A new pavement has the potential to improve your property’s curb appeal, make things more convenient for your tenants and customers, and increase the value of your property. However, if you choose the wrong contractor, your new pavement may not reach its full potential. Before you select an Atlanta paving contractor, you want to make sure that you receive satisfactory answers to five critical questions.
How Long Have You Been an Atlanta Paving Contractor?
This question is structured to provide information on the contractor’s experience in the region. Granted, the overall experience of the paving contractor matters, but you want to find someone who is familiar with the area’s weather as well as local codes. Paving contractors in North Georgia must cope with weather conditions that are not found in some other parts of the country. For example, the relative humidity levels typically range between 61% and 75%, and it rains on more than 116 days during an average year. These conditions are not encountered in places like Las Vegas, Nevada, so asphalt paving contractors who have spent most of their careers in that area may not have learned how to adapt their scheduling, techniques, and mixes to the Atlanta climate.
Are You Appropriately Insured?
If you hire an uninsured contractor, you could be placing yourself at financial risk. You want to make sure that your paving contractor has valid policies for workers’ compensation, general liability insurance, and vehicle liability insurance; an umbrella policy is a nice bonus. Commercial paving companies should carry a general liability policy with a minimum limit of $500,000.
What Paving Materials Are You Comfortable Using?
Experienced roadway and parking lot paving contractors frequently work with both concrete and asphalt paving, and it is not uncommon for them to use both materials on a single project. For example, you might have an asphalt parking lot, but you also have concrete swales, curbs, gutters, or other features. Therefore, you would want to hire a contractor who can skillfully install or repair both types of paving materials.
Can You Provide Me With References for Jobs You Have Completed as an Atlanta Paving Contractor?
Typically, reputable paving contractors will volunteer a list of references for you to contact. If they do not offer such a list, be sure to ask for it, then contact the references to inquire about the contractor’s workmanship, reliability, communication skills, and service. The advantage of obtaining local references is that you can drive by the sites to see the results for yourself. Ideally, you want references for the type and scope of the work that you need performed.
Precisely What Are You Including in Your Estimate?
Not every contractor takes the same approach to providing an estimate, but you need to make sure that all estimates you receive are for the same work. That means that you need to verify the scope of the work, the materials that will be used, and the precise procedures that are included. You also want to know who will be responsible for securing and paying for any necessary permits, cleaning up the site after the work is completed, and removing any traffic control devices left behind by the contractor.
The Surface Masters Would Be Happy to Assist You
We are a highly regarded, experienced paving company specializing in Atlanta parking lots. Our services include asphalt paving, parking lot striping, asphalt reclamation and milling, concrete installation, asphalt crack repair, asphalt resurfacing, asphalt sealcoating, pavement markings, and asphalt repair. Our reputation is based on our superior workmanship, exemplary customer service, and refreshing honesty. For a free quote, call 770-250-6392, email Info@TheSurfaceMasters.com, or submit our request form online.