When it comes to asphalt paving, there are a lot of scams and schemes that home and enterprise owners need to watch out for. From fly-by-night contractors who take your money and never do the work to materials that are not up to par, there are many ways you can take advantage of in this industry.
To help you avoid these scams, American Paving has put together a list of the top X asphalt paving scams you need to be aware of. So read on to learn more, and keep these tips in mind when hiring someone to pave your driveway or parking lot!
1. The Bait And Switch.
One of the most expected asphalt paving scams is what’s known as the bait and switch. This is when a contractor will give you a low estimate for a job but then try to switch you to a more expensive option once they start working.
For example, they may say that your driveway needs to be completely replaced rather than just resurfaced or that you need special materials that will cost extra. Be sure to get everything in writing before work begins, so there’s no confusion about what you’re paying for.
2. The “Low-Ball” Estimate.
They may do this to get your business and try to make the difference by using subpar materials or cutting corners on the job. Be sure to get multiple estimates before hiring a contractor, so you can be sure you’re getting a fair price.
They may do this to get your business and then try to make up the difference by using subpar materials or cutting corners on the job. Be sure to get multiple estimates before hiring a contractor, so you can be sure you’re getting a fair price.
3. The “Phantom Asphalt”
In this scam, a contractor will try to sell you asphalt that doesn’t exist. They’ll say they have extra material from another job and offer it to you at a deeply discounted price. But once they start paving, you’ll quickly realize there’s no asphalt – just dirt or gravel. The contractor will then try to charge you for the full job, even though they didn’t lay any asphalt.
If you’re considering hiring a contractor that offers you a deal on leftover asphalt, be sure to inspect the material before they start paving. Don’t hire that contractor if it doesn’t look like real asphalt!
4. The “Paving Over Existing Problems” Scam
A dishonest contractor will simply pave over existing cracks or potholes in your driveway or parking lot instead of fixing the problem correctly in this scam. This is a speedy and easy way for them to do the job, but it’s not a long-term solution. The new asphalt will soon crack and break apart, leaving you with an even bigger mess than before.
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We’ve been in business for over 6 successful decades and are still going strong. When hiring us, you can be confident that you’re getting the best possible service. Providing tons of pictures and references is something we do with all our clients, so you can rely on us to get the job done right.
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