenging. Not only are there many things to bring to site to complete the work, but it all needs to arrive at the right time to make sure the project runs smoothly, and we make the required profit from the job. Time is money, and if something isn’t there when it’s meant to be, can hold the project up costing dollars.

Disregarding the the preparation stages of a project, I’ll just run through what a typically pour would be like getting things managed correctly.

First of all there are several men/women working on the project for the day, these people need to be organised to turn up on time and to bring the right equipment with them.

From there, there may be a concrete pump that needs to be pre-organised with a specific time they need to turn up. We also have concrete delivery of 3-4 trucks or more to complete your project, these also need to not only turn up on time, but have certain separations between each truck allowing for proper placement without waiting time being charged.

As the concrete is being placed, heights and falls need to be strictly adhered to to allow for a good installation, this all needs to be completed in a certain time frame as the concrete is going off as soon as it is mixed, so we’re on the clock.

When the concrete has been placed, we need to then keep a keen eye on what the concrete is doing as it is our boss for the day and we work to it’s requirements. Some places go off quicker than other, as well as all the edging and floating that needs to be done yet. It takes an experienced eye to keep up with concrete and not start falling behind it….as well as physically hard work of course.

Finally finishing the concrete which is again usually done while chasing it on a time frame. That surface needs to look good and there’s only a relatively small window to make sure it happens.

When all this works out well and we have done our managing correctly for times and materials, it’s very rewarding seeing the results of our work.

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Decorative Applications

Decorative concrete and decorative resurfacing is by far the most rewarding part of this line of work. From exposed aggregate to covacrete resurfacing, the results speak for themselves.

Years of practice in our trade lead to expertise in these sectors. Exposed aggregate for instance can be tricky at times getting the timing right, being ultra careful with your screed as to not leave screed lines in the surface, to working the surface and timing the sugar correctly, every part of exposed aggregate installation is important and we only see the success of our installation during the final stages of washing off the concrete.

When we are decorative resurfacing, we are taking an old, worn out structure of concrete and turning it into something sharp, dazzling and modern that looks out of this world. Taking something from horrible to amazing leaves a great sense of pride in our efforts.

Covacrete Resurfacing

The final overly satisfying part of our industry are happy clients. To firstly win the project, then give our clients our up most professionalism, along with getting all the process’s correct to complete the work properly and having our clients satisfied and happy with what we have done for them, this is the best sense of accomplishment we can ask for.

Next time you have a look over a great looking concrete project, have a little think to all the work and thought that has gone into creating such a project. You’ll find there was a concreter there at one stage looking back over the job with a big smile on their face feeling good about what they have achieved.

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All The Little Things

Often spoken of lightly, the small items that are used during a concrete slab installation are often the most important. From Abel Flex to Control Joints and beyond, it is imperative they are installed correctly to ensure a quality installation.

Abel Flex Expansion Foam

Abel Flex is used at cold joints (new concrete against another hard compound). It is placed vertically and is used to allow the concrete to shrink during the setting and curing phase without leaving a gap between the two hard structures. It also allows the new concrete to slightly move away from the other hard structure again without leaving a gap later on in it’s life, plus, allows the new concrete to move closer to the other hard surface without causing too much friction and making the new concrete “lift” up the face of the opposing structure.

Abel Flex

Starter Dowels

Starter dowels are drilled into cold joint areas approximately 150mm into the adjoining hard surface. Then the new concrete is poured around the end sticking out. What this does is adhere the two hard surfaces together which stops the new concrete from either lifting or dropping as opposed to that other surface. This of course helps is strength overall, but also stop trip points from creating at that given area.

Concrete Dowels

Re-Entry Bars

Re-Entry bars are typically made from N12 deformed bar or R-11 3/bar trench mesh. They are placed at the internal corners of your new concrete installation which is a high percentage crack area. They act as an extra reinforcement attempting to stop the early cracking and control it from these points.

Re Entry Bar

Trimming Bars

Although not commonly used, trimming bars are installed around the perimeter of your new concrete slab attached to the slab mesh. They act for initial assistance in the setting tension of the concrete, which helps prevent and control cracking directly from the edges of the concrete.

