Choosing a contractor for your hardscaping project can be seen as an overwhelming task. With this checklist, we can help you pick a contractor, and complete the hardscaping project you’ve been dreaming about.
Is your contractor properly certified?
Look into the contracting companies you are considering and see which certifications they have to ensure you are using a professional company.
Do they have any industry certifications?
Certifications like ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) can help you determine the level of service you will receive from your contractor.
Do they have a project portfolio?
Look for previous projects on their website, or ask for photos. We recommend that you take a look at what projects they have done before to see if they are able to properly execute yours. It will also be helpful to see if they have offered any unique services in the past so you can gain inspiration for your own project.
Are they insured?
This is a very important question to ask when hiring a contractor in any industry. Be sure to ask if your contractor is insured; you can also request to see proof of insurance.
Are they using edge restraints?
Edge restraints for your paving stones are very important; they hold your stones in place and ensure your project will not be compromised overtime. There are several different types of edge restraints, be sure that your contractor is using them for best results.
What type of base material are they using?
Whether they are using 3/4 crushed stone, high performance bedding, or stone dust, it is good to be informed on what your contractor is using as a base under your paving stones. Different types of base material have different pros and cons. It is most important to be sure that water will drain downwards through your base and into the subsoil, to prevent any excessive movement from natural forces such as frost heaving. Some contractors have different base preparation techniques so be sure that their technique will work for you.
Is stabilizing sand being used?
It is a common misconception that regular sand is okay to use for paving stones, regular sand does not have the endurance that stabilizing sand does, and it does not prevent weed growth.
EnviroSAND and EnviroSTONE are ideal choices for your stabilizing material. Unlike polymeric sand, it is made from a plant-based glue that prevents weed growth, eliminates sand washouts, and keeps your paved surface looking its best for a longer period of time.
Asking the right questions and doing your research will help you to choose the right contractor for your job, and have your project created with top quality service and materials.