Choosing the Right Commercial Asphalt Contractor

Choosing the Right Commercial Asphalt Contractor

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:

Commercial Paving

Check References

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.

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2018-01-30T09:54:33+00:00 January 16th, 2018|4 Comments


  1. Callum Palmer February 7, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    The article makes a very good point about making sure that the paving contractor you hire is properly licensed and insured. This is especially important if you are having them work on your commercial parking lot and your business could be held responsible if they are injured. Because of that you have to make sure that they are properly covered in case of a workplace accident.

  2. Tiffany Locke February 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Your recommendation to choose a company that has the right expertise to handle all the work that needs to be done for the paving project would be useful. This could ensure that you’re able to work with people you trust and stay updated on what’s happening. When choosing a contractor, you’d probably want to talk to them about the asphalt paving that you want to be done in order to make sure they have the skills and knowledge to do it. It would also be a good idea to ask questions so that you can see how well they answer and test their communication skills.

  3. Moira Blythe February 21, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I work for a paving company and I have noticed a few things since starting. I appreciate what you say here about making sure that you have clear, consistent communication about the scope, cost, timing, and quality of the project. Once these things are communicated well, both the contractor and the client is happy!

  4. Moira Blythe March 6, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

    My husband and I are looking to repave the road that leads down to our ranch home. I appreciate your advice to find someone who will use quality material so that our road lasts longer. This is something I don’t know very much about. Why does having less recycled materials make the asphalt higher quality?

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