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    Allied Construction
    Selecting Allied Construction was the culmination of a 1-month long 'research project' on driveway paving, online search of the technology and potential contractors, free quotes from 4 contractors, and job visits to work done recently and 5 to 15 years ago.  Also conversation with a home builder with extensive paving contractor experience. I wanted an asphalt driveway professionally installed with good appearance, quality, and by someone who has been in the business in the same community for at least 10 or more years.  My desire is for the drive to last 20+ years with minimal maintenance and degradation and one I would be pleased with every day I drove on it.
    I learned that everyone's drive looks good when first installed, and the first year...unless they can't keep a straight line or level and quality of workmanship is lacking. I learned that 'base' preparation (excavation, soil type, compaction) are as important as the thickness and quality of installation of the asphalt. I had a 5"+ compacted 21AA limestone driveway base that had been driven on for 10 years, so that was considered excellent.  Looking at some older drives, with numerous cracks and small holes even at 5 years old indicated generally poor soil base preparation and perhaps too thin or wrong asphalt. I spoke with homeowners whenever possible to verify the age of the paving, how easy it was to work with the contractors, how well the contractors respected their property, cleaned-up afterwards, and fixed any problems.  Allied's drives I visited typically had no cracks at 5, 8, and one at 15 years old and were 2" - 4" thick. Customers had good experiences throughout the job spoke highly of their professionalism.  I learned the type of asphalt application equipment, weight of roller's, etc. is also important in a long lasting finished product.  Quality equipment assures you of an even application, uniform thickness, better finish. In general, heavier is better in rollers to achieve the desired 90+% compaction of the soil sub-base and asphalt. Allied specifies 95% compaction and uses MDoT approved 'highway road' type paving equipment. To keep things fair, the final tonnage of materials, thickness of application, and asphalt material specifications should be same or equivalent. In our area, MDoT 1100T 'hot mix' asphalt is typically used for residential. The contractor who claims to do the job with 15 tons less material is shortchanging you someplace.  All my final quotes were within 1 ton. Be sure to get the actual 'weight tickets' from the truck drivers to verify the type and amount of asphalt actually used vs. quoted.  Ease of working with the contractor, workmanship, long-term established in the community, and final quality and support are important to me.  I also like straight lines, gradual curves, even surfaces, etc. The drive has to look good every day.
    Allied's crew started, as promised, at 7:30 AM.  First the bulldozer 'cut' the drive boundaries and established the grade. I was impressed with the operator's skills, accuracy, and reuse of my existing gravel. He, like all of the crew, was careful of our property, lawn sprinkler heads (which I had marked), etc. Additional crew members arrived and marked straight lines with bright string, curves and other lines 'to keep' with ground paint. The asphalt paver followed these and with a steady stream of asphalt trucks, loading raw asphalt into it's hopper, completed the task in a couple of hours. The rolling-compacting started as soon as a patch of asphalt had been laid down and after another few hours all was smooth and even...exactly as planned.  All pavement edges and joints to my existing concrete pad were hand-tamped.  When originally looking at previous Allied jobs, I thought they had a machine to make the even and smooth curves, including the slight curb to direct water runoff.  No, they are all hand-tamped with a careful eye to be sure they are even and smooth.  Job was done about 4:00PM.  Before leaving, the Foreman mentioned that should I see any problems or concerns to call him personally and he would see that they are fixed promptly.
    In summary, given the significant money investment and long-life expectations, what sold me on Allied was how good their drives looked up to 15 years later, the visual quality of their work (old and new), and very favorable comments by their homeowner customers in addition to Angie's List comments.  No, they were not the 'cheapest' but they were very competitive and (I think) worth a little extra cost.
    - Ivars R.
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