Blog Post | September 27, 2017
How to Choose a Polished Concrete Contractor
Finding the right contractor can be a challenging task, especially in complex applications like polished concrete. There are many factors to consider, from services offered to years of experience, and without a little expertise in the industry, you may find yourself wading in a sea of confusion. With bids that vary in price, options, and ability, it’s almost impossible to accurately compare the offers you have on the table.
With the right preparation, however, you can simplify the selection process from the very beginning. From a well-written Request for Proposal to a game plan for evaluating service options, here’s what you need to know to make the best choice for every job.
How to Choose
Not all polished concrete contractors are made equal. When you’re on the hunt for a pro who can provide quality service while still meeting your exact needs, it’s extremely important to compare apples to apples – not apples to oranges.
Crafting a Proposal
Calling concrete companies and asking for price quotes will only get you so far. When you have a big job with a big price tag, it’s best to send a Request for Proposal, or RFP, to the companies you have in mind. Unlike a simple query, an RFP goes into detail regarding the needs and expectations you have for an upcoming project, including price, scope, timelines, property dimensions, and services required. The more specific you can be, the better; when companies know exactly what you’re looking for, they’ll be better able to accurately present a bid.
Additionally, bids received from the same RFP are likely to incorporate the same expectations, allowing you to truly evaluate your options on a level playing field. Instead of trying to balance pros and cons of vastly different proposals, you’ll be able to take an equal look at what your top contenders have to offer.
Not sure how to create an RFP, what to include, or the specifics of your project? You’re not alone. Rather than allowing details to slip through the cracks, ask a trusted vendor to set a scope for you. Then, use the information provided as the basis for your proposals to ensure all companies you contact are providing consistent bids.
Other Factors to Consider
A low price and a comprehensive approach are a big part of making a proper selection, but other factors should be on your radar. When comparing the bids you receive, be sure to look for additional qualities like:
- Years of experience in the specific requirements of your project
- Active certifications from organizations like CPAA, CPC and polish system manufacturers
- Recommendations from others in your industry
- A willingness to provide accurate information and ask the right questions
- An ability to provide proactive solutions, ensuring best practices with every project
Making the leap to polished concrete is a big step forward for your business, offering a proven way to create beautiful, long-lasting, and durable floors. When you want a contractor guaranteed to get the job done right, Royale Concrete is here for you. With over 10 years in the industry and a team of experienced, committed contractors, we’ll help you find your perfect fit.