We’re All About Driveways, learn all about the proper installation and maintenance of residential asphalt driveways. We also pride ourselves in assisting homeowners in finding the best driveway companies in the business. Finding honest companies that will do the job right the first time.
The creator of AllAboutDriveways, Consumer Advocate Patrick Mattingley, has over 3 decades of experience in the concrete business. Utilizing his extensive experience, Patrick has carefully pre-screened and extensively background checked concrete contractors from all over the country. Of course, if they meet his strict criteria, he lists them right here on AllAboutDriveways.com.
To request a FREE estimate from the best concrete contractors serving Crystal Lake, enter your contact information into the form above or call us at 1-866-966-9939. We’ll connect you with up to (3) three pre-screened an background checked companies right away.* Our list of recommended concrete contractors serving Crystal Lake will be notified of your request. Within 24 to 48 hours you should have up to 3 estimates to choose from.
Once processed, you’ll receive an email with each company you can be expecting to hear from. The email includes their contact information, ratings, reviews from other homeowners and a link to their company profile.
Set up a business name, buy some concrete finishing tools and supplies, build a website and... poof. You’re in business!
Just open any phone book, open any home improvement magazine, do an internet search, look around and see all of the pickup trucks advertising their concrete business as you're driving around town. They're everywhere. It's easy to see there is no shortage of concrete contractors.
Therefore, hiring just any company off the street is just a potential problem waiting to happen! With as easy as it is to get into and so many out there, it's like playing darts blindfolded.
The fact is, a percentage of these concrete contractors have little or no experience, no insurance, and a warranty that's only as good as the stability of the company. And they're just waiting for our phone call. They'll do our job and then the next thing we know, they go right out of business. They're here today and gone tomorrow.
Consequently, it's VERY easy to hire the wrong concrete contractor unknowingly.
The concrete industry has been proven to be one of the most fraudulent industries in the country? Concrete Scams can be found just about everywhere. Yes, unfortunately even in Crystal Lake. There is little or virtually zero regulation of concrete installation. As a result, more people get ripped off by unethical and inexperienced concrete contractors than just about any other industry out there!
In the end, most people don't even realize they've been ripped off until it's too late. Months or even a year or two down the road.
Think about it... how many residential concrete driveways does the average homeowner purchase in a lifetime? One? Two? Maybe three? Incidentally, this obviously results in most of us not being up to speed about proper concrete installation techniques. Basic techniques that will help to make a concrete driveway last a lifetime, as it should.
Unethical contractors know this. They know most of us don’t understand concrete driveway installation which makes it easier for them to try to take advantage of unsuspecting people.
Additionally, they know that when we ask them questions, they can just reply with answers we want to hear rather than giving us the honest answers we need. They attempt to mislead us with simple, vague answers or deflect our attention in an attempt to earn our trust.
For instance, they’ll assure us they’ll do an excellent job for a far better price than their competitors, but conveniently leave out the most important details. Significant details the average person wouldn’t know or even think to ask. As a result, when they perform the job, they cut corners on quality to save time and expenses to increase profits.
Of course, they do the job just good enough to last long enough to meet their so-called warranty. By the time we realize what’s happened, these contractors are already long gone with our hard earned money and they’re nowhere to be found.
Ultimately we end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring concrete repair contractors to perform a multitude of expensive repairs, whether it be sandblasting and staining, overlaying, or patching the poorly installed job when we realize what’s happened.
Unfortunately, this leads to a driveway that looks patchy and blotchy from multiple repairs and mismatched colors. With colored and stamped concrete, the problem can be even worse since it's virtually impossible to precisely match colors.
Even worse? Being forced to hire yet another concrete contractor to come back and completely remove and replace it to fix it correctly.
To illustrate, it may be an obvious answer to a silly question but, which would you rather have in front of your home?
A new concrete driveway that’s
installed properly and lasts a lifetime?
Or a driveway that plagues you with problems
and countless repairs year after year?
Again, it may be an obvious answer to a silly question but, which would you rather have in front of your home?
