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Urban Concrete Contractors

1. Urban Concrete Contractors

BBB Rating: A+

24114 Blanco RdSan Antonio, TX 78260

(210) 490-0090

From Business: Urban Concrete Contractors is a company that offers a range of industrial, commercial and residential services. It specializes in the construction of tilt- wall and multistory concrete slabs, including multistory hotels, large commercial slabs on grade, drilled pier foundations, shopping malls, churches, schools, service s…

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2. Big B Construction Inc

BBB Rating: A+

8745 Kirkner RdSan Antonio, TX 78263

(210) 648-3009

From Business: Big B Construction provides a wide variety of turn-key concrete services to San Antonio and surrounding areas. With over 25yrs of experience, we take prid in providing quality workmanship, built to your specifications and completed on time. Est. in 1992, Big B Construction is a family owned and operated business.

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Bravo Contracting
Justain R. rated

The owner of this company speeds through our neighborhood even with children out playing. He's even worse once it's dark out and visibility is low. Careless to the requests for him to slow down.If he doesn't care about his own neighbors, why would he care about you and your project?

Pristine Concrete
Rick T. rated

Prestine Concrete by Bankston Better Built came out and we told Zachary what we had in mind for our back yard patio. Not only did he give great ideas for the design and drainage that did not come to mind before he brought it to our attention, but also finished in a very timely manner. Highly recommended!!

Foskett Concrete
Mohammed S. rated

I had used Mike Foskett for extending my patio. He totally messed up the patio extension. The slope of the slab was towards my house in the end. Now when it rains the water comes into my original patio.This has to be the dumbest mistake on his behalf. Also the concrete used was watered down and I see cracks already in the 1st week. Very poor quality and workmanship. I attempted to have him rectify or fix the issue but he never showed up. I would never recommend him for any concrete services. All the money was wasted. He did a terrible job. I wish I had seen his reviews before offering him the job.

Foskett Concrete
Julie W. rated

We loved the work . Looking forward to the next project . He was very knowledgeable and worked showed his experience ..

Pristine Concrete
Sylvia F. rated

Best experience ever!! Completed foundation for new home and did such a great job, I had them design and install the driveway. The owner was involved throughout entire process, in constant communication, and GREAT to work with. Phenomenal experience!!!

Ranger Concrete Contractors
A B. rated

Do not use!! Website states they strive for honesty and quality, but that is far from reality! Our home was a PLANNED and CONTRACTED stained concrete home. The level of workmanship was far from mediocre. Brandon came out to view his job and AGREED it was poor finish. We were going to meet halfway and discuss options for floor coverings now. It is honestly NOT a livable stained concrete quality. Once Brandon left the site, he apparently changed his opinion and now states he only needs to deliver a structurally sound foundation. We are completely disappointed in his integrity and now also have NO option of the floor we originally desired. If you are looking for a foundation that leaves you with zero concern due to flaws, this is NOT YOUR CONTRACTOR!!

Xtreme Concrete Co
Gabriella Q. rated
Concrete Driveway

Ernesto was very professional and completed the job in a timely manner. He got to work immediately! His price was also extremely reasonable and his work is excellent! If you are looking for work to get done definitely go with Ernesto! We will for sure have him complete our new concrete project.

Foskett Concrete
Jimmy D. rated

Do not trust this guy! He is shady as he looks. He will trick you into giving money for materials, then you will never hear from him again. If you do, you will hear lies and excuses. My wife and I are very disappointed. Wasted money and time and we still don't have a concrete patio. This guy is ridiculous. I'm going to report him to the policy for fraud and I witness report. I'm not sure why he even got a good review. That's probably a lie too. BEWARE THIS GUY IS A FRAUD

J G Williams Construction Inc
kaylin.enright rated
No communication

Estimate was great, reviews I read were great. William's crew worked quickly and did great work but the problem arised 3 days after they completed the job. They put a sealer on my colored concrete patio, which I did not ask for but since it was already put on while I was at work there wasn't much I could do about it then. Three days after the patio was completed I rolled my grill onto the patio and it left streak marks everywhere. I contacted William and he said he would come out within the week to resolve the issue. I told him I wanted the sealer removed because it was obviously a bad product. William came out to remove the sealer but it looks like someone poured bleach all over the patio. Most of sealer is still there and it's completely discolored. I continue to contact William to fix it but it's now been a month and haven't received a response. So unprofessional! Make sure the job is done right because if they make a mistake, good luck on them coming to fix it!

Xtreme Concrete Co
ricksak rated

We needed a driveway that was over 8600sq ft,. We got 4 bids and Ernesto was the best price using the materials I wanted, which was rebar and 4000 PSI. Ernesto had no problems meeting my requirements and answering all my questions. He was very dependable, professional and did everything he said he was going to do. There was no surprises, no hidden cost just a great driveway completed on time as he promised. The entire experience was stress free and I am completely satisfied and would highly recommend Ernesto.

Did You Know?

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

Driveways 
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.

Patios
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.

Pools
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.

Basements
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.

Concrete Removal
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.

Specialty Projects

Countertops
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.

Interior Floors
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.

Customizing Concrete

Stamped Concrete
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 Stains
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
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
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.

Curing
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.

Concrete Hazards

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.
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