How to Hire a Concrete Driveway Contractor

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Jarred Stevens

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Don't tell people that concrete should be cut the depth of the pour. Concrete needs to be cut around one third the thickness of your pour. And guess what happens inside the cut? It cracks there. That's why they are called control joints, because they control the crack. Concrete will crack no matter what, and you don't pour "cement", cement is only part of the CONCRETE mix. Don't call it cement... Do the research... Lol

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I am facing just such a project and have received a number of bids (all from Angie's List reviewed contractors). The lowest bid was a bit over $5/sq ft and the highest was about $9/sq/ft for my 630 sq ft driveway in Rockford, IL. 
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Generally about $1-3/SF (note - measured by SF, not SY) - $1 range is for a 1 to 1/2-2 inch overlay, $2.50-3.00 range normal for two 2" layers for a new driveway or a rebuild (remove and replace) you really want to last.

Most people pay around $2/SF for a 2-3" thickness.

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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.