A new concrete colored or stamped concrete driveway
that’s installed properly and lasts a lifetime?
Or one that wasn’t installed properly and cannot
be repaired without removing it and replacing it?
During our decades in the driveway business, we’ve seen poor concrete installation time after time. Imagine paying thousands of dollars for a new concrete driveway only to end up with an eyesore in front of your home that can't be repaired without spending thousands more? Imagine the costs to remove the existing, poorly installed concrete driveway?
On the other hand, unfortunately, the same problems can occur with inexperienced concrete contractors.
For example, an inexperienced contractor may have good intentions and want to do the job right, but they just can’t perform at the level needed to to get the job done right due to their limited experience. In other words, a poorly installed concrete driveway due to lack of experience can cause headaches and disappointment just the same.
Nevertheless, we still end up with a driveway that looks patched with inconsistent colors that can’t be solved even with time. Therefore, putting too much trust in an inexperienced contractor just isn’t worth it either.
Who wants an eyesore in front of their home? Particularly after spending thousands of dollars?
But the mistake that tops them all? Hiring a driveway paving contractor whose sole intention is to rip homeowners off!
Don’t mistakenly think this doesn’t happen. It does and it will if you’re not careful.
We receive hundreds of questions and complaints from homeowners from all over the country asking us about unethical concrete contractors.
Ask yourself these questions?
These are all questions we should ask, but really have no way of knowing how or where to begin doing such research. To do such extensive background verification on a company can require a vast amount of time, money and resources.
However, even then, with little or no knowledge of actual concrete installation, there’s just no guarantee that the job will turn out right. Especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for exactly.
We’ve been in the driveway business for almost three decades. Moreover, during that time, we’ve installed and maintained thousands of residential concrete driveways.
To help homeowners save time, money and avoid the pitfalls of a poorly installed concrete driveway, we created AllAboutDriveways.com.
Everything you need to know is right here, in one place. Patrick, Consumer Advocate with TrustPatrick.com and creator of AllAboutDriveways.com, shares his vast experience of the driveway business. Patrick provides transparent, unbiased facts and details about all phases of concrete installation.
Just a few minutes of research on AllAboutDriveways.com has the potential of saving years of headaches and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on unnecessary driveway maintenance and repairs.
Equally as important, getting answers to the most frequently asked questions about concrete driveway installation that are unbiased, factual and revealing can also assist in helping you avoid choosing the wrong company.
The bottom line... here at AllAboutDriveways.com, we provide you with all of the information you need to help save you from the regret of hiring the wrong concrete contractor in Crystal Lake.
Criminal Record Search, SSN & Identity Verification, Sexual Offender Registry, and Terrorist Database check.
To minimize risk of a homeowners liability if property is damaged or an employee is hurt while on the job, we require companies to provide proof of General Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance. Additionally, we are listed as a Certificate Holder on all policies so that if insurance has been canceled or has lapsed, we receive notification. We immediately remove companies in this event.
Contractors must also provide proof of licensing in the state, counties, and cities that they perform their services. **Where licensing is required.
All contractors must have been in business for a minimum of 1 year. We know exactly what questions to ask and what to look for to verify a contractors knowledge and experience about concrete installation.
All contractors must agree to perform concrete driveway installation services at or above manufacturer's specifications and deliver an exceptional customer experience. No concrete contractor is immune to our strict criteria. If you have a complaint about any of the contractors listed on our referral list, we'll investigate it and help to mediate a swift resolution.
Contractors who agree to our strict guidelines become “Official AllAboutDriveways Recommended Concrete Companies.” We remove contractors from our website who don’t adhere to these guidelines.
We take our job and your protection very seriously. We go the extra mile to provide our users with peace of mind. Consequently, the pre-screening and approval process can take up to 7-10 days.
Out of all of the concrete contractors we've spoken to in Crystal Lake, very few are willing to endure our extreme vetting process.
The only concrete contractors we recommend are the only ones we would hire for our own home. You can rest easy and feel confident knowing that we're here to help you get a good, quality concrete driveway that will last.