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"They even helped with suggestions They showed up on time and worked every day until the job was complete. Easy people to work with and very accommodating to making" changes. They even helped with suggestions on how to design the project. I would use them again if I need more cement work. I have received many complements on how nice the drive and stamped concrete look.

-James F.

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"This is a follow-up to my initial review posted on 6/16/14. DO NOT LET THIS COMPANY INSTALL YOUR CONCRETE.
does not back his work, so find" someone who does!! De
Concrete installed my new driveway at a cost of $7,414 and the surface began deteriorating within just a few months. He will claim that it is from winter and salt but rest assured there is no way a single winter can cause the surface deterioration that I have experienced across this expensive driveway. He did come out (after months of tracking him down) and patched the major areas but the driveway keeps deteriorating each month so it must be replaced. Apparently his "contract" will release him of any liability or responsiblity, since I just took him to court and he won (After 2 years of trying to get resolution he has himself covered with his Terms & Conditions so BEWARE OF THIS CONTRACTOR). WORST JOB EVER, AND NO SUPPORT FOR SHODDY WORK!!! STAY AWAY OR YOU WILL BE SORRY TOO!!

-Richard M.

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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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Concrete Repair reviews in Schenectady

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Perfectly!! Best my yard has looked after annual cleanup! First time I used this company for their services and definitely not the last! These guys made it easy! I called, they came out to give an estimate and a couple days later my yard was beautiful!
- Floyd G.
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Everything went fine initially--the job was done professionally and was the high-quality work that I had been expecting. The concrete was laid well, graded nicely; cuts were good & well placed, garage work was excellent and just what I was hoping. I even paid him about 7% extra. One fine point about the garage saw cut, however. I was glad to be advised to move my car out of the garage because of concrete dust. I never expected a fine
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of this dust to get on hundreds of tools, small items & the usual garage clutter. It would have been very helpful to have C. Brown spend 10-15 minutes putting a dust sheet /
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to save me hours & hours of rinsing, dusting and generally cleaning off the concrete dust from everything in the garage, It's very fine & gets into all cracks and crevices even 20 feet from the saw cut. The major problem with my experience was that about 2 weeks after the job was finished and paid in full for, I noticed that several cubic feet of extra/waste concrete had been dumped in my backyard flower bed. By the time I discovered it, there had been a couple of rains and a grayish-white wash from the cement had run onto the grass area extending 5-6 ft. from the dumped cement. I called the co. twice--about 8/12 or 13 and was told they'd get it taken care of by the weekend of 8/22-23. The second call was made 8/26 and was met by a loud criticism of him accusing me of "threatening him" by mentioning that I had yet to make my Angie's List report. In addition, I reminded him of the $150 extra that I had paid him. Again, he used the term "threatening" and said he would get to it. I waited 4 full days for a response-- no call, no removal of cement debris, no time frame of when the job would be finished. Finally, I decided to remove the 80-100 pounds of debris with a pick ax, wheelbarrow, & shovel-about an hour's worth of hard labor. I also had to hoe-scrape the grass/dirt area where the cement wash had rained out. I don't mind doing this type of work once in a while but absolutely NOT when it is part of the job I contracted with C. Brown to complete in good faith. And especially when I paid him substantially extra for the actual concrete work. It felt like since he had received payment, he no longer had any interest whatsoever in me as a customer except to attack with the word "threatening". Of course, I inspected the concrete job when it was done, but would never have guessed I needed to check around my property for dumped cement.
- Christopher C.
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(the owner) called and provided an estimate same day. His team arrived the following day for demolition and framing. Two days later, the entire project was complete. We were impressed with the prompt service and completely satisfied (so far) with the quality of the workmanship.
- katharina M.
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There were many delays, many due to weather.
When they were here they did an excellent job. It was clear that they were working multiple jobs, and we rarely had the team more than 3 days a week until they were finished.

