The best concreters in Canberra

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Elvin Group, one of Canberra’s most recommended concreters. Photo: Elvin Group Facebook.

Second only to water, concrete is the single most used material on earth – and it is easy to understand why. As a building material concrete strength improves over time, it is built to last.

For the most part concrete resists weathering and erosion and needs little maintenance. It creates firm foundations, stable slabs, and offers excellent support for structures great and small. Concrete can also be beautiful! Suspended slabs are the backbone for some of Canberra’s architectural delights, and our landscapes glisten from Deakin to Dunlop with decorative concrete features.

So, if you’re looking for a top-notch concrete contractor in the Canberra region you have come to the right place. Whether your concreting needs are residential, commercial, or industrial, there is no doubt that you are seeking excellence from the piers up.

The challenge however is making a confident decision when you really only know what you’ve paid for once it is poured. Fortunately, we have selected a curated list of the best concrete contractors in the region. These companies can do it all, from driveways and slabs, to tennis courts, entire car parks and more.

What makes a great concreter?

The best concreters are not only highly skilled and experienced trades, they are specialists in delivering top notch finished products that are structurally sound and stand the test of time. Here are our tips on finding a great concrete contractor:

  • Qualified, licensed, insured. When seeking a concreter trade qualifications and appropriate licencing are key. The best concreters hold a trade qualification in concreting, formwork, or construction carpentry at TAFE. They will also operate with a building license issued the ACT Planning and Land Authority. If your contractor also works in surrounding NSW, they will hold a General Concreting licence issued by Fair Trading. Last, and by no means least, ensure your concreter is adequately insured. Chemicals used in concreting can be toxic and operations dangerous, so request for proof of their public liability insurance.
  • Highly experienced. A concrete contractor with over five years experience can signify that you are dealing with a stable trade with a reliable commitment. Experienced teams are smooth operators, completing jobs as safely as possible – and to high standards. Moreover, an experienced contractor can more readily attend to any challenges and is more likely to provide the right advice for the pour and thereafter.
  • Great reputation. While expertise is always key, reputation goes a long way to assessing your concreters credentials. An experienced concrete contractor will have a proven track record of consistently producing high-quality projects. While supplied testimonials are useful, reviews on third party websites and past customer reviews are most beneficial. This is so important as erroneous pours can not only reduce stability, but also be costly to repair in the years that follow.
  • Solid portfolio. To get a good steer on the type of projects your contractor delivers request to view their portfolio. Some may specialise in large scale commercial, while others are more suited to residential projects. Ensure you seek a contractor with experience delivering projects akin to your own. Doing this will ensure they are well equipped to handle any issues that arise. A quick review their portfolio will allow you to assess their compatibility with your project, and also assess the quality of finish.
  • Tight project management. As with many trades, concreting works require comprehensive scheduling of people, tasks, and material. Given the sensitive nature of mixed concrete, finding a contractor that can efficiently manage a project is key. Sub-standard formwork and a late pour can compromise quality and structural integrity. The best concrete contractors will provide comprehensive schedule plans with transparency over head count and time frames.

Important essentials to check before engaging a concreter

To ensure a quality installation to avoid a mediocre contractor spend a couple of minutes to review the following:

  1. Confirm that the concreter runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
  2. Ensure your concreter holds an appropriate builders licence by checking the Access Canberra list of Licenced Builders.
  3. Verify that the concreter hold the appropriate level of public liability insurance.
  4. Be clear on contracted inclusions, terms, and conditions.

The best concreters in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Elvin Group

Elvin Group

Founded locally in the 1970’s by husband and wife duo Tom and Leonie Elvin, Elvin group has grown from humble beginnings to a multi divisional organisation anchored in concreting supply.

The success over their forty-year history is testament to a clear strategy anchored in customer centricity, quality products, dependable service, and giving back to the community.

It is through this commitment that Elvin Group have been able to thrive, growing their wheelhouse in concrete supply to extend across four distinctive divisions.

With a specialisation in pre-mix concrete the group boasts not one, but two, concrete plants strategically located at Mitchell and Hume. Boasting a comprehensive range of civil, decorative, and standard concrete mixes they cater to every possible end use from curbs and slabs, all the way through to coloured, exposed, and polished finishes.

Their expertise is demonstrated through the diversity of their project portfolio containing civil works, small residential, all the way through to large scale commercial.

Moreover, Elvin Group’s fleet of concrete trucks allow them to service the ACT region with ease. With mini trucks to extra-large loaders, Elvin is well placed to fulfill all manner of residential and commercial projects.

Their full-service offering extends to the supply of steel related products used in concreting. The Fastreo division supplies trench mesh and supports, square mesh, and t bars, in addition to a range of complimentary building products.

Finally, Elvin also boasts a concreters warehouse. With products available for pick up delivery, the warehouse stocks a comprehensive range of concreting tools such as benders and cutters, along with many finishing accessories.

For season expertise and all concreting needs under the one roof look to Elvin Group.

Mark Foster shared this great review on Google, Just great to deal with. Wonderful staff.”

7 Cheney Place
Mitchell ACT 2911

Gungahlin Concrete Services

With highly skilled tradespeople, a fleet of industry-leading machinery, and the best quality tools, Gungahlin Concrete Services are one of the leading concreting companies in the Canberra region.

Committed to project success, safety, and client satisfaction, the team uses their 20 plus years of on-the-job experience to help residential, commercial, and industrial clients with their concreting needs.

From excavation and site preparation, to new slabs of all forms, concrete pumping and decorative services Gungahlin Concrete Services are a great choice.

Simon Parr shared his feedback on Google, Professional concrete services covering large commercial as well residential needs with a fleet of modern concrete pumps.”

