Beware of the Gypsy’s – 7 warning signs you may be scammed

  1. Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors will sometimes offer there services if they are doing a legitimate job in the immediate area. Always ask for references
  2. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job: Professional asphalt contractors will know with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material. Some of the reasons a contractor might have left over material is due to weather, equipment problems, cancellations and etc.
  3. Push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or months. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week it may be a scam.
  4. No contract offered: Insist upon a written contact specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed upon price.
  5. Cash sales ONLY: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require CASH ONLY terms.
  6. Deals that seem to be to good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.
  7. Unmarked trucks with (800) number: Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out of state address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine. Some have been know to use an address with a suite number that turned out to be a storage.

Paver laid repairs vs. cookie cutter repairs

The target milling on the left was paver laid for a smooth surface while the infra-red repairs are a series of cookie cutter heats 5′ x 7′ linked together. Also target milling can do a seam as narrow as 18″ inches wide to odd size repairs as well as entire roadways for parking lots. A repair might be as small as 2′ x 2′ and a heat with burn the asphalt to a 5′ x 7′ size that will destroy the integrity of the asphalt around the damaged area. Again this picture is a side by side picture of a series of infra-red heats on the right and our method of target milling on the left. Both performed within 2 weeks of each other over 12 years ago. Property owners are now finding out there is a much better method of asphalt repairs at a comparable price.

Their state of the art patching system vs. our target milling

This photo is a side by side comparison of our competitors heavily advertised so called “state of the art patching system” i.e. infra-red heats on the RIGHT and our method of target milling on the LEFT. When these two jobs were completed within a week apart they appeared to look the same. This picture shows the results of 12 years of wear on both and the cost per square foot was the almost identical. With infra-red heats none of the damaged repairs are removed and only heated until the patch is burnt to ashes. Then only a small amount of new asphalt is added to give it some color and cover the 1/2″-3/4″ repair. These types of repairs you can usually expect to see failure within a few months. Target milling grinds down and removes 2″ of the damaged area and is removed and recycled. The area is then cleaned and tack coat is applied to bond the 2″ of new asphalt to the seamless surface. We have been documenting infra-red heats and target milling for several years and have taken many pictures. Although we have had several infra-red machines we never used them to hide asphalt repairs and we feel it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, or now you see it, now you don’t. Ask for details and photos to decide which is the best method for you.

What you see is not always what you get

Did you know that when using several search engines to find asphalt paving contractors that more than half of the top 10 listed don’t even do asphalt paving? These companies subcontract the work and you may not even know it. Make sure on their web-site you can see paving equipment with their name or logo. Most asphalt maintenance companies will use the cheapest subcontractor to do various aspects of asphalt work including installation or major repairs. This can cause concern for warranty as well as liability issues. Always ask not only for references but actual work they have completed without the use of subcontractors.