Asphalt Parking Lots and Driveways have a lot in common when it comes to maintenance but there are extra steps when it comes to your parking lot.
Questions To Ask Your Paving Contractor
Any home project can be overwhelming whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring someone else. It can get even more overwhelming the higher the price. This is why it is a good idea to get multiple estimates when you hire anyone to work on your home or business. Chances are when you get these estimates the prices will vary, sometimes by a lot . When the prices are all over the place for the same type of work it is important that you ask more questions of your contractor. Remember, there is a reason why people say, “You get what you pay for”.
Here are some things you should be asking your paving contractor to determine if they are right for your project:
How Long Have You Been In Business?
Not every profession has to have a lot of experience to do their job well. However, it should be noted that with experience comes knowledge. If you’ve been in business a long time you have probably come across issues that other people in your field have not and you know how to solve those issues. You might know what materials work better than others. Possibly your team works better and faster than other companies because they know exactly what is going to happen next. Spencer Paving is a family owned business that has been gathering knowledge and experience for over 25 years and we know how to get your job done right.
Are You Insured?
It is important that you hire a paving contractor that is insured. You have to remember that this company is going to be working on your property with heavy equipment around your home or business and any number of things could go wrong. If something happens to one of the employees, your home, your car or your properly you want to make sure that is covered so that you do not have to pay out of pocket to cover those expenses. You will want to check to make sure your asphalt contractor not only has insurance but that they also have sufficient coverage for your project. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions, we are prepared to answer whatever insurance questions you have for us. It is important to us that you feel comfortable with us working with you on your property. The same should go for any contractor you’re speaking with.
What Services Do You Offer?
Not all paving contractors offer the same services. Also, when you get a quote for your project different companies may offer different services which will affect your estimate. Are they removing the existing blacktop or are they suggesting paving overtop of existing material (see our previous blog posts as to why this could be a bad idea). Are they accounting for fixing any drainage issues that might present themselves and do they even know how to handle those situations? Some contractors do concrete, some only do asphalt. Some contractors offer sealcoating services, some do not. Just because your contractor offers some of these or if they don’t does not necessarily mean it is a deal-breaker as to whether or not you end up working with them.
What Areas Do You Serve?
If you find a contractor you want to work with, or that was referred to you, it is important to make sure they work in your area. Generally you can find service areas on the company’s website or google listing. (While we’re talking about google listings if you’d like to leave a review for Spencer Paving you can do so here 😉). At Spencer Paving we have a large service area and you can find that information on our contact page.
If you don’t see your location on our map give us a call and see if we can help.
Why Should I Choose You?
It seems like kind of an obvious question but it is an important one. Feel free to ask your contractor why you should choose them and see what they say. For us it is easy, we are knowledgeable, we’ve been in business for over 25 years, we love what we do and we’re good at it.
We would love to work with you on your next project. If you decide you want to go with someone else or at least see what other companies have to offer we highly recommend you ask these questions and pay attention to the answers, they may surprise you.
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185 Sabin Road
Spencer, NY 14883