Pricing can be one factor you use to determine who to hire as your asphalt paving contractor. However, the estimates you receive won’t vary between them if you get competitive bids from high-quality contractors. So, what do you do to find the most reliable asphalt paving contractor?
They Communicate Well
Say you get all of your estimates in. How was your experience being in contact with the contractor? Were they responsive? Friendly? Happy to answer your questions? If so, these are some good indications that this is how the company will behave when doing business with you. A responsive contractor who communicates well during the bidding process is more likely to make sure that they keep you updated while working on your project.
They Have Years Of Experience
Not to say that a contractor who is new on the scene won’t do a good job, but newer contractors won’t have enough experience to have seen it all, unlike paving contractors who have spent a few or many years in the business. Experienced contractors understand how to minimize risks and issues, they are able to act quickly during unexpected situations, and they know their way around legal codes in the area.
They Can Give You References
Paving driveways, roads and parking lots are very different from each other. Paving for retail is different from paving for a hospital, and it will differ in other areas. You should ask your potential paving contractors for references doing the specific type of project you need done. Contractors should be able to show you their past work and give you contact information or references you can contact to make sure that they had a good experience.
They Have A Good Number Of Workers And Machines To Get The Job Done
It can be difficult to understand whether or not a contractor is readily equipped to take on your project. In many cases, contractors will be able to list out the number of their crew and the hours required, along with the equipment they will have on-site when you ask them to give you a bid. If not, you should definitely ask. If anyone has a longer turnaround time, this could indicate that they are understaffed, don’t have enough equipment, or are inexperienced.
They Have A Good Reputation
You should also do your due diligence and research the reputation of your potential contractor. It might take a bit longer to do this, but it will be well worth it in the end. Good places to check reviews and testimonials include Google, the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, your local chamber of commerce, the contractor’s website and Facebook.
We hope that this article has given you a bit of knowledge into what helps make a paving contractor stand above the rest. If they can check all the boxes, you should definitely give that company a shot.