It is pretty easy to know when you need a new driveway or parking lot because you see the the potholes and the cracking. The following gives you some tips about how to conduct your initial consultation and what should be included in a driveway installation quote…

Topics to Ask an Asphalt Contractor About

As is the case whenever you hire professionals to work on your property, you should begin the process of hiring driveway contractors by seeking out references and checking online reviews. Draw up a list of questions…

  • Surface Preparation – Your contractor should first walk you through the job from start to finish. The most important part of your driveway or parking lot is not the top surface but rather the subgrade. If the base is not properly installed nothing on the surface is going to look or provide durability.
  • Grading – Improper drainage is the number one enemy of your driveway or parking lot. The topic of water distribution and grading needs to be a subject discussed. If your driveway does not have proper drainage it will have a shorter lifespan and require frequent maintenance and repairs. A good quote needs to include proper grading and water movement for your unique driveway or parking lot.
  • Benefits of Asphalt – Your contractor should discuss other surface options such as concrete or pavers so you understand exactly why asphalt is recommended. Your contractor should also talk to you about permeable or porous asphalt pavement and what the benefits of this new technology can provide for your driveway or parking lot.
  • Maintenance – Your new driveway or parking lot will probably last 20+ years with the right amount of maintenance and repairs. No matter what type of surface you choose there will be repair and maintenance involved. Your contractor should discuss all of the required maintenance for your asphalt driveway.

View References, Past Work, and Online Reviews

Ask for a list of projects in the area the contractor has paved. Sure, they’re going to pick references that had a good experience. But if they have a long list of happy, well-known clients that have nice things to say, it can make you more confident to add your name to that list. Check out their 3rd party reviews on Google and Facebook. The best contractors will show some featured projects on their websites.

Ask About Custom Asphalt Mixes

Controlling the raw ingredients in your new asphalt driveway means that the installation team can find the perfect custom asphalt mix for every unique driveway surface. In fact, their are many custom mixes. The raw materials come from digs or from recycled materials. All asphalt paving mixes are designed, tested, and monitored to ensure the quality of material produced for your driveway.

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Arrow Blacktop offers reliable asphalt and paving services to commercial and residential customers in Greater Cincinnati. We work to exceed expectations on every job we undertake. Whether your project is small or large in scale, Arrow Blacktop can help!
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