Find the Best Way to Hire an Asphalt Paving Contractor
Repaving an asphalt driveway might not be the best among home improvement projects but it is necessary and comes with a price tag. Choosing a quality contractor is important since substandard work can cause water to pool in the garage or around a home’s foundation. A poorly done work will certainly decay within a year or two and on the other hand, a quality job will last up until 20 years. From practice, it is much costlier to bring into line poor workmanship than doing the job the right way the first time.
Doing your Due Diligence before Hiring a Contractor
Try and get recommendations and opinions from friends and family as it helps guarantee a good result at the end of the job. Make sure that the contractor has all the necessary licenses, insurances, bonds and even liability and workers’ compensation.
It is also a good idea to have at least three companies lining up for the job and ask for their pricing, availability and if they can provide samples of their work that they have completed. If you can, view a contractor’s work in person for you to evaluate the quality of their workmanship.
Understand the Standards
Asphalt contractors, when given the job, can either apply a good layer of asphalt on top of a driveway or to tear the entire driveway and redo it.
If the option chosen is the first one, the contractor should apply at least 2 inches of asphalt. The recommended asphalt is the commercial grade and not the residential option. It might be rougher but it is sure to last longer.
On the other hand, if the driveway is redone, the driveway should have a gravel base and at least three inches of asphalt. Make sure that there is enough drainage otherwise the area will require a deeper base.
Be Aware of Stealth Methods
Try to stay away from contractors who claim to use ‘secret’ or ‘cutting edge’ methods to their work. Prefer the ones who do the job the proper way and has experience under their belt. Be wary of contractors who did work around your neighborhood and has left over asphalt and offers it to you at a discounted price. Also, the job requires expensive equipment and be aware that asphalt paving is a major undertaking. If the price is just too good to be true, it might be a reason for you to be cautious.
And Lastly, Ask Questions
You should ask for their schedules, if the estimate is a set price, how thick the asphalt would be – considering if the asphalt is to be laid on top or if the driveway is to be redone, and anything that they might be unsure of. Take note if the contractor uses industry terms and if the contractor educates you and you completely agree to the contractor’s proposal to the project. Make sure you are happy with asking questions and double checking details with the contractor or else you might consider a different option.
A contractor or company should not be too eager to pour asphalt on your driveway if it is damaged because any reputable asphalt contractor should be able to identify potential challenges such as drainage problems or lack of support for an existing driveway.