6 Questions to Ask a Paving Contractor

Greenway Industries Paving

There are a lot of variables to deal with when you look for a potential paving contractor. It’s not an easy task, especially for residential or business owners who aren’t familiar with the paving process.

To make sure that you hire the right paving contractor to get your paving project completed the right way, we’ve made a list of questions you should consider asking while you’re gathering bids for your project.

1. How Long Have You Been a Paving Contractor?

A contractor’s reputation and years in the business will reflect what kind of work they produce.  If a contractor has been around for a while its likely their work has quality, but this might not always be the case. It’s always good to learn as much as you can about the company and figure out if they’re a good fit for you and what you want to accomplish.

It’s also good to develop a relationship with a paving contractor that you can truly trust and work with on multiple projects around your business or home.

2. Do You Have References I Can Contact?

Any business can claim they’re at what they do, but how can you be sure? To avoid hiring a paving contractor that isn’t suitable, ask them if they’re willing to give you a list of references. That way, you can contact a few of their customers and get a feel for how they operate and what kind of results they bring.

3. What Is Included In the Scope Of Work?

When you are working out multiple bids with contractors it’s best for everyone to be on the same page, and understand what the project essentials are.  This way you can weigh your odds and figure out who has the better rate.

The more details you discuss with your potential contractor, the more accurate they can quote your project. This way, you and your contractor will know everything that needs to be done to execute the project right.

4. What Is The Estimated Price for This Project?

Most paving contractors will need to see your property before giving you an accurate estimate. When you’re shopping around, have the potential contractor come to your property and scope the area. You never want to be caught off guard with multiple charges for work you didn’t approve of or work that wasn’t discussed with you.

5. Should I Go With Asphalt or Concrete?  

Seeing that you’re looking to hire a paving contractor, they should be experts in this area and be able to answer your question with high accuracy.

You wouldn’t be expected to know everything about paving, so discussing topics with your contractor like types of asphalt can be important. Asphalt is often recycled, and the higher quality the products used, the longer your newly paved area will last. Concrete is another option, so discussing what materials to use with your contractor can help determine your end result as well as what kind of budget is needed.

6. Are You Licensed & Insured To Work In This Area?

This is an important question you shouldn’t forget to ask. You need to know that the contractor you’re looking to hire can actually operate legally in your area. A properly licensed contractor has gone through all of the needed steps to prove their legitimacy and competence in your area.

It’s also good to know if they are insured, not ony that they are protected by that you and your property are protected as well. But you may also want a company that offers complete coverage in the event of a possible accident.

Finding A Reliable Paving Company

So, it’s safe to say that there is a lot to consider when choosing the right pavement contractor for your project.Having a new project can be exciting, and having your project done right is even better. We hope that these questions have given you a better insight into looking for the perfect contractor for your next big paving project.

Still searching for a reliable paving contractor in your area? Greenway Industries can answer all of your paving questions, including those we’ve discussed! Call us today at 203-885-1037 to receive a free quote!