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I had a fairly large residential driveway poured (about 100 feet long with a 32' x 40' turnaround section in front of the side facing garage). I had specifically picked late September to have Van do this job because the temperatures are ideal for curing concrete at this time. I also had received a bid from another "A-rated" Angie's list concrete driveway company whose price was roughly the same as Van's. I picked Van because of the details they went through with me, the added extras, and the fact many of their crew had worked for them for up to 10 years. Van and
So the job started 2 days late due to weather. I was actually on site for most of the job and interacted with the crew often, who I found to be friendly. The first day the asphalt driveway was ripped out using a backhoe and a large dump truck. This was a one man job that took about 5 hours. A small crew, including Van's son (whose name is also Van and the crew called him little Van although he is a big guy) came out to start leveling and forming the walkways and driveway and cutting back the garage floor. They temporarily removed 5 panels of my wooden privacy fence as agreed upon so that they could fit their forms under it and have a smooth look at the far side of the driveway. Little Van was the crew chief and was great to work with. He was very professional and passionate about his work. From what I understand, little Van will be taking over the family business in the future. He was on site for about half of the job and did all the line cuts. When he was away, he had several guys that had been with on his crew for 10 years plus that helped run things.
The crew (8-10 workers) were able to pour, form, and smooth the back walkway and the first slab (next to the garage) on the morning of the 2nd day. They used Blue Star concrete. I had checked the thickness of the pour and it was 5 inches as agreed upon. I went with 5 inches (code is 4 inches), because that 1 extra inch can provide up to 50% more strength. They were also able to do a 2nd pour that afternoon that covered half of the turnaround.
The 3rd day 2 more pours were made. These pours were the part of the driveway that was widened 4 feet. They also moved my mailbox over and had to move some plants. The impressive thing about the last pour was that they used every bit of concrete out of the last truck as possible, which resulted in 8-9 inches of thick of concrete for the last 2 feet where the driveway met the road. That part of the driveway was also nicely flared. Acrylic sealer was applied to the driveway as well. The concrete also had Nytec fiber added to it for reinforcement (in place of rebar).
On the 4th day (Saturday), the crew cleaned up and filled the dirt around the driveway and walkways. Grading and leveling did churn up a lot of dirt, clay, and rock. They came in with a tiller and smoothed out the yard. They also added grass seed. From all the movement of dirt, there were a lot of rocks that popped up to the surface. I felt this was expected and I did spend some time picking out rocks from the newly seeded areas. My walkway goes through the front of my yard, so as expected there was considerably more yard dug up than for just a driveway.
Little Van then came back on Monday (the 5th day), and finished cutting the lines in the driveway with a large concrete saw. He did an awesome job as the lines were patterned in a very professional manner and they were about 6' x 6' as promised (6' wide lines will greatly reduce the risk of cracks in the driveway). He showed me that the lines were the proper depth as well. Little Van also had the fence panels installed back, however the new driveway underneath caused several of the panel to not meet up properly. These panels had the scalloped pattern and they did not line up. When Van and
That weekend (Saturday 10/5/13), we had major rainstorms come through. I wanted to see how the water came off the driveway. From the garage it ran back away from the house toward the backyard, which was nice. The part of the driveway that went out toward the street, the rain did run off, but it collected where the new walk and driveway met. I did not have a lot of slope back toward the street so the water ran to the side and the slowly down toward the street. Anyway, it caused the rain to puddle along the
So in conclusion, I found that
The written estimate was e-mailed two days later. Estimate was very detailed, much more so than other contractors. Job start date set for June 27. We were informed a day or two ahead the start date would be delayed by one day due to rain. Actual job took 3 1/2 days, start to finish. Van Jr. was the crew boss for up to 9 workers, all hard working skilled guys. Several that have been with
A concrete truck cracked the existing apron to the street that was not part of the project. Van pointed it out to me and the section was replaced at no cost the next day.
He also came back after the pour and checked to make sure there were no questions or mishaps. On top of all this he also went above and beyond by fixing a chip in my cement driveway and leveling another area of my sidewalk for no charge.
He and his team were awesome!!!!
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