Paving, when done right, is a great investment for your home or business. That is why it is critical that you choose a Portland masonry company who will do a fine job and make it last for a very long time. Great paving is a big boost not only to the beauty of a home and business grounds, but also to functionality. It leaves a strong good impression. Case in point: you just feel good about a department store when you step into the driveway with a pavement that is nicely done and smooth. The effect is subliminal at best, and if you want to make a good impression, keep in mind that subliminal persuasion can create not just a strong impression, but a lasting one.
In order to make sure that you’re getting good value for your investment as far as paving is concerned; here are some guidelines on how to find the right Portland masonry contractor.
Go with track record
There are a lot of paving companies that can do the job perfectly, well at least that’s what it looks like for a few months or a few years. But since this is a long-term investment, you want the paving job to last as long as possible. A masonry company should use the best paving equipment and materials to create paving that is durable and beautiful. Cheap materials for paving can look good at first, but the loss in quality will be apparent in a few months, maybe less due to some environmental stresses.
So don’t sign an agreement with the first company that you come in contact with. Look over the internet and see a good selection of paving companies in your area. Go with experience, and examine the spots that they’ve worked on for several years before (10 years at most so you can test the longevity of their paving jobs). You know the drill: examine each of them, make a list, check it twice, and then make the decision.
Ask for references
What you see on the website is not enough indication of how good a company is. Look for references. If a company receives a good word from people, that would back up the claims made on the website of the company. So ask around among your friends, colleagues, and relatives who live in the same area as you. A company who has made a lot of customers happy is more likely to do the same for you.
Before signing an agreement with a company, it’s always wise to ask for a time frame on how long or how quick the paving job will be done. The company could run some estimates at least, and that time frame should be put into writing in the contract. Time is investment too, and when you’re establishing a business, you don’t want your business to lose potential profit because of a paving job that’s taking too long.
Finding the cheapest offer isn’t always a wise decision. On the other hand, choosing the masonry company that offers the most expensive fee isn’t very smart too. As long as the company has a good track record and the fee is reasonably priced, go for it.
It takes some effort to finally find the right Portland masonry company to sign up an agreement with. But the time spent is definitely worth it.