Ron Reibling, owner of Aurora Asphalt & Concrete in Champlin, Minnesota, says door-to-door asphalt scams are the most common. In such cases, the alleged contractor says he or she has extra asphalt from a previous job.
“An asphalt contractor would never have enough extra asphalt in the truck to pave a [second] complete driveway,” Reibling says. “They may have a small amount, but never enough for an entire driveway.”
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Reibling says driveways also need, at a minimum, a few days to settle after the old driveway is removed.
Reibling adds that many of these unscrupulous contractors move around from city to city.
“They travel around pulling this scam in different states and are never seen again after they leave your neighborhood,” he says.
Many of the so-called contractors ask for money up front and either don’t finish the project, do substandard work or no work at all.
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In some cases, the work may initially look good but, after a short time, the driveway starts to wear or fade because of inferior materials used.
According to the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, these types of crews often work without a written contract and sometimes only accept cash. If they do accept checks, they usually cash them immediately.
There have even been some cases reported where a scammer will pave a driveway without even asking the homeowner and demand money for the work.
Tyrone Ward, owner of TMW Enterprises Paving & Maintenance in Bensenville, Illinois, says many scammers also have no idea what local codes are regarding the required thickness of a driveway.
“Some guys say they’re going to install 4-plus inches and never do, so check with the village codes regarding what should be installed,” Ward says.