Selecting the Right Asphalt Paving Contractor
There are plenty of factors that can impact both the price and results of your asphalt paving project. But one thing is common to all: going for the cheapest offer is not always the best option. Below are crucial considerations you should make as you hire a specific paving contractor:
Adequate Insurance Coverage
Just like many vehicle owners out there, contractors also tend to pick the least insurance that the law requires them, and that is dangerous 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.
It’s important to know the asphalt paving equipment normally used by the contractor you’re planning to hire. Machines that break down often can delay your project. On top of that, asphalt can cool rather fast. 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 pricey – above $100,000 each – and that is because they are highly efficient in the job they do.
Know if there are enough workers on the contractor’s crew. Usually, there must be 5-8, depending on the size of the project and how complicated it 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. Good asphalt paving contractors usually have lines of credit with different vendors. They are not supposed to require any deposits from their clients.
Like they always 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.