6 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HIRING A PAVING CONTRACTOR
Paving work is usually accomplished using large pieces of machinery and requires exceptional skills from careful planning to proper implementation. From paver setup, rolling pattern or mat temperature, every step requires attention. The most important consideration is to hire a paving contractor who specializes in the paving you’re looking for. At W.F. Botkin Construction Ltd, we are here to help you to make your decision.
Before selecting a contractor ask these six questions to avoid hitting major obstacles:
1. How Long Has the Contractor Been in the Paving Business?
It's very crucial to know how long the particular contractor has been involved in paving. When it comes to your driveway or sidewalk, you want it to be as perfect as possible. The contractor should be well versed in handling the necessary materials and should know the mechanics involved. If a contractor has been in business for many years, the quality of work will speak for itself. It is always helpful to diligently research into a contractor before hiring them
2. Do They Have Reviews or References from Recent Clients?
Asking for references or reviews will help clarify whether their customers are satisfied with the overall work. You can also take some time to check their work physically and get an impression of the contractors' craftsmanship. To ensure your decision is the right one, consider asking the contractor about any similar projects they had managed before.
3. Is There an Estimated Cost for My Project?
Most pavers will have to see your property before estimating an amount. This is important to ensure a streamlined work process where you do not go over-budget. Experienced contractors will do a meticulous inspection and present you with a comprehensive analysis of all the necessities. Some might even suggest schemes and solutions to your problems.
It is better to have multiple propositions at the end of the day to choose the most relevant one among them that goes well with your budget.
4. Does the Contractor Have Compensation and General Liability Insurance?
When you hire a paving contractor, make certain he is fully insured. The workers' compensation insurance will protect them in case of accidental job injury. It won't guard against property damages caused by the contractor or his employees. In this case, it is better if the contractor has general liability insurance to pay for property repairs or for medical expenses.
It's better to safeguard your property and reduce the impact on your finances by fully checking the insurance status of your hired contractor.
5. Which Is Better: Asphalt or Concrete?
Your contractor should be knowledgeable about the types of paving required for your property and whether your particular budget is sufficient for it.
Below are some of the pros and cons of asphalt paving and of concrete paving:
- More economical construction cost,
- More flexible in colder climates
- Easily repaired
- Shorter life cycle than concrete
- Susceptible to oil and gas spills
- Less durable than concrete
- Longer life cycle than asphalt
- More durable
- Not t susceptible to spills
- Low maintenance
- More preparation time
- Not easy to repair
- Susceptible to de-icing salts
6. Is There an Estimated Time of Completion?
It will be better to understand the expected time of completion of your project. Have a written contract with your paving contractor including all the details from the materials used to the time needed to get the job done. This will also help you have a clear idea about when the particular project will be underway and of potential.
Finding a paving contractor may seem intimidating. But with a little research and asking the right questions you will be able to find the right contractor for your job. W.F. Botkin Construction Ltd. is one of the reputed construction companies in Regina and is, well equipped to manage asphalt or concrete paving services.
For more information on what we offer, contact us today!