To fully serve Southwest Florida’s paving and sitework needs with honesty and integrity by providing a quality product, outstanding customer service, value and initiative.
Bonness is a family owned and operated, full-service paving, sitework and underground contractor serving the needs of homeowners, condominiums, businesses, communities, contractors, developers, counties and municipalities throughout Southwest Florida.
Our team members, many of whom have been with us for decades, are a diverse group of highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to providing the highest level of service in the industry. Through honesty, integrity, and a strong commitment to customer service, Bonness has earned a reputation for being one of the best civil contractors in the region.
Kathleen Bailie took over the reigns at Bonness in 1984. As the president of a small company operating solely in Collier County, she managed the business operations, administration, and a small – but mighty – staff of 10 employees who specialized in driveway and parking lot paving. Under her guidance, Bonness diversified its products, expanded its territory to include all of Southwest Florida, and has grown tremendously, employing a team of more than 140 people today.
Throughout her 30 plus years with the company, Kathy developed an outstanding business acumen, surrounding herself with top-notch leaders which proved to be a key component in the company’s success. With the respect and loyalty of her employees for her fair, yet assertive way of doing business, Kathy has passed on those traits to those that work for her. The result is a company with exemplary customer service, something she considers as one of her most important achievements.
Kathy’s professional life extends deeply into the community she serves. She is Past President of the American Specialty Contractors of Florida and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Leadership Advisory Council, where she stays informed and advocates for small and mid-market businesses, which she considers to be the heart of our country’s economy.
The short answer is probably. Every city and county has its own requirements. You will likely need a right-of-way permit and in some cities you may also be required to secure a building permit. Check with your local authority on such matters.
The construction industry, like many industries, is plagued with unlicensed contractors. Unfortunately, driveway paving scams are especially common in our area, but you can avoid becoming another victim by following some practical guidelines:
Before you employ a paving contractor to install your asphalt driveway or parking lot, it is important that you know what you can expect from the product. Asphalt is a mixture of various grades of sand and rock (aggregate) and a tar-like substance (asphalt cement) which are heated and blended in an asphalt plant, according to a scientifically engineered mix design.
Asphalt is not poured like concrete, but is laid with an asphalt paver and compacted with rollers. The result is a contiguous smooth riding surface with no expansion joints. The process of laying asphalt requires some raking to assure a uniform thickness. Raking is usually performed at joints or seams and in areas where the paver cannot access easily and may result in some of the larger aggregate rising to the surface. You should expect some variations of texture in your completed pavement.
The asphalt curing process is also quite different than concrete. Asphalt cures over a period of months and even years, depending on sun exposure and other factors in the environment. Asphalt pavement will remain soft during this time and is susceptible to wheel-rashing and other scarring of the surface. Once the asphalt cures, this surface scarring becomes unnoticeable.
Asphalt pavement typically lasts between 10 and 15 years and after its useful life it can be overlaid with a fresh layer of asphalt. For more information, visit the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida where you will find useful articles, links, and other resources.