Commercial masonry can be a complex job. This is not only due to the size of the projects relative to residential concepts but also due to the unique considerations that go into commercial uses. Choosing the right commercial masonry contractor for the job means more than simply picking the first mason you find on the internet. However, it can be difficult to know exactly what to ask or which qualifications to look for. Here are the most important things to know before you hire a commercial masonry contractor for your next project or repair.
The Type of Masonry You Want to Work With
One of the single most important elements of your relationship with a masonry contractor is an understanding of what materials they work with. Some contractors will work with a wide variety of masonry types, while others will choose to specialize only in stone, brick or something else.
There is not necessarily any harm in choosing to work with a mason who can tackle any type of project, regardless of material. In fact, many commercial enterprises may find this useful, because they can rely on one contractor no matter the issue that arises. However, it can also be beneficial to select a contractor who specifically works with the materials that you are considering for your commercial masonry project. This way, you can benefit from more extensive experience that directly applies to your project.
Always feel free to ask potential contractors what types of masonry work they do-or what they prefer to work on.
Is the Contractor Licensed?
Anyone can call themselves a masonry contractor, but not all of them will carry the proper documentation to secure clients against potential damage. If a masonry contractor is licensed, bonded and insured, this means that if something goes wrong with the project, the client is much more protected against liability or the costs of repair.
Masonry contractors who go out of their way to obtain this documentation are guaranteeing that their work will comply with any legal requirements and that they will be responsible for damages that they cause to your property. This is especially important for commercial projects, where the scope of the job may be substantial in its complexity.
What the Contract Entails
Reputable masonry contractors should offer a contract for you to sign when you agree to work together. However, it is often possible to view an example of such a contract before you agree to work with a contractor. This allows you to review potential problem areas before you are ready to commit.
Pay particular attention to terms surrounding arbitration, release of liability and even guarantees surrounding timeline of completion and charges for materials beyond the initial scope of the project. All of these elements should be clearly delineated within the contract to show how the masonry contractor intends to handle such situations.
What the Timeline and Expectations Are
Anything can happen during a project, including inclement weather, can adjust the timeline for completion. It is critical that any commercial masonry contractor that you are considering can clearly tell you-before you commit to working with them-how they approach timelines and client expectations. Ask them what practical solutions they will use to ensure timelines are met, and what their recourse process is in the event of any delays.
For many masonry professionals, this means the willingness to create work estimates and share them, as well as include details within the work contract itself that specifies some of this information.
Whether They Have Local References and Pictures
The best commercial masonry contractors will be able to share references or photos of their previous projects to reassure you that they complete quality work that aligns with your goals and vision. For commercial construction in particular, seeking reviews from other people in your area is a vital part of vetting any contractor.
While many commercial masonry contractors will not necessarily be able to share the phone numbers of the people they have worked with for confidentiality reasons, they should be able to point you toward project sites that you can visit or businesses that you can speak with about their experience with that contractor. It is especially helpful if they can direct you to projects with a similar scope or style to yours, so that you can rest assured they are familiar with your type of work.
Trust the Experts to Help You Complete Your Commercial Masonry Project Right
If you are considering masonry as the material of choice for your commercial construction, add-on or repair project, be sure to rely on the experts. The professionals at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration would be happy to help you achieve your goals to create a building that lasts for years to come, free from water damage and other problems. Reach out to learn more or to schedule an appointment to get started.