A Cost Estimate for the Construction of Asphalt Driveways
Pavements and driveways are commonly constructed with asphalt. Driveways made with asphalt are less expensive and more durable than driveways made with concrete. It depends on where you are located what specifications you have for your project on how much asphalt driveway you need.
Asphalt pavements are the preferred option for the majority of paved surfaces because of their strength.
Because of its durability, and reliability, asphalt pavement is highly preferred by state and federal governments. For twenty-five years, it will not need replacement if it is correctly laid. The most common applications of asphalt pavement include driveways, parking lots, roadways, airstrips, and others.
Surface Preparation Cost
Asphalt pavement must be prepared and graded before it can be paved. That may involve digging or filling. Such work is often overlooked during the construction of asphalt driveways. It must be arranged for new material to be brought in if the soil is not of good grade and quality. Aggregates and soil materials vary in price between regions.
Work hours per day, the location of the driveway, such as hills or curves, and additional services like soil removal affect labor costs. Flat land typically costs less to build a driveway. It typically costs $5 to $7 per square foot to build a driveway on flat land.
Standard Asphalt cost
The price per square foot for new, standard asphalt ranges between $2 and $6. Hardcore and gravel layers, which are positioned between soil and blacktop, can add an additional $0.50 to $1 per square foot to the cost.
Recycled Asphalt cost
The use of recycled asphalt is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective option if you can find it in your area. Your contractor may be able to reuse your driveway depending on where it is located, which means you'll save money on materials.
In addition to saving on transport and loading costs, a contractor who can mill your existing blacktop on-site will also help you save money on reclaimed asphalt.
Porous Asphalt cost
Porous asphalt typically costs between $3 and $8 per square foot. Water drains easily away from the home rather than running into gutters or lawns. You can save time and money on grading and leveling after installing a porous driveway since runoff is effectively reduced. A layer of crushed stone will need to be laid over the blacktop in order to improve drainage.
Grading & Leveling Cost
Depending on how deep the soil needs to remove, excavating can cost between $1500 and $5100. Professional graders charge $5 to $10 per square foot for grading and leveling the site before paver installation. Sloped driveways may incur a higher cost.
Surfaces with existing asphalt are sealed by applying an asphalt sealant in a thin layer.
Total Cost of Asphalt Driveways
Asphalt driveways typically cost between $4200 and $7800 if they cover an area of around 600 square feet. Driveways differ in price based on the kind of asphalt, the thickness, and the conditions of the site. The cost per ton of hot-mix asphalt typically ranges from $100 to $200. It is estimated that a ton of asphalt covers about 40 to 80 square feet.
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Wrapping it Up
Driving or walking on a driveway made of asphalt is convenient and safe.
The construction of asphalt driveways requires special equipment and heavy labor under the supervision of professionals. You should get at least two estimates from professionals before accepting an asphalt driveway construction estimate.