Is the lowest Sealcoating bid always the best?
Keeping your asphalt pavement properly sealed throughout its life is vitally important to ensure that you are protecting your investment. Asphalt sealants help protect the pavement from premature aging caused by the sun and structural deterioration caused by automotive fluids. Moisture can easily enter the aging, unprotected pavement and cause damage all the way down to the foundation supporting the pavement. Asphalt sealing is a cost-effective procedure that can greatly prolong the life of asphalt pavement if applied as recommended.
Why the Lowest Sealcoating Bid Isn’t Always the Best
Can’t Just Anyone Apply My Asphalt Sealcoating?
Understanding asphalt sealants and their proper application is essential for achieving a high-quality, durable result. Professional asphalt sealing is not simply painting a black material on the surface of the pavement. An effective sealcoating application requires knowledge and experience. The proper equipment must be available for an adequate number of trained personnel to complete the job efficiently and correctly. Asphalt crack repair and other maintenance procedures must be performed before a sealant is applied, and the pavement must be clean and dry. Painted markings will have to be reapplied after the sealant has dried. Only an experienced sealcoating contractor will know how to schedule all of the steps involved to ensure that the work is completed on time without compromising quality.
How Many Bids Should I Get?
You should obtain at least three bids from reputable contractors. Any reputable asphalt contractor should visit your site or dispatch a qualified representative to evaluate your pavement’s condition and present you with a detailed proposal in writing. Each individual bid proposal may have subtle or even drastic differences from the others, so be sure to compare each line item. The asphalt contractor should be willing to explain any detail within the proposal in unambiguous terms and to your satisfaction. Getting multiple bids can help you spot any unnecessary charges.
Is the Sealcoating Contractor Properly Insured?
No contractor should ever be considered if they are not completely insured. Having the proper insurance protects the contractor’s employees, you and your employees, your customers and their property, and your property. Many contractors submitting lowball bids are uninsured, choosing to pass liability to their customers to reduce their own expenses.
How Do I Know Which Sealcoating Bid Is Best?
If you have received several bids, you should be able to narrow your list easily. Overall cost is important, but the quality of work and materials used also need to be given serious consideration. However, you should not underestimate the importance of the contractor’s reputation and knowledge.
1. Ask each contractor for a list of references.
2. Talk with as many past customers as possible. Were they satisfied with their sealcoat job? Were there any problems? Does the contractor stand behind his or her work?
3. Research the contractor’s website. Read the testimonials posted by former customers.
4. Read some of the articles present on the contractor’s site to familiarize yourself with the sealcoat material and process of application.
5. Proper sealcoat application is a science that any professional asphalt paving contractor should fully understand. If the contractor cannot explain the entire process verbally or through the content on his website, he might lack the knowledge and skills to do a proper job.
At Affordable Striping & Sealing, we know that we are sometimes the lowest sealcoating bidder on a job, and sometimes, we are not. However, we keep our prices highly competitive by ensuring that our employees are properly trained, motivated and protected; keeping our equipment in proper working condition; using only quality products; and staying current on the latest techniques, products and industry practices. We focus on asphalt maintenance procedures, including asphalt sealcoating, parking lot markings, asphalt crack repair, parking lot design and road markings. We have an exceptional reputation that we have built by going the extra distance for our customers to ensure that they receive outstanding work and personal attention. If you want to discover the Affordable difference for yourself, contact us for a free quote. You can fill out our online form to submit your request, or you can call our office at 702-222-9009.