For Commercial Inquiries- Just put in a bid request by giving us a call, email or fax.
For Residential (Houses) Inquries- Don't let pricing scare you. Feel free to call, even if you are questioning another bid. ALWAYS get more than one bid. Any dimensions you can provide over the phone will help with a quicker estimate right over the phone or for more complicated projects we will come out and walk the site and listen to your wishes. We do not charge our clients for coming out and bidding/estimating a job. We recommend getting a price from 3 contractors and a breakdown of what they are bidding, and telling each that you are doing so, so they are aware of the competition... it will encourage honesty. A bid breakdown will show you why sometimes the lowest bidder or price is because the estimate does not include as much rebar, or other items are missing from the bid. Make sure the lowest bidder isn't leaving items out that are absolutely necessary that they will plan to charge you for later.
ADDING COLORED / STAMPED CONCRETE:
The added cost is in the extra labor time and coloring materials/chemicals to complete a stamp/color stain. Doing a stamp/stain is easy for us, we do it all the time; the added price depends greatly on the size of your project so please call and ask, but you can expect added cost for this service. Call and you will receive the difference in cost for upgrading to a stamp and/or stain based on your choice of stamp or coloring product. The link to ConcreteNetwork.com has many many ideas and information to help you choose.
CONCRETE Paving VS. ASPHALT Paving
"Concrete - One practical distinction between concrete pavement and asphalt pavement is that concrete pavement provides opportunities to reinforce, texture, color and otherwise enhance a pavement, these are not all possible with asphalt. These opportunities allow concrete to be made exceedingly strong, long lasting, safe, quiet, and architecturally beautiful. Concrete pavements on average outlast asphalt pavements by 10-15 years before needing rehabilitation."
Referenced from: http://www.pavement.com
If concrete is cut properly & the base is remedied & compacted properly, there is an enormous reduction or elimination of cracking, and if you know someone with the issue, you can bet one of these was not done properly. Severe winters in Minnesota require concrete to be done properly to avoid issues, same goes with asphalt though.
Concrete can be made beautiful.
Concrete does not get "soft" in the heat.
Concrete does not "sink" with the weight of heavy vehicles.
Salt put down in the Winter can damage concrete. . . It prefers sand.
Concrete can have heating systems within it, even concrete outside.
Concrete can be made "pervious" (like a rice krispy bar) so heavy rain water drains through it.
Is DURABLE & LASTS
Asphalt driveways are higher maintenance.
Concrete paved driveways last longer.
Concrete can be built up vertically too for walls, decorative walls, plantars, etc. unlike asphalt.
There are many additives that can be mixed at the manufacturer's plant to make the concrete incredibly hard.
Asphalt driveways produce MANY more cracks than concrete driveways.
Concrete can get "rock pops" where due to expansion and moisture a rock inside the manufacturer's mix will "pop" and leave a pock mark in the surface of the concrete.
Asphalt is a great medium for paving too, the choice between asphalt and concrete depends on the usage of the pavement, preference of look, longevity, cost, and where it is being used.