Choosing concrete contractor

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I just read an article about marketing Decorative Concrete. Interesting to report that we at Split-Rok Construction have been doing all of what was explained for years. I do not want to risk giving away any of my marketing ideas but one item particularly stands out as to why we are recognized as one of the Northeast premier Decorative Concrete Contractors. Attention to detail and artistic ability. I share these two items freely since they incompass passion for what we do that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. I sell many jobs due to people seeing my enthusiasm that  has not wained over 32 years in business. I get as pumped up today as I did when I stamped my first large job atound the pool in my backyard 32 years ago. In my world good is never good enough. Only those who demonstrate a love for what they are doing work here. My men don’t just show up for a paycheck. They show up to be part of creating something that when they are done they can be proud of what they accomplished. I had a contractor call me yesterday referred to me by my concrete supplier Clayton Concrete. He was a new guy in business that had three small projects spread out around New Jersey. The conversation took me back to when i started Split-Rok Consruction 8/6/1985. I was quoting him prices which shocked him. His comment to me when I stated that I’m paid for my ability to install almost perfect stamped concrete. Next question was would it be less expensive if it weren’t so perfect It took my breath away to think that someone would do a substandard job just to make more money. He said that if he paid me what what I wanted he wouldn’t make any money. As far I’m concerned this is not only about the money. We talked a bit more and due to me saying repeatedly that I’m all about detail cost what it may to him,I would not compromise my integrity for any amount of money. My major pointbin writing tjis article like others is to better inform people today of what to be on guard for when chosing the right person for the job. Here’s wha mayt seem.a crazy question to ask your potential Stamped Concrete Contractor. ” How many jobs have you had to remove?” My point is after all my years in business I’ve had to remove a few due to not meeting my standard of excellencd or poor material being delivered. This is why I use Clayton Concrete exclusively. Their standards are at the same level as my standards. One time when i was in business about 5 or 6 years hired a guy who said he knew how to powerwash. I believed him and sent him to wash off an $8,000 job in Rumson that i was extremely proud of the way it turned out. Mult-colored someting we pride ourselves in due to us refusing to use anything but L.M.Scofield color hardener on all stamped concrete we install. Well I sent him to the job confident that he told me the truth that he knew how to powewash. Seemed at the time to be a no brainer. Connect hose start powerwasher,wash and come back next day and seal. Unfortunately no. He had used the wrong tip on the pressure washer and I got a call from the homeowner a very detail oriented person who said Ted you have to come take a look at this job. You can bet my heart dropped in anticipation of what the matter was. Upon my arrival I walked to the of the house where the stamped raised patio was installed to see Nancy ( I will never forget her and her standing there arms folded) say look at this mess. My guy had destoyed my hard work in an hour. “Ted what are you going to do about this?” As I searched my mind for an easy solution acceptable to me and my client the words left my mouth coupled with emotional pain. I will remove it immediately and redo it. Her arms unfolded and although not happy about having to go through that process again my reputation was saved. Cost in excess of $8,000. I can still feel the pain looking back. My integrity was saved. One of my most prized posessions. My point is that anyone who is great at this business has had to remove a few jobs. Those that haven’t in my opinion are not good stamped concrete contractors. I feel asking that one question alone will vet out the bad from the good contractor. Price only should never be your main concern, since over the lifetime of a great job you can be proud of the and sting of paying a bit more wanes. We pay strict attention to detail always. Some minor imperfections may show up once washed but can easily be repaired since years if experience have taught me how to fix them and since I the owner of Split-Rok Construction inspect and oversee all projects big and small you can be assured that you’ll get whatyou paid for. Excellence! I test and check all materials and watch each man to see that he carries out his assigned task. I’ll do a great job. What more could you ask? Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction for 32 years. ACI specifications always met and exceeded.

732-915-6391 my personal cell phone number.

 

 

 

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helical pile contractors

We are raising more and more houses at the jersey shore even 2 years after Sandy. Many being raised are engineered with the use of helical piles. If you have heard of this process and wondered how it works it’s realitively simple but choosing the right honest contractor to do your job is key.

Here at split-rok construction have found just that contractor. Both efficient and honest HSS Helical piles in point pleasant fit the bill.

We are presently raising and installing a house on 153 Ocean Ave. Point Pleasant Beach that we renovated the entire interior on in 2013.

A soil boring was done that indicated that solid base was encountered at 25′ below the surface.

Experience in knowing the area and an honest appraisal of the situation lead Adam Musgrave to

Recommend trying to use a larger helix the accomplish the necessary torque required without Having to charge us to go deeper. His fear that there might be a soft layer below 25′ that if broken through might cause us to have to go deeper then 25′ or more and therefore push us way over budget.

A test pile was drilled as shown hear and luckily we hit 4800psi. More than enough to hold our 1000′ structure. All other piles driven torqued out at about 15-16′. Job well done. Can’t thank Adam and his all American crew for their help.

When I showed up on the job and saw a large American flag hanging on back of there machine I told Ed there Forman that the flag alone gave me confidence in them.

Many contractors that are doing this type of work are not at all as reputable as Adam and his company. I’ve spent 30 years in my own business and 10 years prior to that working in the union as a concrete finisher,and haven’t seen this type of dedication for years. What a pleasure to feel 20141006_092842confident that I gave my client the best possible job at the best price.

Split-Rok Construction is actively engaged in raising and reconstructing homes at the shore and have a group of honest contractors we use to make this trying experience easier.

