By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: September 2015
Kalan Paul, owner of LCI Concrete.
A driveway that is pitted and stained, with grass growing between the cracks, instantly steals curb appeal from a home. Not to mention the safety hazard of walking over an uneven surface from tree roots under the drive.
LCI Concrete can transform this unsightly mess into an attractive, maintenance-free driveway in just one to two days. That’s because LCI specializes in residential replacement driveways. They have been doing drives for 10 years. And, according to owner Kalan Paul, “We do them right the first time. We show up when we say we’re going to show up and we do what we say we’re going to do.”
Kalan takes pride in the sterling reputation the company has earned with the Better Business Bureau and with Angie’s List. But most of all, he is proud of comments like this from his customers: "Excellent experience having LCI replace our driveway. They worked tirelessly all day to complete ahead of spring rains. Our driveway looks superb and we could not be happier. And they are very competitive in pricing. “
Kalan has worked in the construction industry for more than 22 years, starting while a sales manager in the corporate world. He has built custom homes, rehabbed homes and owned rental property. Honesty and integrity is the cornerstone of his business. He shows up on time for appointments. He quotes the same prices for the same job, whether a modest or affluent neighborhood.
His crew, with a combined 30 years’ experience, is also on time. And they are respectful of the property and owner. They typically remove the old drive, set the new one—always with rebar—and clean up, leaving an attractive first impression in just one day.
For a decorative touch, they can add a scored border along the edges or a scored diamond pattern. All their driveways require no ongoing maintenance.
“It really bothers me,” he says, “when customers tell me stories about two men and a truck that come to town, set up an office in a hotel room and call people with too-good-to-be-true prices. They collect a deposit and then the customer has to hunt for them to get the work started.”
Kalan is deeply rooted in the community, where he and his wife are raising their four adopted children. He is happy when people stop him on the street or in a coffee shop and ask, “Aren’t you the guy who did the driveway at…?”
The LCI website includes a list of addresses where they have replaced driveways. Anyone interested can drive by and take a look before calling. The website also includes many customer accolades, such as:
“Fantastic workmanship all around. The crew showed up as scheduled, was polite got right down to work and worked very hard. They removed the old concrete, installed the forms and poured the new concrete all in one day. They did a fabulous job and were very knowledgeable about the whole process. My lawn looked just as good when they finished as it did when they arrived. They even cleaned the street in front of my house.”
LCI Concrete serves the Tulsa metro area. All calls go directly to Kalan’s cell phone, which he personally answers from 9 till 5, Monday through Friday.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.
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