Updating the Outer Appearance of Your Home This Summer? BBB Offers Tips for Hiring a Paving Contractor.

July 04, 2014

The summer months are the most opportune time to refurbish the outer appearance of any home or property. Winter weather will often dry, crack, and corrode a home’s foundational structures, accents, foliage, and driveways. For consumers, it can be a difficult task to find the right person or company to complete these types of jobs in an ethical manner, with maximum results.

Driveway repaving, in particular, is a process many people undertake once the winter comes to an end. Snow, sleet, rain, and other poor weather conditions can significantly alter the look of any driveway or walkway. Although repairing or repaving may be necessary, it is important to carefully select a reliable person or company to complete the job.

Paving contractors can be difficult to select for hire. They are generally unregulated, and most cities do not require a license for pavers to operate. As a result, it is important to thoroughly research any and all prospective pavers. Moreover, paving companies exist in such large numbers that it can be difficult for consumers to navigate and eliminate anyone who might provide poor services.

The BBB offers eleven tips for hiring a paving contractor:

  1. Get (at least) 3 quotes in writing.

  2. Contact the Better Business Bureau to ensure you are dealing with a reputable company. You can research prospective companies at bbb.org.

  3. Get the price, and exactly what work the contractor is going to perform. This should also be done in writing to provide legitimate documentation of the services discussed.

  4. Be aware that a 6” to 8” well compacted aggregate (or aggregate equivalent) is necessary for a well constructed, long lasting, driveway. Aggregates are a mixture of rock minerals, separated mechanically.

  5. While the thickness of the asphalt is important, it is not as important as a solid base. A compacted thickness of 2 ½” is the standard for vehicle traffic.

  6. Do not be mislead by the size of the roller to be used. Weight is important; however, timing is also important. Properly rolling the asphalt as the material cools is a key factor for a well-paved driveway.

  7. You should have your driveway constructed the way you want. It should not be constructed in a way that is easiest for the contractor. Ask the contractor for their advice, but, the final decision is up to you, the consumer.

  8. Do not hesitate to ask the contractor about other projects they have completed in your area. Feel free drive by and view the work as well.

  9. Be aware of the price quoted. If one price is considerably lower than the rest, the company may be cutting corners. This could cost much more in the long run.

  10. Ensure you understand what is contained in each quote. There may be differences in materials or equipment, altering the quoted price.

  11. Do not hesitate to ask questions. The right contractor should be willing to help you understand what is involved in the process.

For more information and consumer tips, visit bbb.org.