Every season I tried to beautify my back yard. This time I decided to buy a concrete fountain and some statues. I have been shopping around for some places. This place definitely got my attention. Prices are great, lots of inventory, easy to shop and best of all, they will customize your concrete order to whatever color you want. Definitely will be back to buy more garden decorations
My wife and I recently had a covered patio and outdoor kitchen built and have already referred friends and neighbors who have been so complimentry. From the initial design to the finished patio, we couldn't be happier. We never imagined how much time we would be spending outdoors, but with the …
I was very pleased with the overall project management and final result. I've always felt at ease with the workers allocated to the project and they were happy to discuss changes to the original speces and give suggestions based on their expertise. The final result is great! Also, the process wa…
First application went as scheduled. Garage looked great except for a few areas that looked unfinished and needed additional coverage. We agreed with the vendor that he would return to complete the job. It took weeks and several phone calls to get it completed. Have been satisfied with look of f…
I'm a supremely satisfied customer. JC is a consummate professional with a delightful personality. Throughout my project, I could see that my trust in his services was well-placed. His clear intention was to offer advice only in my best interest; he didn't try to "up-sell" me on unneeded repa…
I am on the board of directors for my HOA and we hired Enterprise Commercial Paving Inc. to repave a road within our community. These guys were great to work with. Very quick and accommodating during the estimate review and revision process. Do to unforeseen circumstances the project was bigger …
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"I cant thank you enough for the great service your company gives all my clients. The excellent work that is done by the entire staff at Structured Foundation Repairs always leaves my clients feeling very satisfied from the total experience. I can contact Brandon directly to ask any questions …
Russel came out for free & gave me a recommended & a minimum repair plan to chose from. He was on time & called an hour before to let me know. Jose was a great job supervisor. He spoke fluent English & answered all my questions about the process with patience. The crew did a great job & put my r…
6222 Gessner Rd Ste DHouston, TX 77041
From Business: Arrow Foundation Company Inc. offers foundation repair and drilling services. We also bellbottom piers by hand, a traditional industry practice that few companies still do. We are proud members of the Foundation Repair Association, the Better Business Bureau and Angies List. Arrow Foundation Company Inc. is committed to en…
6108 Brittmoore RdHouston, TX 77041
From Business: The A-1 Difference There is no substitute for experience. For over two decades A-1 Construction Services has been the premiere concrete and asphalt contractor proudly serving Houston and surrounding areas. We continue to grow and anticipate customer expectations through our superior service and quality products. Time and B…
We used Lone Star on 2 occasions for addition/remodel jobs involving 5 different areas in our home. The professionalism exhibited by Wayne and Lou Ball and their staff, and the genuine concern for a happy, satisfied customer was refreshing. Considerable communication not only before, but also du…
21707 Inverness Forest BlvdHouston, TX 77073
From Business: David Carson, with the support (and patience ) of his wife, Rosemary, founded Gemstar Construction in 1983. David felt that his strong background in property insurance coupled with knowledge and experience in the construction industry would provide the right combination for success in the specialized field of restoration a…
22. Premier Designs
8302 Northcourt RdHouston, TX 77040
From Business: * Everyday Outdoor* Designers* Architects* Landscape Contractors Landscape/Hardscape Contractors Landscape Designers & Architects Members: Better Business Bureau ICPI - TNLA - GHBA See our Products & Services.
Amazing service, owner is the best he left my home so clean after working on it will be refering this company to all of my friends! They go above and beyond to get the job done exactly how you want it. Im very pleased with the work they have done for me
Worst experience and nightmare ever. If you are looking for a reliable, respectful and professional pool or decking company, Volcano concrete is your worst choice you can possibly think of out there. They will promise you they can do as you want, fast and professional. But the reality is that they will stretch out your work up to two months and ask for more money and money upfront. Otherwise they will threaten to delay your work. Their work is not professional, they will leave trash everywhere and never clear them. They will work with other jobs if they think yours is not important and can wait even they tell you they will finish yours first. All lies. If you call them, they never pick up your calls and just show up as whenever they like to. I got fed up so got them fired. And I am glad I did that.
Very unprofessional. ...don't use there service nor work for them....low pay....not worth it........
Total bad experience. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!!!!That call liar before fixing. Bad business practice!
My experience with Volcano was the best. I was unaware of all the options I had for concrete. I hired them to put a plain slab for my patio. After my consultation I was able to see the possibility of what I could do. I had small budget but Volcano Concret did not turn me away. They treated my project like it was a big project for them. They guided me and help me make my vision become a reality. I like their personal touch and with each option they guided me and made me aware of what would be best for me. I like the fact that they were very knowledgeable which made make my decisions easier. I would totally recommend them to my friends and family. I think the work they did added a lot more value to my property than just a plain concrete slab.
Did some extensive work for me. The price was fair, the work and cleanup were excellent and the job was completed on time. What more could you ask?
Used Torres Services to update the floors in my house. I have used contracting companies before, but they did an exceptional job. They were also very friendly and gave me a great deal! I would definitely recommend them to any family or friends!
Gave an estimated time frame of 11-12pm and then showed up 4 hours later. After leaving, the old rickety truck left giant oil stains at the end of my driveway where it was parked. Worst company I have dealt with.
Very rude, bad customer service. Don't do it!
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.