Bros. Paving (Calgary)'s goal is to promote and
raise the professional standards in the paving
industry to benefit customers and the community
through sound and ethical business practices.
On relatively small paving jobs such as residential
driveways, parking lots, or condo units it is
very important that a reputable, competent contractor
be chosen. And, since private homeowners generally
do not have the experience or technical expertise
that many larger contractors have at their disposal
to control the project, these tips may be helpful
toward selecting a reliable paving company and
obtaining the best possible work.
Start asking the tough questions of contractors
and improve your chances of choosing a reputable
contractor who will perform a quality job the
The following is to be used as a reference tool
for anyone responsible for making maintenance
1. Select a contractor known for high-quality
work and that has an established reputation in
As a customer, you should be assured of the following
basics requirements in order to know the contractors
in the phone book
pictures and locations
a customer, these are great but not enough.
any contractor today can produce these items.
The mark of the good versus the best is found
by asking more probing questions. Consider for
of company personnel on application of product
- look for evidence that workers are experienced
- ask how employees are trained or selected.
of quality for all products and services they
offer. Do you know what to look for to determine
what makes one job better than another?
sales personnel that provide clear options and
benefits of different approaches to repairs.
process with client.
for an established company that's been in business
the Better Business Bureau (www.betterbusinessbureau.ca)
out if the company stays abreast of new techniques
if the company provides any value-added client
services. What can you expect before and/or
after the job?
Obtain proposals from more than one contractor
and ensure that all are bidding on the same type
and quantity of asphalt mix. This
way you can make a fair comparison.
bids clearly identify the same type of product/service
to be used?
is estimated time frame to complete the work
(e.g. will it take one firm longer and cause
greater disturbance to your company)?
of equipment used on the job? (E.g. for the
type of asphalt that is made in Calgary, does
the contractor use proper rollers, i.e. rubber
tires, vibratory, 2 tons minimum for 2".
the lowest bid very carefully. When it comes
to materials and workmanship, you often get
what you pay for.
Be sure that the thickness of the asphalt agreed
upon is the compacted thickness. Asphalt is
first laid by a paving machine (ex. 2.5 inches)
and then compacted by a roller (2 inches).
Ask for the contractor's WCB account number,
then call to confirm that it is up to date. If
they do not have one and someone gets hurt, guess
Visit other paving sites by the paving company
and talk with the owners of the projects. The
pavement surface should look uniform, smooth,
and not have puddles.
Insist on a written contract or agreement, in
addition to any guarantee offered by the paving
contractor. If possible, make provision to
retain some portion of the payment due the contractor
until there is complete satisfaction with the
quality of the finished driveway.
is no secret that some contractors may resort
to unscrupulous methods to insure that work is
awarded to them.
no mistake, it is happening! We do a lot of maintenance
work around Calgary and see first hand some of
the paving transgression committed in our industry.
work that is not cost-effective
or completing work below the acceptable standards
set by the pavement industry
work below the agreed upon specifications
that it is up to you to make sure that the contractor
is actually complying to work specifications.
Every contractor will claim they will/are, however,
to ensure that you get what you pay for, it is
recommended that all work be inspected and monitored
as it is being performed.
are many excellent paving contractors in Calgary,
and we would like to thank you for taking the
time to consider Lambert Bros. Paving.