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"When
first finished the job in summer of 2012, it looked beautiful. We were very happy with the driveway and stairs. The first winter came" and went with no problems. Even though we get slick spots in the shadow of the house, we didn't use any snowmelt products on our driveway. Partway through the second winter, I noticed significant scaling problems. I called
that summer to ask about it. After all, I expected the warranty to be in effect since we hadn't used any products to melt snow.
told me that the warranty was only for major cracking, and that the scaling was due to magnesium chloride. I said we hadn't used any, and he told me that our cars' tires carry it from the street to the driveway. Well, we're driving on the same streets as everyone else, and their new driveways aren't scaling.
also said that he'd come and power wash the driveway, but he never did. We paid another company almost $1400 to power wash and seal the driveway, but the scaling is even worse this winter. I feel so cheated to have paid 7500 for a job that began to degrade 18 months after it was completed. Our driveway looks terrible, and it will just get worse and worse as the areas with scaling grow larger and small pebbles dislodge. I would never use
again, and I recommend against them whenever somebody asks me about concrete work.

-Beth K.

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is my go-to for any concrete work on my property. They have helped replace several large sections of long driveway and poured a large patio" in the rear of home. Always high quality and easy to work with. Best in class for sure.

-TRAVIS G.

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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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The cost to install the veneer stone has a wide range do to many factors. It can range from around $9 to $17 per square foot. It depends on the location, the stone being used, job access, skaffolding needs, wall prep and such. I would think you would be on the lower end of the scale. Your job is on a concrete surface so it eliminates one of the biggest problems they are having with this product, wall preperation. This one of the things that separates the high bidders from the low ones. There are million dollars homes being torn down because of improper wall prep. One a wood frame house a backing system that allows drainage is a must or the moisture absorbed by the veneer can rot the walls behind with alarming speed. Some have had makor damage within the first four years. On a concrete wall the veneer needs no such prep at most wire mesh applied if it is an older concrete wall.

 

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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. 

 

 

Concrete Repair reviews in Mount Airy

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did an awesome job! We didn't look into getting our concrete work done for our generator placement in a timely manner. So, we were a little pressed for time when we contacted
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. He was out the next day to assess the job and give us an estimate. The day after that
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was poured!
Mount Airy Concrete Repair Contractors Provider Name Locked
was professional, punctual, and did a great job! He performed the job for exactly the estimated price he gave us up front. He was an excellent value. We checked pricing with several concrete companies before choosing
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and he was several hundred dollars less than the others. Can't say anything negative about the experience. Job well done!
- Jennifer W.
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Entire process took over 20 days. Yearly reviews inaccurate. MBroom continue to shift due to half of slab done right. Company informed and reproposed $14000 to fix their work again. MBroom still shifting (3) other contractors indicate that Mitcho failed to correct matter. BBB has been informed of the breech.
- Lisa Leia G.
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It went very well. I was prepping a house to sell and I had them do several things. I was a pretty happy camper overall. The only downside was the guy they sent to paint my stucco hadn't actually done stucco painting before – but he still did a great job! The concrete guy also did a great job.
- Edward K.
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was very professional and arrived much sooner than I had expected for the estimate. Not only did he give me a full review of the items I had asked about he provided me with information for me to complete minor repairs without the replacement I assumed I needed. He was very straight forward and was a delight. When it comes time for me to actually need the work I'm already sold on his services.
- Stephen M.
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From the first visit to the final cleanup,
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and his Manadarino employees did a fantastic job. The price was competitive and the work was impeccable. I would recommend anybody who is looking for concrete work to go with
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- Laura H.
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I'm very satisfied with the result. Prior to the start, I was told when the job would start, what would be accomplished each day and when the job would be complete. The crew was professional, met each daily goal and worked with me to come up with the stucco color. I will use DE
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in the future on other projects.
- Robert W.
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I would highly recommend
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they did a great job on our patio from start to finish . They where fast and very clean which is a big deal to me I was very happy all around.
- Brent J.
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Very professional. The work is top no issues. Everything was done how the contractor promised. My wife is not easy to impress and she was totally satisfied. I was very happy and will continue to use and recommend.
- ofelia C.

