Your parking lot says a lot about your business. That’s why it’s important to be sure you know the paving company you’re hiring for the job is a good one. In this article we’ll explore things like the obvious business reviews on Facebook, Yelp and/ or Google as well as insights on what you should be looking for when hiring an asphalt paving contractor for your commercial needs.
Overview of things you need to consider:
- Insurance Coverage
- Experience/ Portfolio
- Quality of Equipment
In order to protect yourself from financial loss and time on your project, covering the logistics of insurance with a contractor should be a top priority.
- Make sure to receive proof of insurance and licenses before starting a project.
- Discuss safety procedures and standards they have in place and what other safety measures need to be met.
- Inquire about subcontractors (if applicable) and how the paving company vets out the subcontractors work within their own procedure.
Regardless if you were referred to a paving company or not, it always benefits to ask about any prior experience they’ve had to similar sized jobs.
- Locate previous sites a company has worked on and talk to other clients to gain insight on timeline, efficiency, and follow up after a project completion.
- Asses if they primarily focus on residential, commercial, or both. The last thing you want to do is hire a company that specializes in commercial lots with larger equipment taking care of a 10-by-12 driveway.
- Make sure you understand their capabilities before they dig up the dirt.
Quality of Equipment
The quality of equipment is not meant to be just a literal term. This includes other factors and tools that are used throughout the duration of your desired project.
- The size of their team is important especially for larger commercial jobs. Are they at a limited capacity of employees or are they capable of having a large reliable crew to cover all the labor needed?
- Determine if they have a selection of material to choose from – Ask about what the differences are, the pros and cons of each material, what would benefit more to use in relevance to your location and so forth.
- Understand the process before, during, and after a project. What kinds of warranties do they have in place after they’ve completed a job? Make sure you’re confident in the entire schedule and fine print before signing and finalizing the paperwork.
Overall no matter what companies you may be interested in, take your time in planning and vetting out vendors for your project. Finding the right fit will save you a ton of time, money, and headaches later-on.
Give Metro Paving a call today with questions and request an estimate on your project!
Metro Paving has constructed many parking lots in our 20 years in business all over the Twin Cities Metro Area and greater Minnesota.