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Tips on Selecting Paving Company

Erickson AsphaltMarch 6, 2021

Finding a Paving Company You Can Trust

The best paving company isn’t always easy to find you’re looking for high-quality services from reliable asphalt contractors. In fact, like any other industry, the paving and asphalt industry sees its fair share of scammers—or gypsy pavers—who are ready to target unsuspecting property owners. These unlicensed pavers will show up, saying they have extra materials and offering their services for discounted prices. Then, they lay a skim coat and demand thousands for their work.

Don’t fall into that trap.

Make sure you’re choosing a trusted asphalt company by looking for these key things as you search for paving contractors ‘near me’ in your area.

Check for a Contractor’s License & Insurance
In Minnesota, paving and sealcoating contractors must have a contractor’s license. You can use this helpful tool from state authorities to look up pavers and asphalt contractors in Minnesota by name (personal or company), as well as license, bond, or registration number (for companies).

Additionally, the state requires paving contractors to carry a minimum level of general liability and professional liability insurance, as well as other coverages. If anything goes wrong, this is may cover the costs.

Verifying this information upfront, before you do anything, can help you figure out if you’re dealing with a legitimate asphalt company or gypsy pavers who are out to scam you.

Look at Customer Reviews

Reviews will tell you a lot about what you can expect from paving contractors. From pricing and efficiency to craftsmanship and customer service, you can get a good sense of how a company operates just by looking at testimonials from past clients.

As you do, here’s what you should keep an eye out for:

  • Good and bad reviews: Good reviews are great! Of course, you want to make sure a company has plenty of those. But bad reviews can be just as telling. They can show you potential problems and how (or if) a company is willing to respond to them when things go wrong.

  • The number of reviews: The more reviews, the better! If you come across lots of reviews, try to find some from people in your area or from clients who paid for services that you’re looking to get.

  • The dates of the reviews: Put more weight into more recent reviews, instead of those posted a year or more ago. Older reviews can provide some help, but they may reference people or services that no longer are part of the company.

Erickson Asphalt has more than 100 glowing reviews from happy customers! Check them out to see how our team has been providing exceptional experiences and results for more than 30 years.

Ask About Craftsman & Product Warranty
Reliable pavers and asphalt contractors will stand behind their work. They will be proud to show you pictures of past projects that showcase their craftsman’s skills. They will also back their finished projects with a warranty.

In terms of warranties, make sure you’re getting at least the industry standard. That’s typically a 1-year warranty on sealcoating and a 2- to 5-year warranty on paving.

At Erickson Asphalt, we extend those basic warranties much further—we offer a 10-year warranty on our asphalt driveways.

Look at Experience
You never want to hire an inexperienced paving contractor. Every job is unique, and experienced asphalt contractors will have the knowledge and skills to tackle the job like a true pro.

With more than 30 years of local and industry experience, Erickson Asphalt has what it takes to get any residential or commercial project done efficiently and correctly the first time. 

Get the Price Upfront
Don’t bargain shop when you’re looking for a trustworthy paver and quality work. Instead, get quotes upfront and look for fair, budget-friendly prices. Remember, the lowest price for paving and asphalt services does NOT mean you’re getting the best deal. It’s often a sign of contractors who use lower quality materials, who cut corners, or who don’t have the experience and warranties to back up their work.