Five Things to Know Before Choosing an Asphalt Paving Contractor

December 7, 2021

Getting ready to install a new driveway on your property? Or do you need to restore the function and appearance of the parking lot at your commercial space?
Many variables affect the price of an asphalt paving project, and choosing the lowest bid often isn’t the best idea.
Here are five important things to consider as you begin the process of choosing the right asphalt paving contractor for your project.

Make sure the company is insured

When a contractor quotes a price that’s incredibly low, you should always proceed with caution—they may offer low rates because they don’t carry insurance. That means if there’s an accident as they work on your property, your homeowner’s policy would have to cover the costs. You want to protect yourself as much as possible, and part of that involves making sure your contractor carries their own insurance, including general liability, auto liability, workers’ compensation and umbrella policies.

Ask about equipment

Paving contractors can cut corners on the job by using old trucks and equipment and fewer workers, and the finished results are usually substandard at best. Since strict requirements need to be met as asphalt is laid (e.g., concerning ideal temperature and quick application to prevent seams and cracks), your paving contractor should be at least five to eight workers strong. Look for a contractor with an experienced crew and adequate equipment, so you have peace of mind that the job will get done right.

Ask about materials

There are many types of asphalt used for paving, and not all asphalt material is the same. Choose a paving contractor who uses high-quality asphalt that contains recycled material. Not only will the finished product be of a higher standard, but you’ll also reduce your impact on the environment in the process.

Check references

Good paving companies stand by their work. They will be proud to furnish a list of references of happy clients who are willing to show off the work the contractor did for them. Before you choose your paving contractor, stop by these properties, if possible, to determine the quality of work that was performed. You should also browse online reviews and stay away from companies with mediocre or poor reviews.

Request a quote

Make sure to get a quote up front to understand what the full cost of your paving job will be from start to finish. Contractors who are transparent with their prices are typically the most trustworthy. Keep in mind that property owners pay for an entire load of asphalt whether they use it all or not, and the contractor can’t return unused material. You need to find a contractor who provides accurate quotes right at the start, since overestimating simply runs up the price.
Whether you’re installing a new driveway or repaving an entire road or parking lot, choosing the right paving contractor makes a big difference in the finished results. Reach out to Paveco Inc. for your next paving project, and enjoy paved surfaces that feature quality you can see.

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