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3 Things To Consider When Choosing A Concrete Supplier For Your Project

Choosing a concrete supplier for your construction project isn't as easy as picking a phone number out of the phone book. It's important to compare your options so you can ensure that you'll be working with a trustworthy company that can meet all of your needs and expectations from beginning to end. Here are a few crucial things to consider when choosing your concrete supplier:

Delivery Methods

An important consideration to make when comparing concrete suppliers is what delivery methods they offer if any. Will you have to hire another company to pick up the concrete and deliver it to your project site, or can the supplier directly deliver it? If the supplier will be delivering the concrete, what types of trucks and equipment will they use?

Do you need to get any parking permits from your county in order to bring the delivery trucks in, or will that be taken care of for you if necessary? The more you know about each prospective supplier's delivery options, the easier it should be to determine which company is most likely to provide convenience and meet your expectations.

Tools and Resources

It's also a good idea to ask prospective concrete suppliers about the ability to rent tools and resources as they're needed for your project. Some of the tools and resources that should be available to you include:

  • Wheelbarrows and Shovels
  • Muck Rakes
  • Concrete Forms
  • Finishing Trowels

You shouldn't have to purchase these items if you do not have a use for them again in the future, so look for a company to work with that makes renting them easy.

Last-Minute Orders

If you run out of concrete in the middle of your project due to miscalculations, an accident, or other unforeseen circumstances, your concrete supplier should be able to deliver more the same day so your entire project isn't held back, or worse yet, ruined. So make sure that the concrete supply company you decide to work with offers last-minute order fulfillments, even if there is an extra fee involved. And once you do identify the companies that are willing to provide last-minute concrete deliveries, you'll want to find out how long the turnaround time would be for each service provider as well as:

  • Fees Involved
  • Delivery Guarantees
  • Load Limits

You can then compare the information you get to determine which company is most likely to meet your needs and expectations in case of an emergency.

With these considerations in mind, while searching for concrete suppliers to work with, you should be able to quickly identify the most reliable option for you.