Must Ask Questions For Any Paving Contractor
Find out what the right questions to ask are, and what the right answers to those questions are.
Heading into the new year, you might have some overdue asphalt paving needs. Well, let the new year be a time to make the changes you want to see in your life. If you are anxious, or unsure about where to start, we have made a convenient list of questions you should ask any paving company before you hire them. Follow this handy guide, and you will be confident and ready to start the projects you need done.
This guide is designed to help you choose the best asphalt paving contractor for the job.
How long have you been in business?
This question is something you should ask just about any contractor before you have a big job done. This is the general litmus test of how good a company is at what it does. It helps you get a clear impression of how successful they maybe with your project. Would you order a product from an Amazon or Ebay seller with no previous good reviews?
Ideally, a good paving company should have at least 2+ years of experience in your area. That indicates that their product has enough quality to continue selling.
What services do you provide?
This question gets a bit technical in the answer, but it’s important. The services provided by a company lets you know how long your paving job will last. Now the answer depends on what you need done, for example, if you just want something paved, you should look for a company that does paving and sealcoating. If you need something repaired, you should find out what kind of repairs are offered.
Paving and sealcoating
Any paving job should be followed by sealcoating. Sealcoating is the preservation of the pavement by coating the top level with a weather-proof binder. This determines whether you will need your pavement worked on every several years or every several months. If a company does not offer sealcoating, it should make give you pause.
Repairs and pothole filling
The answer to the question “What kind of paving repair do you perform?” might get a little technical, but it boils down to some important results. There is patching, removal and replacement, milling, full-depth repair, crack filling, and more. You are looking for an answer that includes as many methods as possible. Why? Because the more methods a company has to repair asphalt the more knowledgeable they are, and the better the repairs they are capable of. Long story short, there is absolutely a right and wrong way to fix asphalt problems. You don’t just want a hole filled in, you might need a whole section replaced, and you need to know that the company you are hiring is capable of the best repair job possible.
How much do your services cost?
This question has a lot of different answers, but the answer you are looking for is a question in return. Any company worth its salt should need to know a few things before they can give you a cost estimate. So here are the kind of things that a company should ask before they deliver a quote:
- What is the area to be paved/repaired?
- What kind of/amount of traffic will there be in this area?
- What is the location/climate of the area?
After these questions, you will want to ask some follow-up inquiries yourself. They will help you ascertain the costs to a better degree. Questions you should ask to follow up:
- What materials will you use? (this is a big determiner of cost)
- What is the complexity of the project? This is a difficult question to answer objectively, but it can really help you get the hang of costs.
Make sure to ask this questions of a few different companies. It will give you an idea of the general cost for the services you are requesting. It will also let you know a bit about the company’s level of professionalism — some companies will claim that a complex project is very simple because they have limited experience in the field and don’t know the job’s full depth.
Is the company licensed and insured?
Ask this question right away to avoid wasting your time on unlicensed companies. You absolutely want a company that is insured, so that you don’t wind up paying an arm and a leg in settlements if someone gets injured working on your property. If the company can’t answer what licenses or insurance they have immediately, they are probably stalling and hoping you forget you asked.
Who will be working on my driveway?
Make sure that the company you hire will actually have its own employees working on your driveway. This will save you time and money, and avoid companies that just pick up a paycheck by acting as middlemen and finding other contractors to do the work. It’s best to hire a company that has the skills to work on your asphalt itself.
Find a company with a good portfolio
Of course one of the best ways to perform due diligence is to figure out what work the company has done in the past. Luckily, Reliable Paving has what you are looking for. Not only do we have a history of doing quality work, but our 35 years of experience and large team mean no project is out of our capabilities. We also provide a host of different paving services, from crack sealing to sealcoating to ADA compliance. If you have been dragging your feet on getting some much-needed paving or asphalt repair, now’s the time to act. Ring in the new year by getting that job done instead of letting it hang over your head. Contact us today and see how Reliable Paving can help. Start off the new year the right way, and get your paving job done.
Best wishes, and happy 2021!