Your parking lot and paved areas say a lot about your business, and dramatically impact that critical first impression customers have of your business. Choosing a quality contractor is an important decision. While a low cost, quick fix may seem appealing, it can make your paving job much more vulnerable to decaying with within a year or two, while a quality job will last up to 20 years. Not to mention it can often cost more to correct substandard workmanship than it would have cost to do the job right the first time.
Here’s five ways you can determine if an asphalt contractor is right for your project:
When a paving company does its job properly, it should have plenty of satisfied customers to whom they’ll be happy to refer you. If they don’t, that’s a red flag that you should probably pick another company.
Make Sure They are Licensed, Bonded and Insured
If someone on a paving company’s crew gets hurt on your property, there could be liability issues if the contractor isn’t properly licensed, bonded and insured. Ask to confirm that your contractors have all the required and up-to-date certifications.
Finding multiple companies to handle each individual project can be confusing and expensive. Look for a company that has the expertise to do all of you paving needs from pothole patching to parking lots, curbs, driveways, storm and sewer management. Make sure they have the expertise on staff to provide you with a solid plan, pull necessary permits and work with your community to ensure you’re in compliance with local ordinances.
Ask About the Materials
Most materials in asphalt are recycled over and over again, and the amount of recycled material is factored into its grade. Installing low quality asphalt installed can affect the look and longevity of your asphalt pavement. The amount of recycled material in asphalt is a consideration for the grade assigned. Higher grades of asphalt will have less recycled material and give your project greater eye appeal and extend its longevity.
Look for Clear, Straight Shooting Communication
There are two types of paving projects; those that run smoothly and those that don’t. Clear, consistent communication is key to a smooth project. It begins from the very first time you meet with the sales person, who should be able to provide you with a clear understanding of the scope, cost, timing and quality of the project right from the start. A qualified contractor will guide you through the paving project process and communicate with you every step of the way to make sure you get a quality job on time and on budget.
To see if Johnson & Sons Paving is the right contractor for you job, call us at (262) 251-5585 for a no-obligation estimate and project assessment. Our customers appreciate that we keep our commitments, we are easy to work with and we are responsive to their needs.