What is a concreter?
Effectively a concreter lays concrete. That may be a concrete driveway, concrete house slab, concrete patio, concrete footpaths and the list goes on. Given that concreting is a highly labour intensive task that needs to be done quickly before the freshly laid concrete is set, concreting is often done by a gang of concreters.
A concreter may have his/her own cement truck or have the cement delivered directly from a supplier such as Boral. Concreters should have their concreting tools and equipment such as concrete screeds, concrete edgers, concrete stencils and of course their trusty concrete mixer.
What types of concrete are there?
The modern day choices for concrete are immense. No longer are you bound by boring bare concrete, todays concreters provide an array of options including:
There are also many treatments that concreters can apply to the concrete to improve aspects such as colour, waterproofing and bonding. You can also ask for concrete additives to be applied to help with anti-slip and dust.
What does a concreter do?
Some of the popular job requests for concreters include:
When concreting, concreters perform a number of tasks including:
What does a concreter cost?
Concreters buy their concrete by the cubic metre so therefore need to calculate the volume of concrete that will be required for your concreting job. The length and width of the area to be concreted are rather easy to calculate giving you the square metres of concrete required. Concreters traditionally charge you by the square metre to make it easy for everyone involved. However, when you are provided with a square metre rate be sure to check that they have applied the appropriate thicknesses for the concrete. The following minimum thicknesses should apply:
An estimate of standard square metre charges by concreters are:
As an example a standard 70 square metre driveway will cost between $3,800 and $5,000. The same driveway with coloured concrete will cost between $4,300 and $6,000.
What do consider before hiring a concreter
The key to getting a good concreter at a good price is being prepared and having your specifications ready. If you have done your research and have a clear idea of exactly what you require then concreters will be competing for your job. You should have specifciations of:
You should also consider timing, if you're undertaking a major building or renovation project when is the right time to have your concreting done? Can you ensure that you're new driveway will not be damaged by other tradespeople?
How to find a concreter
Service Central makes it easy to find a concreter. Simply fill out this form: Get quotes from concreters. Service Central will notify the local concrete companies, and those that are available and interested in your concrete job will call you back.
What to ask a concreter
For a large concreting project you should have clear specifications and ask each concreter to quote on your specifications. That way you will have up to 3 quotes that you can compare like for like.
When assessing who to choose for your concrete project also ask:
How to choose a concreter
By comparing like for like quotes from concreters you are able to determine who has the best price for you. However, you should also take into consideration quality and reliability when choosing a concreter. If the concreter is registered with Service Central you can view his/her online business profile which includes feedback from their previous clients. A combination of price and quality will guide you as to which concreter is right for your concreting job.
For a comprehensive list of concreting information, please head to Service Central's Concreting Page.
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Excellent information here, thank you.over a year ago by Timmy
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