Asphalt Scams – Asphalt Driveway Paving Scams

The Most Common Ways Asphalt Installation
Contractors Rip Us Off And How To Avoid Them ™





If you’ve ever had an asphalt contractor knock on your door and tell you “We have extra asphalt leftover from the last job”! There’s a good chance you could have been taken by a very common asphalt scam if you would have said yes!


The #1 most common way asphalt contractors scam us! The worst part is most people don’t even realize they’ve been scammed until it’s too late.

 


If you have a long one lane driveway, make sure you watch this video! You’ll be amazed by the tricks that some asphalt scammers will pull to increase their profits and rip us off

 


The bait and switch warranty! This is the subtle but effective asphalt scam!

 
 


Is the cheapest price ever the best deal? A low, low price in THIS business should ALWAYS raise red flags! Find out why!

 


A driveway is only as good as the investment into the preparation. How much excavation and grading does YOUR driveway need?

 


Driveway overlays are a great way to save money versus removing and replacing your existing driveway. But could an overlay actually cause more problems for you in the future? Find out now!


A handshake and a smile! It used to be that you could trust a man for his word. Can you still? Find out the details to look for in your contract to make sure you’re getting the job done right!

 


Don’t put yourself at risk of losing everything you have just to save a few dollars. One of the biggest risks of them all is hiring an asphalt driveway scammer that doesn’t carry insurance!

 


With all of this information about asphalt scams and how the asphalt scammers operate, how do you know who you can trust?

 

Asphalt scams rob people of their hard earned money each and every year. Unfortunately, most people don’t find these asphalt scams videos, or the eBook until it’s too late. We do our best to make it easy for people to find these videos on the latest paving scams of 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and paving scams of 2015 of to try and help as many people avoid getting ripped off by these scammers as possible.

**A very important note. At first we referred to some of the scams as gypsy scams, gypsy paving scams and gypsy pavers. However, there are some people of gypsy descent who feel as though using gypsy and scams together is a racist type of reference. With that in mind, we don’t refer to the paving scammers as gypsies or gypsy scammers. We do however still reference the terms because there are those out there who use the term innocently, not knowing that they are a little sensitive and claim to be offended by it. Also… it’s not just “gypsies” that rip people off. There are plenty of fly by night contractors that aren’t of gypsy descent that rip homeowners off too! These videos are not in any way targeting those of gypsy descent. We want to make sure we help to educate as many homeowners about these asphalt scams as possible, so our use of the term is only to make it easy for those who are seeking help to find these videos and avoiding getting ripped off by any scam, whether it be an asphalt paving scam or any other type of asphalt scam.

  • Vicki

    WOW. I learned a lot from these videos. We had someone come to our door and I started the process of checking them out. That’s when I came across your website. I know what I should expect now. Thanks for the great information. 

    • patmatt

       Your welcome Vickie! Glad we could help!

  • Guest

    Had one come to my office. I told him I was going to count to five and let my 120 lb German Shepherd dog loose. He didn’t move as fast as I could count. I wonder what kind of insurance Gypsies have?

    • patmatt

       They’re insurance is about as good as their good work… it doesn’t exist!

    • Jereme Richardson

      Im a “GYPSY” and take offense to that word. YOU guys have no right to use such a derogatory term. I carry general liability, workmens comp, and a surety bond. It is websites like these that cause problems for everyone. not every bad job is done by a fly by night or traveler. If that was the case I wouldn’t hear so many complaints about local companies. There are several local companies in the state I work that have a very bad reputation of doing subpar work and charging up to 3 times the amount I do. If it wasn’t for the city work and Indian reservations they wouldn’t be in business. I wonder where you get your information from seeing as you have only been in the business since 97 and Ive been in it since the late 80’s as a family ran company.

      • patmatt

        I laugh at you guys who email me and complain without reading EVERY SINGLE WORD ON THE WEBSITE:

        **A very important note. At first we referred to some of the scams as gypsy scams, gypsy paving scams and gypsy pavers. However, there are some people of gypsy descent who feel as though using gypsy and scams together is a racist type of reference. With that in mind, we don’t refer to the paving scammers as gypsies or gypsy scammers. We do however still reference the terms because there are those out there who use the term innocently, not knowing that they are a little sensitive and claim to be offended by it. Also… it’s not just “gypsies” that rip people off. There are plenty of fly by night contractors that aren’t of gypsy descent that rip homeowners off too! These videos are not in any way targeting those of gypsy descent. We want to make sure we help to educate as many homeowners about these asphalt scams as possible, so our use of the term is only to make it easy for those who are seeking help to find these videos and avoiding getting ripped off by any scam, whether it be an asphalt paving scam or any other type of asphalt scam.

      • patmatt

        The real question is NOT how long someone has been IN the business but how long has a company been registered as a business in a particular state?

        This question is BY FAR much more valuable for homeowners. Why? Because there are MANY, MANY individuals that tout how long they have been “in the business/family business” but only stay in business just long enough to rip people off, ruin their reputation, go out of business and then start a NEW business with a DIFFERENT name and then do the same thing over again!

        The end result is someone that promotes themselves as “In business for XX years!” but having operated under several different business names during that time period leaving a trail of horrible work and ripped off consumers behind them!

        So… people BEWARE! Beware of companies that cannot document how long they have been a registered business in YOUR state! It’s not ONLY their experience you’re buying… it’s also their reputation!!

    • bill wells

      good thing for you or they would own your office and then they would see how good your insurance was !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pgilmore99

    Great information.  In the process of screening Asphalt paving companies…If you listen carefully there lies come out…..Thanks a Million for the valuable videos and information….Great work, great presentations…..

