Emporium Asphalt Paving Installation

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Recent Review: Company was extremely easy to deal with. Was lowest bid of the three companies I got quotes from and couldn't be happier with the job they did. They were half the cost of the other bigger named companies you see.
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Recent Review: Don and his crew were knowledgable, professional, and extremely courteous. They did a great job! There were some delays in the start time of the job but Don called us to keep us informed. Don was extremely good about answering questions and responding to phone calls. The crew made sure that we were pleased with the work prior to exiting the job. Job site was clean on completion. I would highly recommend them!
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Business Description: ASPHALT PAVING,GRADING,PATCH WORK, CRACK REPAIR,SEALCOATING
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Business Description: Family owned.
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Recent Review: Showed up promptly for an estimate. Had the best estimate of three companies. All companies were doing the the same work of removal of old driveway; add a six to seven inch base of 2A stone; 3and quot; base coat asphalt and 2and quot; inch top coat of asphalt. They started the work within 2 days of given the job. It was to be a one day job but it turned into three days due to having to dig out more of the base of the old driveway due to it having a sand base. All went well and the finished job looks very nice.
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Recent Review: Their price was reasonable. I would recommend them to other people.
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Recent Review: They were the low bidder.  I asked where they were getting the material from and they told me a supplier in Cumberland County.  The reason I asked was because it is early in the paving season and most suppliers plants have not been started up yet.  I was told by the contractor later that they had gotten the material from a supplier in Juniata county.  This supplier is known to me and I know the condition of that suppliers plant and the potential problems that it could cause.  My background is in the road construction business as a Quality Assurance Manager and I've witnessed and reported on many years worth of asphalt paving projects as well as other types of road and bridge construction. Once the job was finished, I accepted the work even though I noticed some areas that were of an opened texture.  I figured I could live with that imperfection.  Within two months time, I noticed significant edge cracking one to four inches from the edge of pavement.  These cracks vary in length but overall they account for approximately 35 to 40 percent of the amount of edge of pavement. Large areas of unravelling have occurred.  The individual stones of the mix are coming loose.  Basically in these areas the pavement is coming apart. There are also small voids in the surface that were caused by dust balls in the mix.  Dust balls are caused by clumps of dust from a dirty asphalt supplier plant falling into the mix as it is being mixed and then becoming part of the pavement.  If these dust balls are at the surface of the pavement, they break open when the binder (the black sticky stuff) oxidizes and becomes brittle.  The dust is now exposed and washes away and leaves a void in the surface of the pavement. The first problems to show were the edge cracking and the unravelling. I contacted the contractor and was told someone would come look at the pavement.  I was also told at that time that the supplier was not who they said it was going to be.  I also found out at that time that they would not stand behind damage caused by turning the wheels of your car on the driveway.  That sounds ridiculous to me but it was in the fine print on the job proposal that I had signed.  I was unaware of when someone stopped to look at the pavement but they claimed they did stop and look at it.  From late June through the middle of September, I called 7 or 8 times.  All but one of those times no one answered and I left a message for them to call me.  No one ever contacted me after those messages I left.  The one time I got someone to answer the phone and I explained my issues to the office person.  The office person told me that my problems were "impossible".  I told her they certainly were possible.  She then asked with an attitude, "And have you been paving for the last 20 years?"  I then informed her of my recent position in the road construction industry and she then quit being so condescending.  I then got a call a few days later and I talked with a gentleman and told him my issues and what I wanted to see happen. He said that he needed to talk to someone and that he would get back to me.  I believe that was September 7th.  I still haven't been contacted by September 20th. On September 20th, I called the office again at 12:55pm, no answer, it may have been lunch time.  I called again at 1:15, no answer.  I called again at 1:30, no answer, I then left a message for the owner of the company to contact me by the end of the week.  This was a Tuesday and that gave the owner 3 days to make a phone call.  It didn't happen. September 26th 11:30 am I called the contractor and left a message for them to have the owner contact me by Wednesday September 28th.  I told them in the message that I would have to take this to the courts if they don't contact me.  I had contacted the district magistrates office just prior to making the phone call to the contractor to find out about the process of having the magistrates office handle this. Contractor called me 9:35 am September 27th.  I don't know if it was the owner or not.  The person said his brother told him what I wanted and questioned me asking for an extended warranty.  He asked what all I wanted.  I told him I wanted the cracks fixed, at least a 5 year warranty and I wanted the driveway to look like new after they were done fixing it.  It is after all a five month old driveway. Making it look new would probably require them to apply a spray on sealer.  He told me that they were already going above and beyond by just fixing the cracks. He also said that the edge cracking was caused by running a lawn mower over the pavement next to the lawn.  A driveway is supposed to hold up to the weight of a car, I don't see how my lawn mower would cause the cracking.  Besides, there are places that are cracking where no vehicle of any kind have been driven across it.  I told him that that was not good enough and that I would have to take it to the district magistrate.

