Featuring Jennifer Cutrona, Sales Manager
Jennifer, you have been selling poured-in-place now for 6 years. From your experience, what would you like your customers to know about choosing poured-in-place surfacing for their project?
Good question. I think once they decide to use PIP surfacing, it is important for them to understand the elements and choices that drive costs up. This can relate to change orders, rubber color and thickness, binder type, design, and edge detail.
In construction, changes are often costly. What are some examples of common change orders and how can they be avoided?
Common problems seen early in the construction phase are the subgrade level being too high or low or the play equipment being set too high or low for clearance requirements. Sometimes a slab is poured in an irregular shape excluding some of the critical fall height area. These issues can cost time and money. Another common mistake is not communicating site access problems. If a tractor trailer can't get close to the site to drop off material, this can cause a lot more work and time. Another problem we often see on job sites is equipment post holes either left unfilled or filled with loose dirt that has not been compacted. This will cause sink holes around the poles later. This can be a huge problem if not addressed before the PIP is installed. I guess the best way to avoid these problems is communication and experience. We try to ask all the right questions and stay in contact with the customer.
You mentioned rubber color and thickness can make a difference in cost. Can you elaborate on that?