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Grand County / Real Estate: Beware of vagabond contractors

by Cyndi PalmerGrand County Homes and Properties

Paving contractors come into and out of Grand County, but its important to make sure that the work is guaranteed and that the company will be there after the job is finished to make sure customers are completely satisfied.Joe Bugos and his team of five professional pavers (with a total of 100 years experience combined) at S&J Trucking and Paving, Inc. are committed to providing a quality product and one that will withstand time and the elements of nature in the Rocky Mountains. Education is the key, he said, in everything.Bugos has fielded calls from the victims of cut-rate, quick-install vagabond contractors who arent around when the final product is less than what was desired by the customer. Too many times, he said, the job has to be started from scratch again. Plus, the time the project will take has doubled because the new pavers have to most likely peel up the previous, unsatisfactory layer of pavement. Granted Ive had some projects that Ive had to go back and repair, Bugos admits, but theyve been very few.If paving your driveway is on your summer project wish list, then S&J has the services and dedication you are looking for. Mywork speaks for itself, Bugos said.The long-time local has seen a lot of growth and changes in Grand County since he started the business in 1986. With his company averaging about 100 private driveways a construction season (May to November), he estimates his company has paved more than 1,600 since then.Company services also include paving for parking lots and driveways for various businesses in Grand County. In fact, two of the award-winning homes in the 2006 Parade of Homes and the famous HGTV dream home at Bridgers Cache feature driveways by S&J Trucking and Paving. They also paved driveways for at least half a dozen homes nominated for the 2007 Parade of Homes.In mountain communities, certain other items of importance must be taken into consideration when paving (besides reliability), including drainage and temperature. Before applying the asphalt mix to a surface, Bugos inspects the subgrade to determine its suitability. We build a road bed to support the asphalt and the traffic its going to experience, he said.He checks to make sure water and snow can drain from the surface to minimize damage to the soil and asphalt, and that there is no movement in the subgrade dirt and clay must be removed. Bugos and his teams also apply an herbicide prior to paving to kill weeds.Then, S&J compacts a three-inch-and-minus pit run, installs a class-three quarter-inch road base, which is left (preferably) to age for several days. Asphalt thickness will vary, with driveways ranging from three-to-four inches at compaction with two lifts (a layering process) of asphalt and parking lots four-to-six inches at compaction. Roadways should have six-to-eight inches at compaction.Bugos says a properly installed driveway should last up to 20 years or more if it is kept clean and gets a sealer coat every two-to-three years (another service S&J offers).My best guarantee is my word-of-mouth reputation, Bugos said. Conducting business in a small community has its ups and downs but Bugos knows his hard-won reputation will meet client satisfaction.Driveway installation, including excavating, usually takes S&J Trucking and Paving, Inc. between 1.5 to two days; and you stay with the job until the customer is completely satisfied, Bugos said. Every driveway and parking lot is different. You have all of the curves, slopes, the drainage and the entrances.Paved driveways are becoming popular in urban mountain areas and Bugos said thats probably a good thing. It makes a nice real estate accessory and just think of the ease during mud season, especially on some of those high-grade driveways like those found in Grand Lake and Fraser.To schedule an appointment, call S&J Trucking and Paving at (970) 726-5792.

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