Most property owners are now opting for asphalt paving due to its quick assembly, strength, and simplicity. No wonder asphalt is considered the most appealing and cost-effective choice of pavement today.
But remember that there are plenty of factors that can affect the outcome of an asphalt paving project. When choosing the right asphalt paving contractor, opting for the lowest bid isn’t always the best move!
You have to consider the following factors so you can make a well-informed decision.
1. Years of experience
Leaning on the knowledge and experience of the Paving Contractor will help you make wise choices for your home. Those who can communicate in an informed way while delivering great examples of challenging projects are most likely the best partners for your asphalt paving project.
Determine the type of equipment that the paving contractors use. If they use machines that often break down, the completion of the asphalt paving project can be delayed. Remember that asphalt cools fast, so waiting too long for the asphalt to be installed will affect the appearance of the pavement once finished.
An efficient asphalt paving contractor makes use of the most advanced paving machines to ensure a long-lasting, great-looking asphalt pavement. Also remember that if it is a rainy season, this can delay the schedule and is not in any way a contractor's fault.
2. Sufficient crew
Check if the asphalt paving company has a sizeable team. Generally, an efficient asphalt paving crew will have five to seven workers. Being understaffed can delay and affect the outcome of the project.
You should also consider the experience of the crew. They should work as a well-trained team to ensure the best possible final driveway. Ask your contractor how many years of experience his team has.
3. Scope of work
Some scope of work documents can be unclear. If you are getting bids from different paving contractors, a clear scope of work document will make it a lot easier for you to compare the bids of each service provider. Be aware of UPSELLING. Some bids may indicate giving More for Less as a tool to entice you to make a decision. If you are unsure about the scope of work, call the paving contractor to ask any questions and to clarify why they chose the particular work description. You want to do business with someone who is honest and not trying to sell you more than you need!
Choose a detailed, accurate scope of work that meets your needs as this lays the foundation for an effective, durable paving project.
4. Insurance coverage
If a contractor gives you a much lower price, this possibly means that they aren’t insured. So if they figure in an accident, your homeowner’s policy will be used. Asking upfront if the contractor is insured will help you avoid this hidden fee.
To be protected, make sure that the paving contractor has insurance, General Liability and Workers Compensation. A Reputable company can provide this to you upon request.
A reputable contractor will stand by their work. Moreover, they make customer satisfaction their priority. A project warranty will ensure that the work is done to industry standards.
Warranties may vary depending on the project circumstances, so make sure to have all information in writing before the project starts. Asphalt installation experts may also provide tips to extend the life of your newly paved surface. ASK YOUR PAVING CONTRACTOR FOR A QUOTE TO SEAL COAT YOUR DRIVEWAY WHICH IS RECOMMENDED 1 YR AFTER THE ASPHALT CURES. Most paving contractors can also maintain your asphalt! Stay away from companies that have a history of complaints filed in the past. Instead, check out their Reviews on Google.
6. CUSTOMER SERVICE
Remember, asphalt paving season is very busy but you want to be able to reach your contractor. Do they try to answer the phone & if not, do they return your calls or emails in a timely manner? Do they make notes of your concerns and requests so they make you feel more personable? Paving Companies, big or small, should make every customer feel important!
Being aware of these SIX factors to consider will guarantee that you’ll get high-quality bids and eventually choose the right paving contractor best suited for your asphalt paving project.
Gary Wells Sr offers 40 yrs of experience and has built a reputable family business along with his son Gary Jr and an experienced hard working team offering quality and a reputation that is hard to beat. Gary's wife Jennifer has been in the industry for 30 years and will be who you can count on for answers to questions, estimating and scheduling. Shelby assists in answering phones and emails as well! Invest In the Best! Call GW Paving Inc today! 802-598-5025