Reviews in Emporium to Install Asphalt Paving

BFisher & Sons Paving
Showed up promptly for an estimate. Had the best estimate of three companies. All companies were doing the the same work of removal of old driveway; add a six to seven inch base of 2A stone; 3and quot; base coat asphalt and 2and quot; inch top coat of asphalt. They started the work within 2 days of given the job. It was to be a one day job but it turned into three days due to having to dig out more of the base of the old driveway due to it having a sand base. All went well and the finished job looks very nice.
- John T....
FCurb Appeal
The contractor sealed my asphalt driveway.  My job was their last on a hot day, and I think they didn't clean off the driveway surface sufficiently.  Instead of pressure washing or hosing it off, they used a gas powered blower, which did not clean it.  After a week or two, i noticed several spots, which were several inches wide in both directions, that were completely exposed with no seal coat.  After 5 months and a hard winter, there are spots all over the driveway that show through with no seal coat.
- George W....
FRunt's Paving And Excavating
They were the low bidder.  I asked where they were getting the material from and they told me a supplier in Cumberland County.  The reason I asked was because it is early in the paving season and most suppliers plants have not been started up yet.  I was told by the contractor later that they had gotten the material from a supplier in Juniata county.  This supplier is known to me and I know the condition of that suppliers plant and the potential problems that it could cause.  My background is in the road construction business as a Quality Assurance Manager and I've witnessed and reported on many years worth of asphalt paving projects as well as other types of road and bridge construction. Once the job was finished, I accepted the work even though I noticed some areas that were of an opened texture.  I figured I could live with that imperfection.  Within two months time, I noticed significant edge cracking one to four inches from the edge of pavement.  These cracks vary in length but overall they account for approximately 35 to 40 percent of the amount of edge of pavement. Large areas of unravelling have occurred.  The individual stones of the mix are coming loose.  Basically in these areas the pavement is coming apart. There are also small voids in the surface that were caused by dust balls in the mix.  Dust balls are caused by clumps of dust from a dirty asphalt supplier plant falling into the mix as it is being mixed and then becoming part of the pavement.  If these dust balls are at the surface of the pavement, they break open when the binder (the black sticky stuff) oxidizes and becomes brittle.  The dust is now exposed and washes away and leaves a void in the surface of the pavement. The first problems to show were the edge cracking and the unravelling. I contacted the contractor and was told someone would come look at the pavement.  I was also told at that time that the supplier was not who they said it was going to be.  I also found out at that time that they would not stand behind damage caused by turning the wheels of your car on the driveway.  That sounds ridiculous to me but it was in the fine print on the job proposal that I had signed.  I was unaware of when someone stopped to look at the pavement but they claimed they did stop and look at it.  From late June through the middle of September, I called 7 or 8 times.  All but one of those times no one answered and I left a message for them to call me.  No one ever contacted me after those messages I left.  The one time I got someone to answer the phone and I explained my issues to the office person.  The office person told me that my problems were "impossible".  I told her they certainly were possible.  She then asked with an attitude, "And have you been paving for the last 20 years?"  I then informed her of my recent position in the road construction industry and she then quit being so condescending.  I then got a call a few days later and I talked with a gentleman and told him my issues and what I wanted to see happen. He said that he needed to talk to someone and that he would get back to me.  I believe that was September 7th.  I still haven't been contacted by September 20th. On September 20th, I called the office again at 12:55pm, no answer, it may have been lunch time.  I called again at 1:15, no answer.  