As any Houston paving contractor can tell you, projects go faster and smoother with the proper planning. Although your contractor will be the one responsible for much of the planning, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself before you contact him. The more you know about your pavement condition, the better you can communicate your goals, pavement problems, and concerns during your initial phone call and the contractor’s inspection of your pavement.
How to Plan for Your Asphalt Paving Project
Which Paving Services Do You Think You Need?
Take a close look at your pavement. How much damage do you see? Are there just a few minor cracks, or is the entire pavement riddled with potholes and large expanses of alligator cracks? Does the pavement only need a facelift, or does it appear to be damaged beyond repair? Keep in mind that your contractor may have a different impression of your pavement. Many contractors report that some customers who call them for a pavement reconstruction quote are surprised to discover that asphalt repairs could provide them with another decade of useful life from their pavements. Conversely, some customers assume that all their pavements need is an asphalt overlay, then discover that an overlay would not be a cost-effective solution due to extensive damage to the pavement and its foundation. Therefore, although you cannot be certain of the services you will need until a reputable contractor inspects your pavement, you will have a better idea of what might be needed so that you can begin planning your budget.
If I Have Special Requirements, Will My Paving Contractor Charge More?
Asphalt contractors are accustomed to having clients ask whether the work can be performed on a particular day or in a specific order. Few contractors will charge extra for reasonable requests that will not interfere with the quality of the work. Still, it depends on the contractor, the service requested, and the complications involved in fulfilling the special request. For example, if a restaurant is closed on Mondays, a request to have the work performed on a Monday is not unreasonable and will not impact the work quality. However, the only way to know for certain is to discuss any special considerations you might need when you interview potential contractors.
How Do I Find a Reputable Asphalt Contractor?
Ask for recommendations from colleagues or relatives who have had paving work done recently. You can also perform an internet search for paving contractors in your town. Virtually all established reputable contractors have a website, social media account, or another online footprint. Visit their websites to determine which services they offer and review their testimonials. Online forums may have reviews posted by former customers. Look for contractors who are transparent about their experience and staffing. Once you have identified a few possible contractors, you can call each one to open the discussion. However, do not expect any reputable contractor to provide a firm quote until he has visited your property and conducted an evaluation of your pavement.
For Help Planning and Completing Your Next Paving Project, Contact Marathon Solutions Group
Marathon Solutions Group is a respected Houston paving contractor offering a full range of paving services, including asphalt paving, concrete installation and repair, asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping, asphalt resurfacing, thermoplastic markings, asphalt repairs, bollard installation, and asphalt milling. Since our company was founded in 2005, we have completed numerous commercial, industrial, and municipal projects, earning an exemplary reputation for our workmanship, customer service, and professionalism. For a free site visit and quote, use the online form to send us your information or call us at 800-879-1147.