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 applies to all: the cheapest isn’t always the best. Here are important considerations to make as you hire a certain 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 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 on the final quality of the asphalt pavement, as well as on its longevity. Invest in top grade asphalt that has less recycled material to produce a more pleasant-looking and and durable outcome.
It’s important to know the asphalt paving equipment normally used by the contractor you’re planning to hire. You don’t want delays because of machines that break down every now and then. Besides, it takes a very short time for asphalt to cool. If you wait too long to install your asphalt, this can affect the appearance of the pavement when the job is completed. Well-maintained equipment is vital to any asphalt project’s outcome. 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. If they’re understaffed, this will not only compromise the overall results of your asphalt paving project, but it can also delay the project further.
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.
As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” You will do well thinking of your asphalt paving project as a long term investment. If properly installed, asphalt paving can actually be good for more than two decades. 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 isn’t going to be a cheap project, so at least make your choice is a wise one.