There is a lot of asphalt in the United States. It covers more than 90% of all parking surfaces and more than 94% of all of the 2.6 million paved roads that criss cross the nation. The pavement on those roads is the equivalent of 18 million tons of asphalt concrete. If you are looking for a commercial contractor to do your asphalt driveway, there are a few things you should look for.
- Do some research. If you are looking to have a new asphalt driveway installed for your business, you want to find the right contracting company to do the job. When they are installed properly, asphalt driveways can last anywhere between 25 and 50 years. You can ask the business owners you know about what they did. It is always great when you can get a personal recommendation for any goods or services. You can also do some research online. Most localities have Facebook groups devoted to helping people find local services. Yelp! is also another great resource for recommendations for services such as this.
- Verify their insurance and license. When you are talking to different driveway contractors ask them about their licenses and the kind of insurance they carry but also verify what they tell you. Anyone can say they have everything they need and then not actually have it.
- Research the costs associated with new driveway installation. The more you know about how much it costs to have a new, commercial asphalt driveway installed, the better. Having this information before you start to call different driveway contractors will make it a lot easier to evaluate the different price bids that you get. The way the driveway contractor will determine the price of your job is to start with an estimate of how much concrete will be needed to complete your job. Before you get any quotes, you need to have the contractor go to your property and survey it. They should draw up a plan and measure the length and width of the proposed driveway. Be wary of any quotes that are made without taking this step. From there, they will calculate how long your project will take and how many people they will need to complete it. To the concrete and labor costs, they will add any other costs such as fees for permits and that sort of thing.
- Make sure you get itemized bids. As there are a number of factors that go into any asphalt driveway job, you should ask for your bid to write out what each part will cost. This breakdown will include a breakdown of the different costs (labor, materials, fees, insurance, etc.). This will cut down on the likelihood that your contractor will add random costs on to your bill.
- Negotiate a fixed price for your project. Many times contractors will give potential clients bids that are dependent on the time it takes to do the job or some other intangibles that cannot be determined before the job is started. If you can nail them down on a fixed price, you should definitely do that. Talk to the asphalt driveway contractor about giving you a fixed bid so that you will know exactly what your bill will be when your job is done.
- Talk to a few asphalt driveway companies. Experts in this area recommend businesses talk to at least three different companies. You can them compare a few different quotes and gotten an idea of what several companies think of the job. Different contractors may give you different ideas about how much your project will cost and how long it will take. Take your time when you are talking to different contractors.
One of the first things your customers and clients will see of your business is your driveway or parking lot and it may have an impact on what they think of your company. For better or worse, many people do judge businesses by how they look from the outside. Because of this, you want to find the right company to install your asphalt driveway. If you take your time and do your research, you will.