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The Important Questions to Ask When Hiring a Masonry Contractor

Friday, September 14th, 2018

When looking for a masonry contractor, it is important to ask questions about their expertise and experience!

When you are looking for a masonry contractor for your next project, you want only the best. It can be difficult to sort through a number of possible contractors and try to figure out which one will give you the best quality for your money. When are you looking for a masonry contractor, here are some of the important questions you should ask to help narrow down your decision.

Certifications

The first thing you want to do is make sure the masonry contractor you want to hire is certified. This shows that they are legally certified to do the job that you want. If a contractor can’t provide you with their license or certification, cross them off of your options list.

Experience

The type of experience you want your masonry contractor to have varies depending on the specifics of your project. If you know that you want to use brick, you should ask about their experience with brickwork. You also want to inquire about their experience with cutting and laying different patterns so that you know if they can recreate your exact vision.

Time Frame

You want to have your design ideas together when talking to potential contractors so that they can give you a timeframe of how long it’ll take them to finish. If you have a specific time frame that you need it completed by, make that clear in the beginning so that you know your masonry contractor can get the job done by then.

References

One of the best ways to figure out about a masonry contractor is to look up reviews and get references. If a family or friend went to the same contractor, ask them about their experience. They are a lot more likely to give an honest opinion over the contractor that’s trying to sell you their services. Online reviews are also a good way to get more insight about a company. You can ask the contractor directly for references of their past clients and projects.

Insurance

Inquiring about insurance is just as important as making sure the contractor is licensed and certified. Insurance is crucial because if something goes wrong during the construction process, you want to be protected financially. If they do not have insurance, do not even consider them.

Contact Del Prete Masonry Today for Your Next Construction Project!

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

What To Look For In A Professional Masonry Contractor

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

When you are hiring a professional masonry contractor, you want only the best quality!

The most important thing you need to do when preparing for a hardscaping project is find the right professional masonry contractor that will suit all your wants and needs for the project. You have an idea of what you want done, so there is no reason to settle for a professional masonry contractor that will force you to compromise your vision. You want to make sure that all your money spent on the project was worth it, and only the perfect professional masonry contractor can do that for you, and here is what they look like.

License, Insurance, and References

You do not want to hire any professional masonry contractor before knowing more about their background. The best and most experienced contractors will have several references ready for you to prove their superior work, while non-professionals and inexperienced contractors may be more timid to provide you with any. Consulting friends and family on contractors that they know and like is also a good idea, and is a more trusted reference for you personally. They must also have the proper licensing or else that means they are technically working and handling the equipment illegally, which you do not want. Additionally, in case of any damages occurring, you will want to make sure they are insured so that you are not the one paying for their mistakes.

Can Work With Your Budget

Obviously, not everyone has all the money in the world to funnel into their masonry project. This is why it is crucial to find a professional masonry contractor who can work with the budget that you have. This can be done by gathering quotes from different professional masonry contractors so you have an idea as to how much money you will need to spend to get the project done. You need to find the right professional masonry contractor that will fit perfectly within your budget.

Offers Helpful Advice

Just because you have an idea of what you want, does not mean you completely understand how to go about it or design it. If you hire the right professional masonry contractor, they will be able to assist you in bringing life to your ideas. The perfect professional masonry contractor can help you both install your project and help you properly design it, and even give you advice on how to properly maintain it.

Your Preferred Masonry Restoration Professional Is Del Prete Masonry

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

Understanding Masonry Restoration

Friday, January 19th, 2018
Understanding Masonry Restoration

Masonry Restoration is a true necessity in some cases.

Masonry restoration is an important process that keeps historic buildings and new buildings in great condition. While many people assume that repointing a brick wall is the same as restoration, that’s simplifying the process a little bit too much! Here is what you should know to fully understand masonry restoration. (more…)

What Is Mortar Analysis and Where Is It Used?

Friday, December 8th, 2017
What Is Mortar Analysis and Where Is It Used?

Mortar analysis is used to determine what was used to create mortar at a historic or other site so that it can be recreated.

Mortar analysis is used to determine what was used to create mortar at a historic or other site so that it can be recreated. There are two main types of mortar analysis currently used to determine the components of mortar. (more…)

How to Hire the Best Masonry Contractor

Friday, December 1st, 2017
How to Hire the Best Masonry Contractor

Hiring a masonry contractor can be a stressful process if you aren’t totally sure what you’re doing.

Hiring a masonry contractor can be a stressful process if you aren’t totally sure what you’re doing. However, it’s important to take your time, since the skill of the masonry contractor you select has a direct effect on the quality of the finished product. Here are some of our best tips for hiring the best masonry contractor. (more…)

The Basics Of Placing Concrete Joints

Friday, October 6th, 2017
The Basics of Placing Concrete Joints

Concrete joints are a helpful solution as they improve the look, performance, and structure of the concrete project.

As concrete is often lauded for its durability and strength, some people may not realize that like wood, concrete also shrinks and expands in changing weather. This causes cracks and other defects to the concrete, and could even compromise the integrity of the structure. Concrete joints are a helpful solution as they improve the look, performance, and structure of the concrete project. Here’s the rundown of what concrete joints are and how they will help stabilize your project and create a more durable, long-lasting finished product.   (more…)

The Different Types of Masonry Walls

Friday, September 29th, 2017
The Different Types of Masonry Walls

Masonry walls are known for providing a great deal of strength and lasting long periods of time without being compromised.

Masonry walls are typically the strongest and sturdiest part of any building. Masonry walls are known for providing a great deal of strength and lasting long periods of time without being compromised. Masonry walls also do a great job at helping to regulate the flow of your indoor temperature outside and vice versa. (more…)

The Basics of Repointing a Wall

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
The Basics of Repointing a Wall

The quality of the mortar surrounding your masonry has a direct effect on the stability and longevity of the bricks, so repointing is an essential part of brick wall maintenance.

At some point, every commercial and residential building with beautiful exterior masonry will need to be repointed. Repointing is the process of replacing the mortar in between bricks and prevents the building from water damage. The quality of the mortar surrounding your masonry has a direct effect on the stability and longevity of the bricks, so repointing is an essential part of brick wall maintenance. (more…)

How The Cold Weather Will Impact Masonry

Friday, September 15th, 2017
How the Cold Weather Will Impact Masonry

Stonework and masonry are both affected by cold weather and having a better understanding of what happens to these materials is essential to protecting them and your hard work from the harsh elements.

Cold weather is not usually the most ideal time of year to begin masonry projects. However, if construction began at a milder time of year and is now extending into the colder months or if your schedule just requires it, there are some factors you should consider to get the most quality and function out of your finished product. As we’re currently and rapidly approaching fall, now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge. Stonework and masonry are both affected by cold weather and having a better understanding of what happens to these materials is essential to protecting them and your hard work from the harsh elements. (more…)

What Exactly Is Masonry Restoration?

Friday, September 1st, 2017
What Exactly Is Masonry Restoration?

Masonry restoration is a broad term used to refer to any work on masonry on a home or commercial property that is already standing.

Masonry restoration is a broad term used to refer to any work on masonry on a home or commercial property that is already standing. It can refer to minor repairs in the brick outside or major restoration work on a historical building. Repointing is one of the most essential parts of masonry restoration, but it isn’t the only thing that occurs. Today we’re talking about masonry restoration, and what it is and is not. (more…)