Boston Concrete Repair Contractors

in Boston, MA

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in Boston

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Concrete Repair Contractors in Boston
are top rated

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Rated by
Maureen L.
"Overall, quality and responsiveness was excellent.
and his crew were outstanding. All work was done on time and budget. Any small issues were handled immediately" with a high degree of responsiveness. During and after our experience, we recommended
to our next door neighbor and family. We would recommend
and
to anyone. They were the best contractors we have worked with. Will use again.
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Rated by
Andres H.
"This was an extremely custom experience with a very happy ending. We noticed
signs around our neighborhood in West
this summer and were" impressed by the quality of craftsmanship.
's proposals for our project were detailed and very competitive; he was very conscientious about the timeframe and budget for our project.
is easy to work with and made every effort to understand our preferences and concerns and find solutions; for example we wanted our new bricks steps to look like older brick (minus the crumbling mortar!) and we wanted the brick flower box to curve to meet the walkway (this required a custom granite cut). On several instances
worked beyond the outlines of the contract: cutting and hauling heavy blocks of concrete from the old walkway to our backyard so we could reuse the material, as well as transporting wheelbarrowfuls of excavated soil to the backyard.
was very helpful in finding a creative solution to manage the 3 foot slope between the front walkway and the driveway which is now a lovely combination of landscaped greenspace, granite steps and a flower box.
and his team are professional, hard-working,and personable; the job site was well-managed and tidy at the end of each work day.
's overall experience was very reassuring and the craftsmanship of the work speaks for itself, amazing.
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Rated by
Marcos L.
"After interviewing 7 different masons, and driving all around the region to look at examples of their work, we settled on
. I have to admit that I was a little" skeptical because their price was on the low side. They were a lot less talkative than most of the other masons I'd spoken to. They listened and made suggestions when asked, but deferred to my preferences. We were concerned about finding someone who had experience working on old houses, would understand what we were asking, and do work that was consistent with the style of the property. We have a
era brick row house and I wanted to make sure that the work was clean and matched the existing stone and brickwork. These guys were great. Very professional. They showed up on time and worked from morning until late afternoon. An
, the uncle, was always on site to supervise the workers. The younger Bautisa,
, came by periodically to check on the work and answer questions. They were very clean and quiet. Mr.
was happy to explain the work as they did it. One of the more interesting challenges had to do with working around a massive bluestone that sits at the base of the front entry. There is a coal chute running through this stone (capped), which empties into the space underneath.
did not want to move this stone, both because of its massive size and because it is part of the house's foundation. The problem was that laying granite tiles over this stone raised the height of the walkway, which would mean that the granite stairs would have to be raised as well in order to keep riser heights consistent. He contemplated adding a thin
of granite to the front stairs, which didn't sound too appealing, but then he discovered some ultra thin granite pavers that would not change the height - problem solved. The other problem with that big bluestone was that it was cracked. This was not apparent until they began work in the space underneath. They added a steel reinforcement beam, buried into the foundation walls, to keep the bluestone from moving in the future. This seemed to be serious work, but
did not blink and did not add this as a new cost. We had one minor hiccup toward the end - a little miscommunication about how to handle some rotted bricks in the wine cellar - but
fixed the issue without argument or hesitation. The space looked even better with this last fix. It was a really pleasant experience working with them. We are very happy with their work - lots of compliments from our neighbors. We definitely recommend
and are planning to hire them again for more extensive landscaping in our backyard. We have already recommended them to neighbors.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.

