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Concreters are tradespeople who specialise in the placement, installation and finishing of concrete for various uses. Concrete can be used in a wide variety of applications including housing slabs, roads, footpaths, construction and many others. Concreters are trained in how to properly prepare a job site which includes excavation and formwork.

What does a concreter do?

Concreters can do many different things involving concrete. Depending upon their specialty, concreters can achieve an array of spectacular outcomes that can assist you in creating your dream space.
- Formwork: This is the framework that will contain the concrete after it has been poured. The framework holds the concrete in its final form allowing it to dry in the desired shape.
- Driveways & Footpaths: Whilst traditionally concreted driveways have been grey, more modern concreters can make use of differing patterns and colours to create various looks and finishes. Ensure you use a qualified and licensed concreter to ensure adequate expansion joints are used to prevent cracking.
- Stenciling: Concreters are able to finish concrete with stencils to change the appearance of the concrete. This can give it the look of pavers, stones or even wood! With the use of different colours, most effects are easily achieved when used in combination with coloured concrete, exposed aggregate or stamping.
- Sealing: A licensed and qualified concreter can seal your concrete to help maintain its pristine finish for years to come. When sealing the concrete, a chemical barrier is applied to the concrete to prevent water from getting into the concrete (yes, concrete has lots of little holes!). The addition of this chemical barrier also helps increase the tread on the concrete making it safer.
- Slabs: Regardless if your slab is for a new house, granny flat or garage, you want to ensure it’s done right to prevent cracking and sinking. Professional concreters who are licensed are able to utilise their extensive training to ensure that your job is done in accordance with building regulations and ensure that it will do its job for many years to come.
- Walls and Pools: Concreters can not only poor concrete horizontally, but also vertically! This is great for lining a new pool or building retaining walls in the garden. With the use of creative formwork, concreters can create the finish and design to compliment your space.
- Concrete Alterations and Repairs: Got an old and tired driveway or holes in your footpath? A concreter can not only repair any holes or crack, they can also spray on additional concrete to create a totally new look! This allows the use of exposed aggregate, stencilling, coloured concrete and stamping. When renovating a house, this can really lift the external appearance of you house and adding greater value.
With a wide variety of finishes available, concreting can be used just about any area as a foundation, floor covering, wall or retaining feature. Concrete is available as standard, coloured, stamped, stencilled, polished, exposed aggregate, grinded & pebblecrete. If you are looking at renovating your garden, driveway, footpaths, patios, pool surrounds or just about any other area, call a licensed concreter.

Choosing a Concreter

When choosing a concreter, there are a few basic checks that you need to do when to ensure a quality job with little stress.
1. Is the concreter qualified & licensed? Qualified and licensed concreters help ensure a quality job that is compliant with government regulations. Whilst licensing details do vary from state to state, ensure you check with your local building or trades commission to get the exact details. In some states, small jobs or residential under $20,000 do not need to be licensed (WA).
2. Are they insured? Check to insure that they have the relevant insurance coverage for themselves and any work they do. This includes Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance.
3. Correct Paperwork. Written quotes and guarantees, certificates of installation are a few of the necessary documents that the concreter can provide. These should be provided at the completion of the job and before the concreter leaves the jobsite. These documents ensure that the work has been done by a qualified concreter and may be required for insurance, building inspections or on resale of your home.
4. Warranty. Ensure that you receive a copy of the concreter’s written warranty. This document will tell you exactly what is under warranty and what is not. Also ask what actions are required by you to maintain the warranty. This may include regular inspections or periodical resealing of certain types of concrete.
As with any other trade, ensure you understand what the concreter will be doing before they commence the job, how long it will take and the costs. Finally, ensure you get multiple quotes for your job and ensure the quotes are based on the same information for ease of comparison.