Selecting an Asphalt Paving Contractor


There are lots of factors that go into deciding the the price and outcome of your paving project. You must take into account several factors as you select your contractor. However, it must be pointed out that going for the lowest bid may not always be the best choice as you select an asphalt paving contractor. In addition, it is vital that you meet the potential contractor face to face where you can pose all the questions you have.

Some of the important factors that can guide your selection include the following.

Type of Paving Equipment

You must establish the kind of paving equipment that the potential contractor has. Is it in tip-top shape? If they have old and run down machines, they could breakdown frequently and delay your project. Keep in mind that asphalt can cool rather quickly and if they wait too long, it could affect the final appearance of your asphalt carpark or pavement when completed.

Having equipment that is properly maintained is vital for your project. By all means stay clear of a contractor who lacks suitable asphalt paving machines.

Insurance Coverage

If an accident occurs on your property, it is best to be protected. Therefore, ensure the contractor has the following types of insurance coverage:

  • General liability
  • Auto Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Umbrella policy  

The contractor should also have some clauses that deal with any asphalt repairs should the need arise after the job is completed

Asphalt Material Selection

There are lots of grades of asphalt, each containing different percentages of recycled material. The longevity and look of your asphalt carpark or pavement could be affected by low quality asphalt. Specifically request that the contractor applies only higher grade asphalt that has less recycled material.

Sufficient Crew

Ensure that the contractor has an adequate team to successfully complete your project. Being understaffed will not just affect the overall outcome of your project, but it could also cause unnecessary delays and losses. If you need any asphalt repairs later, make sure the contractor has sufficient workers who can be dispatched for the work.

Down Payment

The majority of reputable paving companies have access to credit lines with most of the material suppliers. As such, they should not be asking for a deposit from you, unless it is a token commitment fee. Only choose reputable contractors with a sound track record of delivering on the agreed product.


The best way of looking at asphalt paving is to view it as a long range investment. When properly installed, your asphalt paving or carpark can serve you for over 20 years. Remember that to save a couple of hundred in the short term could end up costing you thousands down the road. Do your research; ask questions and then make an informed decision as you choose your contractor.


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