Choosing a Good Asphalt Paving Contractor
There are numerous factors that can influence the costs and outcome of your asphalt paving job. But one thing is common to all: going for the cheapest offer is not always the best option. The following are key considerations to make while you decide on a particular contractor:
Adequate Insurance Coverage
Just like many car owners, contractors may also choose the least insurance coverage required by the law, and that is a rather huge risk to take. Find a contractor that has Workers Compensation, General Liability and Auto Liability insurance, with a coverage of no less than $500,000 per policy.
Most asphalt is recycled repeatedly. There are various asphalt grades with different amounts of of recycled material used in making them. If you use low quality asphalt, it will show on the final quality of the asphalt pavement, as well as on its longevity. Invest in higher grade asphalt – meaning less recycled material – for a more visually appealing and long-lasting outcome.
You need to know exactly what kind of asphalt paving equipment will be used by your prospective contractor. 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 crucial to any asphalt project’s success. Asphalt paving machines are expensive – above a hundred thousand dollars) – and that is because of the technology and efficiency they provide.
Know if there are enough workers on the contractor’s 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.
Save for projects exceeding a worth of $10,000, you must not be required to pay a deposit to the contractor. Good asphalt paving contractors usually have lines of credit with different 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. Always do your homework, asking questions that help you make an informed decision as you pick your asphalt contractor. This isn’t going to be a cheap project, so at least make your choice is a wise one.