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What to Look for in an Asphalt Contractor?

Anyone who needs to replace or repair asphalt will want to hire a competent, experienced and licensed contractor who can deliver quality work. The type of asphalt that you choose will depend on various factors, including your budget and the surface that you are working on.

 

If you’re planning on having a new asphalt driveway or parking lot installed in the Lower Mainland, you will find a variety of contractors available. It may seem like it would be easy to find the right one, but the truth is that there are a lot of factors to consider.

To make sure you get the best results possible, here are some things to look for in an asphalt contractor.

 

What Is Asphalt?

Asphalt is a black bituminous mixture used extensively in the paving and construction industries. It refers to a substance, usually rather hard, formed by the combination of natural bitumen with sand and gravel. Asphalt can be a liquid, semi-solid, or solid and is used for:

  • Road paving
  • Roofing jobs
  • Floor tile
  • Waterproofing
  • Shingles
  • Roll-roofing
  • Roofing felt
  • Pipe covering
  • And more

 

Factors to Consider When Looking for an Asphalt Contractor

The best asphalt contractors are highly organized, well-trained, and experienced in the field. They have the right tools and equipment for the job. They also stay up-to-date on construction and safety standards, and they have excellent references from previous jobs.


A trusted asphalt contractor is not necessarily the lowest bid price you will get.


If you want to vet out the right contractor, consider the following factors before hiring the right company for your next project.

 

Insurance Coverage

Many contractors will keep the minimum insurance coverage as required by the state to keep the cost of operating a business low. But if an accident happens, you want to know that your property is safe. Before hiring an asphalt contractor, review their insurance policy and check if it covers the crew under the workers’ compensation policy.


We recommend you choose a contractor who has:

  • General liability insurance
  • Workers compensation
  • Business permits & licenses

 

Material and Equipment

There are many different grades of asphalt used for a variety of paving jobs. Often, the old asphalt is removed from the surface and gets recycled for another project. Be sure to look for good workmanship by checking the company's website, social media and Google Reviews before selecting your next paving company.


You should also check the contractor's equipment when vetting them out. You don't want the machinery and equipment that could break down during a project. Equipment that is properly maintained is an important aspect of a reliable asphalt contractor.

 

Adequate Crew Size

When searching for an asphalt contractor, you want to know that they have a sufficient crew, which on average consists of five to eight workers, depending on the size of the project. Bigger commercial jobs can mean a bigger crew size, so you need to ensure that the project is not understaffed.

 

Reach out to Professionals

Asphalt is cost-effective and has many benefits, and you just need the right asphalt contractor to help you pave the road as it should be.


We hope this article was informative and provided good advice for seeking a dependable asphalt contractor in the Lower Mainland. It can be a lot to handle when planning a residential or commercial paving project. You want to possess confidence in making an informed decision for an asphalt contractor.


Elite Paving Ltd. has over 125 combined years of experience in the excavation and paving industry in Delta and Lower Mainland. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services.

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