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What are the Advantages of Asphalt Paving over Concrete?Asphalt has a number of advantages over concrete, especially during New Jerseys harsh winters. Asphalt is more flexible, often handles temperature changes better and is not as vulnerable to damage from salt. Repairs are often more economical because it is sometimes easier to replace sections of paving than sections of concrete. Decorative paving is often a desirable alternative to decorative or stamped concrete.
What Should I Consider When Hiring an Asphalt Contractor in New Jersey?Ask for referrals of your paving contractor and check on them. Know what type of underlay will be used and how thick it will be. Insufficient or improper underlay causes potholes, cracks and a much shorter life-span for the asphalt. A good asphalt contractor has equipment to compact the underlay.
Its important to make sure that the paving company is insured and that it is licensed see below. In New Jersey a Paving Contractor is required to maintain a current Home Improvement Contractor's License in order to work on driveways, patios or sidewalks of a residential structure. You can check New Jersey Plumber License status online or by Contacting the Department of Consumer and Public Affairs 973.504.6200 choose the 'Home Improvement Contractors' option.
Make sure that the contract explicitly lays out what will be done, what type of underlay will be used and where drains and drainage pipe will be installed. Once you have established the specs for the job, have qualified contractors bid on the same specs. Remember that the cheapest contractor isnt always providing the best value.
Why Should I Hire Only a Licensed & Insured Paving Contractor?Licensed paving contractors can pull permits. Damage or injury caused by a non-licensed contractor can result in denial of coverage. You could be held liable for injury of an uninsured New Jersey Contractors employees at your property. You can be forced to demolish unpermitted work. Professional Property Managers wont assume the liability of hiring an uninsured paving contractor - smart homeowners dont either.
Bonding can cover costs of repairing problems caused by contractor error. Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your asphalt contractor in New Jersey.
The law requires that all New Jersey employers, not covered by Federal programs, have Workers Compensation coverage or be approved for self-insurance. To confirm your contractors Workers Compensation in New Jersey call 609.292.2515 or visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.