When selecting a vendor for your concrete project, it’s important to choose wisely. You need someone who will provide you with concrete that performs, responds quickly, and won’t break your bank. Below are five characteristics that you should look for in a concrete vendor:
1. Someone with a location close to you
This may seem like an obvious trait, but let us explain exactly why this is so important. The farther away a concrete plant is from your location, the greater the risk of a problem. This is because according to the American Concrete Institute, concrete needs to be poured from the truck within the first 300 revolutions of the truck, or first hour and a half of being batched. Therefore, the farther away you are, the greater the chance that the truck will not make it in time to pour the concrete without a problem.
Not only is it risky, but the longer the distance, the more you’ll have to pay for transportation. That’s why with 24 locations across Louisiana, Port Aggregates can service your concrete project wherever you may be.
2. Someone that can be flexible
In the concrete industry, it’s normal for uncertainties like weather to call for a change of plan. Because of this, it’s very important that your vendor is flexible and able to work with you around any potential obstacles. Their quickness to act and response to change will be an absolute necessity.
3. Someone who has references of previous work
The best way to predict how your project will turn out with a certain vendor is to check their references. Ask people you trust around your area for recommendations, or look online for pictures of previous work. You can check out some of our past projects on the Port Aggregates Facebook page. We are proud of our work and aren’t afraid to show it off.
4. Someone who offers a fair price
Given all the factors involved, does the price seem fair? You will need to judge this against the above characteristics, the total opportunity cost, as well as your budget.
5. Someone with backup equipment
In your quest for a concrete vendor, make sure to choose someone with lots of backup equipment, like multiple concrete trucks, large amounts of concrete available, and plenty of staff. In the event that something happens to break down, we are prepared. Not only will this help decrease the inconvenience in these situations, but more trucks and equipment also equates to more availability, in turn allowing for your project to be completed without the wait.