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August 9, 2018

Summer Renovation Projects Part 2

Today we’re continuing our blog articles on summer renovation projects. Summer is a great time to get out there and start a new project. It’s still not too late.

 

  1. Grind and polish your garage pad

If you get any heavy use out of your garage as a workshop or a showcase for your car then you will definitely enjoy the benefits of a floor polishing and grinding. Using advanced grinding and polishing technology we can expose the aggregate in your concrete and give it a hard wearing finish, even a showroom quality finish if you really want to let your rides shine. Benefits include easy cleaning, low maintenance, beautiful appearance, and greater durability.

 

  1. Build a deck/patio

Don’t have a deck or patio? Or is your deck or patio just too small for a good barbeque and drinks with friends and family? Think about building or expanding your patio or deck this season. The woodwork is really not that complex and we can help you with work like prepping and drilling pilings. In a short weekend of work, you could be enjoying the sunshine and a drink of your choice on your brand new build.

 

  1. Do some landscaping

This may seem like a bit of a Spring project but we’re not talking about just planting some flowers or bushes here. If you really want to renovate your yard consider putting in patio stones, rock features, ponds and other landscaping features that will make your yard pop. We can help with your excavation, earthmoving, trenching, and any cutting you might need.

July 20, 2018

Summer Renovation Projects Part 1

Each season offers distinct advantages when it comes to different renovation projects, but few seasons can compete with summer for the sheer number of renovations you can take on because of the great weather. Now is a great time to tackle projects that will save you money year round and get you excited about enjoying your house this summer and for the rest of the year.

 

  1. Install Energy-Efficient Windows

This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. Energy-efficient windows have become cheaper, better and easier to get a hold of for years now. Whether you want to enlarge an existing window, install a new one, or simply replace an old one, this project will make your living spaces (especially your basement) extra livable and they can also save you a bundle in heating and cooling expenses throughout the year. If you’re planning to install a brand new window or enlarge an existing window you can contact us for information on how best to proceed. We’d be happy to take care of any of your concrete cutting needs.

 

  1. Replace/Install an Air Conditioner

Whether your A/C unit has seen better days or you still don’t have one, now is the best time to install a new one and reap the benefits on those hot summer days. While A/C can be expensive it can save you in the long run by making your house more livable. If you’re not spending every night escaping to the mall or outdoor patios you might save a buck and enjoy your home a bit more too! If you need any coring to run lines you can call us for a quote on our core drilling services.

 

  1. Pave your driveway

Alberta winters are hard on our driveways. They can crack and heave and eventually become an unsightly and uneven surface. If you care about your car or use your driveway as part of a workshop then keeping it in good condition is well worth it. Maybe you live in a new development and don’t even have a driveway yet. If that’s the case then now is definitely the time to get a new driveway. Summer is a great time to pour concrete as long as the temperature is not excessive. You might even think about putting in a heated pad for that Winter ice. Whatever you decide, keep Rodeo in mind for any green cutting to keep that fresh concrete looking fresh for years to come.

July 6, 2018

Stampede Spirit

Stampede Spirit. People talk about it all the time but not many people bother to discuss what it means. What does it mean to have Stampede Spirit? Is it partying? Dressing like a cowboy or cowgirl? Is it about remembering the heritage of this great city?

 

For Darryl Romaniuk, the owner of Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. Stampede Spirit has always meant something special. There’s a reason our slogan is “Cutting for the Stampede City Since 1998.” We’re damn proud of our heritage as part of the Stampede City. And we take pride in what that means for this city and for us. Stampede Spirit is about being undefeatable. It’s about getting up out of the mud to ride again. It’s about trying new things. It’s about trying things people tell you that you can’t do. Darryl built Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. despite all odds and we all feel an affinity for those cowboys who get up out of the mud to ride again. Those cowboys who do something so dangerous and yet exhilarating. We love what we do and we love doing it for others.

 

Darryl often says that “slurry gets in your nose” which means that this job gets into you. You take pride in it and you don’t want to quit. It’s hard and miserable sometimes but you persevere. That’s the Stampede Spirit and we’re here to show the city we have it year round, not just during the weeks of Stampede each summer.

December 31, 2017

Celebrating 20 Years in Business!

