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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an asphalt and stamping paving company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified paving, asphalt and stamping contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated asphalt, stamping and paving company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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asphalt
concrete pavement
paving stones
decorative concrete
concrete paving slabs
warm mix asphalt concrete (WMA/WAM)
cold mix asphalt concrete
cut-back asphalt concrete
mastic asphalt concrete
blacktop paving
permeable paving
reclaimed pavement
porous asphalt
quiet pavement
perpetual pavement
composite pavement
hot mix asphalt concrete (HMA/HMAC)
exposed aggregate
natural aggregates
crushed asphalt
tar and gravel
natural asphalt concrete

commercial paving services
homeowners association paving
decorative patio paving
pavement maintenance
patch paving
pavement overlays
decorative pavement stamping
seal coating / pavement sealing
asphalt pouring
concrete crack repair
concrete repair
repaving
pavement removal
asphalt removal
driveway paving
stamped concrete driveways
patio stamping
driveway imprinting
asphalt driveway sealing
colored concrete pouring
recycled asphalt pouring
residential paving services

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Aptos
Aptos Hills
Ben Lomond
Beulah Park
Bonny Doon
Boulder Creek
Brackney
Brookdale
Camp Evers
Capitola
Chittenden
Corralitos
Davenport
Day Valley
Ellicott
Felton
Forest Park
Forest Springs
Freedom
Glen Arbor
Glenwood
Gordola
Interlaken
La Selva Beach
Larkin Valley
Laurel
Live Oak
Lompico
Majors
Mission Springs
Monte Toyon
Mount Hermon
Olympia
Opal Cliffs
Paradise Park
Pasatiempo
Redwood Grove
Rincon
Rio Del Mar
Riverside Grove
Rob Roy Junction
San Lorenzo Park
Santa Cruz
Scotts Valley
Seabright
Soquel
Swanton
The Willows
Twin Lakes
Watsonville
Wildwood
Zayante

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American Concrete Contractors Association ACCA (http://www.ascconline.org/)
American Concrete Institute ACI (http://www.aci-int.org/)
Asphalt Institute AI (http://www.asphaltinstitute.org/)
Asphalt Pavement Alliance APA (http://www.asphaltalliance.com/)
Asphalt Pavement Association of California APACA (http://www.apaca.org/)…

American Concrete Contractors Association ACCA (http://www.ascconline.org/)
American Concrete Institute ACI (http://www.aci-int.org/)
Asphalt Institute AI (http://www.asphaltinstitute.org/)
Asphalt Pavement Alliance APA (http://www.asphaltalliance.com/)
Asphalt Pavement Association of California APACA (http://www.apaca.org/)
American Society of Concrete Contractors ASCC (http://www.ascconline.org/)

California Asphalt Pavement Association CalAPA (http://www.californiapavements.org/)
Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada CMACN (http://www.cmacn.org/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs DCA (http://www.dca.ca.gov/)
National Association of Decorative Concrete Contractors NADCC (http://www.nadcc.org/)
National Asphalt Pavement Association NAPA (http://www.hotmix.org/)
National Association of State Contracting Licensing Agencies NASCLA (http://www.nascla.org/)
Northern California Asphalt Pavement Association NCAPA (http://www.norcalasphalt.org/)
National Pavement Contractors Association NPCA (http://www.pavementpro.org/)
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association NRMCA(http://www.nrmca.org/)

Know What You Want
Considering What You Want and Exploring Your Options Before Hiring an Asphalt Stamping and Paving Company in Santa Cruz County

Look carefully at your property and where you desire the asphalt stamping and paving to be done. Consider what you really desire for that area. After you have completed some initial research, talk with several local asphalt stamping and paving companies. Compile a list of questions to use when speaking to asphalt stamping and paving contractors. Be sure to write down their answers so you can compare them with others. You want to get estimates from those companies that meet or exceed your expectations. If the contractor doesn't give satisfactory answers to your questions, move on to the next company.