    • patmatt

       Thanks! That’s exactly what our goal is here… to arm consumers with tools necessary to spot these guys and avoid them!

  • Ron

    great information i am having my driveway tarmac and now know what to check for and make sure a proper job is done

    Ron  England 

  • truckerd55

    I used to work in the paving buisiness for a good contractor & we did all of those things you mentioned in your videos. That is the way we did our work. Thanks for informing everyone on these issues. I am currently in the process of having a driveway installed & I can’t wait to check out some contractors when I go for estemates. They will be shocked at how much I know about paving.Once again, thank you for the videos.

    • patmatt

      Thanks for the great comments! Glad we can help!

  • marco

    How do I recommend a company I hired? (Company Name Hidden) out of northern va done a amazing job from start to finish

  • bill wells

    where is the tack oil and petromat and can that small roller get the compaction that it need to pass the compaction test

    • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

      Tack oil on a new job? Petromat on the soil?? Compaction test on a residential driveway? When you get more experience, come back by and ask the question again.

      • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

        In the mean time. please tell everyone the name of your company.

  • bill wells

    Yeah tack oil and petromat on new it’s not just for recaps but you still have not got to the small roller unless you are putting it down thin!

    • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

      Ha ha! Putting it down thin? Define “thin” smart guy! I wasn’t aware that Wacker manufactured a roller for thin asphalt only! Your attempt to make yourself look like you know what you’re talking about only proves you don’t. Truth is… you’re a scammer and you don’t have the balls to tell everyone who you are. No honest, quality contractor comes here, comments and displays their stupidity so openly. After 6 years of doing this… only the scammers do. If you’re such a great contractor… tell everyone your name. With the 10’s of thousands of visitors that come here… you’re sure to get some business out of it if you are who you say you are. Everyone would like to see if your video has over 200K views. If you want to learn how to lay top quality new driveways, contact any one of my members and watch them do it. All of them use a 1 ton vibratory roller. Some also follow it up with a 4 ton roller. Quick lesson for you that I’ll give you for free. Geotextile fabric is used in situations where the soil is not stable and very rarely used on driveways.

      • bill wells

        No but rhetoric do make small rollers for finishing to remove lines and as far as not knowing I was paving magazine paver of the year so show me your awards and I’ll show you mine you think because you are on YouTube you are a somebody but I bet the gypsies you are talking about does better work you are a joke you have it your way and I’ll have it the right way

        • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

          Rhetoric? It appears to me and the entire www that you’re the one with rhetoric. You come to MY website and make uneducated comments and then tell me I’m slinging rhetoric? Again I say Mr Expert. You’re nothing.You obviously suck at marketing. Only a FOOL would not take advantage of the 10’s of thousands of visitors to this website and not tell everyone their name when they claim to be such a great company. Show us your awards big man! Show us your video you claim to have that “reveals your secrets”!! You won’t because you don’t have any. You’re just another average scammer.

          • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

            By the way… there’s very few GOOD companies in and around San Fransisco, San Jose and Northern California. We already have the BEST companies listed on my referral list in your area so there wouldn’t be any room for you even if you were you you claim to be. As I said before, the good companies don’t waste their time critiquing me… only the scammers do which is obvious that’s what you are. Put up or shut up. Show us your award big man! I’ll leave it up on this website for everyone to see!!

          • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

            EXACTLY what I thought. NO balls. All talk… no action.

  • bill wells

    And compaction is the biggest failure in asphalt I would tell you my company but the you would learn how to put a in by watching my video

  • Fay Roberts

    Am watching all your video’s right now – I’m in Australia so can’t use your services, but am so grateful for your honest advice as it is going to help me from being ripped off (standard here in Regional Australia) . My question is: I live in a tropical area – Very Hot, humid and serious rainstorms. (similar to Florida climate). I have been advised to seal straight away – but you say 6 months? Can you clarify please.

  • gypsyasphaltman

    Hey buddy I go door to door everyday ill be laying your parents driveway tomorrow what’s there address jealous f uck you mad cause I can go out and make more money than you cause I can pull in your town and lay down more asphalt in one week then you do in one year you are a jack off my friend get off your ass us gypsys do more work and better work then most you nickle dicks do so quit complaining

    • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

      Ha ha!! No you make a living ripping people off!! Fool!! Do us all a favor and tell us your name, company and where you work so we can all watch how great you think you are! Bet you money you’re to scared to tell us! I’ll be waiting…

  • Bob

    Is there any advantage of laying asphalt in the hot summer vs the colder winter from either the technical side (will the work last longer if done in cold vs hot weather) or the pricing side (are asphalt contracters less busy in the colder months and thereby more willing to lower prices to get the business)?

    • http://www.PatrickMattingley.com/ Patrick Mattingley

      Depending on where you’re at in the country, getting asphalt in the cold winter most likely won’t happen as the asphalt plants are closed. Laying the asphalt in cold weather can result in less dense compaction. The colder it is, the less density therefore the less durable so it’s better to have an asphalt driveway installed in the spring, summer and fall, again… depending on where you’re at in the country.

      You may get a better price in the spring, but the risk of getting a low quality job if the day that it’s being paved is cool probably isn’t worth the small amount of savings you may yield. On the other hand, this is a time when the scammers are trying to build up their bank accounts from the slow winter and we run an even higher risk of getting a horrible job so be careful!

      Be sure and download our Estimate Request Checklists if you’re dealing with contractors that are not members of our website. You can obtain one by requesting an estimate. A link to download will be in the email we send you! Best of success in your new driveway!