My overall experience at this daycare provider was negative as the level of customer service and professionalism was inappropriate, rude, and disappointing on more than one occasion. The owner Mrs. Rodgers demonstrated her inability to effectively communicate with respect and integrity with me and other adults (who are also paying customers); which made my experience very sad and unfortunate not only for me, but for my child as well. As a business owner, she failed to deliver on services paid for and often became very confrontational when interacting with me. She abruptly ended childcare services in the beginning of the week without valid reason and did not provide a refund for the remaining days. In doing this, she basically stole my money. As a small business owner she failed me and my son. As a business owner whose primarily services are to care for children, she failed me. The overall business is operated with family members which also presents so many conflicts of interests at many levels. Mrs. Rodgers should be very mindful of the fact that when her business is established to care for infants and children; a lack of respect and consideration for the parents of these children represents her true character as a person; which is very insincere and unsuitable for daycare service providers.
My nephew was removed for crying. This was a poor excuse. This daycare made my nephew feel unwanted.
My husband and I trusted this center with my 26mo old son. This was the very first time he was ever away from family and friends. I felt that the staff caring for my son was very loving, caring and understading that he was having a hard time adjusting to being away from "mommy". I was told by the director that he was having server separations anxiety. The center was clean and very structure, which i loved. We where even told that the following Monday, the children were to be in uniform. My husband went to purchase uniform excited by the school like feel. Unfortunately, we were told that Tuesday that my son could only attend the following day and not permitted to return after (one day notice) due to "he cries too much". Registration fee and purchase uniform wasted! I asked for a two week notice in order to find a new center. She stated im not in a contract so the answer was no. She recommended a family member whom watch one other child at her home. Due to the one day notice, I would not recommend this center if your child cries.
My experience with the center has been nothing outside of wonderful. I would highly reccomend anyone to take their child there. Treating the children as if they were they're own. Giving special attention to the children's need. A job well done to Ms Rodgers keep up the wonderful job providing services to our children.
Very good clean daycare, been with this person for years. Sent 2 of my kids to her for daycare. No issues, and very affordable when compared to the competition. -AMG
I have no understanding of what the negative reviewer is talking about! These teachers are amazing! Both of my children started there at 9 weeks old and as hard as it was for me to leave my babies at all, I drew great comfort that they were in amazing hands! My daughter, who has been with the center since ten weeks old, will graduate from the pre-k program already reading and writing! This place is awesome and the teachers are fantastic!
My son has been attending Detroit Diesel UAW Child Development Center for a year and it has been a great experience. The staff is fantastic, friendly, and every teacher is wonderful. I am not sure what the previous reviewer is talking about because I know the infant room teachers and they are fantastic. A co worker has had his son in the infant room since his baby was 12 weeks old and is also happy with the center. I have been to other centers in a similar price range and they did not even compare to what DD CDC has to offer. I highly recommend the center to anyone!
Their drivers were very professional, kind and plesant. The ride was very smooth and on time. The driver was not a speeder and did not scare me during my trip. I use them all the time for my dialysis. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you REGAL.
First and foremost im only giving this place 1 star because I HAVE to, otherwise it would be given a negative million stars. Initially going in and viewing the place I thought it was great. It was clean, the receptionist was nice, and the teachers seemed nice. I went to the facility on several different occasions before enrolling my then 6 month old son and all my encounters were pleasant. Once he was enrolled they pulled a true DR JEKYYL MR HYDE on me. My son was ONLY there for NOT EVEN a FULL WEEK. They left my son to cry all day (how do I know this?) My son had a full head of hair when i brought him there and in less than a week (three days to be exact) my son was bald on the entire left side to the middle of his head. And I mean bald to the skin!!!!!!. The attitudes of the teachers went from bad to worse in the short amount of time he was there. I tried to offer suggestions on how to soothe him and they were all shot down RUDELY. they knew nothing about breastfed babies as my son was (and still is). So when I took my son out and told them why and emailed the district head (and provided her before and after pics of my sons head) detailing my horrific experience with this center what did they do????? Begged me to place my son back in their care if they made the staff of the infant room go to infant training!!! Like seriously they havent already had that? they also let go of the teacher that was most rude (apparently they had been having problems with her) WHICH ONLY MAKES ME QUESTION WHY SHE WAS EVEN EMPLOYED THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE IF SHE WAS AS THEY PUT IT "SUCH A PROBLEM". And then to top it off they offered me free tuition "for a while". First off I am a single parent and I wouldnt dare send my child back there if they offered me free tuition for a lifetime for my son and all future children. I was devastated and hurt to say the least that I had my my child in that environment. And all I got was that they pretty much knew their staff in the infant room had no training in regards to infants, breastfed babies, and that their staff had less than sub par attitudes. PLEASE I WARN YOU DO NOT I repeat DO NOT SEND YOUR PRECIOUS BABIES TO THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!! EVER. I had to give a review because looks are deceiving when it comes to this place and I would never want anyone else's son or daughter to endure the type of treatment or lack thereof that my son recieved while at the Detroit Diesel UAW Bright Horizons location.
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.