You need to decide what you want from your own asphalt stamping and paving project. Have an idea of your timeline, color, stamping, and budget, etc. Here are some questions that you may want to ask:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified paving company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • What is my projected timeline?
  • Have I budgeted enough for this project?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I need to do before I have asphalt stamping and paving installed?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Santa Cruz County asphalt stamping and paving company to have such as good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, integrity, and reliability?
  • Am I planning on staying in this house over the long-term or am I going to use it as rental property?
  • Have I chosen a color and style that looks appropriate with the landscape and house?
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What To Ask In Person
Requesting Information When Speaking in Person With an Asphalt Stamping and Paving Contractor

Once you have narrowed the field to what you consider the best Santa Cruz County asphalt stamping and paving contractors, visit them in person to meet the contractor. Questions you might want to ask include these:

  • Are the products that you use environmentally safe for my children, pets and yard?
  • Do you charge for estimates?
  • Do you have liability and workers' compensation insurance?
  • Can you provide me with 10 references?
  • What does the warranty cover?
  • What type of a guarantee do you offer?
  • Will you give me a written contract?
  • Do you hire any subcontractors?
  • Do you have a valid contractor's license and what is the number?
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  • What To Ask References
    Learn From Previous Customers' Experiences of an Asphalt Stamping and Paving Contractor in Santa Cruz County

    It is best to choose a Diamond Certified asphalt stamping and paving company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from an asphalt stamping and paving contractor in Santa Cruz County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. You'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can't find a Diamond Certified asphalt stamping and paving contractor within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your asphalt stamping and paving contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the asphalt stamping and paving contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are hand-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Would you recommend this asphalt stamping and paving contractor to your friends and family?
    • Did they keep communication with you up to date on the status of your project?
    • Did they show up for work on time?
    • When you need this work done in the future, will you choose this same company?
    • Did they do a good job of clean up after they completed the job?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Rob Roy Junction, San Lorenzo Park, Twin Lakes and Wildwood, were you expected to pay extra for their travel expenses to your home?
    • Were you satisfied with the service from this asphalt stamping and paving contractor?
    • What type of asphalt and paving stamping were used for your job?
    • Did they finish the work on time?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find a Trustworthy Asphalt Stamping and Paving Contractor in Santa Cruz County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your choice of an asphalt stamping and paving contractor in Santa Cruz Countyis an important decision. Before deciding on the asphalt stamping and paving company in Santa Cruz County for you, consider the following questions.

    • Is this estimate with in my budget?
    • Does the asphalt stamping and paving contractor offer a written warranty to back up their work?
    • Is the asphalt stamping and paving contractor in Santa Cruz County able to meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, customer service and experience?
    • How knowledgeable is the asphalt stamping and paving company about the techniques they will be using and the specific needs of my job?
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  • How To Work With
    Review the Contract Before You Hire an Asphalt Stamping and Paving Contractor in Santa Cruz County

    Asphalt and stamping paving is an investment in your home. Plan your budget after you know the expenses involved and then stick to it. After you have found a Santa Cruz County asphalt stamping and paving company in Santa Cruz County that you can trust, you can relax with peace of mind as you begin your asphalt stamping and paving project.

    Meet with the contractor. Use the notes that you have taken and describe any concerns that you have. Be detailed about any areas of concern and don't be in a rush. It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. If you don't understand something, ask now. You need to completely comprehend the plan and any problems that may come up and the possible solutions.

    Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of supplies and the labor. Don't ever sign a blank estimate.

    Commit to a Santa Cruz County Asphalt Contractor by Signing the Contract
    When you feel satisfied with the information you have received from your Santa Cruz County asphalt stamping and paving contractor, sign the contract. All terms of your project should be included in the agreement. You can even see that the expected time of completion should be documented. Then be sure that they have a phone number where you can be reached.

    Expect the contractor to stay within the estimate. However, if the actual asphalt stamping and paving costs exceed the original amount of the estimate, the contractor must get your approval before moving ahead.

    Ways to Make the Asphalt Stamping and Paving Easier for the Contractor
    Professional asphalt stamping and paving contractors are able to handle the very small to the very large aspects of their work. However, you can do some things to prepare for them and to make their progress in putting in your asphalt stamping and paving go more smoothly and more quickly. Doing these things may even cut down on the labor costs and can keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

    Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles to maneuver. Some asphalt stamping and paving contractors have large vehicles that require more space than average. Contact your contractor before they begin and ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for oversized vehicles. It is also helpful to walk through the area with your contractor so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before installation of your asphalt stamping and paving.

    Remove any furniture or movable items from around the area where the asphalt stamping and paving contractor will be working. Before they begin work, remove anything that may be in the way such as barbecues. The more you do the more quickly they can get to work.

    Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your asphalt stamping and paving contractor will be focused on installing your asphalt and stamping and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of your children and pets being in the way.

