Before hiring an asphalt driveway contractor to provide you with their installation services, you should ask them a series of questions. Their responses will help you decide whether or not they are the ideal contractor to deliver the services that you require.
Here are a few questions you can ask.
How long have you been in business?
There are several stages that need to be followed when installing your asphalt driveway. It involves coming up with the right design, picking out the right materials, and proper installation techniques, just to name a few. This is why you need to have an experienced driveway contractor. One of the first questions you should ask is, how long have they been in business? You want to work with someone who has been installing, renovating and repairing driveways for some time. This will ensure that your new driveway meets your expectations and is done right the first time.
Are you fully insured?
This question should be brought up during your first meeting with an asphalt driveway contractor. It’s important to ensure that the driveway contractors you decide to hire have full coverage that will protect you as the homeowner against any potential damages or injuries. Otherwise, you can be held liable in a case where someone is injured or if there is damage caused to your home or a neighbours.
Can you show me some examples of your recent work?
You can ask the contractor for some photos of recent asphalt driveways that they’ve worked on. If they’ve done decent work in the past they should be eager to showcase some examples of their services. After seeing some of their completed projects you’ll feel more confident about hiring them. Seeing their work may also give you some ideas for how you want to create your new driveway.
How long can I expect this surface to last?
A contractor should tell you that a new asphalt driveway won’t last forever. However, with proper installation and care, an asphalt driveway can last around 15+ years. To prolong the lifespan of your driveway some maintenance would be needed. Sealcoating the asphalt surface every few years is essential to prevent cracks from developing and damaging your driveway. If cracks do form, it’s important to fill them as soon as possible to avoid further problems.
Who will be responsible for the work?
It’s helpful to know who will be working on your property and how many team members will be involved. Especially if the project will take several days. Will the same crew show up every day? Will there be a project manager that oversees the project from start to finish?
How Long will the project take?
Each paving or repair project is unique. The time it takes for your paving job is decided by the type of work and the scale of the project. A contractor should be able to provide a reasonable estimate of how long the project will take. You may even ask for a written timeline.
Depending on the response to these questions. You should have a better idea of whether or not to hire this contractor. Some questions are deal-breakers like how long they have been in business or if they are insured. If the contractor hasn’t been in business for too long, it says a lot about their experience. If they are not fully insured that’s an indication to look for another contractor. There are many contractors providing different services, it’s essential to ask them some key questions before ultimately deciding which contractor to work with.