N12 Deformed

Control Joints

Control joints can either be tooled into your concrete during the pouring phase, or can be saw cut into the surface after initial setting of the concrete. The length in between control joints is dictated by the thickness of the steel reinforcing that is being used, along with the installers general experience on where he/she predicts to be a high percentage crack point. They basically create a weaker spot in the concrete which is hoped that the concrete during tension will find it’s weaker spots to crack along, keeping said crack inside the control joint instead of being a dirty crack in the middle of nowhere.

Control Joints

There are also other minor things that are used during a concrete installation, but you’ll find these to be the most common and useful. When you receive your quotation, ask your contractor about these items. If they aren’t included in the pricing, then give us a call to quote your work and rest assured the installation is being done correctly.

Concrete Tools

Concreters Specialised Tools

Ever wondered about some of the specialised tools a concrete contractor needs to complete their work?

In this post, I’m going to run through each of the specialised tools that are typically needed on a concrete installation, along with their pricing for each tool to give you an idea of just how valuable our trailers are at any given time.

Concrete Saw

Used to cut through existing concrete before demolishing, also used to cut out the concrete kerbing if required. A steel blade is put on to cut through heavy re-bar. Also used at the end of the job to complete the control joint cuts.
Price: $1700

Concrete Saw

Hammer Drill

A Hammer Drill is used to drill into the existing concrete where our new concrete is going to meet, to install starter dowels.
Price: $250

Hammer Drill

Impact Driver

Impact driver drill is used to install the screws the hold the formwork to our star pickets..
Price: $250

Impact Drill

Circular Saw

Use to cut our formwork to make everything fit.
Price: $250

Circular Saw

Laser Level

Laser Levels are setup and used to install our formwork to exact levels to make pouring of the concrete easier. It is also used during the concrete pour to make sure everything is being installed to the heights required.
Price: $1500

Laser Level

Trowel Machine

Trowel Machines are use during the finishing stages of the concrete surface. A large machine that is counter balanced across the surface, compressing the matrix of sand and cement and smoothing out the top.
Price: $1800

Trowel Machine

Concrete Screed

A screed is used to level the sub-grade prior to pouring, also leveling the concrete of course. They come in a range of lengths to suit every situation and you’ll often find at least 6 on the back of a concreters truck.
Price: $70

Concrete Screed

Concrete Vibrator

Used to vibrate the concrete during installation, it is important to compress especially the internal and edge beams to make sure the concrete is at it’s strongest.
Price: $1800

Concrete Vibrator

Plate Compactor

Plate compactors are used to compress the underlying sub-grade of the new concrete installation. It’s basically run across the ground to make sure there is little movement underneath the concrete weight after it is poured.
Price: $2400

Plate Compactor

What I have listed here are only the specialised tools that a concreter may carry at any given time. Whilst not all used at the same time, all the time, they are all very necessary to a contractors arsenal.

There are many other smaller tools required to complete works from rakes, to shovels and hammer and everything in between. If you ever get the chance, take a sneak peak into a concreters trailer / truck, you’ll be surprised with the amount of equipment required.

Our Team

Meet the Team

Looking back on another successful day in the concrete, I was thinking about the team we have here at Walker Concreting & Resurfacing, not only being efficient tradesmen in placement and finishing of the grey stuff, but also a damn good bunch of blokes to work alongside.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the regular lads that work with us on our concrete and resurfacing projects and give our clients a little insight into the boys.

WARNING: Images may or may not truly depict each team member.

Ben Walker

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Title: Boss
AKA: Ben HURRRRR
Age: 35 years, often feels much…much older
Strengths: Screeding and singing

Has had his boots in the wet stuff for around half his life, which can either be a good thing for experience….or a terrible thing thinking “where the hell did I go wrong?” Jokes aside of course, you’ll find Ben giving his upmost in professionalism towards his clients and his work, whilst all the time pursuing his passion by rattling off random jingles all day long.

Ollie Recker

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Title: Finisher
AKA: Tommy Diamond
Age: 51 years
Strengths: Finishing and yelling at truck drivers

Ollie has been concreting longer than concrete has been around. He paved the first footpaths in Rome and was an integral part of Emporer Vespasian’s building design of the Colosseum. Having invented the Stippler finish, he has then continued on to ply his trade throughout the centuries, subsequently ending up in the warm embrace of Walker Concreting & Resurfacing. He has also been a competitive body builder throughout his time and for a little bloke, really has quite the set of guns on him.

