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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.
This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.
As you say - argh - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.
To overlay,with proper adhesion so it does not peel off, you first need to prepare the surface - typically heavy watercutting or sandblasting for concrete over concrete, or high-pressure presure washing and an asphalt (NOT water based cutback) adhesion coat before asphalt overlay.
Because of the prep cost, a concrete overlay commonly costs more than just tearingit out and replacing it, and if you are replacing it due to cracking and breaking up those cracks will almost always propogate or "reflect" through the new layer too with concrete. Ditto with asphalt overlay, though using a crack-stopper fabric can reduce (but usually not eliminate) that.
If just repairing ice melt/freeze thaw deterioration, a cementatious epoxy overlay can be used, though its life is less (normally) than new concrete. Usually used for limited areas like garage area pad, not entire driveways.
Asphalt overlays over somewhat deteriorated concrete can work well,but if not prepared and high-pressure (about 5000 psi or higher) cleaned to remove ALL deteriorated material, they can peel off because they stuck to deteriorated loose material rather than sound concrete. Again, can cost as much for a 1-1/2 to 2 inch overlay as for a 3-4 inch full replacement by the time you are done, because the prep work is labor intensive.
Even if this is just a surficial deterioration issue, I would talk to several contractors (site visit) about alternatives and let them bid both an overlay and a replacement (or whichever options they are inclined to bid on), then after getting opinions from all three and bids for all options, make your decision. I am pretty confident that total replacement will be both the most recommended and the cheapest, at probably about $2-4/SF for asphalt or 4-6/SF for concrete - commonly nearer the lower than higher range for most jobs and locales. If the overlay and replacement cost is pretty close,I would go with the replacement because overlays over concrete are always somewhat iffy as to how long they will last, especially concrete overlays.
For cost comparison, except in extreme freeze-thaw country, you can figure a concrete drive will last about twice as long as an asphalt one.
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They took a great deal of care in sweeping sand into some of the larger cracks in the driveway and carefully sealed this in place with some sort of crack repair material. There was a small trench that had been cut through the driveway earlier by someone who was repairing a broken electrical wire that had run under the driveway. Ed carefully repaired this with cold patch and a compactor to create a very dense surface. The driveway was then carefully sealed and the driveway was staked to prevent car traffic.
I couldn't be more pleased with the result or the way in which it was done. I would absolutely use them again.
For anyone who would like to see video of how the paving looked 60 days after completion, go to:
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An additional section of the asphalt has washed away in last night's moderate rain and is circled in this picture:
That 2 x 4 foot section of asphalt used to be farther up and square to the side of the road, but has dislodged and washed down. It is now just lying on top of another section of asphalt.
When paving initially completed, the asphalt was a nice flat rectangle along the side of the road as you would expect. Just 60 days later, my neighbors are teasing me that it looks like a moonscape or Hawaiian Islands with volcanos.
There's a guarantee, right? I sent a registered letter to Mr.
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What is the point of having someone like this on Angie' List. They don't accept work this year, or next year, and they are totally unfriendly in telling you so.
Thank God I didn't get into doing any business with them. Doesn't Angie's List do any kind of qualification of contractors they accept? I am wondering why I should continue with Angie's List. Customer service like exhibited here would not be that difficult to determine. My experience is that where the customer service is totally lacking that attitude permeates throughout the organization.
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I had to hire another company to redo the entire driveway.
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