I called to order a concrete delivery 5 days prior to the day I was going to pour. I asked for a pump mix obviously because I needed to pump the concrete. Instead of mentioning that they have three different "types" of pump mix, Michelle gave me a price and assured me the concrete would be there at the time and date. When the date arrived, the pump company showed up early and we got everything set up. The concrete was supposed to show up at 10am, but when I had not heard from Nevada Ready Mix, I called to check if they were on time. Michelle answered and said, "No, that load is not going to be on time." No call, no communication, until I called. I told her my pump was waiting. She called me back around 1015 am and said the concrete will arrive around 10:45 and she would give me a $50.00 discount. After negotiating, Michelle said $100 was the best she could do, then asked, "Or do you want to cancel your load?" Of course I said No because I wanted to get my job done, but hindsight, I should have cancelled. When the truck finally arrived around 11 am, it was a 3/4 inch mix, which would not work in the pump. Nowhere on my bill did it say, "pump mix" but Michelle in dispatch insisted this was a pump mix and I should have told her if I needed something different. At no time did anyone (Michelle) who sells concrete for a living, ask me what size gravel mix I needed even though I told her I was running the mix through a pump. She just assumed. By the way, I worked construction for 12 years, and this "pump mix" was standard concrete mix. Nevada Ready Mix knew that they made a mistake, but instead of trying to provide a solution, Michelle asked, if I would like to pay for a second load they would send one out. Of course they were not willing to even negotiate a discount at all, or admit that the miscommunication may be even partially there responsibility. When I attempted to call the business to speak about the issue, I was forwarded to a voicemail box.
Greg Shaver and his "company" are lower than low. He poured the nasty concrete work you see in attached photos and it is not mixed correctly. he refuses to try to help make it right, much less admit that his mix was incorrect. A civil engineer, a Las Vegas city inspector and 3 other contractors all state that the mix is incorrect leading to the poor curing. STAY FAR AWAY from this unlicensed contractor.
Artcon did an incredible job re-coating my pool deck. It looks as good as new. Their staff was great to work with!
Thanks for the great work restaining my driveway and paver walkway. Best in town! Staff was informative and friendly.
Artcon installed a paver pool deck and re-stained my patio as well as a garage coating. So happy I went with them! Their staff was efficient, easy to work with, great workmanship. I have worked with several contractors and I would recommend them to anyone.
Sunny S, I believe you mush have the wrong company - we have no record of you as well as non of our employees have no idea who you are.
Artcon re-coated our pool and patio. We were so pleased with their work and professionalism. Staff was timely and friendly. Would recommend them to anyone. Great company!
This business is a top notch hardscape contractor in Las Vegas and one of the best. They have done over 100K worth of work for my businesses here in town and they should be commended for their 27-years of solid service in Las Vegas. I can tell you that Norman Colbert who left a review for them is a crook and I would never believe anything he says. He's more in debt than any business man I know and that's probably why he's having a money issue with ArtCon.
Mike came out and gave me a very reasonable bid. His guys were professional and the inspector was very pleased with their work. He said they would be there at 7 am and I could set my watch by their arrival. Whole house foundation and patio were completed in just over a week including Type 2, footers, vapor barrier, rebar and all the little specialties that the architect put in. I told him I was going to stain the floors inside the house and he made sure the finish was perfect. I would highly recommend him and his company.
Please do not use these guys. They quoted me $3,100 for a concrete project in my driveway. They then tried to upsell me and told me they would restain my driveway for $4,300 total for all the work. I originally said no but the sales person kept pestering us to do so to make sure it all matched. We finally said ok even though I had just stained it 12 months prior at a total cost of $1,000. After the work was done, they tries to bill me for both $3,100 plus $4,300. There is no way it costs $4,300 to restain a driveway. I never saw or signed an invoice. When I asked to speak to the sales person who lied to us (Dave), they told me he no longer worked there.I am going to both report them to the BBB and fight this tooth and nail. I have been in Las Vegas for a long time and this is by far the most corrupt company I have ever dealt with.
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.