Do you spend a lot of time thinking and dreaming about your driveway, sidewalks, parking lots, or other pavement installations? Probably not. In reality, you probably want to address these projects, have them completed to a high professional standard, and not think about them again. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Whether your pavement was recently installed or whether it’s a few years old, here are four signs your installation was done right.

1. The pavement stands the test of time

Congratulations, you’ve finished a new pavement installation. In the vast majority of cases, it’s going to look great when it’s newly done, and even for months afterward. But how does it look twelve, eighteen, or twenty-four months later? Are you beginning to see imperfections already? Are cracks and potholes already starting to show? If so, mistakes may have been made during installation, whether it was intentional or not. Quality asphalt should last 10+ years before showing signs of significant wear. Concrete should last even longer. If you’re inside of 5 years and already noticing big problems, hopefully you can move on to the next item on this list.

2. The work was guaranteed from the beginning

A written guarantee is a huge indicator of quality. If that guarantee is strong, specific, and spans several years, you know the contractor is serious about doing quality pavement installations. The last thing they want is to make mistakes or settle for imperfections, only to be called back to fix problems free of charge. That written guarantee shields you as a homeowner or business owner, and makes sure your investment is protected. But it’s equally important as a statement of confidence from the pavement contractor.

3. The company is reputable

When you look at a contractor’s web site, as well as their presence on social media, what do you see? What pavement contractors say about themselves is obviously important, but what other people say about them is equally (if not more) relevant. When you locate a company that presents itself in a highly professional way — and also has been reviewed by many clients who have had positive results — you’re likely to count yourself as another satisfied customer.

4. Problems were addressed immediately

If there were any questions, problems or doubts about your pavement installation, and the company addressed them right away with solid answers and solutions, it’s much more likely that you’re working with a company who stands by their craftsmanship and knows how to install quality pavement. When your contractor hedges, doesn’t communicate well, or doesn’t offer sound answers to your concerns, it’s a red flag. Hopefully you can fall back to the second item on the list: A written guarantee in case something goes wrong within the established warranty period.

Avoiding nasty surprises

Researching and hiring the right pavement contractor in New Jersey, or wherever you live, is the most important step you can take toward avoiding costly errors and oversights that will cost you time, stress and money in the long haul. Remember — there are quality contractors out there who don’t disappoint! It’s just a matter of taking the time to find them before you go ahead with the project.