More and more people now are opting for asphalt paving instead of concrete for their driveways as asphalt paving has a number of advantages over concrete paving. Not only asphalt ensures a hard durable surface, it also prevents cracking during a freeze or thaw cycle. Paving asphalt is also easier and quicker than paving using concrete. But to get the best results from your asphalt, it is necessary that you hire a good asphalt-paving contractor to do the job for you.
Finding a reliable asphalt contractor can be quite difficult. But, if you ask your friends and acquaintances for references and search online for contractors, you will be able to locate a good contractor in no time. Ask for quotes from at least three short listed asphalt-paving contractors and opt for one that suits your requirement and budget the best. But, if you see a huge difference (more than $1000) between the quoted amounts of two asphalt paving contractors, do not get attracted by the rates of the company charging less, as the probability is that it is a small company that will give you a thinner layer of asphalt which will not last long. A good asphalt-driving contractor would survey your site and tell you about any extra requirements and necessities before sending his workers.
There are a number of things that you should discuss with the contractor before you call them for the final job. Firstly, ask about their insurance and license. This is necessary as, otherwise, you asphalt paving might become a victim of fraud. Also, if a worker gets injured on the site then you will have to face problems in case the company doesn’t have the necessary insurance. Secondly, inquire about drainage to prevent water collecting on your driveway. Make sure that the driveway is crowned, so that the water runs along the boundary or you would face problems during winters. Thirdly, ask the asphalt-paving contractors if they would charge any thing extra to reinstall gates, if necessary, according to the new level of the driveway. And lastly, tell the contractor that the other surrounding area should not be harmed in any way and if there is any mess created by the workers, they will have to clean it up.