Greg Elkington

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Title: Finisher
AKA: Cool McGool
Age: 50 years
Strengths: Finishing and staying stress free

Greg is another veteran of the mud borne from the fires of Mount Vesuvius and carrying on his expertise for centuries to come. Quite possible the coolest cat you’ll ever meet, always having the hair tied back and a smoke hanging from the lips, stress is just not an option here. Often referred to as the Bionic man, he’s got two false hips and several pins and plates in his legs due to shenanigans that would make confidence driven 20 year old men shiver with fear.

Honorable Mentions

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Brad Mooney will often find his way to our sites from time to time to show the boys how to screed. Claiming to just be warming up after 200sqm, he’s the only man we’ve seen able to hold a beer and screed at the same time, something we’re all yet to master.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading a brief run down on our team.

As you’ve probably noticed, the boy’s aren’t the youngest concreters you’ll ever see, however, age breeds experience and experience breeds success. Some of the best quality concreters getting around the Gold Coast. (Apart from the boss, he’s usually just there to do the heavy lifting….go figure).

Give us a call soon to have us quote your work, you’ll enjoy our company.

Plain Concrete Carrara

Plain Concrete Carrara Markets

Project Description

Location: Carrara Markets, Gold Coast
Project Size: 227sqm

Being installed at Carrara Markets on the Gold Coast was a new concrete slab extending onto the existing concrete areas to form a future Pavillion for local entertainers. We began by removing the unwanted concrete areas by machine, bringing in 30mcub of fill to raise levels as required and sub-grading the entire area. N12 starter dowels were then installed at cold joints to assist in lifting, along with SL72 reinforcing mesh chaired throughout. Concrete was placed with a line pump having it take 24mcub of concrete to complete the work. The concrete was finished by trowel machine then stick wiped for a nice smooth finish. We’re looking forward to seeing the end result after all the construction is complete, then will return to finalise all the other areas surrounding.

Choose Contractor

How To Choose Your Contractor

You’ve heard it all before….

“That contractor was terrible.”

“OMG what have they done!!?!!”

Now don’t get me wrong, these phrases, among many others, have ingrained themselves into the contracting community over many years of sub-par quality work by lower tier contractors.

But have you ever sat back and thought for a second, maybe it was you as the client who did the bad job? Not the contractor doing the work?

A concrete projects result is ultimately dictated by the decisions made throughout its entirety, by all parties involved. Of course, the primary contractor needs to know how to do the work required (expertise), as well as he/she also needs to make the correct decisions throughout the process to make sure everything is completed correctly. But wait, lets take a step back in the process….

Who is choosing this contractor to complete the project you require?

What was your decision making behind choosing this contractor?

Far too often the decision made by clients to choose their contractor is based entirely around the bottom dollar value. I’m sorry people, but we’re not shopping for an iPod here where the product is exactly the same at whatever shop you go to, apples just ain’t apples.

Lets go through a basic process to help you choose your contractor more effectively.

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Meeting Your Contractor

Ok, so first things first. Lets take the dollar value out of the equation when meeting your contractors you have chosen to quote your work for the first time, now, lets run through what should be on your mind whilst talking to and receiving your quotations.

Firstly, you want to show your contractor through the work you require, all the time asking for his/her input into what it is you’re trying to achieve.

If you ask lots of questions about your project, you should, with a little analytical thinking, be able to gain useful information about if your contractor is confident with what you have them pricing. As with anything in life, confidence is bred from experience.

If your contractor is hesitant, or seems a little lost in trying to figure out ways of completing certain tasks, you should be able to pick up on this easily and in the back of your mind be putting little crosses against his/her name. Vice versa, you should be able to gain confidence yourself in the ability of the contractor if you can see them having no problems with what you require and are also confident themselves in completing your work.

After this first evaluation of your project, start asking plenty of more questions about the contractor personally. Highlighted areas you will want to find out about are the persons history in the industry, what areas have they specialised in and so forth. It doesn’t hurt to write a checklist of things you wish to ask, make sure all topics are being covered, all the time gaining information that you can evaluate better over a coffee when they leave.

Finally during the quoting process, ask your contractor if they have any address’s of previous work that you can go and look at first hand.

He/she should be able to provide you with several sites that you can visit to showcase their work.

