Anyone can find an asphalt paving company, but it takes time and a little research to find the right asphalt paving company. There are probably many asphalt paving companies in your area, but few will have what it takes to get the job done well. Make sure you do your homework on any prospective company to avoid regretting this choice in the future.
Many people are price driven when seeking an asphalt paving company. However quality workmanship is necessary to avoid high repair or replacement costs in the future. Low quality asphalt will generally not last as long as high quality asphalt. Sometimes it will only last half as long as the high quality asphalt. Be sure you check the background on a prospective company before hiring them to complete any work. If their quality is poor but their price is low, you need to ask yourself if you would like to re-pave this project again in 5 years at the same price or again in ten years at a higher price. If possible visit any nearby jobs that this company has completed and inspect their work for yourself. Seeing it yourself is often one of the best ways to truly know if their quality is high or low.
- Ask the people in your community about their experience with asphalt paving companies. The experience of others can play an important part in making your choice. Ask your friends, your neighbors and local business owners about any prospective company and find out what they know. Ask them how long it was before they noticed any cracks or dips. Ask them if the company stuck to the appropriate timeline. Ask them what it was like working with this company. Check reviews online to see if there are any complaints against the company. Other people’s experience can give you a lot of insight.
- Ask the company a lot of questions. If you are unsure about a process, you should ask them to explain. They should also be able to answer you to your satisfaction. Ask if they have insurance to protect you against any damages unintentionally caused to your property. Speak with the employee who would be in charge of the project if you hired this company and get information directly from this employee rather than a salesman. Find out what materials they use and research their ratings and quality. Be sure you understand everything they are saying to you and that you are aware of everything that will happen should you hire this company.
- The length of time in business is also equally important when finding an asphalt paving company. Asphalt can last about 15 to 20 years if properly constructed and maintained. However the average lifetime of asphalt is about five to ten years due to erosion caused by the elements, heavy traffic, and improper maintenance. An asphalt paving company that has been in business for 25 years means they should be able to prove the quality of their workmanship with asphalt paving projects that are at least five years old. The easiest way to determine an asphalt paving company’s workmanship is to look at their older work. The older it is the easier it is to see how the company’s work holds up over time.
You can also find out if the company offers an asphalt seal coat for their projects. If they do, that can extend the life of your asphalt. To maintain your asphalt it is recommended that you apply sealant to your asphalt every two to four years depending on the current condition of the asphalt. If the asphalt is in good condition you can afford to wait 4 years before sealing it again. If the asphalt is not in great condition, meaning it has cracks or small holes in it, then you should seal it every two years to prevent further damage. Find a company that offers a good quality seal coat to extend the life of your project and to maintain it as well.
Drew Barrymore writes for OSCinc, a company which manufactures impressive pavers and flagstone patios to enhance your curb appeal and property value at a very affordable driveway paving costs.