We recently had storm damage and decided to remove downed trees and put a concrete patio outside our back door. Roger Crain quickly surveyed our situation and came up with several options we could pick from that would add to our outdoor living space as well as fix sever drainage issues that had been troubling us for several years. He has the equipment and expertise to do the job right and on time. He and his crew are professional, friendly and efficient. I was impressed with the high quality of work and timeliness. I will use this team again in the future.
Serving the Bastrop Area.
From Business: Cubit Contracting, LLC is a medium-sized commercial / residential company with locations in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Beaumont. Cubit has been fortunate to be awarded some initial sizable contracts for several projects. Local contacts and competitive pricing should propel rapid growth for the company. Mission Cubit C…
Serving the Bastrop Area.
From Business: We are a manufacturer of high quality precast concrete products located in the scenic hill country in the City of New Braunfels, Texas. Founded in 1996, Comal Concrete Products has built it's solid reputation on offering South Central Texas reliable service, timely deliveries and competitive prices.
Austin, TX 78721
From Business: Pressure Washers on the Go is committed to providing high quality service, customer service excellence. We offer a full range of Pressure Washing & Exterior Cleaning services for both Residential & Commercial clients and strive to exceed all expectations, every time. We offer free estimates and appraisal for all prospectiv…
Bear and crew built our 12x25 ft covered patio in 2007. He over built it using 6x6 & 4x6 lumber. It is built solid and held up to hurricane Harvey’s winds in 2017 (we live in Corpus) not a single panel budged from the roof. We were so happy with his work that is was without any doubt or hesitati…
We recently had storm damage and decided to remove downed trees and put a concrete patio outside our back door. Roger Crain quickly surveyed our situation and came up with several options we could pick from that would add to our outdoor living space as well as fix sever drainage issues that had …
roger is a super nice guy with a crew that can get it done. he's done two jobs for me, so far. one was a 10" foundation for a prefab metal building, which went up easily due to the pefectly flat rim they poured. he's ready to work with you as well. on this project i dug the beams, set up the forms and rebar. on the second project, a simple slab inside an already constructed building. i had already leveled the floor and excavated and formed up the garage door area for him on this one. on both jobs, we worked together to formulate a plan and carry it out. he is very flexible for those who can get some of the job done. once i was ready, he checked what i had done, to make sure all was well, then did whatever i left for him, and handled the pour and finishing. it's a good feeling to know there is still at least one honest contractor out there who is ready and dedicated to help you get through your concrete project for a reasonable price.
I'm a general contractor that had hired another company to do a two phase commercial project, long story short we had to scramble to get the first part poured. Roger came onto the project and got it done. Very professional and great work. On to phase two. Original concert contractor pours, Roger gets called by me and comes in re-works the bad pour and saves my project. Thank you again Roger.Nathan MeyerMeyer Renovations
Roger and his crew of professionals did an outstanding job on our concrete work and would recommend him to anyone I really enjoy our new concrete driveway and patio my wife and I believe Roc concrete is a very Trust worthy ,honest and highly experienced Concrete men ,I will recommend him and his crew to as many people that need concrete work done as possible ,thanks again Roger
Roger and his crew poured a garage slab and sidewalk for me and I can't say enough good things about them. Roger and his crew are not only very professional but did an AWESOME job. Their attention to detail was very impressive. Roger is a very polite and professional man. I will not hesitate to use R.O.C. Concrete again. Thanks Roger for the great work you did for me.
I don't know where to begin my praise of Roger Crain. He came to my house to give me a bid for some work. He was very polite, courteous & professional & gave me a good bid. While he was here he noticed a large rv buried in the mud & offered to try & help them get out for free since they had no money. They were on my land where it had rained for 5 days & against my son's advice they tried to move the rv burying it in the mud. Roger worked for hours. I finally rented a backhoe & Roger, his brother and one of his workers finally got the rv out. The man & woman then drove off without even a thank you for the expense I incurred but worst of all they said nothing to the three men who had worked all day to help them. I have never written a remark & I'm sorry I only have 1000 characters that I can write because Roger deserves the highest of praise. If you want a good, honest man with integrity and professionalism I highly recommend and will put my name on the line for Roger Crain.
