Selecting the Right Asphalt Paving Contractor
There are several issues that can change the price and results of any asphalt paving project. But one thing applies to all: the cheapest isn’t always the best. Below are crucial considerations you should make as you hire a specific paving contractor:
Adequate Insurance Coverage
As many vehicle owners do, contractors tend to select the minimum state-required insurance coverage, which is quite risky for you as a homeowner. Find a contractor that has Workers Compensation, General Liability and Auto Liability insurance, with a coverage of no less than $500,000 per policy.
Asphalt is usually recycled indeterminately. There are different asphalt grades with varying percentages of recycled material in them. If you use low quality asphalt, it will show in the appearance of the project, as well as in the longevity of your asphalt pavement. Invest in higher grade asphalt – meaning less recycled material – for a more visually appealing and long-lasting outcome.
You have to know what type of asphalt paving equipment is used by the contractor you’re considering. You don’t want delays because of machines that break down every now and then. Besides, asphalt cools quickly. If you wait too long before installing the asphalt, this can lead to unattractive defects on the appearance of the pavement upon completion of the job. Properly maintained equipment is critical to the results of any asphalt project. Asphalt paving machines are far from cheap – more than $100,000 each – and that is because they offer technology and efficiency that is impossible without them.
Ask the contractor how many people they have on their crew. Generally, there has to be 5 to 8, depending on the project’s size and degree of difficulty. An understaffed crew not only reduces the general quality of your asphalt paving project’s results, but it can stall the project further as well.
Save for projects exceeding a worth of $10,000, you must not be required to pay a deposit to the contractor. Well-reputed asphalt paving contractors typically maintain credit lines with their suppliers or vendors. They must not require you to pay any deposits.
Like they always say, “you get what you pay for.” It surely helps to consider your asphalt paving project a long term investment. As long as it’s properly installed, your asphalt paving can last you longer than twenty years. You may save a few hundred dollars with a low quality contractor, you can end up paying thousands more down the road. Do your research and ask questions – it’s the only way to make an educated decision as you select an asphalt contractor. This project won’t be cheap, so make sure you make a smart choice.