Paving

Things to Consider Before Hiring Asphalt Paving Contractors

More and more people now are opting for asphalt paving instead of concrete for their driveways as asphalt paving has a number of advantages over concrete paving. Not only asphalt ensures a hard durable surface, it also prevents cracking during a freeze or thaw cycle. Paving asphalt is also easier and quicker than paving using concrete. But to get the best results from your asphalt, it is necessary that you hire a good asphalt-paving contractor to do the job for you.

Finding a reliable asphalt contractor can be quite difficult. But, if you ask your friends and acquaintances for references and search online for contractors, you will be able to locate a good contractor in no time. Ask for quotes from at least three short listed asphalt-paving contractors and opt for one that suits your requirement and budget the best. But, if you see a huge difference (more than $1000) between the quoted amounts of two asphalt paving contractors, do not get attracted by the rates of the company charging less, as the probability is that it is a small company that will give you a thinner layer of asphalt which will not last long. A good asphalt-driving contractor would survey your site and tell you about any extra requirements and necessities before sending his workers.

There are a number of things that you should discuss with the contractor before you call them for the final job. Firstly, ask about their insurance and license. This is necessary as, otherwise, you might become a victim of fraud. Also, if a worker gets injured on the site then you will have to face problems in case the company doesn’t have the necessary insurance. Secondly, inquire about drainage to prevent water collecting on your driveway. Make sure that the driveway is crowned, so …

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Paving Contractors

This contractor is employed by a company that makes surfaces that are paved like sidewalks, floors made of concrete, and roads. Some companies will even work on bigger projects like an airport runway. They will be hired by municipal agencies, homeowners, and business to repair existing paved surfaces or make new ones. Many of the companies that paving contractors work for will focus in either commercial or residential work but some will do both. It depends on the job and equipment needed.

Commercial paving contractors

They are the ones that will usually provide the pricing for the jobs needed in the outline of a bid. The one that is offered the job is typically the lowest bidder but not always. When working in commercial jobs, the contractor will report to the construction manager or general contractor instead of the owner. One of the jobs a paving contractor does is pour parking lots, walkways, and floors in new developments. If it is a municipal project they may repair any damage in an existing paying like cracks or potholes or lay new sidewalks, or roads,

Residential paving contractors

They will meet with the homeowner to discuss the project that is needed, figure out the approximate cost of materials and labor, and then give an estimate to the homeowner. The homeowner may hire them to put down a floor, patio, or walkway. They can also repair structures like walkways or stairs. Some of these paving companies may concentrate just on landscape paving. This can include laying stone items like outdoor tiles or pavers or installing a poured surface.

Machines used

Working as a paving contractor requires being able to use big pieces of equipment, which can include:

• Paving machine to smooth the freshly laid out road or parking lot surface

• Excavator …

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