- Carol C.
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The work went great.
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was very quick to come out and conduct a site inspection, create an estimate and provide it. When we wanted updates to the proposal, they were again very quick to come out, update it and deliver it. When we wanted to start work, we paid a deposit and they were very prompt, scheduling within a week or so, did great work on schedule and had no issue.
They weren't professional about collecting payment, but I would use them again.
They gave us a bill and then they started contacting us repeatedly for payment- not waiting 15 days or 30 days for us to pay. They contacted us repeatedly for the balance payment. We asked if he wanted paypal or quickpay since he was in a rush, but he said no. We put the check in the mail, and he continued to call us multiple times per week. I asked him to stop bothering us until the following Friday, and if the check was lost in the mail, we would reissue. He left me a voicemail on Friday that the check wasn't received. I called him on Tuesday to arrange a new check- he explained he got the check the day before, and his brother may have mixed up the mail and thats why he may not have received it.
I would use them again, but I would hand them a check upon completion, since they are antsy for payment.
- ADAM J.
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We were having water leaking into the crawlspace under the old wooded deck.
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poured a footing along the wall and perimeter and put in a slight pitch to help solve the problem. The patio is beautiful! The sidewalk came out better than we could ever expect.
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was concerned about the elevation of the sidewalk leading away from our 4 season room and added an extra step. So glad he did as my mother is elderly and this will help. How he tied in the sidewalk to the shed which faired out to a nice little area to put our garbage cans exceeded our expectations.
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is an in demand company based on the their top reviews with Angie's List so schedule out in advance. We signed up late last year and got on the waiting list. We actually pushed the job out since we were replacing our 4 season room or could of had the job completed in May. We got back in his schedule but with all the rain this year and the fact that they didn't want to wreck our yard with the heavy equipment, we got it done in August. It was certainly worth the wait to go with such a professional courteous company. Very friendly and they will help you with ideas to keep costs down. Our yard looks totally different now and we couldn't be happier. Great experience from start to finish!
- James G.
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We got an estimate early in the spring for the sidewalk/driveway project. The estimated price was valid for several months which did not pressure us to make a hasty decision.
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was very good at returning phone calls, even during the height of his busy season. He came out two days prior to the actual work date to verify everything with us.
His crew was very pleasant and courteous which is always a plus. Any questions we had during the project,
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happily answered. Since
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has been in the business a number of years, we trusted his professional advice on any questions that arose.
- Lyn M.
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is a very personable man who does things right. He was very prompt in returning my call requesting a bid, arrived on time for the meeting, and arrived to do the work right when he said he would. He and his helper did an excellent job, kept the area clean, and at a reasonable price. If I ever need concrete work again in the future, I would not hesitate to call him again. Thanks
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- William A.

Concrete Contractors in Schenectady, NY

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783-SEAL, 783-PAVE (Smith's - Latham, NY)