Angie's Answers

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

Concrete Repair reviews in Boston

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I took many bids and found Mr. Mateza to be responsive. If I had any questions, he would clarify the situation. He is a local who has the experience to supervise the workers that he hires. I feel that he is a good manager and that I got what I paid for.
- ALBERT S.
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and his team were really great. He came out for an estimate within two days and stuck to his initial price. His team--
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and
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-- were great working until late at night to get the job done, since they knew that we were on a tight schedule. Also one more jobs popped up during the job-- a backsplash on the bathroom, which
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was more than willing to do, despite the late hour. Very respectful of the house and also very careful not to damage our new hardwood floors which we had just installed. We are waiting for our cabinets to come in, and we will definitely use
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team again. Very pleased with the experience.
- ALEXIA L.
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It went well for the most part. The job looked very good and professional when it was completed. Unfortunately the existing vapor
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was damaged during the work, and I was worried that the company that installed it would void the lifetime warranty. I held back the 25% of the funds until the warranty issue was worked out. This made the
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very upset and at first he refused to complete the work. After some negotiation, he completed the work and I paid him once the other company confirmed that the warranty would not be voided. Other than this hiccup, the work was very good, and I'm happy with the result.
- Yonatan T.
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Very punctual, professional, knowledgeable of reversing two sets of doors. Started early and finished at end of the day. Advise to put everything on paper so he can follow and provide cost estimate. We will use him again in the future.
- Dennis C.
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We have an 1864 brick row house - 3 stories and a garden level basement. we've been renovating the place incrementally, and this year we were focused on insulation, beginning from the basement up.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
came out to provide the estimate and oversee the work. We wanted to replace the front and rear doors to the basement to stop air leakage. This required not only new doors but work on the frames. Replacing the front basement door so that it was air tight required some creativity because there was a floor drain sitting inside the basement behind that door. I wanted the drain moved to be outside and in front of the door at the base of the steps leading to the basement. Sub-contracted masons had to rework the bottom step to move the drain, which meant pouring some new concrete. The masonry work was functional but not particularly pretty.
We also wanted to replace the windows to the back basement wall, which is exposed to the back garden, and insulate the wall. Because there was very little space between the outer brick and the drywall (making it difficult to insulate), we decided to reframe the wall in order to be able to use
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insulation. As it turned out, this was a good decision because the window casings had to be completely demolished and rebuilt too. We also had them replace the rear basement door leading to the garden.
The other major part of the project was renovating the front entryway to the house. The old entryway was a plain wood structure with a
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
glass transom and a glass stormdoor. We wanted the entryway rebuilt with a decorative facade, a new stormdoor, and installation of a pair of antique, lead stained glass windows that we picked up at a New England Demolition and Salvage in New
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
. We weren't sure how they were going to install the stained glass, since the windows were very old and the lead was pretty soft and brittle. They (Rogerio and
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
) did an excellent job on installing the windows and creating the new entryway facade (no small feat because the building itself is a little crooked).
There was quite a bit of other work to the entryway. The last genius who owned this place painted over the brick in the entryway and we wanted that removed. A lot of other contractors that we've talked to wouldn't touch this project, but
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
's guys brought in a high pressure water hose and got almost all of it off. The last big thing in the entryway was the front door itself. It is the original 8 foot tall, quarter sawn oak door (you can see the tiger stripes) with a glass look-through. A lot of damage had been done to the door from repeated changes of locksets, and the entire door needed refinishing because the shellac was peeling.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
's guys completely refinished (sanding, staining, polyurethane) the entire door and repaired the old lockset holes so that they are invisible. They installed a really nice new lockset that we picked up and the door looks beautiful now - lots of compliments from neighbors.
The whole project took considerably longer than we anticipated. They started the work in October 2012 and didn't finish until February 2013. Part of this was due to unforeseen problems on their end (events which were understandably out of their control), and, of course, winter weather. They were always responsive, but often unable to come to the house on the days originally promised, which required flexibility on our part. In any case, the length of time was the biggest shortcoming. However,
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
was consistently responsive whether I called, emailed, or texted. Everyone was very polite and friendly and clean. Overall the work was well done. I wasn't terribly impressed by the sub-contracted masons, but anything done with woodwork was excellent. When I noticed small imperfections,
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
and his guys made no bones about fixing it to our satisfaction and repeatedly asked how we felt about the work.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
also was thorough about fixing problems. After finishing the back basement wall, we had a big rainstorm (sideways rain) and I came down to the basement to find a puddle of water in the room leading from the new wall.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
surmised that it was likely due to improper caulking on a first story window above the basement, allowing water to run down the inside of the wall. Nevertheless, he reopened the newly finished wall to inspect the insulation and the wall. In addition, he caulked that first story window (not in the contract), and also went out and bought and installed a downspout extension (no charge) to ensure water wasn't soaking the outer wall. He left the wall in the basement open until I was satisfied that water wouldn't come through. Sure enough, we got hit by another big rainstorm shortly after and no water came in.
I will rehire them for future work.
- Marcos L.
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We have an 1864 brick row house in East Boston - 3 stories and a garden level basement. we've been renovating the place incrementally, and this year we were focused on insulation, beginning from the basement up.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
came out to provide the estimate and oversee the work. We wanted to replace the front and rear doors to the basement to stop air leakage. This required not only new doors but work on the frames. Replacing the front basement door so that it was air tight required some creativity because there was a floor drain sitting inside the basement behind that door. I wanted the drain moved to be outside and in front of the door at the base of the steps leading to the basement. Sub-contracted masons had to rework the bottom step to move the drain, which meant pouring some new concrete. The masonry work was functional but not particularly pretty.
We also wanted to replace the windows to the back basement wall, which is exposed to the back garden, and insulate the wall. Because there was very little space between the outer brick and the drywall (making it difficult to insulate), we decided to reframe the wall in order to be able to use
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
insulation. As it turned out, this was a good decision because the window casings had to be completely demolished and rebuilt too. We also had them replace the rear basement door leading to the garden.
The other major part of the project was renovating the front entryway to the house. The old entryway was a plain wood structure with a
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
glass transom and a glass stormdoor. We wanted the entryway rebuilt with a decorative facade, a new stormdoor, and installation of a pair of antique, lead stained glass windows that we picked up at a New England Demolition and Salvage in New
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
. We weren't sure how they were going to install the stained glass, since the windows were very old and the lead was pretty soft and brittle. They (Rogerio and
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
) did an excellent job on installing the windows and creating the new entryway facade (no small feat because the building itself is a little crooked).
There was quite a bit of other work to the entryway. The last genius who owned this place painted over the brick in the entryway and we wanted that removed. A lot of other contractors that we've talked to wouldn't touch this project, but
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
's guys brought in a high pressure water hose and got almost all of it off. The last big thing in the entryway was the front door itself. It is the original 8 foot tall, quarter sawn oak door (you can see the tiger stripes) with a glass look-through. A lot of damage had been done to the door from repeated changes of locksets, and the entire door needed refinishing because the shellac was peeling.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
's guys completely refinished (sanding, staining, polyurethane) the entire door and repaired the old lockset holes so that they are invisible. They installed a really nice new lockset that we picked up and the door looks beautiful now - lots of compliments from neighbors.
The whole project took considerably longer than we anticipated. They started the work in October 2012 and didn't finish until February 2013. Part of this was due to unforeseen problems on their end (events which were understandably out of their control), and, of course, winter weather. They were always responsive, but often unable to come to the house on the days originally promised, which required flexibility on our part. In any case, the length of time was the biggest shortcoming. However,
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
and
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
were consistently responsive whether I called, emailed, or texted. Everyone was very polite and friendly and clean. Overall the work was well done. I wasn't terribly impressed by the sub-contracted masons, but anything done with woodwork was excellent. When I noticed small imperfections,
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
and his guys made no bones about fixing it to our satisfaction and repeatedly asked how we felt about the work.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
also was thorough about fixing problems. After finishing the back basement wall, we had a big rainstorm (sideways rain) and I came down to the basement to find a puddle of water in the room leading from the new wall.
Boston Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
surmised that it was likely due to improper caulking on a first story window above the basement, allowing water to run down the inside of the wall. Nevertheless, he reopened the newly finished wall to inspect the insulation and the wall. In addition, he caulked that first story window (not in the contract), and also went out and bought and installed a downspout extension to ensure water wasn't soaking the outer wall. He left the wall in the basement open until I was satisfied that water wouldn't come through. Sure enough, we got hit by another big rainstorm shortly after and no water came in.
I will rehire them for future work.
- Marcos L.

