For many homeowners, summer is the best time of year to finally get that house or business in shape, prior to this they calculate their asphalt paving cost. However, figuring paving costs and what you should you do with it is hard sometimes. The answer: call up some professionals! A good idea would be consulting an asphalt service team because they will have experience evaluating any potential problems before too much work has been done on your project. Our team of professionals provide the necessary maintenance and upkeep for projects year-round.
There are many considerations when it comes to blacktop or asphalt paving projects. The cost is only one factor, so we’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions below for your convenience!
What are the first steps to take when thinking about my paving cost?
The purpose of paving is two-fold. Firstly, it helps improve physical appearances. Secondly, it can be used for functionality. The functionality ranges from the likes of increasing your property value to adding appeal along walkways with custom intricate designs. These both help the aesthetics of your place and also make it easier on passersby or neighbor. However, what if you need simple paving solutions? You will need a durable option if you expect high traffic. Consider the following questions when selecting the best product for your needs.
What are the factors that will determine my total paving cost?
There are many factors to consider when determining paving costs. For example, you should always consider the cost of materials used. As well as the size of what you’re paving and in what condition it currently is. The condition of your driveway, for example, will play a big factor in what to expect when it comes to asphalt paving cost. Other things to consider also include: starting from scratch in a grassy area vs. existing pavement. These factors also directly determine labor costs so be sure to consider them when thinking of paving costs.
Other things that will add to the final price include slopes and curves on the ground.
If you want your paving project to be successful, make sure that the base of it is solid and strong. This means removing any dips, sand, trees or cracks there may exist. This is in order for the material installation not only to withstand natural elements but also daily traffic as well.
The average residential driveway is around 2-6 inches thick, depending on how much traffic it can handle. In 2024, a standard base for an 600 sq. ft driveway will cost about $3.90 USD per square foot on average. However if you want one with more features like reinforced cracks, thicker base and smooth surfaces then that could come out higher at $4.50 USD per square foot. Although this may seem expensive up front; thicker bases last longer so they’re worth considering in my opinion
Needing a drain addition?
This could cost a few hundred dollars. You might also need a permit depending on where you live or where your business is located as well as the scope of project. This permit sometimes runs from couple hundred up to thousands of dollars. Check with your city or town’s HOA before starting your project in order to avoid any unnecessary issues or prohibited work. Some associations also regulate what materials are allowed so make sure to do your due diligence beforehand.
Which materials should I use for my project?
There are multiple options to chose from when thinking about materials. The type of options available will ultimately determine the price at which you receive your asphalt paving cost. Gravel, for example, is the cheapest and easiest to install costing just a few cents per square foot. However, it lacks in durability and wears out relatively fast. It has the tendency to get muddy when it rains heavily because water accumulates. The rain can also cause gravel paving to flood or erode, meaning there will be more need to repave those areas.
Concrete is a durable material and can last up to 15-20 years before needing replacement. However, because of its durability it often cracks and needs replacement from wear and tear. Pavers, brick and cobblestone are also popular options. Nevertheless, due to their individual nature it takes longer than other materials to install. This drives up costs significantly, tallying up cost to about $50 per square foot.
Overall, we usually recommend asphalt as it is a durable and strong option. You can add customizations such as color to your asphalt for an additional cost. These aesthetic options will not come at the expense of its durability and strength.
On average, how much does asphalt paving cost?
Asphalt is a durable, more expensive option than gravel. It also requires special equipment and professional installation. But even then, it’s cheaper than concrete. Moreover, in the long run it can lasts for years with proper care taken to avoid cracks or breaks caused by traffic on the streets.
Asphalt can be constructed to have a smooth or textured surface depending on your preferences and needs. That is why it’s an ideal choice for high traffic areas. Asphalt is also the perfect material for a variety of projects, including driveways and parking lots. Also, asphalt can last up until 25 to 40 years with proper care.
