3 Tips for Comparing Stone Restoration Bids

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Choosing a stone restoration contractor by comparing bids based only on price can be a costly mistake. There are other essential factors to consider before you make a decision. Here are three tips for comparing stone restoration bids.

1. Does your contractor understand your particular type of stone?

Although there are similarities between marble, granite, travertine, and other types of stone, there are also differences that require specific restoration processes. Janitorial and cleaning companies may provide valuable services, but their technicians are rarely adequately trained, qualified, or experienced when it comes to natural stone restoration. Even some stone restoration companies may have little or no experience with your specific type of natural stone. Be sure to ask what your prospective contractor knows about your stone. They may offer the cheapest price, but in the wrong hands, your stone could end up with poor quality results or problems such as dimpled or wavy surfaces.

2. Are there hidden costs not included in the bid?

Basic stone restoration involves honing to remove surface damage and polishing to restore the finish of the stone. Your prospective contractor may not have included other procedures necessary to make your stone look brand new again in the bid. For example, does your stone have deep scratches, chips, or cracks? If the bid only includes honing and polishing, the contractor is not legally obligated to do special repair work. Does your stone need to be sealed? If so, check if the sealer application is included in the bid.  Based on the requirements of your stone project, good polishing may be all that’s needed to restore the beauty of your natural stone.  In other cases, to remove deep gouges and scratches, the stone company will have to use special honing procedures which adds to the cost of the project.  Make sure you convey what your expectations are when meeting with a stone contractor so that they are able to meet your expectations and budget.

3. Will the contractor be able to accommodate your schedule?

Scheduling is essential for many people, but especially for business owners and property managers.  To minimize disruption to the normal routines of employees, guests, and patrons, it’s important to know that your contractor can provide a plan of action that includes a start and finish date, and if necessary, work during the least busy hours or make special accommodations, such as keeping sections of flooring open for traffic while they work. Be sure to communicate your needs and confirm these details before accepting a bid.

Once you’ve taken the time to select contractors and gather bids for your stone restoration project, follow these tips to make an informed decision so that you will be happy with the entire experience, not just the price.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a surpHaces PRO Partner, and a StonePro Restoration Certified.  We are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.  Our cleaning solutions are allergen-free and safe for pets and infants.

For more information on our granite, travertine, marble, or limestone cleaning, polishing, restoration, and sealing services, please visit Tru-Clean Surface Care online at www.TruCleanSurfaceCare.com or call us any time at 239-424-8171.  You can also visit us on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/TruCleanSurfaceCareFL

Tru-Clean Surface Care provides stone cleaning and restoration services throughout Lee, Charlotte, and Collier County, Florida.


This article is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces PRO Partners.