What should you know when choosing an asphalt paving contractor?
There are many considerations that can affect the price and outcome of your asphalt paving project. While it is instinctive to consider choosing the lowest bid, that may not always be the best choice for your specific needs. Understanding and considering the variables involved.
Below are just a few tips to follow when selecting the best paving contractor:
Insurance Coverage: Some contractors choose the minimum of insurance required by state law. When accidents happen and they are on your property, you want to be protected. Check your contractor for the following coverages:
- General Liability:
- Auto Liability:
- Workers Compensation:
- And an Umbrella Policy:
Verify that there is a minimum of $500,000 per policy coverage or preferably $1,000,000 or more.
- Equipment: The type of equipment the contractor uses is another consideration. Is it antiquated/old? Older machines that may breakdown frequently can delay the completion of your projects. Additionally, asphalt cools quickly and waiting too long to install your asphalt can potentially impact the appearance of your pavement. Properly maintained equipment is extremely important for any asphalt project.
- Crew size: Ask the contractor the size of crew for your project. A typical asphalt paving crew should consist of 5 – 8 workings and varies by size of the job. If your contractor is understaffed it may delay your project and affect it’s overall quality.
- Materials used: Did you know that often asphalt is recycled over and over again? The amount of recycled material in asphalt is a consideration for the grade assigned. Higher grades of asphalt will have less recycled material and give your project the look and longevity you deserve.
- Down Payment: Typically, you should not have to pay a down payment to the contractor for your asphalt paving project unless it is a large project. Usually, a reputable asphalt paving companies has access to lines of credit with their suppliers.
Take the time to understand exactly what your paving contractor is stipulating in the contract. Your pavement is a long-term investment and when properly installed can last over 20 years. Choosing an asphalt paving contractor that you can count on to do the job right is important. .