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For owning brick paver service estimates I’m usually asked about the pricing alternatives to choose from for the restore of brick pavers, walkways, patios and retaining walls and so on. These pricing options can either include �band aid� approach for paver fix or reinstallation of interlocking pavers of retaining walls.
Now it happens to be around the paying out capacity of householders that even if they go for �band aid� method for paver restore or think about investing the massive income for reinstallation of paver undertaking. Because of the price disparity of these approaches, there are considerable questions and angst by the customers.
The �band aid� approach is also known as �cosmetic� approach. The homeowner wants me to just “make it look better” at a minimal cost. I tell customers that the “band aid” approach is a short term repair method that will improve the visual appeal although not necessarily the long expression performance of their brick paver installation. I usually have this request from people that are going to be selling their homes in the near future or if a pressing safety issue exists. Basically this approach is to “cosmetically” repair the paving stones or landscape walls without addressing the sub base below or the major issues that may result in future failures. I will only give a 90 day warranty on these types of repairs. In my opinion this manner for brick paver fix only suit minimal settling or heaves from frost. Make sure you use “band aid” tactic for compact brick restore if they turn out to be obvious. If these minor issues left unattended these can turn into major issues easily.
The other approach to brick paver repairs is to completely reinstall the brick pavers or modular retaining walls from the bottom up. It involves complete removal and reinstallation of base and bedding course rather than replacing or repairing the upper paving stones or blocks. Therefore it can cost far more than �Band aid� approach. The actual saving for customer is product expenditure which can be a great advantage of implementing interlocking brick pavers and modular retaining walls. In reinstallation process I can provide 1 to 2 years guarantee that may touch or even can beat the top brick paver manufacturers like Unilock or Belgard.
It does not makes sense to put $1000 for paver repair service subsequent to a particular has already invested a enormous amount into the construction of patios, driveways or sideways. Brick pavers do require maintenance. You need to spend for yearly maintenance of paving stones and landscape blocks to keep them functional and great looking. It is much better to pay “band aid” prices of $100-$200 each couple of years with brick paver maintenance then to wait 5 years and let the pavers or walls collapse and cost $1000′s to repair.
Costs for Repairing Brick Paver
When it comes to costing out brick paver repairs, it really is a subjective method of pricing. There are two common approaches I offer clients that need their brick pavers repaired.
The first one is Job Cost approach. This is usually a single total “job” price. For sake of argument, there may be several pricing options that determines the final total price, but for the most part, this will be the whole rate the consumer pays just after the paver repairs are completed. This brick paver repair job cost should cover all labor & materials and mention any possible unforeseen costs that may occur. During the brick pave repair or retaining wall repair some products will not be reusable. So I will definitely give the brick paver replacement receipt for reimbursement. In case of unexpected expenses first I cover the cost then I move ahead for paver repairs. No one wants to pay a bill not discussed during the project. Almost 90% of my paver repair projects are covered within the Job Cost quoted.
The second one is Hourly Rate approach. This approach should not be accepted by a brick paver repair client unless they have total TRUST of their brick paver contractor! This approached refers towards open end final cost. I assures the supply of total material cost reimbursement with their receipts in hand. The difficult part is letting the customer know an exact range of hours needed to complete the brick paver repairs. I am within an hour or so on smaller paver repairs and usually within 5 hours on large paver repairs. I supply the exact hourly rate for all projects of brick paver repair service. This type of costing the brick paver repair can be risky for both sides so it’s superior to contact customer daily for explaining the tasks done. It must be explained to clientele that the time required to obtain the material and then unloading it at the site is included within this hourly rate job. But lunch time and material loading by the end of each day is not included in my hourly job rate. This approach of costing is the fairest approach to brick paver repairs as long as both parties TRUST each other!
The expense required for brick paver service is just like a necessary evil each house owner has to tolerate to secure his investment into brick pavers and retaining walls. It can be a very emotional decision for a consumer to acknowledge your brick paver quote for repairs. It is important to select the best costing option before you start for brick paver restore.