What You Should Know Before Hiring a Paving Company for Your Driveway Home Improvement by Garry Brown - August 2, 2018August 2, 20180 A driveway pavers company usually has an easy way for homeowners to get estimates on driveway projects. They should quickly be able to provide homeowners with estimates for their driveway projects. It is suggested that you get at least 4 estimates before making any decisions on hiring. Insurance Coverage Many contractors choose the minimum amount of insurance required by state laws. When accidents occur, and they are on your property, you want to be protected as much as possible. To be protected, your contractor should have the following insurance: Auto and general liability, workers compensation as well as an umbrella policy; Minimum of at least $500,000 per coverage, 1-2 million is still better. Material to use Concrete is one of the most popular materials to use for both walkways and driveways and there are good reasons why. Concrete is very durable and needs very little maintenance. It also gives you several decorative and versatile options in appearance. Before hiring a company for this project, you first need a plan. Many homeowners do not spend enough time in planning driveways or walkways. Professional standard When using concrete, the ‘professional standard’ is no less than a five-sack mix (5 sacks per cubic yard) or a compressive strength of less than 2800 PSI for any driveway project. Concrete needs to have a minimum thickness of 4 inches and placed on a well-compacted surface. Down Payment Unless your driveway project cost over $10,000, you should never pay a down payment to the contractor for this project. Most reputable companies’ have lines of credit with material suppliers, so they should not need any deposits from you. It is unfortunate but there are many contractors that use deposits to finish paving other projects that are unfinished.