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Determining your Asphalt Driveway Cost

Updated on June 30, 2011

One of the most preferred driving paving materials is the asphalt. Constructing roads or asphalt driveways takes a lot of hours and needs manpower. However, that does not only end with those factors. The cost of paving an asphalt driveway is very uncertain, and it differs every year. For instance, the cost of asphalt driveway in 2010 is very high and definitely not good for your part. Most likely the prices for 2011 will soar and probably will be higher than the prices in the recent years. In order to know the asphalt driveway cost, you must first know how to calculate the tons of asphalt needed.


Measurement of asphalt is typically priced based on the number of tons. In New England, the cost is around $110 to $130 per ton. Aside from that, in general, it can run an average of $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot. But face it: you probably want something even better than just simple asphalt. You may want to get special types of asphalt such as colored or stamped. If that's want you want, expect to pay higher. The cost of stamped or colored asphalt will be doubled than just a typical unstamped one. Any preparatory work or any excavation may or may not be included. Cost will also be lower per square foot if you have a wider driveway. This means that the more work there is, the less you pay per unit area. You can also calculate the total number of tons for you to estimate well the cost of a new driveway. The following equation is used:

Tons of Asphalt pavement = Square yards of pavement x 0.057 x Depth of Pavement in inches

If you're planning to build a new asphalt driveway, you have to base it on a 3-inches depth. The base pavement and wearing pavement are mostly 2 inches and 1 inch respectively. But, to make it clear, the cost of asphalt driveway depends also on how exactly thick your planned driveway is. Paving cost will be based on two sources: the equipment needed and the materials. One factor for a thick and strong pavement is the asphalt surface. Make sure also that your newly-built driveway has proper drainage and an adequate driveway sub-base.


There are many factors that affect the cost of asphalt driveways. One of them is the oil and other commodity costs. When oil prices hike, you'll also pay more for the oil needed. That is inescapable in the tandem of economics and chemistry. The asphalt's thickness is also related to the cost. There are places with climates that require thicker asphalts to prevent from frost and other possible damages. Thus, it means more payment. If you also live in a place where rich people also live, then expect that the pay is higher for the over-all work.

When paving driveways, you must have a contractor. The hired contractor also affects the cost. Since you are paying for a good quality, you are forced to pay large enough for them to meet your standards. Another is the measurement of your driveway. The larger the project, the less you will pay due to increased efficiency of laying the materials. It is normal for problems to rise on the duration of the work, especially with the contractor. If there are conflicts, expect to pay. So beforehand, prepare yourself for the possible problems that you will be facing. Just make the job smooth, and you'll pay less.


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