On jobs over 5,000 square feet, I can now match most quotes for pavement (blacktop, asphalt, etc). Today I was giving a price for a large playground all purpose court, when I realized that I was well over my clients budget. She had been received a quote for asphalt, which on larger jobs in the past had been too low for me to reasonably compete with due to material costs. However; I made a phone call to the concrete sales manager, and VOILA!! On large jobs (over 60 yards) when I need to compete with asphalt, he said they will give me a considerable discount on my concrete price so that I can start being more competitive on larger jobs. Here is a factitious scenario to illustrate how to get a much better product at the same price! (Not many people would argue that concrete is less maintenance, much stronger, and better looking that asphalt).
Billy Bob wants 8,000 square feet.
4 inches of compacted stone = $2,000
2 inches of asphalt = $8,000
Grading and labor = $4,000
Total Price = $14,000
Price per foot = $1.75
(preventative maintenance soon to follow!!)
98 Yards of Concrete (4 inches @3,000 PSI) = $9,016
Grading/compacting and Labor = $5,000
Total Price = $14,016
Price per foot = $1.752 !!!!
If you have a big job, don’t assume that concrete is too expensive! Give me a chance to quote it and get a bulk price reduction from the concrete supplier. Obviously, this pricing would never work on jobs under 60 yards, but on the big ones we can always give it a try!