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The Number One Biggest Mistakes That a Home Owner or Business Owner Makes When Hiring a Utah Asphalt Contractor


Taking the cheapest price:

For home owners: Now, we are not here to tell you how to spend your money. If service and quality are not overly important to you and your budget is tight, then by all means take several bids and choose the contractor who offers you the lowest price. Don’t kid yourself, just like everything else in life; price and quality go hand in hand. When you choose the lowest price you are choosing the contractor with the least incentive to keep you happy. After all, you have already communicated that price is all you really care about. Your decision to shop for the lowest price stands as irrefutable evidence.

When you purchased your last vehicle, did you buy the cheapest one you could find? Then what would possess you to hire the lowest priced contractor? If it sounds too good to be true…it more than likely is! Most good contractors have similar costs. There are marginal differences, but if someone is 25% less you should ask them why. We all pay around the same price for materials, labor and insurance. The quickest way to bring our costs down is to cut corners; Sad but true. They are possibly not insured. They are possibly not local. They will possibly sealcoat your driveway too thin with watered down materials and many do not treat cracks. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND THEM WHEN FUTURE PROBLEMS APPEAR. PLEASE THINK TWICE ABOUT ACCEPTING THE CHEAPEST PRICED BID!!!

For Business Owners: There are many factors to consider when getting bids to have a commercial property sealcoated. Are all the contractors making apples to apples bids? Is the contractor bidding 1 or 2 or 3 coats? Many commercial parking lots receive a lot of traffic and a 1 coat application often will not last very long and is not consistent with manufacturers specifications. Will the coating be sprayed, brushed or squeegee applied? Is sealing of major cracks included in the bid? Are they using a hot crack sealant or cold pour crack filler? How are they preparing the cracks prior to crack sealing? Recommend that the contactor(s) bidding on your parking lot itemize everything they are dong. Also have them list each area separately such as Asphalt repairs how many areas and how much, if it’s a 1, 2, or 3 coat and how much and if doing cracks how much and how many lineal feet of cracks, etc. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND THEM WHEN FUTURE PROBLEMS APPEAR. PLEASE THINK TWICE.