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Choose The Right Paving Company

How To Choose The Right Paving Company

Deciding to pave your driveway is a no-brainer. A paved driveway boosts the value of your property and provides a safe area to park and play. Choosing the best contractor for the job, however, can be more of a challenge. When done properly, a paving job should last for decades! But – hiring the wrong company means you may spend a lot of money for work that will need to be repaired soon after. To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together this list of how to choose the right paving company!

Good Reputation

A reputable paving company knows that knowledge and experience are paramount. Choose a company that has invested time and effort into cultivating a good reputation. Look into how many years they have been in business, and how that business has been received.

Experience and References

Has this company worked on similar projects before? If your project involves a large area for commercial paving, then choosing a company who has mainly completed small residential projects may not be the best choice. It is also important to look at references from previous clients, or if possible, take a look at recent projects completed in the area.

Insured and Licensed

This is by far the most important quality to look for in a paving company! Paving can be a dangerous job. Without the proper insurance, accidents will end up on your homeowners policy. A professional company will have invested money to procure a policy with full liability. The paving company should also be licensed to perform work in your local area.

Transparent Communication

Transparent and timely communication is essential! The right company will be customer focused. They will respond to your inquiry in a timely manner. They will take the time to perform a site visit before providing a clear estimate. Discussing the job preparation, drainage requirements, and asphalt thickness are all conversations that should be had before agreeing to work together. 

By looking out for these 4 things, you can be confident in your decision to hire the best paving company for the job! If you have an upcoming paving project and would like to receive an estimate, contact our qualified team of professionals today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

Paving Estimate

Top 4 Things A Paving Estimate Should Include

Spring is nearing, which means it’s time to start planning repairs for all that damage the winter months have wreaked on your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Here at Epic Paving, we know pavement repair and installation projects require a high degree of planning and upfront decisions. To help ease the decision of which contractor to choose for your paving project, we’ve comprised a list of the top things your paving estimate should include so you can rest assured that you’re making the most informed decision.

1. Site Visit

First and foremost, a paving estimate should only be received after the contractor has completed a site visit. This is to ensure the contractor fully understands the scope of your paving project, thus providing a more accurate plan and price.

2. Who You’re Working With

Every estimate should include your project manager and/or point-of-contact’s information. Other information that should be easily accessible includes: how long the company has been in business, industry recognition and awards, positive customer reviews, prior projects, as well as a list of referrals for you to contact if requested.

3. Project Details

While a paving estimate may not include exact start dates, it should include an approximate amount of time the project may take and important project phases, such as acquiring permits. Key details regarding what work will be done should also be stated, including: which materials and thickness of asphalt will be used, drainage plans, sealcoating, striping, as well as the areas which will be paved or repaired. In this case a detailed project map would be ideal!

4. Estimated Costs

Last but certainly not least, your paving estimate should include expected costs to complete the project. The costs provided in your paving estimate should include everything from materials to labor, so there are no surprises!

At the end of the day, every contractor should take the time to review their paving estimate with you. Your paving estimate will set the tone for how the rest of your project will go, and it’s important for both parties to fully understand and agree to what work will be completed. Timely and transparent communication is the key to every job well done! If you have an upcoming paving project and would like to receive an estimate, contact our team today at 416­-701-1881 or info@epicpaving.ca.

How Long Will Asphalt Driveway Last

How Long Will An Asphalt Driveway Last?

How Long Will Asphalt Driveway Last

As a home or business owner, the time may come where you will need to install a new driveway or repair an existing one. Choosing asphalt over concrete is potentially one of the most important improvements you can make, but you may be wondering how long this improvement will last.

Asphalt is an extremely durable material, however, the longevity of this material will depend on several external factors, including: the composition of the asphalt itself, the quality of the installation job, the local climate, and how well the material is maintained over time. When properly installed and cared for, an asphalt driveway can last anywhere from 15 to 35 years!

To get the most from your asphalt driveway, it is important to work with contractors who use asphalt from a reputable manufacturer to ensure a high quality and durable material. Proper installation is vital for the lifespan of your driveway; the foundation should be compact and the end result should be graded and sealed so rainwater and other naturally occurring substances do not pool on top of the asphalt. Climate also plays a huge factor in the wear and tear on asphalt; wetter climates will soften and break down the asphalt, whereas extremely hot climates can cause the asphalt to crack.

Now that you understand the external factors better, what are some of the factors within your control that can help extend the life of your asphalt driveway? 

  • Avoid allowing oily substances from vehicles to drip onto the driveway as they break down the material in asphalt.
  • If you are in a hot climate, keep the asphalt cool by spraying with water on extremely hot days.
  • In cold climates, use special winter salt or a brush to remove snow and ice to avoid scratching the upper surface of the asphalt.
  • Repair any cracks or chips that you notice as quickly as possible.

By following these simple steps, you can expect your asphalt driveway to last well over 15 years. If you are ready to repair or install your asphalt driveway, our qualified team at Epic Paving is here to provide the expertise you need for a durable and long lasting asphalt driveway.