In some ways, municipal paving projects are not that different from residential and commercial paving projects. They all require careful preparation and expert attention to detail. Even the scopes of work can be similar, including road paving, sidewalk paving, targeted road repairs, and line painting.
That said, municipal projects present unique scale and safety requirements. You want to be confident that your chosen contractor can handle your project and keep your citizens safe.
With that in mind, here are some key questions to consider when looking for municipal paving services.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring A Municipal Paving Company?
Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?
It goes without saying that you want to hire an established contractor who operates a legitimate business. Do your due diligence and request proof of their licensing, bonding, and insurance. Your contractors will have documentation ready to hand that demonstrates their trustworthiness and attention to professional details.
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Do they have experience with this type of work?
Whether you’re looking to repair busy city sidewalks or repave a quiet cul-de-sac, you want to work with a paving contractor that has a proven track record. So don’t be shy. Ask your bidding contractors to provide examples of similar projects that they’ve completed. They’ll be happy to display their past work and show you their capability.
Do they have good references?
Looking at a contractor’s past work only tells part of the story: it shows you the finished project, but it doesn’t necessarily say much about the journey to that end product. Investigate what your contractor’s previous municipal clients have to say about them. Did other municipalities enjoy working with them? Why or why not? Their feedback can provide valuable information as you select the right contractor to take on your project.
Where do they get their equipment, materials, and personnel?
Recent economic challenges have underscored the importance of this question. Nearly every industry has been affected by supply chain challenges, so you would be wise to find out how your paving contractor plans to source and complete your project. At the very least, you want to know your contractor’s plan and make sure they’re prepared to handle unexpected circumstances.
What kind of warranty do they offer?
You don’t want to assume that you’ll run into issues down the road, but you do want to know how your preferred contractor is going to handle these things. What do they include in their warranty? More importantly, what do they exclude? These questions also tell you a lot about the character of your contractor. Quality contractors offer strong warranties because they’re confident that their work will stand the test of mine.
Is Burnaby Blacktop a Trusted Municipal Paving Contractor?
Burnaby Blacktop has worked alongside Greater Vancouver municipalities for over 12 years. We’re proud of our reputation when it comes to road paving, sidewalk marking, and parking lot maintenance. And we’re excited about our new architectural concrete offerings (including stairs, walls, seat benches, curved walls, curved stairs, structural footings, and much more).
Contact us today and let us know how we can serve you and your municipality!