When it comes to the cost of your driveway, there are many options. You can get an asphalt one that will range in price between $3,500 – $9,000 USD depending on size. On the other hand, parking lots range at around $1.75 – $2.50 USD per sq. ft. plus any finishing touches such as marking or curbing. Larger commercial projects cost even more. For example, the starting cost for a project like a road is often at around the low hundred thousands.
How can I reduce my blacktop paving cost?
It is not always easy, but there are ways to reduce the cost of asphalt paving. First, you have to decide what kind of asphalt paving installation you need. There are two ways of installing asphalt. The first technique involves removing existing pavement to install new base material. The second option may be more cost effective than you thought since it uses up to date technology to install the asphalt.
Porous asphalt is a great choice for the environment because it allows oxygen and water vapor through. A porous surface also helps natural drainage, which will save you from costly repairs or replacements down the line! You may be able to write this off as a green tax deduction.
Porous asphalt may cost $1.25 – 2.25 USD more per square foot, claiming them against taxes could give back some green points too by way of write-offs. Asphalt can be recycled and reused, resulting in a cheaper final installation cost. If your sub-base is suitable for resurfacing then it might make sense for your team of professional contractors to do so.
What more is there to consider about asphalt resurfacing costs?
There are several factors that affect the final price of asphalt paving. If you can, it’s best to get an estimate on your project before breaking anything. Maintaining a pleasing aesthetic can ultimately save you money, even if it’s secondary to function. Weather, traffic and other elements are always taking their toll on the surface of our roads so it’s important to keep up appearances by maintaining an attractive appearance for drivers as well.
You can do the smaller tasks, such as filling in cracks or sealcoating for a shiny finish yourself. However sometimes this isn’t enough and larger projects will need to happen too. You may be wondering if it’s time to resurface. You’ll need a professional team of contractors in order for them determine whether or not this project needs attention and what kind of pavement should suit your needs best. Typically this costs about $1 – $2 USD per square foot on average with different types available such as asphalt (which has better traction but wears down quickly without proper maintenance) versus concrete which lasts much longer without getting too slippery during rains.
How are paving contractors found?
You can always check the yellow pages, but there are better resources available over the internet. There you can see other people’s referrals and reviews to know the contractors are worth your money. You can find a contractor that is right for you, your time and your budget by getting quotes. You might be able to save money or get the job done faster if you find a company that is considerably cheaper and more efficient, but they may come at some cost. We recommend checking out our testimonials section for feedback from past customers about their experience with us so far!
What is blacktop and what is its average cost?
Simply put, blacktop is an asphalt pavement material that has a dark color. The dark color comes from the fact that the stones in the mix are made of coal. These are typically used to make parking lots, driveways and sometimes roads too. Keep in mind that it’s not the most durable material if you lack proper maintenance. It will eventually wear down and need a replacement because it’s not as hard as other options available, but with routine maintenance you can extend the life of your pavement.
The average blacktop installation cost for a game court can run up to $8,000 USD. This includes everything from where on the property your project is located and what kind of equipment you’ll need – it’s not just about tamping down grass! Knowing these factors will help determine how much any given job might end up costing in both timeframe as well as money; some jobs may require more excavation than others depending upon their location within proximity limits set by government regulations.
How can I calculate asphalt paving costs?
There are a number of factors in calculating the costs of asphalt. The biggest consideration is going to be in your location and what needs you have regarding these services. Within most communities, there’s going to be a lot of local regulations that govern how much pavement can cost. Asphalt paving pricing can often go into detail about those formulas involved. Additionally, the distance from your location to another locale that might have a lower cost for these services may be a factor as well.
How and when can I get started?
Wondering about the asphalt paving cost for your next project? Contact our team of professional contractors and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. We service residential and commercial projects in Putnam, Westchester County near Peekskill, NY.
We’re here to answer your questions and work with you on bringing your next project idea into fruition. No two projects will be the same, so we’ll gladly give a free quote or provide more accurate costs for customizing an existing one by contacting us at 914-810-3125.