As the New Year approaches I’m filled with excitement and pride for Rodeo’s twentieth year in business.

In 1995 I started a concrete cutting company out of my garage with a handshake and a loan. What I started with could hardly be called a company. I was running all the equipment myself, but I worked tirelessly to pay off my loans and grow from a small business with a single loyal client to a successful company with multiple clients, equipment, and a growing list of employees. That numbered company became Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. in 1998.

Everything I knew about business, concrete cutting, construction, and life I had learned from my father; Dennis Romaniuk. My dad was the owner of D.A. Foothills Concrete Cutting. He had chosen the name to recognize the importance of where he came from; the Foothills of the Rocky mountains. I chose the name Rodeo in honor of my dad and the spirit and determination of the Stampede City. Calgary had been my home for most of my life, and what I didn’t learn from my dad I learned from the values shared by this great community. At its roots Rodeo was, and is, about family, and this great city. When I lost my father in 1999, it was Dave Nealy who stepped in as my guide and helped to keep my company and my dream afloat. I owe an immeasurable debt to him. I am proud and grateful to call him my friend and my family. I am also grateful to this community for entrusting me to meet their needs.

The journey to this anniversary has not always been easy. As my company grew I had to delegate more and more responsibilities to my employees. It was still my company, but I had to trust my employees to represent Rodeo’s name well. They did not let me down. Rodeo started from family. It started from the lessons learned from my dad. And it started from my wife, Cindy Romaniuk’s, business administration. My employees too, were always treated as family. This family has grown and changed over time, but many of them have been with me for over a decade. Employees like Dave, who handles receivables, Guillaume, my safety officer, and Sue, my indispensable administrative assistant, have been with me longer than anyone else.

As the company grew and I gave up more and more responsibility to my employees I came to respect how much they meant to this company. They are not merely its employees, or its representatives, they are the company and I am nothing without those people who have supported my ambition.

Today I owe a debt of gratitude to my General Manager, Tom, my Operations Manager, Randy, and Jackson and Brett, two of my most dedicated machine operators.

My children have also begun to take a more active role in the company. Tasha, Shae, Katie and Jenna have all spent countless weekends cleaning the office so that business can continue professionally. Each of them has taken an interest in their own way and they have all benefited from the experience.

Shae has begun to learn the trade just as I did. From the ground up. While she’s spend her fair share of time on the vacuum and core drill she’s also proved more than capable on the new technology that never existed when I started in this industry, like the scanner.

Having my family take a more involved role in the company has been a natural progression for me that brings things full-circle. Not only is it the way that I learned but I have always sought to treat my employees like family. I’m also grateful for the opportunities Rodeo has offered my children to live their own lives and choose to pursue interests outside of concrete cutting. It is a measure of my success that my children get to make these choices. I could not be more proud of them or my employees.

I’m proud of my family, my family of employees, and everything that has brought us here. I look forward to the next twenty years of growth and I want to thank my customers for for their loyalty and for taking part in this journey with me.

– Darryl Romaniuk, December 31, 2017

May 5, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions Part 3

What if there is a power outlet below where I would like my window to be cut?

 

If there is a power box located below the window placement, the power supply to this outlet needs to be turned off.

 

Do you usually cut windows from the inside or the outside of a residence?

 

It depends on what the customer prefers. If we cut from the inside, there is more of a mess and so protective plastic sheeting needs to be applied to eliminate damage to surrounding areas. Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. will hang plastic sheeting for the homeowner for an additional fee if it is required. Also, vacuum cleanup is required for a window that is cut from the inside, so we will provide this service for an additional fee.

 

What if there is drywall covering the area where I would like the window installed?

 

If there is drywall covering the area where the window is to be cut, and our crew is cutting from the inside, the drywall needs to be cut out. If we were cutting from the outside, we would prefer the drywall stay intact as it provides extra protection from the slurry and spray that is created when we are cutting.

 

When cutting a window with a wallsaw how close to the window does your unit need to be?

 

Our power and water lines can reach a maximum of 300′. If you don’t have access within this range tell us and we can discuss options.

 

Do I need to supply water or power to you for cutting?

 

No, each of our units can supply power and water.