Is Low Cost Paving a Good Idea?
If you want to know whether the paving cost is worth the investment, you should do your homework (due diligence) before choosing a contractor. Asphalt and concrete paving projects may not be the most exciting investment you can make for your home or business, but high-quality paving definitely pays off in the long run.
Due to the competitive nature of the paving industry, some companies feel they must offer very cheap pricing to attract customers. Most of the time, these paving companies are willing to sacrifice quality in order to cut costs as much as possible; and, while not necessarily bad, customers tend to go the cheapest route. This often leads to stress and unnecessary future expenses for them. Mainly because paving companies offering the lowest cost in the market tend to use substandard materials and do not provide a warranty on the work. While the pricing of quality paving may be higher, this will save you a considerable amount of time and money when it comes to concrete and asphalt repair and maintenance.
We should start considering concrete paving and asphalt paving installation from a different perspective. Investing in paving is a long-term investment, which is why you must hire the best paving company in your area. Here, we will discuss the 4 things you should look out for when choosing a paving company.
1. Quality of Material
For any construction project, there are considerable cost savings to be had when choosing the material you will be using. Unfortunately, lower quality material almost always equates to a compromised final product and that is absolutely the case when it comes to asphalt paving: maintenance and installation. Before committing to any asphalt paving companies, make sure they are using material that is up to your standards.
2. Application Technique
There are a wide variety of methods and techniques to install concrete or asphalt. The spectrum extends from rush jobs to impressively thorough application. Check with your paving contractors to see what techniques they use and how long it will take. Part of choosing a paving company will hinge on the technique they use, the time you can afford on the project, and your overall budget.
3. Detailed Project Plan
Concrete and asphalt paving companies should be able to provide you with a detailed project plan before you commit to using their services. This plan should not only include the material and application technique they will be using but also an agreed-upon timeline and your expectations for the quality of work to be completed. Additionally, any contingencies for future asphalt repair and asphalt maintenance needs should be discussed in full.
4. Portfolio and References
Finally, like hiring any contractor, you should do your due diligence by reviewing the portfolio of your paving contractor before signing any contracts. Additionally, you can always ask for references or do some research online to check for client reviews and testimonials. So, before you decide on your next paving contractor and whether the paving project is worth the cost you have been quoted for, you should conduct a background check to verify that the paving contractor you are going for is bonded, insured, and has positive feedback from customers
Choosing a contractor for any project can be intimidating, but the four checkpoints above provide a good starting point to know if you are making the best decision. They will guarantee you are getting what you pay for when it comes to paving companies.
Burnaby Blacktop Ltd. knows what it takes to do the job right so that you end up with a great-looking, long-lasting project; be it a parking area, driveway, footpath, or roadway. As the go-to paving contractor in Lower Mainland, our team has received commendations from the Consumer Choice Awards for being the best paving company (five consecutive years). Rest assured, one call to the experts at Burnaby Blacktop will help ease your mind. With competitive rates and professional service, our team always has your best interests in mind.
Give us a call to discuss your project, request a quote, or schedule your paving project today!