If you’re considering paving your driveway with asphalt — a popular choice due to the material’s durability and relatively low cost — then you might be tempted to start contacting asphalt driveway pavers right away. However, while it’s good to trust the experts, it may pay off to go into your project with some minimal knowledge that can help you choose a good contractor and negotiate prices. Here’s what you should know.
What an Asphalt Driveway Costs
Obviously, the cost of asphalt itself (which may vary from region to region) will be a major factor in the cost of paving a driveway. But there are a few other things you’ll also need to factor in when budgeting for asphalt driveway costs. If you’re starting truly from scratch on a property, you’ll need to consider tree removal and chipping. After that, expect to pay for excavation and grading; these costs may be frustrating, but preparing a clear and level foundation will extend the life of your driveway and save you money in the long term. Then you’ll need to consider the thickness of the asphalt layer used to pave your driveway (2.5 inches is standard). Keep in mind that any slopes or curves tend to increase the price of a paving project.
Carefully Comparing Quotes
It’s a good idea to request a quote from more than one asphalt paving company in your area and then compare your options. While in theory asphalt driveway costs should be similar across companies in the same area (since regional cost differences would already be accounted for), you’ll find that’s not always the case. If a higher price is based on a better quality of workmanship, a guarantee of some kind, or a company’s commitment to paying higher wages, you may be willing to pay for it. But if a company is charging more for no reason, then you should obviously choose the better value.
Repaving Versus Patching
One advantage of asphalt over concrete is that it’s easier to fill in and patch when cracks and potholes develop. So how do you know when it’s time to complete repave, rather than call the asphalt resurfacing company? One simple indicator is age. If your driveway was first laid close to 20 years ago, it’s almost certainly time to repave. Other factors that may make repaving the better option include extensive pitting or unevenness that indicates re-grading is needed. If you’re planning on selling your home, then repaving can also raise your home’s value and appeal to buyers, making the cost of repaving worth it.
When you have an area that needs to be paved, it’s important to have the job done correctly. Asphalt paving is a long process that takes a lot of skill to do correctly. The asphalt application should be done by someone who is skilled at the many stages of this project. An asphalt materials company is a great choice for taking on this important project. They will have years of experience in paving different types of areas and will know how to prepare the area for the paving project.
There are good asphalt paving techniques and bad ones, and someone with experience in paving will know the difference. They will also be well-versed in the right asphalt terminology in order to communicate effectively with their paving team. With a good team together who knows what it’s doing, you can expect the job to be done in a timely fashion, and it should be evident that the paving has been done correctly. The paved area should be flat and not have small sinkholes or hills. It should be a uniform covering of asphalt that makes up the bulk of the paving job. A good paving project will look good and perform well.
Asphalt pavement refers to any road surface paved with asphalt, a mixture of stone, sand, and gravel combined with asphalt cement, a crude oil product. Asphalt cement, on the other hand, is heated aggregate mixed with a hot mix asphalt facility.
How to estimate asphalt paving cost
It is essential, especially for those undertaking national pavement projects, to know how to estimate asphalt paving cost. Is it worth using asphalt? Yes, it is. Then, how much does it cost to get your driveway paved? The first step is measuring the length, width, and depth of the space you wish to fill with asphalt.
Convert the measurements of the size, width, and height to feet. Multiply the length times the width to get the space’s volume to be paved in cubic meters. Seek information from asphalt manufacturers on the right density of the asphalt, then multiply it by the volume to arrive at the weight of the asphalt needed in pounds.
Benefits of using asphalt
Smoothness on roads is vital as it gives a safer place to drive on. Uneven roads bring fatigue and affect the control of the driver. There are very low chances of vehicles rolling on asphalt roads: there is little friction between tires and pavements.
What else should homeowners know about paving a driveway with asphalt? Share your expertise or ask questions in the comments.