Ellcon Concrete

Established by owner operator Steve Elliot forty years ago, Ellcon Concrete deliver some of the best concreting solutions across Canberra. They pride themselves on delivering quality as sound as their slabs; and have an excellent reputation for doing just that.

Catering to clients from all sectors Ellcon Concrete supply and install new concrete for primary structures, along with secondary structures like driveways and pathways. With a highly experienced team and application of advanced methods Ellcon Concrete are a great choice.

Tom Ryan shared this review of Ellcon Concrete on Google, Great to deal with, 100% recommend.”

Concrete Makeovers

Established in 2003 by owner operators Phil Page and Todd Royal, Concrete Makers are a local concreting small business offering specialised services for residential and commercial premises.

As their name suggests, Concrete Makeovers offers comprehensive repair and refurbish services. Moreover, they also install new concrete for driveways, footings, and house slabs and add decorative finishes like stencils and coloured concrete. Notably, they offer Kwik Kerb, a superior edging product. For exception service, quality finishes and competitive pricing look to Concrete Makeovers.

Lucinda McIntyre had this to say about Concrete Makeovers on Google, Todd and Phil were great to deal with. On time, affordable, honest, and provided a great finished product. I can highly recommend Concrete Makeovers.”

PC Concreting Canberra

PC Concerting Canberra is a locally owned family business operating in Canberra and surrounds. As a one-stop solutions for all concreting needs they cater to both commercial and residential projects.

PC Concreting offers an array of new concrete products from slabs to driveways and retaining walls. Additionally, they also offer resurfacing, cutting, grinding, and edging

With years of experience and demonstrable craftsmanship you can rest assured you are in very capable hands.

Robert Small left this review on Google, Great job extending our existing driveway. Competitively priced, professional service and high attention to detail.”

If you’re looking for more information on concreters in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best bricklayers, the best builders and renovators and the best landscapers, or these articles on the best plumbers and the best electricians Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with concreters in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the concreters listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do concreters need to be licensed in the ACT?

In the ACT, concreters are required to hold one or four building licenses issued by the ACT Planning and Land Authority. Should your contractor also operate in surrounding NSW, they will also be required to hold a General Concreting license issued by Fair Trading.

How much does a cubic metre of concrete cost?

Generally, concrete can cost anywhere from $200 to upwards of $400 per cubic metre. Prices can vary based on the nature and strength of concrete and the size of the project. Note this is typically the cost of material only, to which labour costs should be added. Approximate labour costs can range from $60 to $80+ per hour.

What is the difference between cement and concrete?

Although often used interchangeably, cement is an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates, often sand, gravel, or stone; paste, comprised of cement and water; along with any additives to strengthen the end product.

Can it be too hot or too cold to pour concrete?

Temperature extremes can make it difficult for freshly poured concrete to cure properly. Hot weather can lead to too much water loss through evaporation, while cold weather can slow hydration altogether. Under these conditions the concrete can fail to gain strength, amongst other problems. Some experts suggest that the ideal temperature range for pouring sits between 10 to 30 degrees celsius. Check in with your concreter for advice on pouring for specific weather conditions.

How long does concrete take to cure?

The curing time for concrete varies based on pouring weather, type of construction, volume, and overall composition of the mixture. Generally speaking; concrete takes about 28 days to achieve standard strength. Always consult your concreter for cure times and advice.

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Ricky Simpson11:24 pm 22 Jun 21

With over 22 years’ experience in the Concrete Cutting industry, you can rest assure that RDA Concrete Cutting will provide quality services, at competitive rates, every time! We value every one of our clients and ensure that we provide them with the best possible prices and prompt service.

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My wife and i had a great experience using for our aggregate driveway – very professional team, and Tim was a pleasure to work with.

Used Pete from Ghunghalin concrete for a commercial multi unit job in Turner. They laid 1000sqm in a day no worries. Its worth hiring them just to hear the shit his boys say to each other. Hilarious!

Josh Van Dunk8:33 am 14 Nov 19

We have specific quotes, no headaches and deliver quality services. Choose Concrete Masters Canberra for your next project.

Lyndall Gerlach4:35 pm 29 Aug 17

We have been renovating our home for a while and have dealt with a lot of building professionals but none as good as these.
I have just enjoyed having Rick from “the Concrete and Paving Professionals’ rip up our old drive way and make a new driveway and entrance path to our home. The design wasn’t easy as we are on a slope and they had to make all the levels match. Not only was the quote very reasonable (the best of three quotes), he and his team turned up on time, were fast clean and tidy. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The result is simply stunning and it transformed the look of our home. We are so happy we have gone out of our way to say a good word about these professionals here, they deserve to succeed.

CanberraGal158:53 am 27 Feb 15

Well I can recommend you don’t use JMG Concreting or JMG, as they provided us with an invoice that was well over what was quoted, claimed they had emailed us the quote but had sent it to the wrong email address and wouldn’t budge on the new, overly inflated price. Choose someone else.

Beau_concretor10:07 am 20 Oct 14

Hi I am a concretor I have 8 yrs exp if needed I could come do a quote on the driveway and take it from there thanks beau.

Wendy Durran2:35 pm 12 Nov 21

How much do you charge per sq metre. Needing slab put down

Hi, Great question, the new driveway is next on my list, but am very concerned about costs? any ballpark figures available? and does anyone know if you need planning approval to put circular section in (i.e – a new entrance section as well? )

plausibly_deniable6:13 pm 02 Nov 12

We had Gungahlin Concrete do a solid job for us, on a 12-unit development, including carting away the horrible old stuff. They seem to do mostly commercial work but their website says “there is no job too big or small that we can’t handle”.

I’ve been using Mt Nez Concreting and Landscaping at my place. Good pricing, good blokes and have done a good job.

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