One of the most important factors that determines the longevity and beauty of your asphalt is choosing the right asphalt paving contractor. Improperly installed asphalt pavement will not look as good as it should, and it will likely fail many years before it should. Although price is always a factor when selecting a contractor, the lowest bid may not be the one you should accept. Here are some other factors you should consider when selecting an asphalt paving contractor.
The Reputation Of Your Asphalt Paving Contractor
You should always do your homework before hiring an asphalt paving contractor. Go online and research the company. Ask for references and check them; you want to know whether recent customers were satisfied with his product, his crew’s performance and his availability to resolve any issues that might have arisen. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if he is a member, and if he is, check his rating. Pay special attention to the way he resolved complaints; avoid contractors with a history of ignoring issues.
You want to select a contractor with extensive experience in the type of work you need. If you need a paving for the parking lot at a large mall, for example, you want a contractor who has done more than residential driveways. The logistics are much different; you need a contractor who understands how to schedule asphalt deliveries and work crews for a large project. Otherwise, your job could be delayed — and the quality could be substandard. You should also inquire about the experience level of the crew that will be performing the actual work on your site.
The contractor should be able to show proof that he has workers’ compensation insurance for all employees who will be on your property. He should also prove that he has liability insurance.
The equipment needed to install asphalt paving successfully is not cheap, but it is necessary for quality results. The equipment should be properly maintained and in good working order. Breakdowns on the site can cause completion delays as well as cause problems with the pavement’s appearance or quality.
You should obtain three or more quotes. Compare them carefully to ensure that each contractor is quoting the same thing. Look for the scope of the project, incidentals such as fees for asphalt deliveries and the time required to complete your project. There are also varying levels of quality when it comes to the asphalt itself; as a rule, the greater the percentage of recycled material, the lower the cost of the material. However, you might want to choose asphalt with a lower percentage of recycled material as this normally provides a longer-lasting, more attractive pavement. Be sure to compare the quality of the material that each contractor is quoting.
LDC Paving provides a full range of asphalt paving services to customers throughout the Houston metropolitan area, including locations in nearby counties. We can help with all of your asphalt paving, repair and maintenance needs whether you need a parking lot striped, sealcoating or a driveway paved. We are committed to delivering superior results at reasonable rates. You can request a quote by completing our online form or calling 832.640.7296.