Contractors in some trades have a difficult time concealing shoddy work. For example, it is fairly easy to tell if the siding panels or asphalt shingles you had installed are misaligned. If you ask a flooring contractor to install blue sculptured carpeting, you will immediately notice if he installs green shag. You will also be able to tell if a landscaping contractor plants a tree in the wrong location. However, when you are having asphalt pavement built or repaired, it can be months or even years before you can be certain that you received quality workmanship. The simple truth is that what may appear to be perfectly fine could turn out to be a costly disaster if you choose the wrong contractor. The following pointers can help you ensure that you have found an asphalt contractor you can trust.
Do You Trust Your Asphalt Contractor? How Does the Contractor Treat You?
A trustworthy paving company will treat you, your employees and your property with respect. When you make an appointment, the contractor will arrive on time, indicating his respect for your schedule. He will not evade your questions, refuse to look you in the eye or shrug off your concerns. He is willing to answer your questions or explain every step of the project without becoming annoyed, impatient or evasive.
What Do Others Think About the Contractor?
Experienced asphalt contractors will be able to supply you with recent, relevant references. He will provide you with the address of the work as well as the information you need to contact the client. If you can, take a drive to view several of his completed projects; at the very least, call the references he provided. Ask them whether the work was completed by the promised date and at the quoted price. Ask whether they are happy with the quality of the work. In addition, ask them whether they would hire the same contractor for their next asphalt project.
Does the Contractor Provide You With Vital Information?
Before you commit to a specific contractor, make sure that he provides you with certain information that can help you determine his credibility.
• Are the workers the company’s employees or temporary laborers? Employees are typically better trained and more experienced. Make sure that every employee working on your site is covered by the contractor’s workers’ compensation policy.
• Ask the contractor how long the company has been in business under its current name. Ask whether the company has operated under other names. Check all company names with the Better Business Bureau.
• Ask the contractor for proof of his liability and vehicle insurance coverage. If he carries an umbrella policy as well, ask about coverage limits.
• Qualified asphalt paving contractors guarantee their work. Manufacturers may have warranties on their products, but if the contractor does not follow their specifications, these warranties could be declared void. A contractor’s warranty does not cover defective materials, but it can help protect you from costs resulting from inferior workmanship.
• How detailed is the contract presented to you for signature? Ideally, the contract should specify the schedule, the job scope, the types and quantities of materials, the thickness of the pavement and the amount allocated to labor. It should also state who will be responsible for securing any applicable permits or paying any disposal fees.
If you need a trustworthy, experienced asphalt contractor, contact All Pro Asphalt. We serve customers throughout the greater Kansas City area with quality work, including asphalt paving, infrared asphalt repair, parking lot striping, sealcoating, asphalt crack repair and concrete installation. We are known for our workmanship, customer service and affordable rates. To request a free estimate, submit the online form or call (816) 249-6800.
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