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Old 25-04-2012, 01:10 AM   #1
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Default Good concrete contractor in Edmonton?

Was wondering if anyone has had any good (or bad) experiences with a local concrete contractor? I'm looking to do a total redo of my garage floor, driveway, and a couple side walks, and I would prefer to get someone in rather then tackle it all myself.

I've phoned around, and prices seems to vary by quite a lot. I obviously want someone who does decent work though, so any recommendations or warnings against would be great to hear! Thanks.
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Old 25-04-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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Ask for references and photos. People proud of their work will be more than happy to provide.
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Old 25-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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Ive used garden concrete and was very happy and impressed. Also it's a local company.
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Old 26-04-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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Cool. Thanks for the recommendation. I will look into them.

And yeah, definitely I am asking for photos and references where I can. I'm just surprised how much of a cost difference there is between contractors. I would have thought X amount of concrete + man hours would be kind of standard.
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Old 26-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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X amount of concrete and the + man hours is fairly flat and consistent its the wage for each of those man hours that is the big variable. The worst part about floors and sidewalks is the bending over while you're working, ugh I'm getting a backache just from the memories.
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Old 26-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #6
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Just stumbled across your post. Contact gerhard at concrete design works. He has lots of experience and charges a fair price.
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Old 26-07-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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http://www.concretedesignworks.ca
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Old 26-07-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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it's ".net", not ".ca" ( http://www.concretedesignworks.net )...
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Old 26-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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^lol, I guess it wasn't spam then.

I never understood when I came to Canada, why driveways aren't all stamped concrete, which is the norm downunder. I'm guessing its climate or similar, re shoveling, but not sure. Maybe just price?
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Old 31-07-2012, 12:21 AM   #10
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Thanks for the other recommendation NickM. I actually had to give up on finding a contractor for now. After months of unreturned calls and belligerent contractors, I just decided to scale back to only doing the garage floor this year by myself (and some friends/family hired with beer and bbq). But I will try again next year for the rest of the work.

Out of calling up 30+ companies, I only managed to get two quotes. Both were also apprehensive about doing such a "small job" (even though it be over 1000 sq ft of concrete). One downfall of Alberta I have to say. These contractors can all get big industrial / commercial jobs without effort, so they just have no interest in private residential work.

You're likely right moahunter. It is probably something to do with the weather. All the crevases in stamped concrete likely lead to ice buildup. Both a safety concern and likely shortens the lifespan of the driveway. Shame, because it can look really sharp.
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