My driveway has developed some very large cracks that I can no longer ignore. It is true that the cracks were noticeable a few years back. However, they seem to have grown larger within the past year or so. It appears that my yard and flower bed does not drain water very well. Each time the sprinklers go off, I notice a large water puddle next to my driveway. The water is under mining the soil under the driveway, creating a soft foundation under the concrete which is causing it to crack. Needless to say, I need a concrete contractor to break out the old driveway, install a drain to eliminate the water puddle and pour a new driveway.
Instead of finding a concrete contractor in the phone book or the Concrete Stamp Guys These are the companies that sell materials and supplies to the contractors. Many of these supply companies sell to the public. They also have employees that have worked in concrete or other parts of the construction industry or just by selling the concrete products and talking to concrete contractors, have a great deal of knowledge about the concrete.
Many people find a contractor, then ask the contractor to tell them what they need to fix the problem and or help with design options. The sales people at the supplies companies will be happy to talk to you in hopes that you will buy the materials from them. They also know, and have built many relationships with contractors that have accounts with them. Ask them for options for a new driveway, such as, stamp designs and color options. What's the best color agents to use and which one should you stay away from. Ask them these type of question even if you don't want stamp or color. Tell them that you are educating yourself so it will be easier once you find a good contractor.
At that point you can ask if they know some good dependable contractors that have accounts with their company. If you choose a contractor that is recommended by the sale staff, it's important that you choose a contractor that has an account with the supplier. That way you know that the supplier has already checked their credit and has been checkout. The guys who pay cash or with a credit cards are more likely to be a fly by night contractors.