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What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a concrete contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Setting up appointments and consultations with concrete contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic should be done digitally. The best place to start is with an online search. After comparing local services, contact contractors directly and ask if they can perform an assessment over phone or video. This may be enough for them to give you an estimate. You can then discuss whether it’s safe to perform the service given current restrictions and guidelines.

How can I find out if a concrete contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

In order to know if a concrete contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider in your city or state, you’ll need to visit your city or state’s official government website.

Another helpful resource is CISA’s website, which includes a guide to Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 that provides information on a national level. This guideline presents 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors, which can help in determining whether concrete contractors are currently considered essential service providers. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a concrete contractor when social distancing?

If you’re hiring a concrete contractor, stay safe by following the guidelines issued by your local government, as well as those issued by the CDC.  Ensure that you, the contractor and the workers do not come within 6 feet of each other, wave instead of shaking hands, sanitize any involved surfaces and use virtual payment services instead of cash or check. Make sure to discuss a strategy in depth with your local concrete contractors before you start the project.

What do paving contractors do?

Paving contractors can be hired to install a concrete or asphalt driveway at your home, office or property. They can also repave an asphalt or concrete driveway that has been damaged by time, weather or heavy loads. When you are looking for a driveway contractor, request quotes from at least three professionals who are in good standing and have great customer reviews. They should do a site visit and write you a bid, detailing the work involved, materials needed, approximate length of the project and estimated cost.

The site for your new driveway will determine costs and the work required for your contractor. First, the ground must be excavated to lay a clear path. This means removing any trees, bushes and stumps. Next, the driveway contractor will grade the area, making a level surface for the concrete or asphalt. To ensure proper drainage, driveway contractors should install a sub-base of compacted gravel (or similar) 4 inches-8 inches deep, depending on your soil type. Then the concrete or asphalt may be poured and smoothed over the top. Your driveway contractor should recommend an appropriate sealant for your climate and advise you on curing time. When hiring a paving contractor, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Can I use digital payments to pay for concrete installation?

It is increasingly common for concrete installers to accept digital payments instead of cash or check. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only served to encourage this practice. Look for payment options like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay or others when you compare concrete contractors online. When you contact a concrete contractor, ask whether the contractor would be willing to accept.

Does a concrete contractor need to enter my home?

If the concrete job is 100% outdoors, a concrete contractor will not need to enter your home. However, certain jobs may require a professional to enter your home, including pouring a slab floor or laying a foundation for a fireplace or other heavy object. 

If a contractor needs to see the inside of your home during the consultation, you can ask to video chat and share photos through email and text messages to reduce exposure. Put a plan in place as you talk to local concrete contractors.

Do concrete contractors offer remote or virtual services?

Concrete contractors must be present to pour concrete. If you come across a profile that states the concrete contractor is offering remote services, message the contractor to see what those services include. 

In any case, contact local concrete contractors to ask whether they can perform the job under current guidelines. You can also discuss other strategies to stay safe, like virtual payments and video consultations.

How much does it cost to redo a concrete driveway?

 Here are some examples of average costs:

  • The national average cost to hire a concrete specialist is $2,750, but that price can vary greatly depending on the work needed to repair and resurface your concrete driveway, the square footage of the project, current costs of concrete, and regional labor rates.
  • Driveway contractors average $2-$3 per square foot to smooth and resurface your asphalt driveway.
  • Resurfacing concrete driveways averages $3-$10 per square foot. Pricing can depend on repairs needed, project size and geographic location.
  • Nationally, the average cost for resurfacing a 500-square-foot driveway ranges from $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Sealant for a concrete drive can cost $20-$80 per gallon.
  • Sealant for an asphalt drive averages 25 cents per square foot.

What is the best finish for concrete floors?

The best finish for concrete floors depends on your personal taste. An acid stain is a bold, varied look with lots of texture and the potential for earthy tones and a natural stone appearance. A water-based stain might not last as long as an acid stain, but it gives you the choice of many different colors. Epoxy is great for high-traffic areas, kitchens, bathrooms, basements and garages. It provides a glossy, damage-resistant, non-slip coating on your concrete floors. To find out which finish is the best for your concrete floors, contact a concrete contractor near you.

Is it better to stain or paint concrete?

A concrete paint cover is typically opaque and covers up the color of the concrete. This means it provides significant protection to the concrete below. However, if it is improperly applied or subjected to heavy traffic, a painted concrete floor is likely to chip and peel. 

Epoxy and staining are two types of concrete floor sealer. Epoxy is a more durable but often more expensive option than a concrete stain. Epoxy forms a protective layer, while concrete stain is more decorative and requires more maintenance. Because epoxy can be more expensive than concrete stain, it is best used in high-traffic areas or in applications where low maintenance is desired.

A concrete stain, on the other hand, is quick to apply and can show off the textures of the concrete, but it does not provide a high degree of protection for the concrete against spills, salt, water and other contaminants. Staining concrete generally requires a dust mop, a pH-neutral cleaner and water to clean, while epoxy can cause resin buildup that necessitates the use of special detergents.

Find a concrete contractor near you for help selecting the right floor concrete sealer.

Reviews for Detroit masonry professionals
Markita M.
Before Doug--I acquired a really nice two family flat off the tax auction. It needed some work and I was prepared to get it done. Unfortunately, I was scammed by someone who said they could do the tuck pointing on loose brick, install security doors, and even fix a collapsed cement porch. Let me start by saying that Doug is awesome!!! First, I needed him to clean up brickwork nightmare that this so called contractor (not from Thumbtack) performed. This contractor cut and chisled into my brickwork and left gaping holes in my property. See before- Doug pictures. Here is where Superman Doug comes in. I contacted him on Thumbtack and we soon met so he could look at the disaster I was left with. I was so distressed by how'd I'd been taken advantage of and left with a mess that I was having nightmares with my eyes wide open and shut. I explained to Doug what happened and he assured me that all would be well. He apologized several times for the mess the other guy left me with. He came out exactly when he said he would and delivered beyond my expectations. He answered all my questions and wanted me to feel totally comfortable with his answers. He encouraged questions. I admit, on the day of the work (Saturday, September 2, 2017) my representative was late (I had to work, I couldn't be there) but Doug and brother were so kind about it. Wow! When I got off work Doug and brother were still working. As promised he finished in one day. My beautiful two family flat looks so so good. The brick work that Doug did looks better than the original brick work. Did I mention that he even did extra things like the left side of the house filling in the gaps to make sure no water could get in and cause more damage in the winter. I am so happy. He did such a good job that who cares about the scammer who did horrible and unfinished work before him. It was a hard and expensive lesson. I should have come to Thumbtack first. The scammer also cut into my brickwork to install a side security door. Can you believe that!!?? NO WORRIES because Doug is coming back out this week after new security door installation to put the angle iron back in and rebrick where it was cut to make it look like new again. I'm done crying because Doug made me believe again. There are true professionals out there who really do know what they are doing , care about customer satisfaction, are worth every dime they quote you , and are happy to do the work. Thumbtack has the professionals and from now on this is where I'm coming to find my contractors for any work on my rentals. Thank you Doug and brother for your honesty, integrity, professionalism, and punctuality. I'm going to Doug and his brother for all of my brickwork and cement work in the future--porch, driveway, etc. I even recommended Doug to my sisters and mom. They own a few rental properties too. If I were you, I wouldn't waste any more money on someone who thinks they can fix brick work. I'd contact Doug a real masonry skilled tradesman-- not someone practicing or pretending to be a masonry skilled tradesman! I'm sooooo happy I did! I had a video but couldn't figure out how t o put it on here. Take a look at my before and after pictures. Markita M.
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