Advantage Asphalt, LLC began its operations in May of 2006. Its founder, Robert F. Joseph had successfully operated several other businesses since his studies in mechanical engineering at the University Of Maryland. Robert had always been interested in the construction industry, but it was during his own experience with asphalt contractors that he saw an opportunity to start a new business.
At the time, Robert was a partner in a large rental property, which needed the parking area resurfaced. He knew it was going to be an expensive project and therefore, decided to obtained several bids. He contacted several asphalt contractors and met with each of their estimators to go over the project. When the formal quotes were submitted he was astonished at what he had received. The bids were thousands of dollars apart. How could this be? It just didn’t make sense to him.
After reviewing the quotes with each of the contractors, it became perfectly clear to him what was going on. Each contractor had his own idea of how the project should be accomplished. The techniques varied a great deal between each of the quotes and more importantly, how much materials were to be used to complete the project.
This explained the disparity between the quotes. There was not only a difference of opinion on the techniques to be used on the project, but also a considerable difference in the amount of materials to be used. Each contractor had his own explanation of what he was going to do and why his method was better or more cost effective, but where did each of their standards come from? Robert didn’t know who or what to believe.
As a former engineering student and with his extensive business experience Robert knew there had to be standards. There are technical and engineering standards for all forms of construction. So, before making the final decision on a contractor for his project, Robert did some research on standards for the asphalt industry.
After obtaining the basic technical information from several industry sources, the final choice was simple. One contractor stood out above the others because of his technical expertise. The other contractors came highly recommended, but simply did not possess the technical knowledge that Robert believed was required as a professional asphalt contractor.
Here’s what Robert found out and what everyone should know when in search of a professional asphalt contractor. The current standards for professional asphalt contractors come from several sources. The most widely accepted are from The Asphalt Institute, The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University.
These three organizations have published standards and methods on every type of hot mix asphalt maintenance and construction procedure. Their textbooks are based upon many years of research, testing, and analysis and are the standards for the “professional asphalt contractor”. These are the tested and proven standards by which, we complete each and every project. No matter how big or small we will always utilize technically correct methods as accepted by industry professionals worldwide.
There are no compromises when it comes to these technical standards. Projects completed in accordance with these standards will provide our customers with the best overall value for their money. When technically correct procedures are ignored the finished product is sub-standard and therefore, offers less value for the customer’s money.
We offer only quotes that will bring our customers a superior value. “Economy” paving jobs may look good, but simply will not render the longevity of pavement projects using technically correct methods. Before spending your money with an asphalt contractor make sure understand what you are paying for.
Make sure that you are getting the professional service that you deserve. This would mean that the contractor follows the procedures and standards as prescribed by these organizations. To get the best value for your money contract with a firm that provides professional service.
Advantage Asphalt, LLC offers the professional service, which you should demand for your hard earned money. Contact us today for a free written estimate and pavement evaluation. We’ll be happy to help find a solution to your asphalt needs that will both fit your budget and give you the best value for your money.