Whether you are looking to build a driveway for your home or create a parking lot for your office complex, it is important to hire a professional asphalt paving installer.Installing asphalt paving can be a very labor intensive task that can be extremely complicated if specific steps are not followed and if the preparation phase is not completed properly. Imagine spending all that time and money trying to do it yourself only to have your asphalt paving crack, pit or disintegrate after only a short time. Here are a few things to consider that will affect the cost of your asphalt paving installation.
Repaired or Replaced?
Asphalt replacement of driveways is necessary when the existing asphalt is badly deteriorated or the underlying gravel base shows signs of failing. Removing and replacing asphalt is also necessary if the proper drainage of the driveway cannot be achieved because the area is too flat. If your base is still sound, you can possibly install a new layer of asphalt over the old to resurface the existing area. If you can add a layer of asphalt without needing to remove what is underneath that can save you considerably in the total costs.
Benefits of Asphalt
Asphalt is a more cost effective option - which is something to consider if you're on a budget. Also, asphalt provides a better surface for snow and ice removal in winter climates. It's easier to repair and additional layers can be added if necessary.
Installation Cost Factors
The cost of the installation process all depends upon the size of the space that you are having paved and the climate and weather on the day of the installation. Asphalt doesn't need to "dry," it needs to cool and harden and this can take around 5-8 hours. However, it is normally recommended that you wait 48 hours before driving on or using the new asphalt pavement. After a year, you may consider getting your asphalt sealed in order to increase the longevity of the work. It takes about a year for the asphalt to fully cure so be sure to ask your contractor what kinds of things you can do to keep your new pavement in good condition as this curing process takes place.
Choosing a Contractor
There are many factors to consider when selecting the best asphalt paving contractor for residential or business needs. Get at least three detailed bids before making your decision ask for all expectations, labor and supplies be in writing and that you completely understand the terms and conditions of the work to be done. Ensure that your contractor will get all necessary permits.
Talk to your contractor about what happens if you aren't satisfied with the work (ie: puddles in paving work) or if unforeseen circumstances cause changes in the bid. See what kinds of warranties are offered and make sure you understand what is included in the price of the estimate. Get, and check, references from each contractor and even visit previous work sites. Make sure that you see their insurance policies for liability and workers compensation and ask about their liability in the event of property damage or accident. Finally, ask about job site clean-up and whether or not you are responsible for that cost as well.
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