When searching for reliable asphalt repair services, you might not comprehend the charges’ structure, and sometimes you might be charged too much or too little. At the same time, contractors are also working hard to deliver on promises and make an honest living. Its best that both client and contractor join heads to communicate cost breakdowns on bids. This ensures you know what your contractor is rightfully owed.
Client-contractor relationships are optimal when appropriate contractor guidelines are adhered to from beginning to the completion of a project. Define legal safety nets on either side before starting any asphalt project.
Typically, asphalt repair proposals should include the following considerations proactively.
Most contractors assume that bidding on jobs has a specific industry threshold and adhere to these values. In contrast, they should be looking at their business capacity and overheads before bidding. The following should be factored into the bid.
- Cost of goods: this is the cost associated with the use of contractor equipment, the labor, the asphalt materials sourced, fuel & power, sub-contracted equipment, delivery, specialized stationery, etc.
- Overheads: Divide your operating expenses by 365, and you will have the daily overhead rate to include on your bid for clients. This calculation is the miss-out which in hindsight hurt’s the contractors’ profits.
- Taxes: In Florida, tax provision statutes a contractor can charge tax on materials procured, which should be factored into the bid. This ensures that a contractor’s profits at project completion are kept separate from the amount the contractor will pay a tax on materials purchased to their sources.
Defining Work Scope:
After securing a bid for full-depth repair, the process is straightforward, if necessary steps have been taken:
- Gantt Charts: Visual representations assist in relaying to a client how long a job can take, what activities are scheduled, which part(s) is subcontracted, and whom to communicate with regarding queries.
- Confirming Damage Depth: Do not guesstimate on pothole depth as the damage extends deep into the sub-grade course. Core out local samples to extrapolate a depth cut out.
- Approved Cut Methods: Employ appropriate cuts like saw cut, jackhammer, rototill or detail mill, and wheel cut. Apply cuts as per dimensions & depth of damaged asphalt. Ensure safety measures and traffic redirection for uninterrupted operations.
- Improving Pavement Strength: Full-depth asphalt mixes are best prepared for reinforcement and heavy load bearing threshold to extend the repair patch’s life.
Complete Project Before Winters:
Moderate to warm weather ensures the asphalt has time to be absorbed by the aggregate mix, allows time for the prime and tack coats to settle, and ensures any emulsions applied dissipate from their water content duly. Cold weather may favor some types of asphalt emulsions and cold patches, but not full-depth repairs. Winter repairs tend to be costly in the long term as summers will make the cold patch pliable and cause tracking, further damage and more repairs.
Secure Your Business from Lawsuits:
As a contractor, one should protect themselves from any job that exceeds the scope of the original bid. In such instances, mechanical liens, insurance coverage, and attested project documentation are ideal caveats against client misconduct.
It’s not that we at CAM Service & Repairs are a paranoid lot; we are assertive perfectionists and provide pavement maintenance at well-grounded rates in Tampa, FL. Your projects are safe with us, both legally and on returns on value.