How to Choose an Asphalt Praving 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. The following are key considerations to make while you decide on a particular contractor:
Sufficient 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. Pick a contractor that has above $500,000 insurance coverage for General and Auto Liability, as well as for Worker’s Compensation.
Asphalt is usually recycled indeterminately. There are several grades of asphalt that come with varying percentages of recycled material used to make 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. Don’t hesitate to spend a little more on high-quality asphalt (less recycled material) to ensure more aesthetic and longer-lasting results.
It’s important to know the asphalt paving equipment normally used by the contractor you’re planning to hire. If their machines break down frequently, that can delay your project’s completion. On top of that, asphalt can cool rather fast. Waiting too long before the asphalt is installed can produce defects in the pavement’s appearance when the job is done. Well-maintained equipment is vital to any asphalt project’s outcome. 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. Typically, there should be 5-8, depending on how big job is. 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.
Unless your project is worth no less than $10,000, you need not pay the contractor a deposit. Well-reputed asphalt paving contractors typically maintain credit lines with their suppliers or vendors. They must not require you to pay any deposits.
As they say, “you get what you pay for.” You will do well thinking of your asphalt paving project as a long term investment. As long as it’s properly installed, your asphalt paving can last you longer than twenty years. You can always save a few bucks with a low-quality contractor, but remember that your long-term costs can easily rack up. Always do your homework, asking questions that help you make an informed decision as you pick your asphalt contractor. This project won’t be cheap, so make sure you make a smart choice.