776-D Watervliet Shaker Rd
Latham

A REAL PLUMBER

26 TICE ROAD
Albany

A2Z Construction

Ballston Spa

ABConstructionIICorp

36 Anthony Ln.
Albany

ADIRONDACK BASEMENT SYSTEMS

4 JONES RD
Clifton Park

ALL METHOD WATERPROOFING INC

2 AGNES AVE
Schenectady

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

Altamura and Associates, LLC

PO Box 2195
Ballston Spa

ANTHONY CERONE BUILDING SERVICES

382 BLUE FACTORY RD
Averill Park

Anthonys Masonry

300 Eleventh St
Schenectady

AW Construction

9 Chipmunk Chase
Saratoga Springs

Aztec Hardscape Designs Inc

13 Runnel Dr
Schenectady

Banker Enterprise

14 Dymond Road
New Lebanon

Bellamy Construction Co

6684 Amsterdam Rd
Schenectady

Bennett Contracting Inc

693 S Pearl St
Albany

Blueprint Remodeling

7 state st
Brooklyn

Bonacquisti & Son

41 Wisner Road
Averill Park

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

Capital District Overhead Doors

135 Troy Schenectady Road
Watervliet

CARIBBEAN POOLS & SPAS

1223 FORT HUNTER RD
Schenectady

Champion Window of Albany

12 Petra Lane
Albany

Christopher's Paving

740 Hoosick Rd.
Troy

CLD Custom Carpentry

169 stone mill rd
Hudson

Collar City Concrete

19 Central Ave.
Troy

Concrete technologies

1 second st
Gansevoort

conway custom works

5198 RT 81
Greenville

Cousins Construction

20 Hibbard St
Schenectady

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

CRACK TEAM

1292 GOWER RD
Schenectady

Craigs Mowing & Landscaping LLC

PO Box 1506
Clifton Park

Creative Concepts

123 St Name
Schenectady

CREATIVE CONCRETE DESIGN INC

11 STEVENSON ST
Schenectady

D & L Tile & Stone

21 Criswood Dr
Albany

D & R Paving

1 Apollo Drive
Albany

D.A. Chainyk Construction Services

173 Colonial Avenue
Albany

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

Dynamic Roofing

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

Elite Home Renovations

116 Bluebird Terrace
Fort Edward

Ez Homefix LLC

502 Rynex Corners Rd
Schenectady

FOCUS CONSTRUCTION

1095 PARKWOOD BLVD
Schenectady

Frost Excavating

286 Tidball Road
Schenectady

G. Richardson and Sons Contracting

31 South Main St
Voorheesville

Garone's Concrete Pumping, LLC

205 Park Avenue
Mechanicville

Genesis Painting

115 Mill St.
Troy

Grandview Properties

23 N Grandview Terrace
Voorheesville

Hayner Masonry

22b Adirondack circle
Gansevoort

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

Heritage Residential Services, LLC

23 Heritage Pkwy
Schenectady

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

HMA Contracting Corp

535 Brickyard Rd
Schaghticoke

J C RUSSELL GENERAL CONTRACTOR

503 SACANDAGA RD
Schenectady

J&M Fish Family Contracting

5 Masten Ave
Cohoes

James & Doraine Bushnell

43 Martins Hill
Ravena

JC MCCASHION CONSTRUCTION INC.

84 Frederick Avenue
Albany

Jeffrey Mason

PO Box 6003
Schenectady

JJC tile & masonry

5694 Jockey st
Galway

jnd tree service

110 forbes st
Amsterdam

John T. Construction

76 E. Fulton St.
Golversville

JOSEPH RADEZ CONSTRUCTION

897 SACANDAGA RD
Schenectady

JS Services

340 Dunham Hollow Rd
Averill Park

JT Concrete

2151 Rowley Rd
Ballston Spa

JT Enterprises

1377 Philomena Rd
Schenectady

KEY STONE CONTRACTING

250 OLNEYS RD
Petersburg

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

Laurenzo Contracting, Inc.

613 Clement Street
Mechanicville

LAWLOR CONSTRUCTION LLC

467 KNICKERBOCKER RD
Schodack Landing

Lazio Construction, Inc.

63 Nott Rd
Rexford

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

M and S Interiors

26 Michael Dr
Schenectady

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd
Mechanicville

Mark The Handyman

34 Joelson Ct
Albany

MDS Masonry

110 Brookline Road
Ballston Spa

Mike Byer Construction

PO Box 427
Watervliet

MPR Excavation LLC

266 Craven Road
Delanson

msmasonry

Esperance

MULHOLLAND ENTERPRISES LLC

2084 ROUTE 9N
Greenfield Center

North Country Landscapes, LLC

10680 State Route 9W
Coxsackie

OLD DOG MASONS

5861 VEEDER RD.
Slingerlands

Paniccia Masonry

523 Harrison Ave.
Schenectady

Pantalone Construction Inc

104 Fuller St
Schenectady

PC contracting

7 Curt Blvd.
Saratoga Springs

pisces pools

Schenectady

Precision Contracting

50 Lincoln Street
Gloversville

Pride Painting

33 Defreest Ave.
Troy

QUAY CLIFFORD H & SONS INC

3269 GUILDERLAND AVE
Schenectady

Ragone Foundations Inc.

53 wetsel road
Troy

RINSLER MASONRY

PO BOX 554
Slingerlands

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive
Albany

S.Y.N.N. Enterprise

3 Elm St
Nassau

Saratoga Builders LLC

8 Champion Ln
Saratoga Springs

scotts home improvements

37 elm lane
Stillwater

Sherwin P. M. And Construction

3219 E Lydius St
Schenectady

Silver Stone Contracting

3028 Broadway
Schenectady

Smith's Paving & Seal Coating

305 19th St
Watervliet

SnowGo

po 4219

Stone Tech of Albany

429 Whitehall Rd
Albany

Style Painting and Tile Construction Company

354 Burtonville Rd
Fultonville

Superior Masonry Solutions

114 Fordham Road
Valatie

TECH VALLEY BUILDERS INC

3 CHESTNUT HILL RD S
Albany

THE BUILDING CONNECTION

34 SHERWOOD LN
Burnt Hills

Todd Jobs LLC

PO Box 423
Latham

Tony Nash

3 Nash Place
Albany

Tony's Tile Works

1089 Waverly Pl
Schenectady

Top Notch

7 Gaslight Dr
Albany

Upstate Concrete

15 Kniskern Ave
Mechanicville

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

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