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.
I've met the owner of this company and am surprise to see the above comment. They have always been professional over the phone and in person and have great customer service. I'm told most of their business is through word of mouth. Maybe someone was having a bad day, but based on what I know of …
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…
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…
711 Old Genoa Red Bluff RdHouston, TX 77034
From Business: General Contractor serving the needs of private industry, municipal, state, and federal construction in the Gulf Coast area. We offer competitive proposals on a lump sum, unit price or negotiated basis on all types of industrial and heavy engineering construction, specializing in pile driving, concrete, marine construction…
11415 Chimney Rock RdHouston, TX 77035
From Business: Dump Truck International Inc. (DTI) is a family-owned and operated business that offers dump truck and trailer services in all of the Greater Houston and surroundings areas. DTI can offer you hourly or per load Tri-axel/Tandem dump trucks or any size trailers (18-24 yards) or if you need to remove debris on larger trailers…
3702 Toyah AveHouston, TX 77039
From Business: From concrete foundations and structures to concrete driveways, our team of professionals is here to handle all of your residential and commercial concrete needs. Contact us today for an estimate and learn more about how we can accommodate your project. Our high-quality services can make your vision a reality.
Pearl DrHouston, TX 77064
From Business: Minuteman Building Services LLC is your one-stop shop for all residential and commercial building services in Houston Texas and surrounding areas. No need to call 10 different vendors when one call does it all. From Decorative concrete, epoxies, concrete and stucco repairs, painting, pressure washing, commercial janitorial…
We have just recently had ethicus construction replace our damaged concrete (thanks HOA for your kind letter!). Jeffrey took care of everything, form the home owners association to the needed permitting (we live in the city). I have included a photo. Friendly bunch of folks, ask for Jeffrey!
We hired these guys earlier this year in February 2014, very decent, dad and 2 sons came down, gave me a pricing for my drive way. very reasonable pricing and did an excellent job in time. Would highly recommend this company, a family owned!
Houston, TX 77065
From Business: We are concrete INSTALLERS. That means we DO NOT mix the concrete. We place and finish the concrete after it has been delivered by a ready mix plant into the forms we or you, create and then provide the finish specified by you either regular broom or smooth finish, or stain, or stamp or otherwise.We basically do ANYTHING i…
711 Lehman StHouston, TX 77018
From Business: * Every Piece Hand-Poured and Inspected for Quality Before it Leaves Our Plant * Please Contact Us with Any Questions, Comments or to Schedule Us for a Bid * Open Monday-Friday
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…
"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 and know that he will give me professional answers that I do count on in my business. I do call on your office staff for setting up appointments for my clients and feel like they place my request at the top of their list to make me happy. My clients always come first with Structured Foundation Repairs and I like that." Thank you John (JJ) Berrier
Cole Buza came out and spoke with my wife and I about remodeling 2 bathrooms along with some cabinet work. He felt that his prices were fair and decided to let him do the work.We couldnt of been happier with how everything turned out! The bathrooms look great and the new cabinets have totally changed the way the kitchen looks.Great job Cole and thank you from Tammy and I.
I hired the buza companies to come in an install new countertops and a backsplash in my kitchen and guest kitchen. From start to finish the job went smooth. We did run into some unforeseen problems (I have an old house) but Cole was very helpful and fixed the situation.I can highly recommend Cole and his crews!
We needed to remodel our kitchen and master bath. We called a few companies and got a few quotes. My wife and I decided to go with Buza Remodeling. They were professional, on time and on budget. The clean up was superb. Will highly recommend for anyone who needs home remodeling!
Complete ~Concrete did what they said when they said and how they said they would do it! Many compliments from my neighbors and we were surprised at how clean they kept our property during all phases of construction. GREAT JOB! We are "completely" satisfied. :}
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!
Cole Buza just finished remodeling our master bathroom and it came out great!His crews were polite, courteous and very clean. From start to finish, the job went great. On time and on budget.Highly recommended remodeling company to work with.
This company has always done excellent work on curb and gutter, and any concrete we have ever needed. Always on time and very clean work too! Thank you Perez Construction!!
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?
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.