Before you build your next big home patio or walkway, to contact your hardscape contractor and ask them these key questions. From what paving stones they are using to materials and installation costs, there are a number of important questions you need to ask. These will save you time and money, ensuring a smooth installation process.
What is Used for the Base Materials?
You might think that adding some paving stones or a retaining wall is an easy process. However, every homeowner should ask their hardscape contractor about the base materials and the compaction process. How does the contractor prepare the base? What materials do they use? Don’t forget to ask for details about the compaction process.
What Type of Drainage?
Many projects require planned drainage to prevent damage from water-runoff. Ask the contractor if the drainage slopes away from the house. Have they taken your landscaping and other hardscape structures into account? For those in areas that are susceptible to extreme weather conditions, preventing flooding and water damage is crucial. Don’t forget to ask this important question.
What Permits are Required?
Every homeowner knows someone who undertook a large building project only to find out too late that they needed a permit. Decks, pools, and covered structures often require a permit. You can find out this information through your city. The contractor should also be able to help you determine which permits you need prior to construction.
What about Worker’s Compensation?
A professional hardscaping company will already have liability insurance. However, be sure to ask about the contractor’s insurance and workman’s compensation. This may save you significant hassle if any damage or injuries occur during construction.
Be sure to speak with your hardscaping professional about these questions. Always feel free to speak with them about any concerns that may come to mind during construction.