My experience getting my driveway repaved: Part 4
As of Part 3, I had been waiting for the paving contractor to return and apply the top coat of asphalt to my driveway. I was initially told that they would return in two weeks, but I ended up waiting four weeks (despite pestering them for status updates) for the work to be completed.
The last phase of this project began as abruptly as the previous one. On 7 AM one morning, the small army of men and heavy equipment returned with a dump truck full of asphalt.
In the picture below, the foreman (a Yankee closer Mariano Rivera doppelganger) mans the paving machine used to apply the top coat of asphalt while an equipment operator with a striking resemblance to Wall Street yakker Zachary Karabell follows with a vibrating paving roller:
After about 90 minutes of work, a 1.5" asphalt top coat had been laid and compacted and the job site was cleaned up. Other than the fact that we were told to keep off the driveway for three days until the asphalt had hardened sufficiently, we were done!:
Now that this is over, I have to say my biggest frustration with this project (other than the cost) was the amount of time it took from start to finish. It certainly wasn't easy to get the owner of the paving contractor on the phone to coordinate things, but I'm guessing that he is legitimately busy since he still hasn't stopped by to get the rest of the money that I owe him. :)
So what have I learned from all this?
- Get multiple quotes and remember that the lowest price isn't necessarily the best way to go. Also, see if you can score a discount by paying cash.
- Do your homework. Ask for referrals from friends, family, and neighbors. Check contractors out with the Better Business Bureau, building inspectors, state licensing organizations, etc.
- Be prepared to wait. I signed a contract one month after requesting quotes, had the work start one month later, and had the job completed one month after that. Even though the housing bubble has popped, getting contractors to stop by and return my calls wasn't always easy.