Sometimes, You've Gotta Build

3 Questions To Ask A Potential Masonry Contractor

If you want a retaining wall built on your property,  you might want it to be made out of brick or stone, which means that you need to hire a masonry contractor to do the work for you. When you hire a contractor to do the work for you, you want to know that you are getting someone who is reliable and will only need to do the work once because they do it right the first time. You should ask the contractor some questions before you hire them so that you can make the most informed choice.  


You should ask the masonry contractor if they specialize or if they are more of a generalist. If you have decided that you want a brick retaining wall, you don't want to hire a contractor who specializes in stone. You are more likely to get the results that you want from a contractor who specializes in the building material of your choice or one who is a generalist. Each building material is going to have its own quirks, so someone who doesn't work with it often is going to have issues when those quirks start to show up. 


You should also ask the contractor if they have references that they can show you that will attest to their work. That can be the names of other people who have had work done or a full portfolio with pictures and testimonials. The reason that you want to see references is that you will get better information about how well the contractor does their job and how good the final product is. Having the opinions of other people for who the contractor has done work can help you feel good about your decision. 


Your contractor should carry insurance, so you should ask them to show you proof of it. That insurance should cover any of their employees and any injuries that they may incur while on the job. Their insurance should also cover their work in case something happens to it in a given time period after it has been finished. 

A retaining wall can be either functional or decorative or both. But you need to have the right person build the wall for you. That means you need to hire a masonry contractor who can come out, give you a quote, and build your wall for you. Asking a few questions before you hire the contractor can help you choose the one that is best for your needs. 

Reach out to a masonry contractor to learn more.