Interlocking stone is a versatile, durable and good looking addition to any commercial or residential property. Not only does it resist the cracking that tends to be seen with other landscaping materials, it’s easily repaired if problems do occur. However, ensuring the stones are properly laid in the first place is your best insurance against damage or costly repairs. Here’s a list of what you should be looking for when choosing an interlocking stone contractor.
Probably the biggest guarantee of a job well done is when a contractor is willing to stand behind their work and offer a warranty on their services. Having the piece of mind that any future problems will be taken care of can be worth the price of the work in the first place.
Insurance and Licensing
Make sure to ask for proof of a business license, insurance and any other industry certifications. Although it may seem like a formality, this small step can save a lot of headache. Follow this up by checking for any charges or convictions involving the provincial Consumer Protection Act.
Experience And References
Experience matters when it comes to laying interlocking stones. Improper installation is the leading cause of future problems. Ask the contractor for specifics regarding the experience of the company and crew. Also ask for customer testimonials. In this day and age, a simple search of the Internet can provide valuable insight into the contractor’s reputation and work ethics.
Question the contractor about the costs of future servicing including check up schedules, ongoing maintenance or touch ups and repairs. Ideally this service won’t be required, but knowing the contractor is available if problems do arise will ensure the installation will last as long as it should.
Interlocking stones can be laid out in a myriad of ways depending on the working space available. Having your contractor be part of this process will ensure your ideas align with the eventual outcome. Make sure you’re both involved in the design and layout planning stages to prevent any costly surprises.
Find out where your contractor sources their materials. Ending up with an additional shipping bill because of imported material might be something you’re not prepared to face. That said, if you have special requests or requirements, it’s good to know your contractor is able to cater to your needs.