Sifting through online reviews to make the right decision

There are a number of websites out there that present consumer reviews of companies like ours who provide stamped concrete, architectural concrete and concrete driveway solutions.

As a proud service provider with a strong reputation on these sites, Bomanite wants to provide a few words of advice in regards to selecting the right company, in our industry or in others as well. The following advice also pertains to product and restaurant reviews. So please keep the following 4 aspects in mind when reading online reviews.

1) Rating
If a company has a perfect rating, or something too close to perfect that you have to look twice, that could be a warning sign that something is amiss. As much as companies strive for perfection, it’s almost impossible to be perfect. If a company has nothing but perfect reviews, look at the reviewers’ profiles. If they have never posted a rating/review before, or they ONLY post perfect ratings for multiple companies, chances are they’re either not valid, or their review was encouraged and not naturally given.

2) Style and Tone
If a company’s reviews all seem the same, there’s a chance they are written by the same person. In our world, people come from a multitude of different backgrounds. As such, their understanding of English varies, as does their vocabulary. Realistic reviews will have different descriptive words, the odd spelling mistake, different tones and different lengths. Some may describe every detail with Shakespearean prose, while others may write three words in total. This variance is an indication of authentic reviews.

3) What they actually say
If a number of reviews refer to the same themes or specific topics, especially in a row, that can seem suspicious. Some companies are limited in how much can be said about them, but if the content of the reviews are all too similar, take them with a grain of salt.

4) Timing
Some companies are seasonal, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense that they have reviews during their off-season, as most reviews are given almost immediately after the job is complete. Additionally, if the reviews are timed evenly apart, as in almost exactly in a pattern, that could be another flag. Real people post reviews whenever they get a chance. Sometimes three will be posted within a week, sometimes there will be 2-3 months between reviews. Watch for patterns.

The purpose of this blog entry isn’t to make you skeptical of online reviews – they can be very helpful in selecting a company or product you can trust. We just want to help you make a more educated decision when you select the concrete service provider to entrust with your driveway, landscaping or backyard.

And of course, if you’d like to discuss your project, we’re always happy to give you a free quote. Contact us today at 905-265-2500 or toll free at 1-800-331-9754 or visit http://bomanite.ca/

What Exactly is Stamped Concrete?

The world of stamped concrete may appear confusing to some if you are not familiar with it. Maybe it’s your first time with outdoor renovations or maybe you’ve renovated before, but you didn’t know what stamped concrete was. Whatever your situation is, we want to ensure that you feel comfortable with your decisions and are properly informed. We want you to know just what stamped concrete is and why it is different from other materials.

Essentially, stamped concrete is just a type of concrete that replicates other stones such as brick, slate, tile, wood, and so on. Many people call it textured concrete or imprinted concrete. In recent years, the stamped concrete trend has grown as people have become more informed. Stamped concrete is able to provide a multitude of options and patterns for homes or commercial buildings while also being less expensive than the materials that they are reproducing.

Stamped concrete features a wide array of colour options and can be used with other coordinating elements such as exposed aggregate. Complex designs can be achieved in walkways, concrete driveways and even steps. The customizable nature of stamped concrete leaves the options endless and also affordable.

Whether you live in Toronto, Brampton, Woodbridge, or any of the surrounding areas, Bomanite can achieve your stamped concrete services. Contact us today or visit http://bomanite.ca/ for more information.

Hoping For an Early Spring !

Happy February!

So I am pretty sure all of my fellow Torontonians couldn’t be happier with the amazing weather we have been getting. 10 degrees in February I don’t think we could complain this year, especially if we consider what we are usually used to this time of year.

With all this good weather it gives us wishful thinking that we can start our season nice and early this year! Have you started to think of your new summer renovation project yet? Are you considering a new pool deck, patio, or driveway? Why not choose Bomanite! Bomanite has been in the industry of decorative concrete for over 25 years. We don’t just specialized in stamp concrete, we have a variety of different looks that are sure to fit anybody’s personal style. I personally know that all the good winter weather is giving me high hopes for a gorgeous summer. What a great way to entertain with a new stamped concrete patio for all those barbecues we hope to be having.

Give Bomanite a call today or drop by our showroom to see what we have to offer I am sure we won’t disappoint. Fingers crossed this weather stays this way!!

Decorative Concrete

Over the past 25 years plus Bomanite has always been known for our beautiful stamped concrete finishes. It is a classic Bomanite signature and we love the look but over the years Bomanite continues to innovate and branch out into other designs. Now Bomanite is offering finishes such as; exposed, sandscape and limestone.

Stamped is Bomanite’s signature look, it is a poured concrete with colour hardener and release agent with a stamp of your choice that imitates the look of natural stone.

Exposed aggregate is poured concrete with a colour of choice. The difference with exposed aggregate is we expose the stone and it looks as if there is pebbles in the concrete.  Exposed gives a vintage traditional tone that is reminiscent of ancient stone structures, with the stronger, longer-lasting products we’re capable of producing today. Bomanite can provide multiple colours, textures, and aggregate finishes to heighten the overall appearance of the concrete with incredible durability

Sandscape is concrete designed for outdoor applications where an alternative to a conventional concrete finish is required. Sandscape texture can incorporate specialized light fast coloured sands/or natural graded aggregates in the concrete to mix. Sandscape creates a consistent texture and durable hardscape.

Limestone is concrete with colour that is lightly sandblasted which resembles actual limestone. Bomanite offers a stunning looking decorative concrete with Limestone sandblast finish. Our Limestone product is stronger and more resistant to the decreasing/shrinking of the concrete, allowing it to maintain its beauty for much longer.

However whatever your preference might be you can be sure that Bomanite is that right choice for you to do the job. Not only do all of these finishes look outstanding by themselves they also look great combined together. With the help of the Bomanite team you can rest assured that the outside of your home will look amazing. Give us a call today to set up your free at home estimate, our experts will answer all your unanswered questions.