I called again at 1:30, no answer, I then left a message for the owner of the company to contact me by the end of the week.  This was a Tuesday and that gave the owner 3 days to make a phone call.  It didn't happen. September 26th 11:30 am I called the contractor and left a message for them to have the owner contact me by Wednesday September 28th.  I told them in the message that I would have to take this to the courts if they don't contact me.  I had contacted the district magistrates office just prior to making the phone call to the contractor to find out about the process of having the magistrates office handle this. Contractor called me 9:35 am September 27th.  I don't know if it was the owner or not.  The person said his brother told him what I wanted and questioned me asking for an extended warranty.  He asked what all I wanted.  I told him I wanted the cracks fixed, at least a 5 year warranty and I wanted the driveway to look like new after they were done fixing it.  It is after all a five month old driveway. Making it look new would probably require them to apply a spray on sealer.  He told me that they were already going above and beyond by just fixing the cracks. He also said that the edge cracking was caused by running a lawn mower over the pavement next to the lawn.  A driveway is supposed to hold up to the weight of a car, I don't see how my lawn mower would cause the cracking.  Besides, there are places that are cracking where no vehicle of any kind have been driven across it.  I told him that that was not good enough and that I would have to take it to the district magistrate.
- Mark Z....
DAMERICAN YARDS LANDSCAPING
Kevin started the work right away and was on time every day for a week. Then he began not to show up and leave things unfinished. He would say he was coming and then not show up for days at a time. He left work unfinished and had to be called and reminded that things had to be done. He would go to another job up at a home in the neighborhood and walk down and say he would be there in the afternoon to complete something and then never come over. He would plant something and it would fall out and it would need replanted. I am still waiting after 3 months for him to complete the concrete patio.
- Regina L....
AM & D PAVING AND SEALCOATING, INC
The process and relations with the contractor we selected, Vince Destephano, went very well. We took bids in March and Contracted with M & D Paving in early April, 2016. We were very concerned about having the job started before the last two weeks in May and completed before June 1. Mr. Destephano accepted our addendum to the contract that stipulated the latest starting and completion date, subject only to extreme or persistent rainfall in our area. Mr. Destephano provided a detailed work/cost statement. He worked within those parameters to the end, even though we shifted the entire driveway to the right (without adding area), changed the depth of the drain at the between the driveway and the garages, and added cement rather than asphalt setting for the drain. His excavation subcontractor, Speedy, was also adaptable and willing to meet our needs. The scraping/paving crew, led by Vince, did an extraordinary job.They were knowledgeable, a good team, and polite. Surprisingly they finished in one day. Not only that, they laid down at least 1 inch more of asphalt thickness than was called for in the contract! Finally, as the crew was leaving they spread the remaining unused asphalt at the edge of our entry road where the asphalt pavement was broken or degraded---this was beyond the contract, not requested, not charged for, unexpected, but impressive! We do not write extremely positive reviews often, but took time to produce this one. We highly recommend M & D, Vince Destephano, his Crew and grading Subcontractor for asphalt driveway installation. Art B
- Art B....
ATop Shield Sealcoating
I chose this contractor after receiving a very high recommendation and witnessing him working on the driveway of a friend.  Galen Goss, owner and on-sight worker, is as close to a perfectionist that you can find.  He did not disappoint me in any way.  I was present throughout the whole job, and I cannot imagine the work being done any better.  I have not found a single spatter of sealcoat on any vertical or flat surfaces.   Visitors to my home have commented very positively on the appearance of the job.  I do not hesitate to add my highest recommendation for Galen Goss and his Top Shield Sealcoating service.
- Russell F....