Top 10 ways to spot traveling asphalt crews: AKA Gypsies, or Fly by Night Contractors

Traveling pavers roam the country trying to pull “bait and switch” tactics on property owners. Their classic line goes something like this, “We are paving a job a few blocks away and we have just enough extra material left to pave your driveway.” Never fall for this. Reputable contractors rarely try to beat doors for business. Gypsies never do what they say they will, and they will never come back and fix a shoddy job. There are a couple things you can do if approached by a suspected gypsy outfit:

  1. Contact your local BBB to check their status as a known business.
  2. Ask to see the person’s driver license.
  3. Check to see if they have a website.  Investigate their website to see if there are any local references.
  4. Simply look in your area Yellow Pages to see if the company has a listing.
  5. Be very assertive with him by asking, “If you are such a good paving company, then why do you have so much material left over?” Conclude with, “An experienced contractor shouldn’t be over so much on material.”
  6. Analyze the name on the trucks. Gypsies typically use names with terms such as: Statewide, Nationwide, Town and Country, Countryside, and Citywide. They do this to blend into large regions.
  7. They will always want cash, or a check written to their personal name.
  8. Look at the license plates on the trucks. They will usually be out of state.
  9. Do they have a local phone number as a primary contact instead of an (800) number or foreign area code?
  10. Always demand to have all agreements made in writing and in contract form.

We never want our potential clients or clients served badly. We are here to assist people to the best of our ability, whether we do the work or not. Be aware of the company you are dealing with. Make common sense conclusions about their offers.

Below are some photos of work performed by traveling paving outfits.

Creve Coeur Paving aids real estate investment firm in saving money

Dealpoint Merrill, an investment firm is revitalizing on old St. Charles Missouri commercial property.  Long time residents know the property as the old K-Mart or currently known as Chuck E. Cheese.  Chuck E. Cheese remains as a tenant in a portion of the building while the old K-Mart is being turned into an indoor storage center. CubeSmart will open this summer to provide area residents an alternative to indoor storage. 

Dealpoint Merrill hired the St. Louis area paving firm to pave the entire property while also installing green space islands.  Originally the islands were to be constructed of slip form concrete curb and gutter.  In order to save money and time Creve Coeur Paving recommended installing asphalt curbed islands in lieu of the concrete islands.  Asphalt curbs could be installed after the parking lot was paved. - That would help get parking lot resurfacing completed faster because the paver wouldn't have to navigate around islands while installing the new asphalt surface.  Asphalt curbing is also easier and quicker to install than concrete curb and gutter.

Dick Mason, the director of construction for Dealpoint Merrill told Richard Dinkela, the operations manager for Creve Coeur Paving that going with asphalt saved Dealpoint thousands of dollars.  It's also getting the paving work completed faster making it possible for CubeSmart to open quicker.


If you have a need for asphalt curbing or other commercial paving projects call Creve Coeur Paving for a free estimate today.


Creve Coeur Paving offers a large variety of asphalt curb shapes and sizes

Whether you are repairing an existing asphalt curb or installing all new curbs we have the shape and size mold you desire.  Anything from a 4" tall slanted curb to a gigantic 10" tall square curb, we've got you covered.

We install new curbs as low as $5.00 per lineal foot.  We can remove and replace curbs for as little as $9.00 per lineal foot.  We also do FAST spot curb repairs for around $15.00 per lineal foot.

We have multiple curb machines to make sure we serve all of our customers fast and efficiently.

Attention to detail ensuring straightness and consistency is always a top priority!

Here are some our most popular shapes and sizes for residential and commercial asphalt curbing.

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