What to expect when driveway paving.

Many of you reading this blog are home owners. There is no doubt that, at some point you will be faced with needing to either dig out an existing driveway or pave a new driveway. This could be a very stressful situation. You will be spending a fair amount of money if you go with a professional paver and you want it done right the first time. This blog is geared towards those who are just thinking about driveway paving and need some advice. The do’s and don’ts of asphalt if you will..

  • Do – get many quotes.

Thats right. Do your research when it comes to getting new asphalt on your property. There are many second rate asphalt companies that will over promise and under deliver. Some are not even licensed, I have even heard horror stories of paving companies either never showing up after being paid OR leaving the job half done. Unacceptable. To this end, there are ways to decide if a company is legit. The most tried and true way is word of mouth. If someone has used this company with good results and you’ve seen the work, that is your best way to judge. If this is not able to happen, you can research the company and see if they have pictures of their work that has been done. If it is a commercial property, drive there. Speak with the owner. Did they have a good experience?

  • Do- Check their credentials

You’re already checking their site. Look at their license. is it up to date? Are they registered with more than one state?

  • Do- Get more than one estimate.

When looking for the right paving company, the best way to get it done is get 3 different estimates, and go with the middle guy. More often than not, the highest bid will be overcharging you while the lowest bid can possibly use below standard materials for their jobs. This combined with the fact that they may use workers who are not up to date with the current standards. With that labor, the results may be sub optimal and you will likely not enjoy the finished product.

  • Don’t – wait until the last minute.

If you have a quota to make, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to research. If you are rushing to find a paving contractor, you will likely choose one out of sheer last minute stress.

  • Don’t- settle for the estimate.

Try and get them down on their price. If they want to stay competitive they know that the price might be altered to get the job.

  • Don’t – Pay all at once.

If you are unsure about the company and their quality of work, ask if you can split half the cost before and half at the end of the project. If they are legit, they should have no trouble heeding to this suggestion.

With those little tid bits of advice, you now can knowledgable look for a paving contractor for your next project. ¬†As stated prior, don’t settle. Get a few different quotes, and as always, haggle!

Nick.