Today we have multiple ways to either change the color of your stamped concrete of enhance what you have to make it new again. Been repairing and redoing stamped concrete for over 30 years with a perfect record of excellence. We install new and also can repair any issue you might be having with your stamped concrete.
Call us today at 732-915-6391 direct to Owner Ted Mechnick Happy to assist you.
Ted Mechnick Ted@split-rok.com
I am writing this article to make a case for paying a bit more for your Stamped Concrete or other Decorative Products.
We have recently been repairing many bad stamped concrete jobs done by others due to our 30 plus years of experience. Haven’t found many that I can’t repair unless so bad that removal and replacement is the only option.
Low price will generally guarantee poor quality do to cost cutting by the installer to get the job. The sad part is that low strength concrete, lack of proper reinforcing, poor crack prevention due to lack of control cuts, poor coloring process, poor base and poor sealing application
Sadly the problems don’t show up until the check has cleared or after the first winter freeze when cracks will appear, peeling surface or whitening of sealer. These are but a few issues.
We have recently resealed two of our projects one from 1992 the other from the year 2000 both with no cracks. The one from 1992 even blows me away.
If you were to breakdown the cost over the lifetime of the job and added in the resale appeal I think that even paying $1000 more would be a great investment since stamped concrete will outlast pavers consistently if maintained properly. Resealing in most cases is all that is needed.
Please be advised that after all these years in business that it still amazes me that some Stamped Concrete Contractors have no integrity. It’s not always about the money. You either love doing this or you don’t!
Split-Rok Construction Co.
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.
Rust stains on concrete that are the result of water from sprinkler systems that are supplied by wells with high Iron content can easily be removed using klenztone that we are factory rep for.
It’s as easy as spraying it on with a inexpensive pump sprayer from home depot. Just spray on and let sit. Not an acid or corrosive liquid. Enviornmentally safe. Works quickly depending on severity of stain.
Cost of removal or cost of a cover up that is topical in nature is only a bandaid. Gone is gone. Works 100% . Works on oil stains as well.
Unfortunately I do not monitor this blog enough due to time constraints, therfore if you are serious about getting your stain out please feel free to call me and I will see to it that you get this amazing product at the best price.
Ted Mechnick 732-915-6391
For those who follow this blog or new readers there is something that has come to my attention that should be understood by those unfortunate enough to have to raise there house due to to the super storm Sandy of 2012.
What I would discuss here are things needed to be known to more efficiently get the process done without having you and your wife or sigificant other
her get devoted or separate.
As the dust settles after the storm all the so called great thinkers of the state and federal government departments are working feverishly to create new guidelines and laws as part of this process to make a bad situation even worse.
This storm was a 100 year event so as is usually the job of government let’s get everyone’s opinion of what we should do to prevent this from happening possibly for the next 100 years.
I might add that insurance companies caught with there pants down are also to blame for the problems we as qualified contractors are having getting these houses raises efficiently and in a timely fashion.
There are others like myself who try to get projects completed in a timely fashion but around every corner there is a new regulation in the making while your moving toward completion.
Here’s the rub. You have hired a contractor like Split-Rok Construction experienced in the process of raising your home and who fully intending to meet deadlines set but in the background sits the authorities. Those who think they have a crystal ball into the future. They think that over building is the solution to the possible next storm. It’s almost like writing an article in the paper that their will never be another 9-11 God Forbid.
No one can predict future events. Stuff just happens but how strong willed individuals handle it us key.
Please don’t get me wrong I sincerely believe in some regulation and definitely in inspections since there are always a few roaches that slip through the cracks and they need to be quickly recognized and removed from the process.
My full intention of this blog is to address items I have found to cause delays in the process of raising a home prior to actually beginning to raising so you may be better prepared to save your marriage, but if your not stop reading hear or do the direct opposite and make a few more lawyers richer.
Please rest assured that this might not be a complete list of possible scenarios but I feel enough for you as a homeowner to better negotiate this process with fewer problems.
Be prepared for cost overruns. Some houses when lifted and inspected can have unseen damage under the home that are sometimes not caught by a trained eye prior to lifting. This can sometimes be avoid by you or a your potential contractor doing a thorough inspection under and above prior to lift. That said that is still no guarantee that there won’t be issues that pop up. This is why I stress vetting out your contractor and having in writing how extras are to be charged back to you. Extras are surprises that are not followed by a smile from either party. They cause sometimes massive delays and if people think guys like me go “Oh Boy” gonna make some extra money here. I speak for myself when I say “oh s..t” gonna be stuck here longer than expected.
