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How to Choose an Asphalt Praving Contractor

There are several issues that can change the price and results of any asphalt paving project. But one thing applies to all: the cheapest isn’t always the best. Below are crucial considerations you should make as you hire a specific paving contractor:

Sufficient Insurance Coverage

Just like many car owners, contractors may also choose the least insurance coverage required by the law, and that is a rather huge risk to take. Pick a contractor that has above $500,000 insurance coverage for General and Auto Liability, as well as for Worker’s Compensation.

Asphalt Grade

Asphalt is often recycled an indeterminate number of times. 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 on the final quality of the asphalt pavement, as well as on its longevity. Invest in higher grade asphalt – meaning less recycled material – for a more visually appealing and long-lasting outcome.

Equipment

You need to know exactly what kind of asphalt paving equipment will be used by your prospective contractor. If their machines break down frequently, that can delay your project’s completion. Besides, asphalt cools quickly. Waiting too long before the asphalt is installed can produce defects in the pavement’s appearance when the job is done. Well-maintained equipment is vital to any asphalt project’s outcome. Asphalt paving machines are expensive – above a hundred thousand dollars) – and that is because of the technology and efficiency they provide.

Working Crew

Know if there are enough workers on the contractor’s crew. Typically, there should be 5-8, depending on how big job is. An understaffed crew not only reduces the general quality of your asphalt paving project’s results, but it can stall the project further as well.

Deposit

Unless your project is worth no less than $10,000, you need not pay the contractor a deposit. Most professional asphalt pavers companies have credit lines with their regular suppliers. They are not supposed to require any deposits from their clients.

As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” It surely helps to consider your asphalt paving project a long term investment. With properly installation, your asphalt paving can last you above two decades. You may save a few hundred dollars with a low quality contractor, you can end up paying thousands more down the road. Be sure to do a little research and ask questions to so you can make an wise, educated choice of an asphalt contractor. This project won’t be cheap, so make sure you make a smart choice.

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