We called Roger he was very polite and did a wonderful job on our concrete driveway and patios along with A small sidewalk the job was very neat and he went the extra mile by providing drainage pipes for waterflow are would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a true professional job done thank you very much Roger
Roger is a sincere and honest person. He put in a concrete approach at the end of our driveway where it meets a very busy road. The concrete looks great and now we are able to safely exit our driveway and jump onto a busy FM road without having our tires spin on loose gravel. The work was completed quickly and professionally. I will hire ROC Concrete again without hesitation.
A concrete contractor is a professional who places, colors, finishes, repairs, and maintains concrete, whether for interior, exterior, residential, or commercial use. Many homeowners use contractors for projects like driveways, pools, and patios.
Concrete is a durable, sustainable substance that can be colored, shaped, and stamped into almost any design. It's more energy efficient to produce and allows less heat and cold to escape than other materials. When working with a skilled contractor, homeowners can use concrete to significantly increase the value of their property.
Common Concrete Construction Projects
Concrete driveways are a popular choice because of their durability - they can last up to 30 years - and low maintenance requirements. A basic concrete driveway runs between $3 to $10 per square foot, while a customized or decorative driveway costs between $15 and $25 per square foot. While they're durable overall, concrete driveways are more susceptible to cracks, and harder to repair than asphalt or other alternatives. In addition, patch jobs and stains from gas and oil on concrete are more obvious.
Patching a concrete driveway costs between $6 and $10 per square foot, while resurfacing costs about $2.25 per square foot. Resurfacing is a nice middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement. During the process, a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete.
Concrete patios run anywhere from $6 to $17 per square foot, depending on customization and the intricacy of the design. Like driveways, they last for several years and require minimal maintenance, making them a nice alternative to wood. Homeowners don't have to deal with termites, splintering or wood rot. In addition, because concrete patios are a single, solid surface, there are no cracks through which weeds can grow. What's more, concrete patios can be made to fit any area, so owners don't have to worry about curves or hard corners. Many homeowners choose to stamp or stain their concrete patios to mimic brick or stone, getting the same look as these materials for a much cheaper price.
While concrete driveways and patios are cost efficient in the long term, concrete pools require frequent maintenance and expensive renovations. They need to be resurfaced and retiled every 10 to 20 years, which can set owners back $10,000 or more. In addition, it takes anywhere from two to four months to install a pool. That said, concrete pools are more flexible than any other option. Unlike fiberglass pools, they aren't built from a mold nor are they limited to shipping restrictions. In addition, concrete pools do not depreciate in value the way vinyl liner ones do.
Alternatively, concrete pool decks provide a safe, slip-resistant area that adds to the beauty and atmosphere of the pool area. They are faster and cheaper to install than other materials, costing about the same price per square foot as a concrete patio. When it comes to the coping, the material used to cap the edge of the pool, owners of a concrete deck can use stone, precast concrete or poured concrete. Stone is the most expensive option, while precast concrete is the cheapest and easiest to install. Poured concrete, meanwhile, provides the most even finish.
Concrete is the most popular material used to construct basements because of its versatility and moisture resistance. Additionally, poured concrete is resistant to fires and cave-ins. Masonry walls - where the walls are constructed with concrete blocks - have several joints that can undermine their structural integrity. These walls must be properly waterproofed to prevent seepage from soil outside. Homeowners can also choose precast panel basements, where the concrete walls are poured ahead of time and lifted into place with a crane. A single concrete wall costs about $5,000, most of which goes to labor.
