Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Commercial Flooring Contractor Before Hiring Them
Your commercial floors are a crucial asset, which is why you don’t want just anyone to repair, replace, or maintain them. There may be many competent commercial concrete flooring contractors near you, but you can only hire one. Coming prepared with key questions will help you screen candidates and narrow the pool until you come across the right provider for your business needs. Without further ado, here are five questions to ask a commercial flooring contractor prior to hiring them.
What to Ask Your Commercial Flooring Contractor
1. What Are Your Qualifications?
You can often find a decent amount of information about a company’s track record and experience by browsing their website and social media pages. Still, some information might not be readily available, such as certifications, insurance, licensure, and so on. As you compare contractors, ask each one about their qualifications and experience. At the bare minimum, they should be licensed and insured, but you’ll want to prioritize floor coating contractors with certain safety certifications, awards, and other stamps of approval. The more prestigious the provider, the more likely they’ll be to get the job done right and on time.
2. What Will It Cost?
Business budgets can be tight, and while improvements to your commercial concrete flooring are important investments, you don’t want to overreach on initial costs if you can help it. Working with a reputable and experienced contractor will likely raise the price, but these additional costs are often worth it for the long-term benefits. Regardless, only hire a provider that delivers a detailed estimate with guarantees. The last thing you want is to sign a contract and prepare for a certain price only to have it changed during or after the project for some unforeseen reason. You should know precisely (within range) what the project will cost before agreeing to anything. If a flooring contractor can’t do you that courtesy, don’t hire them.
3. What Products Will You Use?
Commercial flooring covers a wide range of projects and products, from replacements to epoxy resurfacing to concrete polishing to polyurea floor coatings, etc. You should get to know your options before hiring a contractor and determine how you wish to approach your flooring project. At Anderson Painting, we specialize in Penntek polyurea floor coatings because they’re durable, easy to install, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting. Ultimately, you’ll want to hire a contractor that’s able to offer the products and services you need.
4. How Long Will the Project Take?
Time is often of the essence for businesses, and flooring projects can interfere with workflow if they take too long. With this in mind, asking about scheduling and project duration is completely viable; a commercial contractor should be happy to answer honestly. Of course, depending on their nature, commercial flooring projects can take as little as a day or as long as several weeks -- it all comes down to the size and scope of the project in question, as well as the contractor’s experience, speed, and available resources (more people makes for a shorter job in most cases). Even if it only takes a day or two to apply new commercial floor coatings, it might be another several days until said floors are ready for proper use. Knowing these details ahead of time will allow you to better prepare your facility and operations to minimize downtime and prevent problems.
5. Will I Need to Make Any Preparations Before or After?
Speaking of preparations, this is another great question to ask a potential flooring candidate, both because it will let you know what you need to do before and after the project and cue you into the provider’s level of knowledge, experience, and customer service. You may, for instance, be asked to clean the area in question and clear away all furniture and items, or the contractor might handle this prep work themselves. As for post-project protocol, your commercial flooring contractor should give you detailed instructions and advice on how to maintain your fresh flooring so you get the most out of it. The more transparent they are regarding all of this information, the better.
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At Anderson Painting, we love getting asked these and other questions about our background, products, and processes because it gives us the opportunity to present what we know and what we can do for our customers. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!