When it comes to your home, one of the most crucial investments you can make is in your concrete.
Whether you’re looking for a foundation for a new home or addition, looking to replace or expand your driveway, or thinking about upgrading your patio, choosing the right contractor for your residential concrete work is one of the most important decisions you can make.
What Matters When Choosing A Residential Concrete Contractor?
Investing in concrete is similar to investing in a new car. Every car drives great when you pull it off the lot, but time will always tell whether you made the right investment or not.
The same is true for concrete. Many concrete contractors can make their work look great when it is first completed (and they get their check). However, it is the following months and years that truly determine whether the money you spent was well invested or not.
Concrete is a complicated process that involves a great deal of expertise to get right. There are many practices that are often overlooked or ignored by concrete contractors that go a long way in determining how long concrete work holds up against the wear and tear of time, weather and traffic.
Just like investing in a car, ivesting in concrete means there should be more to your decision than just price.
Is it all about the price?
Wise homeowners understand that there is a difference between a purchase and an investment. Whether it replacing the roof, remodeling the bathroom or expanding the driveway, making upgrades to your home are a great way to both make it more enjoyable to live in and increase its resell value.
However, the only way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money invested is to focus not on the price you’re paying, but the value you’re receiving. And yes, there is a major difference between the two.
The reality is that with concrete there are dozens of ways to cut corners and save costs, and savvy concrete contractors know this. For example, one of the most important factors in determining the durability of the concrete is the quality of the concrete mix.
This is common knowledge to any concrete contractor and yet, many (if not most) choose to go with the cheapest mix available from the concrete supplier?
Why? The answer is simple. The cost of concrete is typically the single largest expense for the contractor. If he can save even 10% on the concrete cost by ordering a cheaper mix, that results in higher profit margins and more money for him.
Meanwhile, the homeowner is left unaware of the fact that they got the lowest-grade concrete until a few months or years later when their concrete begins to crack or separate much sooner than it should.
This is just one of dozens of ways that concrete contractors know how to cut corners and get their prices lower, while homeowners are unaware of the long-term affects.
This is why, at Cardinal Concrete, we strongly suggest that homeowners rarely choose the cheapest contractor for their concrete project.
There are many ways to make concrete cheaper, but there is only one way to do concrete right. And that process takes proper preparation, design and installation. Quality concrete takes time and costs a little more money, but in the long run is the best value.
Residential Concrete Contracting Services
Cardinal Concrete Services serves the Auburn, AL and Columbus, GA region with a complete array of concrete construction services.
While we do perform a lot of commercial concrete construction, we still work hard to serve our residential customers as well, many of which have chosen to use Cardinal Concrete for multiple projects over the years.
Our residential concrete contracting services include:
One of the first impressions guests, neighbors and potential buyers have of your home is the condition of your driveway. A traditional concrete driveway is at its best when it is unnoticeable, meaning that its appearance does not take away from the beauty of the rest of your home.
However, many homeowners these days are choosing to enhance the exterior appearance of their homes by investing in decorative concrete driveways. Stamped, textured or colored concrete borders, entrance aprons or even entire driveways are a great way to compliment the appearance of your home.
Concrete Patios and Walkways
The backyard experience is one of the most memorable and enjoyable aspects of homeownership, and this experience revolves almost entirely around the patio. Proper size, design and appearance are all part of creating a wonderful outdoor space to enjoy spending time with friends, family and neighbors.
One of the most beneficial aspects of investing in a new or expanded patio is the fact that it allows you to enjoy your outdoor experience more while you live in your home and the make more money on the house when you eventually sell it. This is an easy win-win for you as a homeowner that should not be overlooked.
Similarly to driveways, more and more homeowners in the Auburn, AL and Columbus, GA region are beginning to invest in stamped concrete when it comes to upgrading or replacing their patios.
At Cardinal Concrete Services, we offer both Traditional and Decorative concrete options for your patio experience.
Exploding in popularity, stamped concrete has become the number one choice for many homeowners when it comes to upgrading their space.
With the strength and durability of concrete combined with the natural beauty of stone, brick or even wood, stamped concrete is truly a remarkable addition to any home.
At Cardinal Concrete Services, we are proud to provide stamped concrete options for the Auburn, AL and Columbus, GA region. Contact us today to start designing your custom stamped concrete space!
Concrete Slab-on-Grade and Foundation Work
Perhaps the most important component of a home that is built to last is the foundation. The old saying holds true that “A house is only as good as the foundation it is built on.”
At Cardinal Concrete, we believe this whole-heartedly that a concrete foundation must be properly installed to ensure a long lifespan for the house. This includes proper formwork, subgrade compaction, water barrier, rebar or welded wire mesh, concrete mix design and curing methods.
If you’re interested in pouring a concrete slab for your new home, addition or other structure, contact us today and let us know how we can help.
Concrete Retaining Walls
While typically more expensive than other options such as block or wood, concrete is an excellent option for retaining walls due to its incredible strength and longevity. If you’re looking for a retaining wall that is built to last, the choice is clear; concrete is the way to go.
How Can We Serve You?
Interested in residential concrete contracting services in the Auburn, AL and Columbus, GA region? We want to help.
Our team has been serving in this area for decades, resulting in hundreds of completed projects and happy customers.
If you’re interested in a quote for your concrete project (no matter how big or small), it would be our pleasure to serve you.
Call or text us today at (706) 888-3430.