    Trim plants and bushes that are in the way. You can save money and time by preparing the area for building by trimming or removing any plants, trees or bushes that are in the way. Ask your contractor what they recommend and the amount of space they require.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Plan to be a Good Asphalt Stamping and Paving Customer

    It's the asphalt stamping and paving contractor's responsibility to put in quality asphalt stamping and paving using the best installation techniques. You also play a big part in the success of your asphalt stamping and paving. Here are some simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Cruz County asphalt stamping and paving contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the asphalt stamping and paving contractor. Let them know what you want from your asphalt stamping and paving, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Before you hire an asphalt stamping and paving contractor in Santa Cruz County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the asphalt stamping and paving representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local asphalt stamping and paving occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're installing your asphalt stamping and paving. The work will move along more smoothly if your asphalt stamping and paving contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the asphalt stamping and paving on schedule.
    • Ask your asphalt stamping and paving contractor if he will call you with updates or if you should call to check on the progress.
    • Pay for the asphalt stamping and paving work promptly.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!

    Why do you want to be a good customer? Asphalt and stamping paving contractors in Santa Cruz County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Check the Completed Asphalt Stamping and Paving With the Invoice

When your asphalt stamping and paving installation is complete, your will receive a written invoice that details the completed work. Your invoice will include:

  • The asphalt contractor's name, physical address and license number.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by manufacturers or the company.
  • An itemized list of all the supplies purchased.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • The total cost for supplies, including the amount due for labor.

It is wise to compare the completed work with the written invoice. Ask your contractor to walk through the asphalt stamping and paving project with you and show you the work. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your asphalt stamping and paving. If you have any questions about the work or materials, ask now.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Warranties for Asphalt Paving and Stamping Services

Most asphalt stamping and paving contractors offer some type of warranty on the asphalt stamping and paving. Ask that the details of the warranty be provided to you in writing. This information should include:

  • The asphalt contractor's name and physical address.
  • What products and parts of the asphalt stamping and paving installation are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your asphalt stamping and paving in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Santa Cruz County Asphalt and Paving Services

The top requests for asphalt stamping and paving services in Santa Cruz County are listed below.

Decorative Patio Paving

Decorative patio paving is a great way to complement your home with the look of brick or cobblestones but at a more inexpensive cost. You can have a dramatic look for your patio at a great cost.

Pavement Overlays

Pavement overlays will lengthen the life of your pavement. This is often the way to achieve longer lasting repair.

Reclaimed Pavement

Reclaimed pavement is made from recycle asphalt pavement. It is as high in quality, if not higher, as unrecycled pavement. It doesn't lose its value and can be recyled over again.

Pavement Repair

Pavement repair is to repair cracks or other problems with asphalt.

Repaving

Repaving is the work of replacing the base and the asphalt. The old asphalt is taken out and paved with new asphalt.

Patch Paving

Patch paving extends the life of pavement when only small areas need to be repaired.

Pavement Maintenance

Pavement maintenance is the process of repairing, sealing, and rejuvenating your asphalt on a regular basis.

Permeable Paving

Permeable paving is the process of paving using porous materials or techniques that allows water and air to move around the paving material.

Pavement Overlays

Pavement overlays are used to extend the life of asphalt. An overlay may not only strengthen the existing asphalt but it can salvage a deteriorated one.

Seal Coating

Seal coating may be the most important maintenance you do for your asphalt. It is a coal and tar mixture that is applied on top of the asphalt. It protects your asphalt from weather and chemicals.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Asphalt and Paving Companies

aggregates
Aggregates are various sizes of stones and crushed rock, etc., that make up a high percentage of an asphalt mixture.

asphalt
Asphalt is a black or brown cement-type material that is obtained through the processing of petroleum. It is used for paving and roofing, etc.

Also known as: asphalt cement

asphalt base
Asphalt base is a mix where the largest stone is not larger than 3/4 inch.

aggregates
Aggregates are various sizes of stones and crushed rock, etc., that make up a high percentage of an asphalt mixture.

asphalt
Asphalt is a black or brown cement-type material that is obtained through the processing of petroleum. It is used for paving and roofing, etc.

Also known as: asphalt cement

asphalt base
Asphalt base is a mix where the largest stone is not larger than 3/4 inch.

asphalt binder
Asphalt binder is the layer between the base and the top surface and is made of asphalt. It is usually thicker than the surface layer

Also known as: asphalt binders

asphalt driveway designs
Asphalt driveway designs isthe design prepared to be stamped into an asphalt driveway.