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3G construction

Burlington

3rd Generation Sparks Masonry

170 Sparkle Ln
Stokesdale

Adams Roofing and Restorations

4016 H Battleground Ave. Ste310
Greensboro

American Sealcoat & Paving

PO Box 39522
Greensboro

Anderson's Home Improvements

1304 E 1st St
Winston Salem

AR Home Improvements, LLC

216 Athens Drive
Winston Salem

Archadeck of Piedmont Triad

5587 Garden Village Way
Greensboro

ATLANTIC COAST CONCRETE

6617 Springfield Village Ln
Clemmons

B E VAUGHAN & SON INC

608 OLD THOMASVILLE RD
High Point

Before 'N' After Construction and Wholesale

1604 South Andy Griffith Parkway
Mount Airy

Bobby's Concrete Inc

310 Concord St
Greensboro

BOLES PAVING INC

2715 OLD SALISBURY RD
Winston Salem

BOWEN & ASSOC

1510 BATTLEGROUND AVE LL
Greensboro

C & D Custom Log Finishing

222 Foster St
Burlington

C2 Contractors, LLC

405 Banner Avenue
Greensboro

Cactx Surfaces

PO Box 26103
Winston-Salem

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolina Custom Concrete

1005 Mustang Dr
Pinnacle

Carolina Decorative Concrete

1764 Highway 66 South
Kernersville

Carolina Foundation Solutions LLC

2650 Ramada Rd
Burlington

Carolina Surface Pros, LLC

P.O. Box 729 US Highway 158
Stokesdale

Carrington Foundation Repair

2618 Battleground Ave
Greensboro

Champion Window of Greensboro

7928 National Service Rd
Greensboro

Chapman Concrete

2109 Pear St
Greensboro

Clavel Construction

7704 Notees LN
Kernersville,

CONCRETE CONTRACTORS INC

220 BYERLY ST
Mount Airy

Concrete Solutions

2950 Tobaccoville Rd
Tobaccoville

CONCRETE SURFACE ALTERNATIVES

3509 MEADOWBRIAR CT
Greensboro

COOPER LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES

12847 OLD US HIGHWAY 52
Winston Salem

DAVID'S CONCRETE

2023 KERSEY ST
Greensboro

DECK SPECIALIST

8100 Buzz Aldren Ct.
Browns Summit

Decorative Concrete Unlimited Inc

101 Nutwood Dr
Jamestown

Dilger Concrete Co.

1377 Glenwood Rd
Kernersville

Dream, Design & Build, LLC

803 Celtic Crossing Drive
High Point

Dutch Barn Dan Inc.

5620 Cates Dr
Greensboro

EAST COAST POOL FINISHERS

7571 NC HIGHWAY 68 N
Oak Ridge

ELITE TREE & LAND SOLUTIONS

7186 E. HOLLY GROVE RD
Thomasville

ESTES CONCRETE DESIGNS LLC.

305 Linville Rd
Kernersville

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Falcone Crawl Space & Structural Repair

1883 Scott Futrell Dr
Charlotte

FILMORE BAILEY CONCRETE WORK

714 Ellwood Dr
High Point

FOUR SEASONS CONCRETE INC

294 EDWARDIA DR
Greensboro

FREEMAN'S CONCRETE

820 RED BRUSH RD
Mount Airy

Gallery Builders Inc.

4425 S. Main St.
Winston Salem

Greensboro Designs and Textures

P.O. Box 8981
Greensboro

INNOVATIVE DESIGN

5412 FIELDBROOK DR
Greensboro

Ironwood Property Solutions Inc

203 Perry Road
Jamestown

J & N Construction Co

2550 Guerrannt Springs RD
Ruffin

J&S Hauling

Reidsville

J. C. Construction & Remodeling

144 Green Meadow Ln
Ararat

J.W. Builders, Inc.

729 E. Mountain Street
Kernersville

James Taylor Construction

PO box 1411
Wendell

Jireh Masonry

4343 Walkertown Rd
Winston Salem

JJ Improvements and Tree Services

109 Short St
Lexington

Ken's Construction

1 Coltsfoot Ct
Greensboro

KINGS'S GRADING & CONCRETE

2024 S MAIN ST
Mount Airy

L H CURBING

136 CEDAR RIDGE RD
Mount Airy

L&H HandyMan Service

3662 Cornell Blvd
Winston-Salem

Leonard Power Vac & Home Improvement

5950 Skylark Road
Pfafftown

Little Angel's and Sons Tree Service

1709 Edmondson Pl
High Point

Masonry Concepts

118-A Yester Oaks Way E
Greensboro

MEDINA CONCRETE

1901 Avis Dr
Greensboro

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive
Smithfield

MWC Builders

2224 Vienna Dovier Road
Pfafftown

NC Benchmark

Kernersville

PDC Hardscapes Inc

2 Centerview Dr Ste 61
Greensboro

PIEDMONT HARDSCAPES

1441 FALL LEAFS CT
Graham

Pro Touch Handyman and Painting Services

700 Cranbrook St.
Greensboro

R.F. Builders

215 Home Ave
Graham

Ram Jack Foundation Solutions

4122 Bennett Memorial Rd
Durham

RIVAL CONSTRUCTION INC

2618 Battleground Ave
Greensboro

Roberson Builders & Home Improvements

P O Box 1681
Kernersville

SGM LLC

324 Century Blvd
Kernersville

Sitch Enterprises

1109 Mitchell St.
Mount Airy

Spaugh Construction & Remodeling

450 Lewisville Vienna Rd
Lewisville

Structural Solutions

Guilford County
High Point

Sun Stone Enterprise

1623 N Hamilton St
High Point

Superior Lawn and Landscaping, Inc

612 Knollwood Street
Winston Salem

T. Simmons Backhoe & Concrete

7507 Doggit Road
Browns Summit

Tedder Construction

2024 Pine Bluff St.
Greensboro

Tim Davis Home Improvements

5016 Hooper Rd
Mc Leansville

TW Construction Services LLC

4079 Benton Creek Dr
Winston Salem

ULTIMATE EDGE INC

3744 DEERFIELD ST
High Point

W W ENTERPRISE

202 W. 10TH AVE EXT
Lexington

W. Kiley Smith Handyman Services

125 Cattle Way
Mocksville

Waldorfs Home Improvements

4617 Byers Ridge Dr.
Greensboro

WALKER CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

320 S ELM ST
Greensboro

Wet Surface Technologies

1120 37th Ave Dr NE
Hickory

Yes Dear

9307 smoke Hollow rd
Kernersville

Z N Cobb Builders

P.O.Box 340481

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