William provided the quote for our driveway repair and also acted as foreman. I'm glad he did because he's big on customer service. We lined either side of the driveway with pavers. I could tell one side wasn't straight but the workers clearly did not agree and did not want to make the change. They did listen to William, however. We also have trees with lower branches overlapping the driveway, and were happy that extra care was taken to ensure these were not damaged. William also cleaned up a problem with a curb cut that irritated us for years. The whole driveway was regraded and finished beautifully. Plus we were given some good tips. Six months later, we're still very happy.
William is a very warm, friendly person with integrity. He is very experienced and knowledgeable and provided straightforward advice which was very much appreciated. The driveway looks smooth and even and the edges are clean. It looks very professional. The team cleaned up very nicely. The service was provided exactly when promised. I was very happy with Ludwig and would not hestitate to recommend them
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Shortly after the 1 year warranty period, our driveway developed rapidly expanding cracks. Other homes on our street had their driveways redone at the same time by a different company. None of their driveways have cracks. These cracks extended vertically down the driveway and were not in areas where cars were parked (see photos). I contacted William to address the issue. Though no agreement was reached regarding how to fix the problem, he decided to apply sealant to the cracks while the driveway was wet from rain. While doing so, he acknowledged that the sealant would not work properly. The result was predictable: The cracks remain exposed, and are now bordered by an ugly, dark stain (see later photos). I attempted to call the office and received no call back after many voicemails. Finally, after almost a week of calls, my wife and I were able to speak to Lina, who stated that, as the driveway was over 1 year old, and thus barely past the warranty period, that Ludwig Paving was unwilling to address the problem. Lina stated that someone named Joe might call us, but refused to say when, and refused to say who Joe was, as "it doesn't matter who he is". I paid over $2000 for this driveway. Given the poor customer service, and given the sub-par result, I made a serious mistake in choosing Ludwig Paving.
After 17 years with my old paved driveway, it was time for new and unfortunately, the original company could not be found. I selected Ludwig based on reviews on this site after getting 3 quotes. They were second lowest. Everything went fine until just after the 1 year mark, their warranty period, when I noticed a couple of long cracks, not in areas where the car drives. When I called William said that the ground must have shifted ( why after the last paving lasted 17 years?), it was out of warranty, not covered, but he would come out to look at it and put a sealer on the cracks. He never did come, and I am getting more cracks. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY
The drive way was finished August 2017 in Thornhill. The surface finish came out a mix of smooth and rough patches of larger stones with gaps between the stones. William came back to see it and told me to seal it. See picture of rough spots. Do I have to finish the job?
I have forgotten the gentleman's name that did our home in Etobicoke, he was great. He educated us on what he was going to do and why.
The price was competitive to the other popular paving company that does a lot of homes in the area. It has been two years and things are looking good. Our neighbor across the street went with more expensive guy, will see which driveway holds up over the years.
Why did I go with Ludwig, the man who both sold us and was on site during installation, and because they do commercial work, thus it gave me confidence I was getting industrial grade materials not something modified for home use.
Established in 1979, Ludwig Paving has served Toronto and its surrounding area as paving contractors from the same location and phone number for over 30 years. Ludwig started out offering asphalt paving services and has since evolved into an almost full service outdoor hardscape company. Some of the many services it offers include asphalt paving, interlocking brick, precast concrete products, natural stone, landscape lighting, waterfalls, and almost anything in between. President, Joe Caramanna, is an artist, designer and published author. His articles on the paving industry have been featured in many trade publications across North America. He has been featured on Pat Foran's Consumer Alert on CTV News, the HGTV network and Q107 radio. Joe also works as a paving consultant helping owners design cost effective pavement and hardscape solutions that can endure our sometimes harsh Canadian winters.