Ital Paving quoted paving my 900 foot driveway based on their “typical” 2” compacted (3” before compacting). The quote included supplying and compacting 3 to 4 Tri axle loads of granular “A” gravel prior to paving. I did not feel 2” compacted asphalt was suitable, so I had them requote the driveway with 3” compacted. This quote also specified a heavier rubber tired highway compactor. I agreed and paid extra for the thicker asphalt.
When they showed up, It didn’t appear they were applying the correct thickness of asphalt, so I asked the paving machine operator (who was the owner of Ital Paving) if he knew my quotation had specified 3” compacted. He said he did. At this point I left the crew alone and went back to other work on my new home, believing they knew I was watching. When they completed the work that day, I paid them the full contracted amount on the spot.
I kept all vehicle traffic off the driveway for several days. A week later, a 2’ square piece of asphalt began to break up. I removed and kept the loose pieces, which averaged only 3/4” thick! I immediately called their office and left a voice message on 2 different occasions. No response. Because it was at the end of the paving season, I gave them the benefit of my doubt, thinking maybe they had shut down for the winter. Over the winter, more deficiencies began to show. Several areas were quite coarse (which they say is normal). Well, it turned out that the asphalt was so porous that the water would drain right through it. Upon closer inspection, I found that I could just rub my shoe over the asphalt and the gravel underneath showed through. The pavement was actually only 1/4” thick! And this was in several locations. I also located areas where the asphalt was not only thin, they didn’t put any gravel down.
In the spring of 2019, when I was confident they would be open again, I called again. A receptionist answered. I explained what I was dealing with, and requested a call back from someone in authority. Still no return call. The next contact they will get will be from my lawyer. I have been involved in the construction industry for 51 years, and am founder and former owner (just sold my businesses and retired) of 3 construction companies (all still thriving), so they are very quickly going to find out they messed with the wrong guy.