All Concrete Repair Contractors in Boston, MA

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VCR

52 SPARK ST
Brockton

Victor Handyman

Newton Center

VIEIRA PAINTING

18 HAMBLEN STREET
Lexington

VILLANDRY CONTRACTING INC

32 Prentiss Rd
Arlington

VJR Landscape Design

61 Brook St
North Attleboro

VRAPI HOME REPAIR

208 VINE ST
Everett

W Callahan Excavation

75 Border Rd
Reading

W STANLEY ASPHALT SVC

248 EVERETT ST
Middleboro

Wachusett Precast Inc

74 Pratts Jct Rd
Sterling

Wakefield Concrete Cutting

321 Main Street
Wakefield

Waldron Contracting Services, Inc.

49 Riverside Ave.
Quincy

Walker Creek Garden Design

19 Rear Walker
Gloucester

Waterscapes of New England

PO Box 112
Groveland

WeatherTite Home Improvement

6 Simmons Lane
Billerica

WESCON ENTERPRISES

95 CAMELOT DR
Plymouth

Western Construction Inc

193 Adams St.
Newton

Whatever It Takes

663 Main St
Woburn

Where's Bob?

P.O. Box 1512
Concord

WHITE CEMENT FINISHING

4 BOGASTOW CIR
Millis

WHOLE 9 YARDS

21 HUCKINS RD

WILDECA CORP

149 PROVIDENCE ST
Hyde Park

WILLIAMS & SPADE CO

PO Box 216
Wayland

WILLIAMS FORMS INC

14 COLUMBUS AVE
Saugus

WILSON CONCRETE

180 PHOENIX AVE
Lowell

WJC Services

320 Central St
Rowley

Woodridge Construction

7 Skehan St
Somerville

Woodrite Construction

51 Puritan Drive
Quincy

Woodside Builders

1179 Suncook Valley Hwy

Xtreme Iron Designs

506 Lynnway
Lynn

Your Garden Curator

176 Albion Street
Somerville

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