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and his team did our driveway and it looks fantastic. No more cracked concrete! Our large front porch was covered in astroturf (we didn't" do it!) and now it's been transformed into the "grand flagstone" design. It looks incredible and I have no doubt that we have added to the value of our home enough to instantly exceed the cost, which was very reasonable. He also did a smaller concrete pad on our back patio and that too looks great. Lastly, they power washed our sidewalk and applied a product that seals it and protects it from the weather, salt, etc. Our neighbors immediately had him do the same to their sidewalk. The difference is amazing. As you can tell by now, I highly recommend
and his team.

-Michele K.

"The work was done on time and were able to change the size on the fly. We wanted it a bit bigger. The one big problem is that the transformer that powers the lights" got a short within the one year warranty. I called the owner and he said he wouldn't replace it as it wasn't part of the workmanship. After telling him this was a part of the overall work and that the equipment uses should be part of the overall work he agreed to replace but said he'd call me back. Well, that call never came.

-Preston H.

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Stamped Concrete Adds Affordable Appeal to Outdoor Patios

Many homeowners are opting for stamped concrete patios that mimic the look of stone, brick or tile. Perfect for any outdoor area, such as surrounding a pool, stamped concrete offers the ability to get creative with patterns and colors.

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While more expensive than asphalt, a properly-installed and maintained concrete driveway can be more durable and have a longer lifespan. (Photo by Summer Galyan)
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On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Tony "The Concrete Man" Johnson about the benefits of a concrete driveway and how to install a patio.

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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.


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.


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.



Stamped Concrete reviews in Ballston Spa


I am very pleased with the overall experience with
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was very responsive and they were quick to give me an estimate. Their price is very reasonable and they are true professionals in their field. Once an appointment was set,
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was very clear if it had to be changed for any reason (weather, etc). The team itself was very punctual and answered every question I had. When I wanted clarification on the process/design, the team was very patient in explaining it to me and my brother.

It is refreshing to work with such a professional team and trust that they will do an excellent job. The added section on the driveway and the walkway look great and the team completed both portions in 2 days. I'm happy to have found a company that is easy to deal with, reasonably priced, and does a professional trustworthy job. I'll definitely be using them in the future should I need landscaping performed.
- Patrick M.

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is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He enlarged the patio and laid flagstone on top. Did a beautiful job. He cleaned up ,after his work was finished, very, very good.

- Bettye G.

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& his crew did a beautiful job from start to finish. We had quite a few rainy days but
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made sure he was here every day it was clear to get the job done. He was professional & easy to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a decorative stamped concrete finish.
- Liz M.

