5 Essential Tips for Choosing Your Paver Contractor

Paving lends a unique aesthetic appeal to a space, and with so many exquisite designs to choose from, it has increasingly become a landscaping element that’s both a functional requirement as well as an artistic expression of personal style.

If you’re looking for a paving company for your patio, driveway, pool deck, fire pit, walkway or other outdoor space, here are five key tips that will help you choose the right contractor for the job.

Tips for Choosing Your Paver Contractor

Expertise

The first step is to look for a licensed local contractor with competent personnel to serve your needs.

Do they have the know-how to do a good job? Do they offer enough options in terms of design and choice of materials? Are they equipped to offer you end-to-end service, from conceptualization to installation? When you find a paving company that seems like a good fit, spend some time learning about their core expertise.

Experience

Ask how many years the contractor has been in business. Visit their website, read reviews and testimonials, and learn about their core team and business practices. In addition, ensure that they have the necessary licenses, permissions and insurances in place.

If the contractor has earned an industry award, accreditation or recognition, you can safely consider it as a sign of their credibility, reliability and professional expertise.

Pricing

Once you have quotations from a couple of contractors, it makes sense to choose the most affordable alternative, but avoid falling for the lowest quote without taking into account factors such as the company’s reputation, technician expertise and material quality.

Don’t hire a paving contractor just because they’re cheap unless you’re sure they will do a thorough job that will not require frequent repairs. A wiser choice would be to work with a reputable and trusted local paver contractor that offers you the best of both worlds—competitive pricing coupled with unparalleled service quality.

Specialization

Why work with a general contractor when you can easily hire a paving contractor with exclusive experience designing and installing tailor-made paving solutions?

As is the case with any specialist, when you work with a paving contractor versus a general construction crew, you get access to trained technicians with extensive knowledge of the latest paving materials, designs and installation techniques. Such deep know-how can only be acquired through years of experience doing niche projects.

Customer satisfaction

A premium paving company will have the tools and resources to offer you a customized solution that fits perfectly with your home décor and personal style. While material quality and installation technique are inarguably the most critical factors in paving, the contractor should be able to create the look and mood you envisioned.

To avoid problems later, ask for a written contract that clearly states the total cost of the job, timelines, payment terms, technical details, warranty information and any other terms and conditions that apply to the project. Remember that a reputable paving company will fulfill its commitments and will not hesitate to provide you a written service contract.

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8 thoughts on “5 Essential Tips for Choosing Your Paver Contractor”

  1. Thanks for pointing out that you can consider reading testimonials and reviews about a paving contractor if you want to learn about their business practices. My husband and I are planning to have our driveway paved. There are minor cracks that are forming on it, and we also saw shallow holes. We don’t want the damages to get worse. We’ll be sure to do all your tips so we can easily find a reputable paving contractor.

  2. It sure was helpful when you said that you can consider visiting the website of a paving contractor to read reviews and testimonials about them. As you said, it’s best to know their business practices. My husband and I are planning to have our asphalt driveway paved and repaired. It has a lot of cracks and shallow holes that we don’t want to get worse. The cracks started appearing when our son visited us using his heavy truck. We’ll do all your tips to find the best paving contractor.

  3. This is super helpful! Choosing the cheapest paver contractor quote won’t assure you quality work done. I know ,’cause I’ve been there. We really have to consider company’s expertise and material quality before hiring one. Thanks for sharing this tips to your readers! 

  4. Thank you for explaining that while it’s attractive to choose the lowest price quotation from a paving contractor, it would be wise to always consider the company’s reputation, technical specialization, and quality of materials used before deciding. These are just the sort of criteria that my grandpa would appreciate measuring his short list of contractors before he decides to which one he’d award the construction of his 3-kilometer long driveway from the main road to his farmhouse. He wants to have a paving contractor expand and fortify his driveway to accommodate three columns of cars for his diamond anniversary party.

  5. It sure got my attention when you said that you must visit the website of a paving contractor to read reviews about them and to learn their business practices. My husband and I want to have our asphalt driveway repaired. We saw that there are cracks and shallow holes that are forming on it. We don’t want the damages to get worse, so we hope to find a reputable paving contractor.

  6. My husband and I want to pave our dirt driveway, and your article had great tips for choosing as service that could help us with this. I liked how you said to check if a potential service has an industry award, accreditation or recognition. This way we know they’re credible, and we’ll keep this in mind when hiring a driveway paver.

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