How to Hire the Best Commercial Paving Company for the Job

Finding the best contractor to get the job done right is often a complicated proposition. There are so many factors, and it can be confusing to try to balance them all. On top of that, the cost and availability of the right contractors can come into play, further muddying the situation. The best thing to do is to decide on exactly what you’re looking for, commit to it, and then start shopping. This is particularly true when you are trying to select the right commercial paving solution. Commercial paving comes with a unique set of needs and factors that need to be taken into account as you make your selection. To simplify the process, here are some things to keep in mind as you start your search for a contractor to meet your commercial paving needs.

Make Sure They Have the Right Qualifications

It doesn’t take long to form a commercial paving company. As long as someone can acquire the right equipment, or simply rent it, they can start a commercial paving business. And there’s nothing wrong with a new business. Sometimes they offer innovative solutions that can save you time and money. However, make sure the pros you get have the right amount of experience. If they are new to the business, that can be OK as well, but you need to be sure they are adequately trained and supervised. There’s nothing wrong with asking the owner of the commercial paving business if the pros he or she plans to send are qualified.

Of course, the word of the business owner may not be enough. You should ask for references. Despite the kind of work performed, make sure you ask the reference about how professional the company was. You should also inquire about the relationship between the reference and the business owner. You don’t want to fall victim to nepotism. Also, ask the reference how the commercial paving contractor handles obstacles as the job progresses. An ability to adjust to adversity is a strong asset when performing any type of task, but especially commercial paving.

Check for the Proper Licenses

Depending on your area, there may be different licenses required in order to own and/or operate a commercial paving business. Asphalt paving comes with some inherent dangers. Asphalt services often require special care be taken and licensing agencies take this into account when granting and continuing to support the license of a contractor. Having the license means a certain quality of work can be expected, otherwise, the contractor can lose his or her license. By heading license requirements, you also protect yourself from potential legal pitfalls. This is particularly true if they produce sub-par work that results in an injury.

Conduct Real Interviews of Potential Contractors

Commercial paving needs sometimes come with a tight time limit. Do not let this prevent you from taking the time to adequately interview the contractors you’re considering. They may be able to give quick, good-sounding answers to run of the mill questions, so you may have to take some time to think of questions that truly address your needs. For example, you may want to know if they are familiar with the topography of the area and know which types of obstacles may arise in the paving process. You can also ask about the different kinds of paving they’ve done, including residential paving, driveway resurfacing, or other paving solutions. You can further inquire about how they feel these experiences equip them to perform the work you need as well. Don’t be shy. Pay attention to the answers you get. If they are inadequate, you may want to ask a clarifying question to make sure the interviewee understands what you were asking. If the answers are insufficient or the tone with which you are addressed is inappropriate or makes you uncomfortable, feel free to walk away and look elsewhere.

Ultimately, you want to secure the best commercial paving contractor you can. By checking the qualifications, the licenses, and by performing legitimate interviews, you can quickly narrow down your choices. Paving isn’t something to be taken lightly. A real pro is going to make sure the job is done right—and safely. Take your time and get the pro that’s right for you.

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