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was consistently late to the job site, arrived without the proper tools, and only worked a couple of hours a day. The preparation for the concrete pour was inadequate. The concrete was not of the appropriate thickness, he didn't compact the soil, he didn't place rebar in critical locations and tried to cut corners at every turn.
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brought us a sample of concrete that has supposedly been colored with integral color which in reality was plain grey concrete with a colored release agent on the surface. He repeatedly failed to provide a sample which even came close to matching the color we requested and we therefore opted to just use an integral color with no release agent. We repeatedly voiced concerns about multiple problems including inadequate depth of prep, absence of rebar, not enough workers for the size of the job (900 sq ft) and his plan to pour the concrete in the heat of the day but
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told us to just "trust the process" and assured us that all would be corrected in time for the pour. The morning of the scheduled pour
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realized that the foundation for the stairs wasn't deep enough so they started digging out the base. The forms were poorly placed, some not long enough to span the distance needed by several inches. Well the ready mix truck arrived at 1 pm but sat in the street for almost an hour while
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added color and a lot of water the mix and then just waited to pour. They then dismantled the forms on one
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so they could drive a concrete cart over it and they placed the cement in the front of the house. The second truck didn't arrive until 5 pm but
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wasn't on the job site and no one would proceed with the pour. At 6 PM the ready-mix driver complained that the shop was closed and he needed to get back so they arranged to pour the remaining mix. Meanwhile the mix that was previously poured on the side of the house had dried and they repeatedly took picks and shovels to break up the drying concrete and spread it along the entire length of the house, watering it down occasionally with a hose. At about 5:30
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showed up and decided to start stamping. He quickly discovered that the concrete he placed first was already too hard to make good impressions with the stamp. In addition the concrete was already cracking because of the extreme heat and the excess water he'd added. The concrete was already bad when it came off the truck due to the delay in pouring. Concrete should be placed within 90 minutes of being mixed at the plant.
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wasn't even close. He quickly decided not to stamp the first batch of concrete because of all the cracking, and although the second batch was stampable, he elected not to stamp it because he wouldn't be able to match it to the first pour which he now thought he would have to overlay. The concrete wasn't even finished properly. There were multiple deep ridges and valleys, voids where no concrete was placed, rough spots and
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, and long scuffs and drag
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tried to cover up numerous cracks that were appearing. The concrete wasn't level and had a dome in the center of the slab and a large slump where the forms were inadequate and the concrete poured out the sides.
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was going to come back and overlay the entire project the next day but he showed up with portland cement and dumped a pile of sand in my driveway. Worried that overlaying with cement and sand was going to be inadequate we asked him to hold off on the overlay until we could get more information.
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then collected all his equipment and walked off the job leaving the huge pile of sand in the driveway, dumping a wheelbarrow full of debris in the driveway and leaving all the forms with exposed nails etc in the driveway as well. He also left remesh scraps scattered around as well as a significant amount of concrete overflow or seepage under the forms into the grass. There was concrete splatter all over the rock on the house as well as the windows and stucco on the side of the house. He did not cut any control joints to prevent cracking. He did not return and didn't respond to phone calls. The concrete continued to crack extensively through the entire depth of the concrete. We got estimates from other concrete contractors to repair the concrete but they all said the concrete was defective and lacked strength needed to be replaced and that we should contact the original contractor. We finally were able to contact
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and he said he'd come out on the weekend to look at it. Again he was a no-show. We called him again and he said he'd decided he didn't want to do anything about the concrete and he hung up.
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initially represented himself as a licensed contractor. In the middle of the job he revealed that he wasn't really licensed and that this work didn't require a license. He did however say that he was insured as was stated on one of his many websites. When we asked him for his insurance information he refused to provide it. In addition he broke our water main and made at least a half a dozen trips to home depot to fabricate a convoluted pvc solution to fix it. When they left they took our tools with them.
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Sparks, owner of
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is a complete fraud. He is a con man who quotes a great price and makes big promises which he doesn't keep. He provides a 5 year written warranty for all his concrete work but has no intention of honoring it. He
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us to believe that he had contracts with the city and university but when we checked we found that he was not contracted for those jobs. He explained that he was a subcontractor on those jobs but even this may not be true. To make matters worse he did not pay the concrete finishers who performed the work on our job per his instructions and he then lied to them saying that I had agreed to pay them and they should come to the house and collect their payment. He told us that the concrete was bad because we chose to put a large amount of color in the mix and that made it set up faster. He later said that he didn't pay the finishers because it was their fault the concrete didn't get stamped, because they didn't bring enough people. But
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had said all along he was bringing two finishers and they had plenty of time to finish and stamp if he had been on site and let them do the job. But
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was constantly away from the site. All of his websites mysteriously disappeared shortly after our problems began. He has no license, likely no insurance, and absolutely no integrity. Stay away from
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Sparks and
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. You get what you pay for. We trusted
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and now we are really paying for it. The money we gave
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is lost and now we have the added cost to remove the defective concrete before a new patio can be poured. This has essentially doubled the cost of hiring a reputable contractor to begin with. It's an expensive lesson. You can bet I will be checking references in the future and not simply trusting internet reviews and bogus websites.
- T J A.

