Mr West is a thief. Dont pay in advance, dont pay upfront, dont listen to his million and one reasons why he needs more money or about his never ending family emergencies or excuses. I have invoices for over $12,000.00 in materials that Mr West was to deliver to me before he VANISHED. 6 weeks after he was in breech of contract and he was no where to be found I gave up and fired him. I will never see my money but you can still save yours! He never pulled any permits and the little work his team did manage to complete needs to be redone. All total Mr West defrauded me of over $25,000.00 His painters were okay, they did complete some projects well enough but he just subcontracts that out
7395 Southmoor DrFountain, CO 80817
From Business: Schram-Mix is the concrete, ready -mix, short load concrete delivery division of Schramek Landscape Materials located in Fountain, CO - just south of Colorado Spr…
My landlord uses them, I found Barbara Martinez is unprofessional and abusive. the crew are not professional either. I was not able to find a license with the city or state
I hired him to remodel my kitchen to a more open floor plan and paid him a deposit of more than $3000 November 4. The work was to start December 28. After calling him repeatedly and emailing him, I had not been able to communicate with him, nor has he done any work. In effect, he has stolen my money. I found out later he isn't a licensed contractor, although Home Advisor said he was.
Just wanted you to know that we are being forced to sue the remodeling contractor Lasting Impressions Remodeling.We thought we found a good contractor as these guys were recommended in the Nextdoor app but after we gave them the down payment and material payments, they started to change their tune on what was covered and we were not comfortable starting the project.We tried to resolve things amicably with the proprietors, Jarrod Holden and Crystal Emery, and we had an agreement (verbal and written) with them that they would give us a full refund of our money. But, now several months later they are refusing to honor the written agreement and will not communicate at all with us. We are now having to sue them.We just want to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. We would not recommend this company. Please be very careful.
I had a difficult homebuild. Lance and his crew made it look easy and he got my beautiful home done in a timely manner. I was hundreds of miles away during the project and Lance kept me involved and updated. I highly recommend them.
I recently had my older flagstone patio torn out and replaced with stamped concrete. I have an unusual back yard that needed a thoughtful eye and skills to match. Chris and his crew were outstanding. From start to finish, I was informed of the process and timeline. The crew was professional, hardworking and friendly. Chris offered his color and pattern selections, listened and observed the setting in which he was working. This has been a most satisfying experience and I am enjoying my back patio very much!
8/8/15, I signed a contract & wrote RMRC the first check. Project was a 3000 sqft home & I planned to spend 80K on major renovations. Lance attempted to do major work on my house without pulling permits. Permits were pulled 10/8/15. 2 of the 4 permits did not pass initial inspection. I.e. my HVAC system had several holes in the clear, flexible plastic liner that was installed as ductwork. The inspector required that the plastic liner be replaced & either an insulation sleeve be installed over plastic or be replaced with metal ductwork. We had several honesty issues with RMRC - too many to list here. In hindsight, I should have started this process by contacting the Regional Building Department & educated myself. We've have also had workmanship quality issues since closing our contract with Lance, the biggest being a shower leaking into the basement.
Kemper Reynolds was great to work with. I am currently in the military working overseas in Germany and Kemp was very easy to work with. He gave me suggestions on carpeting that he laid in my house, which helped my house sell on the market quickly. He also made minor repairs and went above and beyond by checking on my water main free of charge on the house when the cleaning service was having difficulties with water pressure. I would highly recommend his services to others and in the future if I moved back to the Springs I would definitely hire him again.
I'll relate our family's single experience: Vandals threw a large rock through the leaded glass panel of my mother's entry door 4/5/15. Since my mother didn't know who to contact for possible repair, she asked her insurer (USAA), who recommended Paul Davis. The door was picked up the next day with the assurance that the company 'would be in touch.' Meanwhile, my mother was left with an open entryway to her house. Luckily, a family friend had access to an office door, and this was propped into place as a temporary measure. After one week, my mother called and inquired about the repair status and was told 'this kind of repair can't be done overnight.' On the 21st, totally frustrated, she called again only to be told 'Oh yeah, I've been meaning to take the door to Home Depot to get an estimate.' My mother was livid, of course. She demanded the door back at once. AVOID THIS BUSINESS.
Great job on my driveway and patio. They did a beautiful job on the decorative part of my project! Ray is really awesome to work with. Highly recommend!
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.