Also known as: asphalt driveway design

asphalt leveling course
Asphalt leveling course is when hot asphalt is used to get rid of irregularities in the contour of an existing surface.

asphalt repairs
Asphalt repairs are the repairs made to asphalt as it is worn down by use or weather.

Also known as: asphalt repair

coal tar
Coal tar is a by-product from steel production and is used as a base for asphalt pavement sealers.

compaction
Compaction is the process of compressing material into a lesser volume.

crusher-run
Crusher-run is the unscreened product after the stone is crushed.

density
Density refers to the weight of a material such as asphalt.

Also known as: thickness, compactness

emulsion
Emulsion is the combination of ingredients that are mixed mechanically that don’t mix normally.

finished grade
Finished grade is the final grade of the asphalt job.

Also known as: final grade

full-depth asphalt pavement
Full-depth asphalt pavement is used to certify that pavement has asphalt mixtures used for all of its courses above the subgrade.

geotextiles
Geotextiles are the materials used in the pavingi process that are fabric-like and often used to stabilize the base material or be a moisture barrier.

Also known as: geotextile

grade-slope
Grade-slope is the angle of a paved surface that aids in drainage of water.

joints
Joints are the visible area where two different pourings of asphalt meet.

Also known as: joint, seam

lane joint cracks
Lane joint cracks are separations between two paving lanes that run longitudinally.

lift
Lift is paving material that is applied to the base or previous layer.

reflection cracks
Reflection cracks are cracks in asphalt that is over pavement and shows the crack pattern of the pavement.

seal coating
Seal coating is the application of a sealant to protect the asphalt.

Also known as: sealing, seal coat

stamped blacktop
Stamped blacktop is pavement or blacktop that has been stamped with a decorative stamp.

Also known as: stamped pavement, asphalt stamping, decorative asphalt paving, stamped asphalt

stone base
Stone base is the base of the pavement which usually consists of crushed stones.

subbase
Subbase is below the base course of asphalt pavement.

subgrade
Subgrade is the prepared soil that is compacted to support a slab or pavement.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs For Asphalt Stamping and Paving Companies

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified asphalt and paving stamping company?

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified asphalt and paving stamping company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose asphalt and paving stamping companines with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only asphalt and paving stamping companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified asphalt and stamping paving company.

Q: What maintenance is required to prolong the life of my asphalt and stamping paving job?
A: It is recommended that you annually fill any cracks. Sealer will need to be applied at least every two years. Regular maintenance will keep your asphalt from deteriorating and slow the formation of any cracks. Regular maintenance will also maintain the appearance of your property. Corrective maintenance is required less often but is necessary when there is excessive cracking or other problems.

Q: Are the estimates for asphalt and paving stamping free?
A: Many asphalt and paving companies will provide you with a detailed estimate at no charge. Others may offer to apply estimate fees to the final job if you hire them. While still others charge a fee for asphalt pouring services. Talk to the asphalt company representative about their estimate policy.

Q: How do I clean my asphalt and paving?
A: It needs to be flushed with water to remove sand and dirt or other abrasive materials. Abrasive materials decrease the life of sealers.

Q: Does the sun cause asphalt deterioration?
A: The sun can increase deterioration as it heats up the cement that binds the asphalt. As it deteriorates, the stone may loosen and fall away.

Q: Are there benefits to an underlayment fabric?
A: Yes, it does work for waterproofing and is used between the existing surface and the new one. It will also slow cracking from the under surface to the new surface. It will significantly extend the life of your asphalt.

Q: When do cracks need to be sealed?
A: Cracks should be sealed as soon as possible. Any crack that is wider than 1/4 of an inch will allow penetration of moisture. The goal of regular maintenance is to keep moisture away from invading the asphalt.

Q: Will sealing the cracks be effective in extending the life of my asphalt?
A: Repairing cracks properly and sealing asphalt regularly can double the life of your asphalt. Talk with your asphalt contractor about the best course of action for maintaining your asphalt and pavement.

Q: What is the best way to protect my asphalt and stamping paving?
A: Be sure to apply a seal in the first six months to a year. Check for cracks and fill them annually. You will need to re-apply a seal every 3-5 years depending on deterioration due to weather and traffic and how your asphalt is wearing.

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