At CD Designs, we pride ourselves on being professional, reliable and helpful. We ensure that all of our employees possess the right skills to ensure that every customer, whether domestic or commercial we work for comes away more than satisfied. I’m sure you’ll agree that our pattern imprinted concrete driveway testimonials and our pattern imprinted concrete drive thru case studies speak for themselves.

One way of doing this is to ensure that we never use sub-contractors to carry out any tasks on behalf of CD Designs, by doing this we are aware of the quality controlling methods used by our experienced employees, which bring only the best results.

However, when hiring other concrete contractors, you need to ask the right questions to start with, not only to make sure that you think the contractor is trustworthy and will do a good job, but also to make sure that you and the contractor understand exactly what it is you want, so that the end result lives up to your expectations.

Before hiring:

1. Ask the contractor for a certificate completion of trade, references and a portfolio. A reliable contractor will be more than happy to prove their worth.

2. Ask them if they have suitable compensation and liability insurance that will cover them if they are injured on your property, or cause accidental damage while carrying out work.

3. Ask to see a work schedule and payment terms before they start, so you have a good idea of when the work should start and finish, and how you should pay for it.

4. Ask what warranty they will give the work, and what they will charge for future maintenance of the drive when the work has gone outside the warranty period.

Planning/During/After the work:

1. Discuss the plans in detail: the area to be concreted, concrete mixture, patterns, colours, sealing, finishes, paint, etc. Make sure no detail is left unclear once the work starts.

2. Tell the contractor what vehicles are likely to use the driveway regularly, and ask what depth the concrete should be, as a result. The average concrete driveway is four inches deep, but regular usage by heavy vehicles may require more.

3. Ask for concrete, not cement, if you want concrete! The two differ.

4. After the work is finished, ask the contractor for instructions on how to look after the concrete in the short term and long term.

Choosing a contractor in any area of work can be a stressful and worrying decision, make sure you always carry out research before you choose, a confident contractor should be able to show you case studies and testimonials.

Need a concrete contractor for a new driveway? Call the office today on 01706 827 180 to discuss your requirements.