*Updated February 1st, 2020
You can easily browse the internet and find a number of asphalt companies in your area, but finding the right one for your needs can be daunting. Before booking any company for your commercial or residential paving project, here are a few things you need to know.
Bidding for the right asphalt paving company:
*Note, this first step is generally geared for clients looking for a commercial contracting job provider. Such jobs include parking lot and roadway paving and asphalt repair or sealcoating
Initially, you should receive various quotes from multiple companies. This is when you should cross-check them. Do research to estimate the cost of the job but don’t spring on the cheapest bid. Getting a cheap deal is not always the best deal.
Keep in mind that a good contractor will send a team to examine and measure your site before placing any bids for your project. On the other hand, a contractor who bids on your project without inspecting your site is more likely to be inattentive in their work. Even if a company is offering you a fair price, make sure to check out at least 4 to 5 local companies before finalizing your deal.
Confirm their posted asphalt work is in fact theirs
Any legitimate commercial asphalt company will have a website with a portion of the site or specific service page dedicated to showing off some of their recent asphalt projects. We’ve seen a new trend among newer companies whom are grabbing images from companies in other states and claming the work to be their own. The only way to know for sure is to randomly pick a project and look for the business or client name. If there is none, red flag! Look elsewhere. If there is, look up the business and give them a quick call; “just wanted to confirm that XYZ Aspahlt company did a job for you recently”. This can be easy for small to mid-size businesses but nearly impossible if the company is a large corporation as they often will not give out such information. In that case, you will need to contact the paving company and request they provide you with a contact email for the company. Send the email and await the response. Also double check that the email provided also contains that companies URL (John@companyname.com).
Review the quality of the asphalt company:
Once you have found your asphalt company based on the above-listed factors, it is time to do a quick background check. Ask your friends, family, or business associates if they know about the quality of their work. You can easily look for a better business bureau listing, reviews on their official website, or references left by previous customers on Google.
Consider the company’s experience:
Now it is time to find out the experience level of your selected company as well as their success rates on paving projects. Do a detailed analysis of every individual crew member they are planning to bring on the paving site. Before hiring the members, just make sure that there is at least one well-trained, experienced (5+ years) leader on the team to guide the workers efficiently on the site. Question the crew about permits, bylaws, and the installation process. Also, check the quality of elements being used in the project before proceeding any further.
When you are on a quest for the best contractors in your local area, never settle for the first company you meet. Instead go through multiple companies, multiple quotes, fair prices, the experience of the crew, and the quality of instruments and materials before making any decision. Keep searching until you find a company that shows the utmost confidence in their answers, their bidding process, and their work procedures.
Remember to review the paving company!
Once the project is complete be sure to give the company a review so you can help inform others of the type of service the company offers. If the service was not quite to your liking you may be pleasantly surprised when the company reaches out and offers to fix the problematic area or offer a partial refund to escalate your level of satisfaction with their services.