Tips for Hiring the Right Paving Contractor
As with many big major projects in and around your home, repaving an asphalt driveway is usually put off until it is absolutely necessary. Whether you need to repave because of possible water damage or for aesthetic reasons, choosing the right contractor is critical to a successful outcome. Here are some helpful tips to hire a paving contractor for your asphalt driveway:
Do your due diligence.
Research home improvement consumer websites, like Angie’s List, for established, reputable asphalt driveway paving companies in your area. Ask family, friends, and neighbors for referrals. Contact three to four companies and ask for referrals from recent customers, photos of completed work, and information about pricing, availability, and business history.
Ensure proper licensing, insurance, and warranties are in place.
All reputable paving contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured for both liability and worker’s compensation. Ask about warranties for both labor and materials. Verify that they are rated by the Better Business Bureau. Confirm who will obtain the necessary permits and contact utilities before digging begins. In addition, request a detailed work order listing the materials to be used.
Ask questions—lots of them.
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions—this is your driveway, your money, and your satisfaction on the line. Is the estimate a set price? How thick will the asphalt be and what grade of asphalt will be used? Professional paving contractors use a gravel base and three inches of asphalt unless a deeper base is needed for areas of poor drainage. Don’t forget to ask about scheduling and if they do their own work or use a subcontractor.
A reputable contractor will be happy to answer your questions and review industry terms with you so that you are completely comfortable with all aspects of the project. If a contractor seems irritated by your questions or doesn’t give you straight answers—you may want to move on to the next candidate.
Beware of scammers!
These are contractors who claim to have new, cheaper “secret” or “magic” methods or materials. Reputable contractors have been doing blacktop the same way for over 30 years—methods haven’t changed. If someone offers you what seems to be a really low price or is much lower than other estimates that should be a red flag. Keep in mind that hiring the cheapest paving contractor could cost you dearly in the end. A professionally paved driveway will last up to 20 years, whereas, a substandard job will deteriorate in two years and end up costing you far more to repair/replace than if you’d spent more for higher quality in the first place.
Confirm all costs before the job begins.
Review all costs, materials, schedules, licenses, insurances, permits, and other project details BEFORE signing the contract and hiring a paving contractor.
If you’ve reviewed this checklist and are ready to get started, contact us so we can give you a free estimate today!