Asphalt driveway is an attractive, inviting passageway to your home as visitors approach.
If you're considering paving your driveway with asphalt, there are several things to consider before making your decision on contractor and type of asphalt.
Most of the asphalt contractors can provide advice over the phone on the price ranges and types of Hot Mix Asphalt available, and can consult what type would serve your driveway best.
The price you're going to pay for paving your driveway with asphalt is dependent on several things.
Normally, the larger the are to be paved with asphalt, the lower the per sq. ft. price is going to be.
Therefore, if your driveway does not have much in terms of area, it might be good idea to get a few of your neighbors together that need asphalt pavement for their driveway too, in order to increase the area to be paved with asphalt and thus decreasing the price each of you pay for the job.
However, there are other conditions, such as the type of terrain that also affect the price. These conditions may require the contractor to take a look at your driveway before making the bid, so you may not get a quote right away.
Also, if your driveway requires additional landscaping work, those will normally be quoted separately on the bid.
Overall, it's a good idea to talk to the potential asphalt contractors in good time before you need your driveway paved with asphalt in order to get an idea on the scope of the project, time- and price-wise.
Typically, the turnaround time for a written price quote (and getting around to actually paving your way with asphalt) is shorter for the smaller contractors.
Choosing an Asphalt Driveway Contractor
Past work done on similar projects is a great way to assess potential contractors on suitability for paving your driveway.
Most contractors are glad to provide examples and references on the similar types of projects they've done in the past.
When it comes to price, the lowest bids on the asphalt itself may not tell you the final price if there is additional landscaping work required.
Therefore, make sure you get price quotes on all the work required for your driveway.
Nearly not all contractors are part of state or national pavement associations, but contacting these associations may provide you with additional information on the leading and reliable contractors in your area.
Additionally, as there are considerable costs to getting asphalt crews (which consists of several workmen and heavy equipment) to your driveway, it might be good idea to contact those asphalt contractors that are currently doing work nearby, in order to lower the costs, as you don't have to pay for the costs that occur when these crews have to move their equipment from one area to another.
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