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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does brick repair cost?

On average, brick repairs will cost you around $500, with a range of between $350 and $600. However, be aware that a number of factors will have a large influence on this cost. First is the severity of the problem. Some brick repairs are as simple as applying new mortar — others require removing the brick entirely and fixing the substrate. If budget is a concern, contact several brick masons for cost estimates to find the best price in your area.

What is the best sealer to use on concrete?

Because unsealed concrete is porous, it readily absorbs liquids, leading to unsightly stains and freeze-and-thaw cycle damage. For this reason, it’s important to seal concrete that will see spills or outdoor weather.

The best option for garage floors and other high-traffic areas is epoxy, which forms a hard and extremely durable surface on top of concrete. Epoxy, acrylic, and polishes are often used on indoor floors, while acrylic-resin sealers and reactive penetrating sealers are used on outdoor surfaces to repel water and salt. Locate a concrete contractor in your area to help find the best solution.

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.

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.

What does a brick mason do?

Brick masons, otherwise known as block masons or bricklayers, are professional builders of fireplaces, walls, houses and other structures using bricks or other rectangular blocks. Brick masons also work with terra cotta, concrete blocks and precast masonry panels. Part of their skill is working with mortar, which is used to bind the bricks together. 

Who do I hire for brick and stone repairs?

If you have brick and stone repairs that need to be done, search for masonry services near you. Masons are skilled tradespeople and specialize in building and repairing stone, brick, concrete, tile and other similar materials on structures. They work with these materials as well as the mortar that holds them together and are the pro of choice when repairs are needed. 

Hire the right mason based on the repairs you need — some masons specialize in working with brick, concrete, natural stone or other materials.

What can concrete contractors do?

Concrete contractors can build foundations, structures, driveways, concrete storm drains, raise or level concrete patios and much more. They can handle every step of the process, starting with framing the mold that the concrete is poured into. They then cut, assemble and tie together the rebar, giving the concrete its tensile strength. Finally, they pour the concrete in, mixing and conditioning it to ensure it cures properly. They will also take steps to ensure that no air pockets are trapped within it. 

If you have a project that requires the help of a concrete contractor, reach out to one today to get a price estimate.

What are the signs my stones or bricks need repairs?

The following are common stone and brick issues that will likely require a professional’s skills and expertise to fix:

  • Cracked bricks and mortar, including vertical corner cracks 
  • Brick erosion and degradation due to water damage 
  • Mortar deterioration
  • Bowed or bulging bricks
  • Spalled bricks, which are those that have chipped away or fallen off 
  • Efflorescence, or visible soluble stains on the surface

If you notice any of these signs, reach out to local brick or stone masons today.

What does a stone mason do?

A stone mason builds structures like buildings, walls and piers out of stone. They may use natural stone, pre-cut stone, slabs or other types of stone to get the job done. Other jobs stone masons take on include laying walkways, curbs, pizza ovens and other structures or landscaping works. It’s common to hire a stone mason to perform certain parts of home building, such as an interior or exterior stone wall.

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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