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Whether your project is small enough to complete yourself or you’re planning to hire a paving contractor, there are a few things you should know about an asphalt company before you hire them. You want to make sure you’re getting the best quality materials and the best service without losing money. When you go to enlist the services of your local asphalt company, be sure to ask the following.
1. What is your material selection like?
Asphalt is not always the same. There are different types of asphalt, such as mixes for summer and winter, and different grades. Most asphalt is recycled, and different grades of asphalt have different amounts of recycled material in them. The higher the grade, the more pure the asphalt. Higher grades are better looking and longer lasting than lower grades. Ask your contractor about the selection to make sure they have a type that will meet your needs.
2. What is the insurance coverage like for hiring you as a paving contractor?
State law mandates that paving contractors be insured. However, that law does not stop them from having the minimum amount of insurance. If accident strikes while work is being performed on your property, you’ll want to be sure that they have an adequate insurance premium to cover it.
3. What type of equipment will you be using, and is it in good shape?
Make sure that your contractor will be using the proper equipment. Avoid contractors who say they will be doing the work by hand. Most asphalt needs a machine to heat it up and pour it smoothly. Poor equipment that breaks down often will delay the finish of your project and potentially damage the finish, leaving a lumpy overlay instead of a smooth one.
4. Should I expect any unique challenges with my project?
Some projects may present unique challenges that you won’t be able to foresee. An expert, on the other hand, should be able to predict certain challenges with your project, and if there are any, you should be made aware of them before you start so that there are no preventable surprises.
5. Can I see an itemized bill before I pay?
You don’t want to be duped out of any money. Before you pay, ask to see an itemized bill. Dispute any charges that you shouldn’t be there. Be especially wary if the contractor asks for a down payment, which should not happen unless the project costs over $10,000.
6. Is your crew sufficient for the job?
It’s important to ensure that your contractor has enough crew to get the job done and that they are experienced. You don’t want your asphalt job to be ruined because of a poor crew. If you want the best in paving contractors, you don’t need to look any further than Asphalt Materials. We can get your job done with no extra hassle for you.