Choosing the right firm to build your driveway is probably the most important thing to consider. Not every driveway company would have the expertise to complete all types of driveways, therefore it may be useful to find companies that either specialise in specific types of driveway installations or have contractors within their company that specialise in certain types of driveways. Below we highlight some of the things to consider when choosing your driveway contractor.
The main accreditations to look out for are those that have evidence that they are the basic levels of understanding of the driveway type they are quoting the job for. You wouldn't want to speak to a block paving expert about installing a gravel driveway. An easy way to evidence this is to discuss with the contractor how many jobs they have completed previously for the material - be it tarmac or concrete.
Never take their word for it that they have completed the jobs, always ask for picture evidence of the completed jobs they have done and when it was completed. Any contractor worth their salt will have a portfolio of the jobs they have completed so this should be an easy tick box exercise. If they are unable to show anything - I would stay clear!
Reviews are an important way to gauge if the contract is as good as they say they are. Looking at places such as google maps, yell, facebook etc should give a strong indication on how well their jobs have been. Be careful not to base your decision just on reviews, as it is usually those who want to complain that leave reviews. If you do see a negative review, it would be worth speaking to the contractor about it to see their point of view.
It is very easy to just go for the cheapest quote as cost is definitely a factor in driveway construction. Cheap generally means poor quality materials and poor workmanship - therefore be wary of the quotes that come so much lower than the other quotes you have received. We believe 3 quotes is a healthy number - any more than that and it becomes overkill and makes it hard for you to make a decision.
Guarantees and Insurance
If the contractor doesn't come with limited liability insurance of at least £1 million and guarantees on their completed work for at least 5 years, find someone else. The last thing you want to do is fork out thousands of pounds, to then see within a year your driveway breaking up! Always make sure you speak to your contactor about this and make sure they also provide evidence - dont take their word as given!
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