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. The following are key considerations to make while you decide on a particular contractor:
Adequate 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. Look for a contractor with General and Auto Liability and Workers Compensation insurance, with at least $500,000 coverage for every policy.
Asphalt is often recycled an indeterminate number of times. 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 in the appearance of the project, as well as in the longevity of your asphalt pavement. Invest in top grade asphalt that has less recycled material to produce a more pleasant-looking and and durable outcome.
You need to know exactly what kind of asphalt paving equipment will be used by your prospective contractor. Machines that break down often can delay your project. 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. 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 probably save some money by choosing a low-quality contractor, but this can increase your long-term costs eventually. Be sure to do a little research and ask questions to so you can make an wise, educated choice of an asphalt contractor. This type of project is not cheap, so you want to make as smart a choice as you possibly can.