How to spot a concrete professional
without asking a single question.
"It's good to know who you're dealing with
before you offer them a carrot."
If you're in the
middle of the woods, it’s pretty easy to tell if the animal you’re facing is a fluffy little bunny or a hungry
grizzly bear. (It’s good to know these kinds of things before you pet them.) Wouldn’t it be great if it was just as
easy to know if you’re hiring an amateur or a concrete floor professional?
little trick that will let you know if you’re dealing with an amateur or a concrete pro without asking a single
Pay attention to what they do first.
Amateurs look at floors from the top
An inexperienced floor
company’s first—and sometimes only—consideration is purely aesthetic. Looking from the top down, they just
see the surface of the floor without questioning what's going on underneath. That could spell problems.
Their conversations are mostly about colors and finishes. They usually start their
sales pitch with pictures and color samples. Sometimes, they don’t even start by looking at the garage
floor. (Show them the door—not your floor.)
Unfortunately, many companies who sell and install garage-flooring products have little, if any
real concrete expertise. To them, a floor is just a big flat surface that they can paint or cover up. As long as it
looks good when they leave, their customers think they’ve done a great job.
All too often, a garage floor project is a sideline to fill the gap between last week’s roofing
job and next week’s deck. Because of franchise or dealer agreements, their knowledge of floors is limited to the
products they sell. In many cases, contractors push products based solely on which supplier is giving them the best
deal on materials this week.
Garage floor before and after
photos: We have to
confess, our advertising guy keeps bugging us about getting some "professional" photography. But we never
really trusted those glamorous before and after shots. And besides,
we'd have to raise our prices to cover the photos. So forgive us if we
just show you the real thing. —MJA
Concrete professionals look at floors from the bottom up. They're as concerned about condition as they are about
professional's first consideration is always floor condition.
They want to see your floor before anything else. A pro will look at the floor
and will probably tell you things about the concrete that you never even thought of. They'll ask
That's because concrete professionals see concrete from the bottom up. They want to know how sound
it is and whether there are any conditions that could affect the outcome of your project—no matter what kind of
finish you're planning. A pro will focus on your floor's condition and
readiness before they pull out the color samples.
professional will also guide you with suggestions that are based on his experience with floors in
your area. The conversation might seem a bit dull, but your floor's future will be
Check us out. You’ll
know that you’re working with pros the moment you meet The MJA Company.