Sommerset Paving

Cheapest pricing in the public market equates to poor quality

Choosing a contractor for asphalt paving is often a difficult choice for consumers. Traditionally most home and business owners obtain 3 quotes for an asphalt or concrete project. The bidding process for public roadways and many commercial institutions is far different then the bidding process for homes and small businesses. City streets, public highways, parking lots like Walmart, for instance, are first examined by engineers. The engineer then creates a list of what is required for the job to be completed. These types of bids list exactly what a contractor must do and at what quantities. In essence, the engineering firm creates the apples to apples bidding system and no bidder can suggest or do anything outside of the prescribed scope of work. Those types of bid are sealed and opened all at once on a specified day and time. Game, set, match, the lowest bidder wins.

However, home owners and small business owners are really left to their own devices when bidding out their concrete and asphalt paving. Neither most small business owners nor homeowners have the money in the budget to hire an engineering firm to test their current pavement and then make an assessment as to what method needs to be done for the longest lasting solution. So, the home or business owner gets three quotes as they have been trained to do. What now?

Now the home or business owners receive three quotes that all vary greatly in the suggested scope of work and pricing. Most general consumers know very little about pavement and they are now tasked with a difficult decision. Whom can they trust?

Bottom line ”The bitterness of poor quality lingers longer than the sweetness of a cheap price!”

A consumer should ask the following questions

    • What licensing does the contractor have?
    • What type of equipment does the contractor utilize?
    • How experienced are the crew members?
    • How are the bids executed and detailed?
    • How quickly does office staff respond to questions?
    • What sets one contractor apart from another?


The million dollar question? Will this company tell me how many tons of asphalt or yards of concrete are necessary to complete the project and will they provide the load tickets?

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