Hiring a contractor for your pavement needs is no small feat. It could spell disaster for you, your home, or your business if you failed to hire an unprofessional contractor who doesn’t know how to install an asphalt driveway or Plant City parking lot paving. You need to be very careful with your decision because you are shelling out a lot of money installing or repairing an asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Before signing the contract, you have to ask your pavement contractor these four basic questions:
Is your company licensed and bonded?
When a contractor offers to do the job for a very small fee compared to other contractors you have asked, be wary about him. A project such as installing or repairing a pavement is quite expensive because the company that does this kind of thing needs to be licensed and needs to pay the proper taxes, licensing fees, etc. Essentially, you are also paying the government for the licenses that your contractor needs to have to be able to operate. The first question you need to ask is whether your contractor is licensed and bonded. This will protect you from liability for accidents on your property since licensed pavement contractors are required to have insurance.
Do your crews specialize in hardscaping?
You have to make sure that the crews understand the importance of properly installing the pavement, that it could cost you quite a lot of money in the future if the pavement did not have the proper sub-base layer. There are crews who can promise to do the job for a much lesser time, but they may be cutting corners and doing shortcuts in the installation of driveways or parking lots can spell disaster in the future.
What is the plan for drainage?
This is an important component for any driveway or parking lot. There are different types of driveway drainages—channel drains and bordering surface drains are some of the most popular. Your contractor has to channel the water away from the house and into the government-installed drainage that runs underground.
What is the warranty that you offer?
Most contractors will offer you a warranty for their service. The most common warranty is a five-year warranty for driveways and parking lots. This will keep you comfortable that any unwarranted issues that could crop up in the next five years will be answered by your contractor.