If they cannot or will not provide these address’s, this would be a big red flag up against their name.

Either they have limited address’s they can show because they haven’t been around that long, or they simple don’t have anything they’re willing to show off.

I know myself personally, that as a contractor who takes great pride in his work, I am always looking to “show off” what I have done.

Finally, check to see if your contractor has a website. Although this isn’t by any means something that you would rate a dirty old concreter on, but having a website proves one thing…

Willingness to portray his/her business, history and previous work in the public forum of the internet for criticism by their peers.

The website doesn’t need to be the most flash thing out there, but it should show at least photos of their projects, hopefully, along with testimonials from happy clients.

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Receiving Your Quotation

So after your initial meeting with your contractor quoting your project, you will either receive a quotation there on the spot, or have one emailed to you after they leave. A lot of the time this can depend on the size and complexity of your project. Often it is easy enough to work out some pricing on the spot for smaller projects, but larger, more detailed projects may take an hour or so to work all the figures out correctly.

How you receive your quotation is a very important part of you decision making.

What you receive will depend completely on the professional approach of the contractor.

Did you get a price on the back of a business card with nothing really explained? (Big RED flag!)

Did you get a hand written quotation with nothing really explained but at least they had a business header on the form? (Need to evaluate further, bit hard to tell.)

Did you get a hand written quotation with a business header and everything explained in detail? (Making your decision making a bit easier now aren’t we?)

Did you get an emailed quotation with business header, everything explained in detail, along with appropriate attached information that can help you on your project and also several job address’s that you can visit to inspect first hand? (Now we’re talking business!)

You can see where I’m heading with all this. These are all factors you should be taking into consideration before you even get to the money value for your work.

From here, wait until you receive all your quotations from competing contractors, summarise a checklist on paper or in your head, and start working out in an order which contractor do you feel confident in that can complete your work correctly.

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Final Decisions

After you’ve received all your quotations and you’ve gone through your checklist to figure out which are your top choices for your project, then we can start talking turkey with the persons quoting.

Firstly, there are a few things you need to understand as to not offend the person quoting your work.

A good quality concreter has worked for years gaining the necessary expertise he/she needs.

Although there is no listed apprenticeship for our industry, it takes a minimum of 2 years on the screed before you get the hang of it properly, at least 4 years of finishing before considering yourself a decent finisher, along with a minimum of 6-8 years working decorative finishes like exposed aggregate and concrete resurfacing techniques.

Our skills in the industry have not only taken a long time to learn, but we’ve also done it busting our bums day in / day out in one of the most physical trades out there.

Your pricing will be based around industry standard meter rates that technically are adhered to by most contractors.

But, depending on the extent of your work and what needs to go into it, your pricing will vary from contractor to contractor taking into account the level of experience and knowledge they bring to the equation.

When I talk about experience and knowledge, this is directly linked to not only how well they screed and finish, but all the little things they’re going to put into your pricing that will make sure your project is first class and not something that’s going to fall apart at a later stage.

Lets get back on track now with the money side of things.

Okay, so you’ve gone through all your checklists and chosen your contractor based on the confidence you have in them to provide the work to you.

If you’re happy with the price, give them a call and organise some start date. Getting in early is important as a quality contractor will usually be back logged with work.

If you think there is room to move on the pricing, then by all means, broach this topic with the contractor.

But….

Please don’t ask them to match the price of the other contractor, instead, simply just say something along the lines of….

“I’ve gone through all the quotes and I really think you can do the best job for me, however, you were a little dearer than the cheapest quote, can you sharpen up your pencil at all?”

You will very rarely find a negative responsive or attitude from approaching the situation this way. We as contractors, fundamentally have quoted your project with the intention of winning the job. So yes, we will always be happy to sharpen up the pricing a bit if that’s what it takes to win the job. But, don’t expect a massive drop in pricing, we still work off the opinion of not devaluing our trade and expertise, but, every dollar counts right?

Just remember at all times, there are two parties involved in each project.

The key to keeping both parties happy, is firstly making sure you, as the client, choose the correct concrete contractor through process of elimination and not just choosing them because they were the cheapest price.

If you have used your intelligence and succeeded in your decision making, the rest of the equation will be taken care of by the skilled installer you have chosen to do your work, subsequently you should never have to utter the phrases I mentioned at the start.

Happy hunting.