Avoid hiring anyone that does asphalt paving by hand. Asphalt paving machines can cost more than $100,000. They cost this much because of the technology and efficiency behind them. Be aware of any contractor that tells you he can pave by hand at the same quality and efficiency of a paving machine.
Majority of asphalt is recycled over and over again. There are many grades of asphalt with different percentages of recycled material in them. Having low quality asphalt installed can affect the look and longevity of your asphalt pavement. Requesting higher grade asphalt with less recycled material is always a wiser choice.
You should not be paying a down payment to the contractor for your asphalt paving project. Most reputable asphalt paving companies have lines of credit with most material suppliers. They shouldn’t require any deposits from you. Depositing funds with a contractor may run the risk of misuse of funds by the contractor. It’s unfortunate, but there are contractors out there that use deposits to finish paving other unfinished asphalt projects.
Make sure you Have a one-year warranty so that you and the contractor both own it the first year.
Make sure the company is fully insured.
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