Removing concrete costs about $1 to $3 per square foot, but there are several factors that push a demolition job into the thousands. The contractor might charge additional fees if the concrete is hard to access - for example, if it's surrounded by fences or large trees that block construction equipment. They might also charge extra for thicker concrete, complex installations, or if the homeowner wants to preserve part of the original design.
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself, but the material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.
Costing between $10 and $20 per square foot, concrete floors add a modern, stylish element to interiors. They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant, so any spills or accidents won't leave long-lasting smells behind. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. In fact, stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot. More realistic designs require multiple patterns and colors, increasing the cost.
Acid-based stains mix a water-and-acid solution with inorganic metallic salts to create a chemical reaction that permanently alters the color of concrete. The result is a beautiful, marble-like look. Unlike tinted sealers or coatings, acid stains penetrate the concrete itself and leave no film behind. Although they provide the richest colors of any stain, they're limited to a handful of earth-toned options. Many manufacturers only offer acid stains in eight different colors.
Non-reactive stains offer unlimited color options but lack the depth of acid stains. These aren't exactly true stains - rather, they're coatings, dyes or sealers that sit on top of the concrete, filling the pores with pigment. These treatments are called non-reactive stains because they do not create a chemical reaction like acid stains.
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant. Iron oxide particles are about 10 times smaller than those of concrete. Therefore, when mixed together, the pigment masks some of the natural concrete color. Gray concrete is harder to color than white, so most manufacturers will only mix in dark pigments. White concrete accepts any color but is more expensive than gray.
Decorative, colored, stamped, and stained concrete must be cured to minimize efflorescence, a powdery, white substance that forms on concrete surfaces. This occurs as water in the concrete evaporates, carrying calcium hydroxide with it. When the calcium hydroxide mixes with the carbon dioxide in the air, it becomes calcium carbonate, which remains on top of the concrete. Efflorescence isn't visible on gray surfaces, nor is it damaging, but it ruins the look of color-treated designs. Wet curing is the best way to cure concrete and prevent efflorescence, but it's hard to do so evenly. As such, most people choose liquid curing compounds instead.
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Concrete Contractor
As with any home improvement project, it's best to shop around before hiring a professional. Homeowners should ask questions while vetting potential contractors to find one whose terms suit both need and budget.
- Are you licensed? It's always best to choose a licensed concrete contractor, regardless of a state or city's licensing laws. A licensed contractor must pass exams that test his or her knowledge of concrete mixing, construction, and safety. Licensing requirements vary between locations. Some have financial restrictions - for example, contractors in California must have a license if they want to work on a job with a total cost of more than $500. Homeowners can search the website of their state or local government for a list of licensed professionals.
- Are you insured? Generally, insurance covers damage to people or property during the construction process. It can, but doesn't always, cover the cost of a poor job. Get the specifics of a contractor's insurance policy before agreeing to construction.
- Are you bonded? A bond covers the performance gaps in insurance, ensuring the contractor fulfills the terms of his or her contract. Bonding protects consumers from poor work and certain financial obligations, like obtaining supplies and permits.
- What is your warranty? Ask for specific details about the warranties offered, including what types of damage and maintenance are covered and when. Some warranties contain complex or confusing clauses and don't cover common repairs such as pool resurfacing. Never work with a contractor who doesn't offer a warranty.
- How long will the job take? A detailed timeline will prevent any unexpected gaps in construction, weather permitting. Some contractors start a job, leave for a few days, and finish later.
Certification and National Associations
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards.
- American Concrete Institute: The ACI offers more than 20 certification courses in specialized areas of the concrete industry, including adhesive anchor installation, strength testing, and quality management.
- American Society of Concrete Contractors: The ASCC is a nonprofit made up of more than 600 member companies. It was created by and for concrete contractors to provide educational and networking opportunities, although it does not offer certification.
- National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: The NRMCA offers certification programs related to sustainability, green construction, concrete delivery, and more. Formed in 1930, it is the leading advocate for ready-mixed concrete.