Q: WHAT IS CONCRETE RESTORATION?
Concrete Restoration is the process of repairing concrete and restoring it to its original appearance. Filling in a crack in a concrete sidewalk is a repair. Filling in a crack in a concrete sidewalk and restoring it to its original appearance is concrete restoration.
Q: IS CONCRETE RESTORATION LIKE ANY OTHER CONCRETE JOB?
No. Concrete restoration is a specialized area of construction. It requires specialized management; specialized equipment; specialized materials and procedures.
Q: IF WE NEED CONCRETE RESTORATION, WHAT ARE THE STEPS WE NEED TO UNDERTAKE TO GET THIS PROJECT MOVING FORWARD?
First, the association board needs to hire a structural engineer who can submit an evaluation to the Board of Directors that will detail his recommendations and findings. If the association moves forward with the concrete restoration, it should consider using the structural engineer to perform inspections and work with the local building department.
Second, after the Board decides to move forward, the association needs to solicit bids for the estimated scope of work from qualified contractors. You need to make sure that the contractors submit their bids in accordance with the engineers specifications. Also, consider using the engineer in this process.
Third, the contractor you choose is vital to your project. Make sure you get references, a list of past and current projects, the contractors licenses, insurance coverage’s and the contractor’s bonding capacity. You need to spend time to check out all of the information provided by the contractor. Is the insurance still in force? Are there any complaints against the contractor? You need to perform your due diligence.
Fourth, after the contractor has been selected, a contract needs to be reviewed. Do not sign the contract until your attorney has approved it. NOTE: A unit cost contract has become the standard contract billing format for concrete restoration work. Under this type of billing, the association pays only for repairs that are actually completed based on square footage, linear footage, or in some repairs, cubic footage.
Fifth, after the contract is signed, the association’s engineer needs to make on-going inspections throughout the job.
Q: WHEN WILL THE ASSOCIATION GET ITS RELEASE OF LIEN?
After making each payment, the association should receive a partial waiver and release of lien from the contractor and a partial waiver and release of lien from all contractors and suppliers that served a Notice To Owner.
Q: WHAT IS THE USUAL WARRANTY FOR CONCRETE RESTORATION?
The warranty on concrete restoration projects is normally five years on concrete repairs and waterproofing.