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helped me replace a failed paver walkway and control a problem with runoff. He did a great job and even helped me remove the old pavers. He did a great job and for a great price. This was a somewhat tricky job that needed to be done right to control the rain runoff problem. It really pays to go with a contractor with experience.
- Steve H.

This was an absolutely beautiful job!
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worked with Bill on the actual design so it would look exactly how he wanted. The company was very good about keeping us informed each step of the way from the quote, permitting, pouring and inspection. We had a few delays but nothing that was
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's fault. We did have an issue with having to repair a water supply line for the sprinkler system that ran under the driveway and had a few days delay while that was being scheduled and...of course, there were a few rain delays! That just can't be helped in September in Florida. Since we are in a service industry ourselves, we know how important it is to communicate to the customer and we sincerely appreciated the response and service we received from
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. I also would like to boast that we were told by the company that a few neighbors in the area had actually called THEM to let them know what a nice job they had done. I'm not sure but they might have even got a couple of new projects in the neighborhood. I consider that a great recommendation! You won't regret working with this company.

- Rebecca P.

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and his team came through again. Superb job. Looks great and Entire job (large in nature) went smooth with no issues.
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and his team know how to get the job done in a timely manner with the highest quality and informative nature. I am a Curious person so I ask alot of questions about services and work and
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took the time to answer every question I had in thorough detail. If your looking for concrete work
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should be your go to company. Local, Personal, and affordable.
- Travis A.

Crew was on time and were very professional. Kept us informed on progress. Offered suggestions and options on project design. Very pleased.
- Jane K.

Stamped Concrete Contractors in Ballston Spa, NY

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180 Landscapes

26 meehan rd

3 E's Landscaping

PO Box 991
Clifton Park

All Points Construction

PO Box 237

Altamura and Associates, LLC

PO Box 2195
Ballston Spa

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752

Basement Busters

36 Currey Ave

BDB Paving & General Contracting Inc

831 State Rte 67
Ballston Spa

BK Masonry

8 Emmett Dr

Bordeau Builders, Inc.

2144 Doubleday Ave
Ballston Spa

Capital Land Companies

346 Ferris Road

Capital Region Foot Care

104 Hackett Blvd

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd

Concrete technologies

1 second st

conway custom works

5198 RT 81

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street

Custom Concrete Coatings

1 Daffodil Drive

D & L Tile & Stone

21 Criswood Dr

D.A. Chainyk Construction Services

173 Colonial Avenue

dm masonry inc

59 west hearthstone dr

Dynamic Roofing

1026 Trinity Ave

E & M Construction

443 Wilson Hill Rd
Hoosick Falls

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

G. Richardson and Sons Contracting

31 South Main St

Helderberg Concrete

2017 berne-altamont rd.

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

Hunny Do

13b Woodbine Dr
Clifton Park

J S Asphalt

2670 State Rte 9
Ballston Spa


84 Frederick Avenue

JDW Contracting

1607 Schodack Valley
Castleton On The Hudson

Jesse Donlin - Stamped Concrete Specialist

537 Argersinger Road

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

JT Enterprises

1377 Philomena Rd


322 Highcliff Bay

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd

MDS Masonry

110 Brookline Road
Ballston Spa

Mercer Associates

131 Farm to Market Road

Northern Enterprises General Contracting, LLC

38 Saratoga Avenue
South Glens Falls



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Quality Stone Works, Inc.

49 Elm Street
Hudson Falls

Ragone Foundations Inc.

53 wetsel road

Richard's Paving, Inc.

192 South Main Street

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive

Sacandaga Stove & Chimney LLc

2808 Sta hey 29

Sipe N Sons Contracting Inc

235 Middleline Rd
Ballston Spa

SNH Group

1107 old state road

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd


265 Foster St

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road

Tony Nash

3 Nash Place


1704 Saratoga Rd
South Glens Falls

Unlimited Concrete

520 Woodstock Rd

Upstate Concrete

15 Kniskern Ave

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street

Vasquez Spray Deck

PO Box 840026


12637 S 265 W Suite 100


705 engleman avenue

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