Would you really pass the responsibility of new driveways and patios to unapproved paving contractors or tarmac contractors without checking their credentials first? At R.J. Skinner, we’re homeowners too, and we’d never leave our properties in the hands of a company that doesn’t know what it’s doing. We’ve seen first-hand how shoddy block paving and tarmac installations in the Horsham area compromise kerb appeal and property resale values.
Even small jobs require a professional approach, but you’ll need a team of contractors with experience, specialist tools and heavy-duty equipment on larger projects.
Experience, in particular, allows us to see potential flaws in the design of any surfacing – especially when regulations come into play.
Companies that work with block paving have to be even more impressive regarding credentials. This is never a problem when you come to us for a survey and consultation. We work with approval from Marshalls, the UK’s premier supplier of clay pavers. Very few contractors in the area have this approval so, whatever you need us for, we guarantee materials and our workmanship.
Some homeowners choose paving contractors or tarmac contractors based on price, and we see this as a fundamental mistake. The cheapest quotations usually come from the least-experienced companies, and there’s always a good reason why prices are so low. These service providers typically learn their trade “on the fly” and rarely have the same trade and industry training levels as the time-served personnel working for R.J. Skinner.
We’ve been in business since 1970, so there’s very little we haven’t seen or experienced. Our company was one of the first in the Horsham area to work with block paving but still utilises traditional materials, such as tarmacadam and gravel, for driveways and surfaces where the customer only has a modest budget to work with but still requires a professional service.
Lesser contractors can’t do this.
Worse still, they could present a danger at your home. An unqualified contractor could expose electrical cables during the groundwork phase of an installation project and need to know what to do next. Our paving contractors keep workspaces safe and, if they come across electrical cables or utility pipework, they keep you and your family safe too.
We never proceed with installing driveways and patios – pavers or tarmac – if our work uncovers a hazard. Instead, we liaise effectively with the correct utility supplier to isolate the workspace and eliminate the hazard. Paving and tarmac contractors without our experience rarely do the same and continue working. This puts you, your family and your property at risk – something R.J. Skinner would never consider doing.
The best way to check credentials is to ask relevant questions and, wherever possible, request evidence supporting their answers. Professionals with nothing to hide won’t mind going further if it secures your custom. Those who do will either walk away, or you can, at the very least, decide based on how much information they are happy to provide.