I gave Ken Lewis a check for 7500 dollars on June 8 to do a driveway he said it would take him 8 to 10 days well basically he would only show once every 4 days so I ask him for some of my money back and he said he could take as long as he wants because there was no date on the contract so my husband and I let him go on the 15 of July we lived with no sidewalk or driveway till September 18 please Beware of Ken Lewis once he gets your money he is a different person check the bbb and the attorney general before hiring him
Initially went well, then the day after the pour, Vic Addis' wall sub-contractor drove onto the driveway. I asked Vic if this was ok as we were parking across the street for at least a week to be sure it was set. He first told the guy to move then just went along unloading the truck of the wall blocks with the sub-contractor. Now the end of the driveway is crumbling away. Vic refused to repair it and go verbally aggressive. After speaking with the city, they contacted him saying he needed to come down to pull the permit and repair the damage or get fined. Vic Addis chose the fine so we are left with a crumbling driveway.
The salesmen are the most professional I have ever had to deal with in this industry. The service is above and beyond anyone else. I ordered a large amount of 12 inch pipe 620ft to be delivered to my site and they had it there the same day
Very poor concrete company. I would NOT recommend. A three day project took over 10 days due to him not showing up, being late, and not ordering supplies/concrete from his supplier. He caused damage to my home and didn't even tell me about it. When confronted he said he would fix himself. Yeah Right! His equipment is still at my home two weeks after the job has finished and he will not return my calls for a pickup.
These guys did a great job replacing our driveway and front walk and they were quite a bit less expensive than some of the other estimates we got. They were recommended by some of the neighbors who used them.
Awesome crew, affordable and professional Cincinnati Concrete Contractor Services.
Concrete Lifting USA did a good job lifting my driveway, which was in pretty bad shape, but it’s a poorly-run company with bad customer service. Our job was scheduled for April 6, but when no one showed up, I called, only to find out they had forgotten about us. I was told their equipment had broken down the week before, and they were finishing another job the day they were supposed to be doing my driveway. They showed up a week later, but about halfway through the job, the equipment broke down, and the owner said he would have to return to finish after he fixed the equipment. He said he didn’t know when he could get back because he had other jobs scheduled. It seems my unfinished job would have taken priority over one not yet started. A week went by, and I had not heard from them, so I called and they said they would finish the job the next day. The job was, indeed, finished the next day, and I was happy with the results. The next step was for us to fill in the existing cracks with caulk, which the owner explained to us when he quoted the job. We were directed to an online tutorial on how to fill the cracks, but the video only addressed filling/repairing expansion joints. We had huge cracks that were jagged and wide, so I called to make sure the process in the video applied to our situation, since we weren’t repairing expansion joints. We were told to follow the same process.A week after the job was finished, and we were ready to begin caulking the cracks, I noticed that the grout that was pumped into the existing concrete was still very wet, with a clay-like consistency. I called to let the owner know, since I was told we should caulk the cracks within a few days of job completion. I was told that the delayed drying was likely due to the heavy rain that had fallen the day before, and that there was nothing wrong. I was told to wait a few more days for it to dry.The response I received on my final call was shocking and inappropriate. After I had applied the caulk to the cracks, I was unhappy with the way it looked, and I wanted to find out if applying concrete on top of the caulk would cause any future problems or void the warranty. I was told, “You need to move on and accept the driveway for what it is. If you wanted a perfect-looking driveway you should have torn out the old one and poured a new one.” I was told that there are “more important things than a driveway to focus on, like family and friends.” I don’t know that I’ve ever been responded to in such a condescending way as a customer. I had been patient with this company’s lousy customer service throughout the entire process, and I certainly didn’t deserve to be treated that way. I called several times with questions after the job was finished because I don’t happen to specialize in concrete lifting; I’ve never had any experience with this process before, and I wanted to make sure I did everything that was expected of me in order to keep the warranty valid. They simply got tired of hearing from me, and they let me know.I want to emphasize that I was happy with the lifting of the driveway, particularly because mine was in very bad shape, but I’m not sure I would recommend this company. They seem to have frequent equipment breakdowns, poor communication, and unfortunately a serious disconnect when it comes to interacting with their customers.
Concrete Lifting USA is a very poorly run company. In late Sept, we entered into a Service Agreement to lift my front porch to be completed around Oct 13. On this date, they did not show or call. So, I called the owner who said that his equipment has broken down, and that he cannot work in the rain. Even though we had scheduled him to be here and he asked that I be present for the job, he really didn’t see the problem with not calling me to adjust his Oct 13 completion date. I assumed he would be here unless I heard otherwise, he did not. Then, on Oct 22, the owner calls me to say that he cannot do my job, basically because the job is too difficult for him. I called him back to inquire further, but he has not returned my call or text. Now, it is too late for me to schedule another company due to the time of year…will have to wait until the spring. Meanwhile because my porch sank a couple inches, I will have to hope that my 2 story columns which are lose and dangling, do not come crashing down!
Had original owner Dave lift my driveway in June of 2013. Left a receipt and said send me a check and if you have any problems give me a call and we will come back out. Dave sold the business and now I have a problem with the driveway sinking again so I called the new owners and they said it was not guaranteed because the receipt said that I had to caulk the driveway (yes, I had to caulk the driveway. Why do I have to caulk the driveway after they lift it? Sounds like they should have done it to me.) If Dave would have said you need to caulk the driveway believe me I would have. My fault for not reading the receipt but this company does not want to work with me. How much work is it to lift it again? Not work the negative feedback to me!
They are awesome! Very professional and highest quality work ever at a reasonable cost. Hire them to do any and all of your concrete work. They do both residential and commercial work.
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.