Surface dressing is a cost effective method of road maintenance that helps achieve 3 results on an existing surface. The procedure which involves spraying the road with a coat of bitumen and later covering it with stone chippings helps bind surfaces, seal them and provides resistance to skidding.
All these sounds like great benefits but achieving them depends on the chosen contractor. A skilled contractor guarantees quality results while an ill-equipped contractor will only disappoint you and lead to a waste of your money and resources.
While newspapers advertisements and phone book directories can lead you to surface dressing contractors, you cannot tell of their reputation. Most of the best contractors hardly advertise themselves and largely rely on referrals from satisfied customers. Therefore, the first place to look for a dressing contractor is from friends and relatives.
Ask people that have had an encounter with surface dressing contractors before and have them share their experience. Online sources such as blog and company websites could also help you identify the best dressing contractors based on their reputation.
Once you have narrowed down your list of possible contractors. Consider paying each of them a visit to help you determine their level of professionalism and also to determine if they have the relevant licensing. Let the contractor explain his way of work and if possible show you a portfolio of any previous jobs.
A one on one experience with a contractor also gives you an opportunity to have your worries addressed which is important when making the final decision. A good contractor will advice you on the best way to go about surface dressing taking into account the materials needed and the various option you have. However, they will never push you into making decisions you do not want. Their advice is professional and without malice.
Budget and quality
Settle for a contractor that can work with your budget without comprising on quality. Get quotes from a number of contractors and settle for the one offering most value for your money. Be on the lookout for contractors that promise huge discounts or those that refuse to quote their prices as it may bring in trouble in the future. Good and reliable contractors will issue receipts for any payment and will let you in on how the cost builds up.
In addition, time is of essence. Work with a contractor that is known to complete work within the agreed period. This saves you the inconvenience of having maintenance work going on around you and any extra associated costs beyond the agreed.