We are all running our businesses to make a profit but being stuck on a nightmare job although challenging and potentially rewarding at the end prevents us from moving on to other projects.
Note: Size does matter here. How large a crew does the contractor have and how many men does he have presently. Important since if he has limited help and too many of these projects going on can become a problem since some guys need to move people around in a futile attempt to make all clients happy. As a result your extra might throw a wrench in the works of an already tough project. You need to know that your project will be given priority status. This can be done with a well written contract. Reasonable completion dates stating reasonable excuses for not meeting those deadlines.
This might be beginning to sound difficult but if you continue to read this article I can assure you its worth your time and money.
Costs: Cheaper is not necessarily better. There are countless cases documented in New Jersey alone where someone hired a contractor thinking they were qualified because they had a license to do business in New Jersey only to find out that the actual license really has no weight. Anyone can get a contractors license in New Jersey. It only the government’s way of calling another tax something else. I have sat before the the State Appropriations Committee in Trenton and believe me it Damn scary what goes on there. That’s another article.
Look for Industry certifications. Example: ACI certification. These are people very serious about doing their job correctly. All trades have certifications but the best certification of all is contractors track record. Better Business Bureau can easily be called to check out any black marks against your contractor.
In this case as I think you are seeing you need to be fully engaged in the process. Those I’ve had pleasure of working with raising there homes that keep engaged in the process are best served.
To keep this article short and as simple as possible here are items that slow the process.
1. Poorly designed plans
2. Delayed permits as a result of incomplete paperwork.
3. Poor scheduling of trades. Have to get firm commitments from contractors. Hire a team. We have a team of subcontractors at Split-Rok Construction that we work exclusively with. When I call the response is in most cases immediate.
4. Utilities being delayed shutting off and turning on. This item can be a real problem since homeowners who are displaced want to get on with there life.
5. Underground items not on plans. Example: Found a foundation from likely 50 years ago below the foundation we removed. Not found until piles were being driven. No way of knowing. Cased a 1 week delay.
6. Change orders or redesign during construction. Think before you lift. Are you just going up and down on a new foundation or are you wanting to add something while raised like underhouse parking. Great extra. Not that costly and functional if allowed by code. Note that changes during construction not only cause delays due to resubmitting plans but costs can increase due to extra time charged by house lifters for use of their equipment. You generally have 60 days too work on home. You may be charged extra time for use of equipment. This costs more as does extra work after contract signing. We use Devooght House Raisers exclusively for their professionalism and experience. Timely lifts and resets all the time. One hell of a team. Usually raised in one day unless something is in their way.
8. Back to poor plans that you assume have been calculated by the engineer or Architect to work but don’t. Wrong elevations. As a result stairs exterior stars do not end at proper location needing a redesign and approval from town your working in. Can be a nightmare when there are fixed elevations that don’t agree with setbacks.
9. Arguing with inspectors. These people are just doing their job as you are. There are rules in life that in some cases don’t seem to make sense but this one does. It’s as simple as black and white. These people are your eyes. They are people who have had to study what is proper and improper construction practices. Be glad they are there. They assure you that what is to be your home stays standing. Poor construction practices and cutting corners by inexperienced or dishonest contractors is rampant in a disaster enviornment. I was remodling the interior of a home in Point Pleasant Beach and was subbing out window replacements. An out of town contractors price was $10,000 higher then my local guy. They come from out of state and they go and with your money. Good luck trying to get them back to fix a bad water heater for example. Local contractors like us in business for over 30 years have built a reputation. I protect mine at all costs.
I live here. A bad reputation spreads faster then a god one. I sleep well at night when I’m not up planning my next job and coordinating my days work. Most guys like me have built your project 10 times in their head prior to the first shovel going into the ground.
If you love what you do and have been born with and cultivated your skills over time you can’t help but achieve the finest result.
Here at Split-Rok Construction Company established 1985 we have a saying. “The Difficult we Do Right away. The Impossible takes just a bit longer”.
I can always be reached by email at Ted@split-rok.com. or by calling our office at 732-899-5641 if you need guidance with a project or a quote. Love to help people. Like to make a living but being of service to others is at times more important.
Hope I’ve helped in writing this eliminate some fears and given you more confidence to perform what looks like a daunting task. It’s easier then it seems when you know the ropes
http://www.split-rok.com is another way we can be reached.
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