Do you have an upcoming paving project for your home or business? You probably know that a paving project can be a big investment. It’s important to find the right paving company for your needs and budget. You have many options to choose from. According to IBIS World, the U.S. paving contractor market is $29 billion. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what to look for in a paving company. Here are five questions you should ask before hiring a paving company to help ensure that you get the best possible service and value for your money.
Can the Company Provide References or Examples of their Previous Work?
It’s important to see examples of the company’s previous work to get a sense of their experience and the quality of their services. Ask if the paving company can provide references or if they have a portfolio or website that showcases their past projects. Specifically, ask if they have projects similar to yours so you can see how they turned out. A reputable company will be happy to provide references, as they’ll be proud of the work they have done in the past.
What Type of Paving Materials and Techniques Do They Use?
Not all paving companies use the same materials or techniques. Some companies may specialize in certain types of paving, such as asphalt or concrete, while others may use newer techniques like permeable pavers. It’s important to find a company that is experienced in the type of paving that you want for your project. Ask about the materials and techniques they use and if they are experienced in doing the type of work you are looking for. If they don’t have much experience with the type of materials you want to use, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Are They Licensed and Insured?
In any construction project, it’s important to ask about licensing and insurance. Paving is no exception. A licensed company will have the proper certifications and qualifications to do the job. Insurance provides financial protection in case of any accidents or injuries that occur during the project. Make sure that the company’s insurance is up to date and covers liability and workers’ compensation. You don’t want to end up on the hook for the company’s mistake.
What Is the Timeline and Budget for the Project?
Before hiring a paving company, it’s important to know the timeline and budget for the project. Ask the company for a written estimate or proposal that outlines the scope of work, timeline, and costs. Make sure to review and understand it. Also, ask if there are any contingencies in case of any unknown issues that could arise during the project. For instance, what happens if bad weather delays your start date? It’s also a good idea to get estimates from multiple companies to compare prices and services.
What Is Their Approach to Maintenance and Warranty?
After your paving project is completed, it’s important to have a plan in place for maintenance and warranty. Ask the company about their approach to maintenance and if they offer any warranties on their work. A good paving company will provide guidance and support on how to maintain the pavement and will stand behind their work with a warranty. They may even offer an ongoing maintenance package to keep your new pavement looking good.
Do They Have Experience in the Type of Project You’re Looking For?
Last but not least, you want to make sure that the company has experience in the type of project you are looking for, whether it’s a commercial, industrial, or residential project. Different projects have different requirements and considerations. A residential project may be based entirely on your style choices. A large commercial project may need to meet municipal and state code requirements. You want to ensure that the company you are hiring has the expertise and experience to meet your needs. Make sure they have experience in your type of project.
Ready to start your paving project? Contact Piedmont Paving today to schedule your consultation. We can review your project and make recommendations that meet your goals and your budget. Let’s connect today and start the conversation.