We’re All About Driveways, a website dedicated to helping homeowners just like you not only learn all about the proper installation and maintenance of residential driveways, but also find honest and reliable companies to help you get the job done right the first time.
With nearly 3 decades of experience in the driveway business, our founder Patrick Mattingley, has carefully gathered together the best concrete repair contractors serving Crystal Lake and the surrounding areas.
To request a FREE estimate just enter your contact information into the form above or call us at 1-866-966-9939 and we’ll connect you with up to (3) three pre-screened an background checked companies right away.*
Our list of recommended companies will be notified of your request and get in touch with you within 24 to 48 hours. You’ll also receive an email with a link to a web page with a list of the companies you can be expecting to hear from, with all of their contact information and read ratings and reviews from other homeowners who’ve used them in the past.
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 as you’re driving, and it’s easy to see... there is no shortage of concrete repair contractors. There’s no large up front investment required, no special skills required, no testing required... nothing.
Now, that’s not meant to demean the good and honest driveway repair contractors out there... not at all. There are some very honest, hard working folks in the concrete repair business. But because it IS so easy to get into, there are many concrete repair contractors that start up and within months or even just weeks, they’re out of business. They’re here today and gone tomorrow leaving many homeowners with poor work and non existent warranties. It can be VERY easy to unknowingly hire the wrong concrete contractor.
To top it off... did you also know that concrete repair and sealing ranks as one of the most fraudulent industries in the country? There’s little or virtually zero regulation of the concrete repair and sealing industry. Concrete repair scams can be found just about everywhere. Yes, unfortunately... even in the Crystal Lake area. More people get ripped off by unethical and inexperienced concrete repair contractors than just about any other industry out there.And the worst part is... most people don’t even realize it until it’s too late!
Think about it... how many Concrete Driveways does the average homeowner have repaired in a lifetime? One... maybe two? Therefore, most homeowners don’t understand the proper concrete repair techniques that will last any significant length of time.
This is where it really gets bad.
The unethical concrete contractors know this. They know most people don’t understand the intricacies of concrete repair services, so they take advantage of that fact. They know when we ask them questions, they can simply reply with answers we want to hear, rather than giving us the honest answers.. The unethical concrete contractors assure us they’ll do a great job, but then conveniently leave out the most important details. Then, when they perform the work, they cut corners to save time and money, and increase their profits. They know their work will last just long enough to outlive their warranty and by the time we realize we’ve paid for a bad job, weeks or months down the road, they’re already long gone... they’re nowhere to be found. They already have our hard earned money!
Unfortunately, we end up spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more on additional repairs. And the worst part is, we end up with a driveway that looks patchy and blotchy from multiple repairs and mismatched colors.
Patching over areas where the concrete should be removed and replaced. Instead, they repair the concrete with a thin layer of overlay material that will not withstand normal wear and tear and fail within a couple of months or even weeks! This is also known as a "skin patch". It’s simply just a band-aid patch job that will last just long enough for the contractor to get paid and get out of there.
Perform concrete crack repair with products that do absolutely nothing to prevent water from penetrating them which ends up causing further damage to the concrete in the future.
Watering down and diluting concrete sealers way beyond manufacturer specifications to get more coverage with less material, thus increasing their profits. This does very little to protect your concrete driveway and simply increases the frequency that it will need to be sealed.
Diluting solvent based concrete sealers way beyond manufacturer specifications to get more coverage with less material, thus increasing their profits. This also does very little to protect your concrete driveway and simply increases the frequency that it will need to be sealed. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most common concrete sealing scams out there!
This concrete driveway should have been removed and replaced in order to be repaired properly, but because this contractor didn’t offer remove and replacement services they SOLD this homeowner on installing an overlay instead. They promised them that a concrete overlay would be the best most cost effective option. The existing cracks that were in the driveway are reflecting through and crumbling, the overlay is peeling and chipping, and it’s not lasting near as long as it should. Now... this concrete repair contractor is nowhere to be found. Their stellar 3 year warranty is non existent!
Putting too much trust in an inexperienced contractor is just not worth it. Worse... making the mistake of hiring a concrete repair contractor or concrete sealing company that ends up just ripping us off.
How does a person choose a concrete repair contractor and be certain they have adequate experience? How does a person choose the right concrete company and be certain they’re not going to mislead us? How can someone be sure that the concrete contractor they want to hire hasn’t ripped other homeowners off in the past? How can someone be sure the concrete contractor they hire has the proper licensing and insurance? How much does concrete repair, sealing or overlays cost when it’s done the right way? Is the contractor going to dilute the sealing material and increase their profits or are they going to apply it at manufacturer’s specifications? Is the contractor going to suggest an overlay when the concrete should be removed and replaced? Is the contractor going to overlay the concrete to thin?
These are all questions that most of us ask, but really have no way of knowing or verifying. To do such extensive background verification can require days of research, time and money. Unfortunately, with little or no knowledge of concrete repair, there’s just no guarantee that the job will turn out right if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Here at AllAboutDriveways.com, we’ve been in the driveway business for well over 2 decades and during that time we’ve installed and maintained thousands of residential driveways. We started this website to help homeowners save time and money and avoid the pitfalls of unethical and poor concrete repair, overlay, sealing and other maintenance services.
Everything you need to know is right here, in one place, on this website. Patrick, consumer advocate at TrustPatrick.com and creator of AllAboutDriveways.com, shares his decades of experience and provides transparent, unbiased facts and details about all phases of concrete driveway repair, sealing, overlays, patching, crack repairs and basic overall concrete driveway maintenance.
Just a few minutes of research on our website has the potential of saving years of headaches and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on unnecessary concrete driveway maintenance and repairs. As a matter of fact, getting answers to the most frequently asked questions about concrete driveway repair, maintenance, sealing and overlays 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 repair company in Crystal Lake.
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All contractors must provide current and ongoing proof of General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance. This way if any property is damaged or an employee is hurt while installing your new asphalt driveway you know you’re covered. As a Certificate Holder, we’re notified immediately if one of our members insurance is cancelled or has lapsed. That contractor is then immediately removed from our list until insurance is reinstated.
All contractors must be properly licensed in the state, counties and cities that they perform asphalt driveway paving. **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 asphalt driveway paving.
All contractors must agree to perform asphalt driveway installation services at or above manufacturer’s specifications and deliver an exceptional customer experience. No driveway paving contractor is immune to our guidelines. 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.
Only contractors who agree to our strict guidelines will be listed as an official member of our Exclusive Contractor Referral List. Contractors who don’t adhere to these guidelines will be immediately removed as one of our recommended companies.
We take our job and your protection very serious. There is absolutely no one that goes to the extent that we do to provide you with peace of mind. The entire pre-screening process can take up to 7-10 days before we approve and recommend a company.
As a matter of fact, out of all of the concrete repair and sealing contractors there in Crystal Lake , very few, and sometimes none, are willing to endure our vetting process.
The only concrete repair contractors we recommend are only companies that 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 repair or concrete sealing services that will last.