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How To Make Sure You Choose The Right Paving Company

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There are several factors that go into the success of a paving project. Of these, maybe the most important is choosing the right paving company. The cost of the project, how long it takes to be completed, and the overall quality of the work are all inevitably tied to that decision. Here are four keys to sifting through the numerous paving companies offering their services and settling on the best one for your project.

Confirm What Materials The Paving Company Will Use

There are different grades of asphalt, so be wary of a company that speaks about the asphalt in general terms. Installing a lower quality asphalt can impact the quality of the pavement as well as its longevity.

Long story short, the money saved from purchasing low-grade asphalt today can lead to additional costs in future replacements. You should request that your paving company use a higher-grade asphalt that will last longer and save you money in the long run.

Evaluate Their References

As with other contractors, paving companies desiring your business should be able to provide references for their previous work. Your ideal paving company will have former clients in your area that they can direct you to speak with about their experience, and they’ll also have multiple reviews on their Google listing and/or social media channels that you can evaluate.  You are also able to ask to see pictures of their previous projects and ask questions about their process and how closely they have stuck to their schedules in the past.

Paving Company Quote Accuracy

Maybe the most underrated aspect of choosing a company is obtaining a proper quote. The quote you receive must be fairly accurate or you can end up wasting money on unused asphalt. You will likely pay for the entire load of asphalt because the company can’t return any unused portions, so a surefire way that untrustworthy paving companies drive up the price of a project is to get lazy with determining the amount of asphalt needed.

Your ideal paving company will provide you with a general inital quote, but they should take in multiple factors when quoting you for your final project including the exact size of the paving area and the type of paving material they will use.

Confirming What The Paving Company Will Include

You should receive a list of everything the company will include in their scope of work including a breakdown of how much each task will cost. Be sure that the paving company will lay the foundation and handle any decorative or aesthetic components that you require.

The right paving company will lay out their plans, experiences, and price tag in a way that’s easy for you to understand. As you interview the various paving companies in your area, take your time to confirm that they indeed have what it takes to complete your job with the highest quality.

What Is Reclaimed Asphalt Paving?

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Going green is more than just a trend; it’s an important focus on being more conscious of choices that affect the environment and leaving the world better for the next generation. While you may associate such an attitude with certain people and industries, it’s just as alive in the asphalt business as anywhere else. Producing and using reclaimed asphalt paving is just one example of how All County Construction is doing our part in practicing environmental responsibility.

Why Reclaim Asphalt?

Asphalt may not seem like something that’s recyclable, but it actually makes the top of the list in recycled products in North America. Reusing asphalt paving from removal projects, excavations, and excess orders not only keeps tons of the material out of landfills but also eliminates the need to quarry rock, refine and deliver oil, and produce greenhouse gas emissions for the creation of new asphalt. The environment benefits from this prevention of wasted asphalt paving and precious resources.

The recycled material is also known to last longer than its new counterpart, meaning that production of replacement asphalt, whether new or used, doesn’t need to occur as often. The icing on the cake is that reclaiming asphalt saves cities, businesses, and taxpayers billions of dollars.

What Is the Quality of Reclaimed Asphalt Paving?

If you worry that processing used asphalt diminishes its quality, you can rest assured that it maintains a high level of performance. Of course, the exact composite of each mixture will vary due to the different traits of the source material, such as how many times it had been resurfaced, hold old it is, and where it came from. However quality-control tests ensure the product will be suitable for a specific project, so recycled asphalt can replace virgin asphalt in nearly every case.

How Is Asphalt Paving Reclaimed?

The exact process depends on how the asphalt will be used, but generally, it requires milling a few inches or fully removing existing pavement. The material is then added to a new mix, usually as an aggregate substitute. Sometimes the process occurs at a plant, whereas other times it happens at the construction site.

During our milling and paving projects, we recycle the millings (old blacktop) and add them as aggregate to the new hot asphalt mix. Once we’re finished with a project, we make sure to leave the site clean and free of old rubble. If you’re ready to contribute to the billions saved each year in taxpayer money by reusing reclaimed asphalt paving to its fullest extent, then contact All County Construction to discuss your pavement project.

 

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Considering a New Driveway? Here’s What to Expect

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If your home’s current driveway is looking a bit worse for wear, it’s a good idea to look into getting a new one.

Not only is this idea for general appearances, but an upgrade could be a great way to improve the overall value of your home if you plan on putting it on the market in the near future.

Here at All County Construction, we’d like to offer a few professional considerations as to what to expect. Read More

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How to Choose Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways in Rochester, NY

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You have a few choices when it comes to driveway materials. While there are people with strong preferences for asphalt over concrete, in most cases it is more a matter of personal choice. To understand which material will suit your needs and your tastes best, it helps to know the features of both and to compare and contrast them a bit. Before you call asphalt contractors in your area, consider the facts about both asphalt and concrete driveways in Rochester, NY. Read More

What to Expect After you Get your Dream Driveway

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Residential Driveway Sealing Rochester NY

You’ll hear a lot of different opinions when it comes to properly maintaining your driveway. “Don’t drive on it,” “Drive on it as often as possible – it’ll help flatten the surface,” “Get it sealed every year,” “Don’t seal it for the next ten years,” “Don’t get it wet,” etc.

Frustrated yet?

Your friends mean well. And if you just recently got it paved, you’re probably tempted to listen to ALL the advice you get. But be careful – some tips that sound like good advice can actually damage your pavement. Read More