Four Factors To Consider When Estimating Asphalt Paving Costs

May, 04, 2020 By CASSIDY PAVING 3 min read

At Cassidy Paving, we understand that budget is a big part of deciding to do any improvement project. The more you understand how pricing an asphalt paving job works, the better you can be prepared to start your own commercial or residential project. The more you understand the costs, the better you can budget. Here are the biggest factors to consider when you want an estimate for the costs you’ll see.

Local Costs

One very easy way to get started on a ballpark range for your asphalt paving estimates is by doing a little research on the front end. There are resources out there that can give you accurate and current market values for projects like these. One of these resources is Home Advisor. They currently estimate the national average of paving an asphalt driveway to be $2,857 - $6,320. This is for projects at least 600 square feet. Throughout Massachusetts, you can narrow down those results for more accurate prices.

Project Size Matters

If you have a basic driveway paving project, chances are that you can get away with lower-end estimates. The more tonnage you use, though, the more the cost will be. Say, for instance, you’re paving a commercial parking lot or even an entire subdivision, those prices will be substantially higher just because of the sheer amount of asphalt you will need to buy for the project. Because asphalt manufacturers sell asphalt by the ton, you will always need to overestimate what you plan to use and also determine how thick you would like your pavement to be. These prices do not include any of the labor costs. Home Advisor recommends that for an average driveway you use 7.5 - 15 tons for 600 square feet, while the average estimate for a parking lot will be around $2,100 - $3,900 per parking space. Keep in mind all of these size factors when considering your budget estimates.

Material Type

There isn’t just one way to pour asphalt. You can get different mixes that all have their own set of positives. You can choose cold mixes, hot mixes, and even recycled mixes, each having their own price point. By far, hot mix will be the most expensive, but is known to last the longest, while recycled mixes will be the most economical. The truth is, with professional service from a contractor like Cassidy Paving, these can all be outstanding choices for you.

New Asphalt or Resurfacing

Your project costs will also vary depending on if this is a completely new project versus if it is just resurfacing an existing job. Of course, new paving projects will have more particulars to cover such as soil type, drainage plans, and extended project timelines. Resurfacing typically doesn’t require too much out-of-the-box thinking and can be done fairly quickly

Our Advice

Whether it is a new asphalt paving project or a resurface, you’ll want to get at least three estimates. The best and most reliable contractors can do this for you for free. Cassidy Paving offers free estimates with no obligation. To know you’re getting a fair price, you’ll want to get more than one estimate. The more knowledge you have, the better off you’ll be. Call us today at 866-978-9788 to start your estimate process.

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