SAQs: What You Should Ask a Commercial Asphalt Contractor

While it’s important to do your research when choosing any type of contractor, it is especially true when it comes to finding the right commercial asphalt contractor. Because asphalt paving is considered a specialty niche, many people know very little about what to expect from the process and the contractors who perform it.

SAQs or “Should Ask Questions” are questions you should ask to make the most informed decision on what services you need and who should provide them. We understand that there’s a lot when it comes to asphalt paving so we’ve compiled a list of questions you should ask commercial paving contractors anytime you’re having asphalt work done or looking into it.

How long have you been an asphalt paving contractor?

This is one of the more important questions to ask. Of course, you’ll want to work with a contractor that’s been around for a while and knows time-tested paving techniques, as well as the emerging trends and newest technologies in the industry. Remember, though, that just because a commercial asphalt paving company has been in business for a while, it doesn’t mean they perform quality work — which is why you should move on to these follow-up questions and consider other factors when making your choice.

What will the asphalt paving project entail?

Clarifying the scope of the project helps ensure success. Have an honest conversation with your asphalt contractor about the essential elements of the process and then move on to the parts of the project that may not be required, but would be beneficial to include. Clearly outline the scope in documentation that you can reference when working on your budget or getting bids from other contractors. Don’t be afraid to speak up about any questions you may have, and don’t hesitate to come back to this documentation during the paving process if something doesn’t seem clear.

Are there any challenges to be aware of?

Some asphalt paving projects will be straightforward and some present unique challenges either to you or the contractor. Knowing about these potential paving challenges beforehand can go a long way towards preventing miscommunications about cost, deadlines, or the work being performed, all of which can delay your project. 

Do you have a portfolio and references?

Ask commercial asphalt contractors for a list of projects they’ve completed in the area and then go and check them out yourself. Sure, it’s nice to see pictures online of pristine paving, but seeing the work in-person and ensuring that the paving has held up over time can give you peace of mind. Better yet? Call the provided references and speak to the contractor’s customers to learn first-hand what it was like to work with them. If a contractor can’t provide examples of work or won’t offer up references, it’s probably a good idea to walk away.

Can you explain the costs and fees associated with my paving project?

No one wants to go over budget or pay for less or lower quality work than they were initially promised. This is especially true for municipal decision-makers who need to account for every penny when it comes to infrastructure growth and repair. Be very clear at the beginning of the discussion with your asphalt contractor about the money you have to spend and ask them to lay out the line items. Understandably, surprises may come up during the asphalt paving process, but the last thing you want is to be faced with “hidden” fees. 

How long will the project take?

Keeping a commercial asphalt contractor on track starts with understanding the timeline of the paving project. This is a vitally important question for business owners to ask; you’ll want to plan for interruptions and advise your customers if they won’t be able to fully access your building during the process. If a project goes on longer than expected, it could negatively impact your bottom line.

Where do your supplies and equipment come from?

Not having regular access to high-quality paving materials and equipment may delay your commercial asphalt project or even stop it altogether. For municipal projects, this can be a huge inconvenience for residents that may have to change their commute or even lose access to their businesses. When your contractor gets materials directly from an asphalt plant and schedules equipment and line painting, you’ll have peace of mind that the project will be seamless.

Whether your project is for a commercial space or a municipal street, Leritz Busy Bee is the last provider you’ll ever need. Our inspections, new construction, and preventative maintenance procedures are of the highest caliber. You can ask us any questions you may have, and we’ll gladly be transparent about our answers and process. Get in touch with us today and find out why we have so many satisfied customers!