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PAVING

Asphalt Pavement (paving) refers to any paved road surfaced with asphalt. Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is a combination of approximately 95% stone, sand, or gravel bound together by asphalt cement, a product of crude oil. Asphalt cement is heated aggregate, combined, and mixed with the aggregate at an HMA facility.  The resulting Hot Mix Asphalt is loaded into trucks for transport to the paving site.  The trucks dump the Hot Mix Asphalt into hoppers located at the front of paving machines.  The asphalt is placed and then compacted using a heavy roller, which is driven over the asphalt. Traffic is generally permitted on the pavement as soon as the pavement has cooled.

Avoid Asphalt Scams!

Some of the asphalt paving scams warning signs are:

  • Selling door-to-door. Reputable asphalt contractors will rarely if ever, sell their product door-to-door.
  • Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job. Professional asphalt contractors will know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material.
  • Push you to make a quick decision. Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or weeks. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week it is probably a scam. Never hire someone on the spot. Ask for references, then check them!
  • No contract offered. Insist on a written contract specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed total price – not the price per square foot. Chances are unless you measured the area to be paved you do not know what the total cost will be.
  • Cash only sales. Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require cash-only terms.
  • Deals that seem to be good to be true. If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.
  • Unmarked truck. Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out-of-town address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and a phone number is often an answering machine.

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