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. 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 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. 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 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. Usually, there must be 5-8, depending on the size of the project and how complicated it 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.
Unless your project is worth no less than $10,000, you need not pay the contractor a deposit. Well-reputed asphalt paving contractors typically maintain credit lines with their suppliers or vendors. They are not supposed to require any deposits from their clients.
Like they always say, “you get what you pay for.” Thinking of your asphalt paving as a long term investment will surely help. 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. Always do your homework, asking questions that help you make an informed decision as you pick your asphalt contractor. This type of project is not cheap, so you want to make as smart a choice as you possibly can.