Do you have a driveway? Do you own an apartment building or a rental property with a parking lot? Do you own a business with a patio? Do you manage a small town or a parks department? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may occasionally need to hire a paving company to provide paving services for you. These companies can do anything from small paths and patios to large parking lots. They can put in plain gray concrete or dress it up with acid stains, etchings, and more. All the options can be overwhelming, but this blog is here to help. Enjoy.
If you are looking for a quality paving contractor you can trust, you should look deeper than online reviews or asking for the lowest quote. You should conduct an interview with each potential contractor, and these are the four things you should look for when you speak with them.
Willing to Plan a Strategy With You
A paving project, whether it is large or small, can be a complex project with several steps and potential approaches. As the customer who is having your space paved, you should have input into the process. However, you are hiring an expert because of their experience and knowledge in the field of paving. Because of this, paving strategies should be a collaborative effort.
Your contractor should be willing to hold a planning meeting with you and thoroughly explain your different options. You should not be expected to do all of your own research and make decisions about materials or methods that you do not know much about, but you should be included in the process. If your contractor does not have the time to set up planning meetings, you should look for someone who will give you that attention.
Openly Suggest Price-sensitive Alternatives
Paving projects are always a delicate balance between price, speed, and quality. A good contractor will work with you to lay quality pavement that is within your budget. They will make suggestions for materials or methods that will ultimately save you money. However, when they make these suggestions, they will also tell you why these options are cheaper and what levels of quality you may be sacrificing by selecting them.
You should be wary of a contractor who only offers cheap suggestions without giving you the long term cost of your paving project. But you should also be wary of a contractor who only offers you the most expensive methods and materials available.
Clear About Their Work Process and Your Involvement
Before you sign your contract, you should have a clear understanding of the paving process and what your involvement will be. For example, will you have to apply for permits or does the paving contractor do that? Will you be responsible for posting signs ahead of time or will the paving crew do that? How long will your customers be unable to use the area being paved? What will happen if there is bad weather? These are all things that should be clear to you before you sign your contract with your contractor. Your contractor should also go over the details of the actual paving process with you.
While having a contractor take care of everything so you can concentrate on other aspects of your work, it is important that your contractor tells you the details of their process that may affect your daily operations or eventually need your attention.
Offers a Guarantee
Most paving contractors offer a variety of warranties for their work. They should offer a warranty for the materials used as well as a warranty for the workmanship. The length of these warranties depend on the type of project. For example, if you are using paving stones to pave a patio area, your warranty may be as long as 25 years. But if you are having a road paved with asphalt, your warranty may be as short as two years. It is important that you understand the type of warranty you will receive and what is covered. Then you should compare the warranty with other contractor warranties in your area.
Working with a contractor who communicates with you, is honest and open, and has your best interest in mind can mean the difference between a quality project and a frustrating, drawn out process.Share