We bring to the table over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and a team of professionals that will not take advantage of your misfortune. We take on the project fully from permitting to monitoring every phase of the project without charging exhortant General contractor inflated costs.

We test and check all materials and watch each man to carry out his assigned task. We will do a great job what more could you ask.

Ted Mechnick can be reached by phone or text at 732-915-6391 if you want to call to see if we fit your needs. No charge for assessment of your condition and always a honest appraisal will be given of what’s needed to get back into your home cost-effectively.

Concrete consultant

Ted Mechnick owner of Split-Rok Construction is now available to consult on any concrete or Decorative concrete issues you might be having. Generally most consultations can easily be handled on the phone. There will be a charge for these consultations but it will be affordable.
I have had over 40 years experience in the concrete business and 30 of those years in the Decorative Concrete Business.
Whether its a Design issue or something that is in need of repair I can generally give you the correct approach to solve your problem.
I have learned many interesting solutions over the years to what might seem to be an impossible problem.

Many have consulted me over time and have started this blog with the goal of helping those either homeowners or contractors that need solutions to their concrete issues.I have helped many since the inception of this site and truly enjoy helping. This business has been rewarding to me over my career. This is my small way of giving back.

If you’re a homeowner and think the problem you have is a hopeless problem call me first. I might have a simple solution. Sometimes the Contractor you have hired although good at stamping might not be totally knowledgeable about all aspects of this profession due to not having run into certain issues that can occur with Stamped or Decorative Concrete. I have run into about anything imaginable with this process over the years. Some problems that occur are but not limited to sealers blushing or turning white, sealers peeling, color problems, crack repairs and many design issues. I am here to help. Don’t get frustrated or angry. It might not be worth it. Email me first. Pictures are a big help. I have a nationwide information base. To date I have not been stumped if given the correct information.

I have recently helped a gentleman in England repair cracks with a video I made to show him how to correct his cracking issue. I will go to whatever  length I necessary to get you a solution to your problem.

Take advantage of my years of experience in the concrete business. Protect your reputation if you are a contractor, as I have over the years. It’s your greatest asset.

Ted Mechnick

Certified ACI( American Concrete Institute)  Concrete Finisher and Member of ASCC ( American Society of Concrete Contractors)

Ted@split-rok.com
732-915-6391

People that you can count on in the Decorative Concrete Industry

I have met many men and women that I have respected and have come to trust in the Decorative Concrete Industry. Those that I have grown to respect are people like Joe DiMaio who over my 27 years in this business has never once misrepresented any product that he has sold me. Preparation is key. A quote from Joe.

 Of Coarse there have been issues with some of the materials that have been sold me and since we have a mutual respect for eachothers honesty and integrity he has made every effort to make good on those bad material related issues.

Joe went to work in another industry for a few years and I for one felt the void that he left behind. Although I am sure that he would have been open too helping even though we no longer had a customer-supplier relationship I never bothered him out of respect.

GOOD NEWS:

Joe DiMaio has found his way back working for Solomon Colors and admitted that although he enjoyed what he was doing, he missed the industry with all its highs and lows. Glad to have him back.

It is my hope that Joe will become an integral part of theconcreteprofessor commenting and even sharing through some articles that I hope he writes to help those in our industry understand better the pitfalls of using the wrong products but also to help consumers better understand what they should look for in selecting a concrete contractor for their projects.

If you would like a copy of  HOW TO SELECT A DECORATIVE CONCRETE CONTRACTOR please email me at Ted@split-rok.com and I will send it to you.

Welcome back Joe and hope that we can get together to better educate those who are interested in what we do.

Ted Mechnick (The Concrete Professor)

American Concrete Institute ACI Membership

The American Concrete Institute known to use in the industry as ACI has been in existence since 1904 and although most of those in the concrete industry are familiar with its function in the Concrete Industry, many in the consumer market don’t realize how hiring those who are Members and those who have been Certified as Flatwork finishers are the best people to hire.

The American Concrete Institute sets the standard in the industry regarding the proper way to install all types of concrete. They are used as the Building Standard in all construction projects. Local,State and Federal Projects use these standards to insure that a quality long-lasting job will be delivered.

Most Architects today specify that ACI Certified Finishers be used on their projects. If you are a homeowner you should also insist on these type of finishers on your job or at minimum have and ACI Certified Finisher who supervises your Project.

Prior to going into business for myself I was in a Cement Finishers Union here in New Jersey. I did an apprenticeship for 4 years and thought in so doing that I was being taught the correct way of installing concrete. Not until I took my first cerification test was it that the TRUTH was revealed. I was amazed to find out that my mentors although respected in the Union were not teaching me the correct way to install concrete. There were many bad practices that they were using for years that were being passed along to new guys like me.

I’m glad to say that the Union has since changed this by making ACI practices part of their Apprentice Programs.

I feel that if you are a Concrete Contractor that is serious about your business and want to give your clients the best job possible that you should look into getting certified. It not only gives you credibility but keeps mistakes and call backs to a minimum when you follow Good Concrete practices. You can find your local branch of ACI and call to see when they are testing. You can also take the test at The World of Concrete.

If you are a homeowner why not use ACI Certified Finishers. Hire the best. People who care about giving you what you expect. In life there is always a price to pay for doing the wrong thing. We all know the difference of what is right and wrong. The same rules apply to installing concrete. Cut corners and problems not might happen they will.

Use Certified Finishers and increase your chnaces of getting the best that your money can buy.

Ted Mechnick

The Concrete Professor or contact Ted@split-rok.com