Topline Contracting was established in 2016 by Taurus Taurima, who identified a gap in the market for specialising in small commercial and residential contracting projects in Hawke’s Bay.
Taurus had been in the industry for over a decade, working for other local contractor businesses – starting out as a labourer and working his way through to operations manager.
It was always Taurus’ ambition to have his own business and to create opportunities for others.
In a short time Topline Contracting has become a preferred sub-contractor to the likes of Higgins and Fulton Hogan, among others, as well as undertaking lead contractor on a range of commercial, residential and works and services projects across Hawke’s Bay.
Topline Contracting started out doing concrete and asphalt entrances and driveways for the residential market and continues to provide hard landscaping services including swimming pool surface surroundings.
“Our point of difference is that we are responsive. It was the only way I was going to get work; instead of saying to a customer that we will book you in, we tell them we will be there straightaway.”
With the business on a growth trajectory, some key appointments are upping the professionalism of the business. Some staff are being trained into management roles while Taurus and general manager Carl Webber are driving the business into more challenging projects.
Topline Contracting, based in Omahu Road Hastings knows its place in the local market. There’s plenty of work about with the region’s economy in a strong position.
Topline specializes in all types of residential and commercial work from:
- Concrete work
- Asphalt & Chip Seal
- Civil Construction
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- What do you need to consider before using asphalt?
In areas where winters are mild, asphalt driveways don’t last as long as concrete (20 years as opposed to around 30 for concrete), plus they require more maintenance as you need to seal coat them regularly.
Asphalt is not an ideal surface if a driveway is steeply sloped or the vehicle maneouvring space is super tight due to asphalt being flexible, not stable enough to bear the load. It can also get very hot in summer, which means you run the risk of dragging tough-as-guts tar stains into your home – unless you remember to take off your shoes each time...
Lastly, asphalt is not as versatile in terms of aesthetic appeal as concrete, as the design option are limited. Having said that, while asphalt is currently only available in black, there is an emerging trend towards granite and blue stone edging, which (albeit being a bit more pricy than standard asphalt), adds a funky edge.
- What does the installation process involve?
The installation typically involves installing a 12 to to 24cms graded and compacted gravel base over solid ground. This is then topped with 6 to 12cms of asphalt.
If you decide on an asphalt driveway, it’s crucial to make sure that it is reinforced properly. Because the asphalt can move around in hot temperatures, the crushed gravel beneath the driveway must be deep (at least 24cms) and compacted properly – your contractor should use a roller that weighs at least one tonne in order to achieve this. Also make sure the soil under the gravel is super strong, compacted and well drained.
- How long does asphalt last and how do I maintain my driveway?
Asphalt driveways typically last 12 to 35 years, depending on the quality of the installation, climate, how often you use the surface and how well it’s being looked after.
To maintain your driveway, clean it at least every six months, using a stiff broom and spray hose to remove any stubborn dirt. To help prevent water from seeping into potential cracks in the asphalt surface, you also need to seal coat the asphalt every two to five years (or up to eight if it has been constructed and maintained well).
Allow any new driveway to cure for at least one a year before sealing it. In fact, you don’t need to seal it until the asphalt turns grey or the cement has worn off the rocks inside it. A rejuvenation coating can also be used instead of sealant.
- Topline did an awesome job! They created a new entranceway and did a professional job. Second to none. Thanks Topline!
- Topline was contracted to complete a new carpark, footpaths and kerbs. The team did a fantastic job - the quality was of the highest order and the job was to deadline and budget.
- We use Topline as a supporting contractor for many of our projects. We have a great relationship with Taurus and team and they act professionally at all times. They adhere to health and safety and are mindful of the environment they are working in.