Maybe you’ve been eyeing those cracks in your pavement for a few years now, watching them widen with each New England winter. Perhaps you’ve been peeping the potholes your customers are driving over in your store’s parking lot. Or maybe you’re concerned about potential water damage and the subsequent costly structural deterioration as the ice and snow in your region freezes, thaws, and melts. If you’re considering looking into asphalt paving maintenance after the new year, you’ll need to know what services you need – and how much they’ll impact your budget. Here are some estimations for the cost of asphalt paving in 2023.
What Type of Damage May Need Asphalt Paving?
When it comes to asphalt paving, maintenance, and repair, no job is too big or too small. Whether you’re overseeing a commercial establishment like a store or shopping center, an industrial establishment like a shipping warehouse or manufacturing plant, or a government project like a roadway, the only differences you’re likely facing are in size and scope of the project. The truth is, asphalt remains the same whether it’s laid on a homeowner’s driveway or on a major interstate. It faces many of the same types of damage from the elements and issues that come with the passing time.
That said, the wear and tear your asphalt faces will largely depend on the amount and type of traffic it sees. For instance, if you have a small, five-space parking lot reserved for your employees’ sedans and SUVs, you will likely get a lot more life out of your asphalt than an industrial complex with heavy machinery frequenting the parking lots and driveways on a daily basis. If you manage a grocery or home goods store, you’ll need to take into account delivery trucks, dollies, and customers’ carts on your asphalt. If you oversee operations at a school, your playgrounds and sports courts will likely see more regular foot traffic than a quiet, less-traveled community park.
The biggest asphalt issues for establishments in the Northeast, especially in New England, is the freeze-thaw cycle that happens on a yearly basis. When the temperature drops below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) any standing water begins to freeze. This is expected during chilly winter months when snowfall and ice are regular occurrences for New England occupants. But many don’t know what happens when temperatures begin to warm back up in the spring. Water can leak into existing cracks in the pavement. While this isn’t necessarily an issue in warmer months, once winter rolls back around, that water that has leeched into the ground begins to freeze. This can rapidly cause cracks to expand, as well as buckling and potholes – bad news for your vehicles and foot traffic alike. Left unaddressed, all of these issues – even small cracks and crumbling – can lead to extensive structural damage. Not only will this wear away at the asphalt, but it could cause issues with your water lines, electrical lines, and sewage.
What Types of Asphalt Paving Services are Available?
In order to keep your driveways, roadways, and parking lots safe for vehicle and foot traffic – and to avoid things like popped tires and trips and falls – you’ll need to consider hiring an asphalt paving company to take care of any damage or deterioration in your asphalt. First, a team of asphalt experts will come in and assess the damage. If you’re looking at a variety of localized cracks, crumbling, and potholes that need filling, the asphalt paving job this team recommends may be as simple as cut and patch repairs. This is often the quickest and most cost-effective way to repair the damage without more extensive work. Cut and patch jobs involve the removal of existing pavement damage and then filling that space with fresh paving to restore the asphalt to its original condition.
If you have a strip of damaged pavement, your asphalt paving team may recommend overlay and resurfacing instead. While slightly more extensive, this is still a relatively quick project to complete, as it still doesn’t require more in-depth pavement replacement. Overlay simply means applying a new layer of asphalt to a deteriorating pavement surface. Often, it uses the existing layers as a base for the new asphalt pavement, without having to completely grind up the pavement. As a bonus, this type of asphalt work is limited to the area needing repair, so the rest of your facility's paving is usable and passable – meaning you likely won’t need to close the lot or roadway and can still support your regular traffic with just a few modifications.
But if you’re facing extensive or widespread deterioration, you may need an asphalt paving service of larger scope. If you need up to 10 inches of pavement ground and resurfaced, the team may complete an asphalt pulverizing and grading project. This is typically done using reclaimers that grind the outermost asphalt layer, leaving a recycled base. Then, new pavement can be laid on that base for smooth paving without more extensive milling, digging, or grinding. On the other hand, a full depth reconstruction job is focused on strengthening the foundation of your pavement and restoring asphalt to be even stronger. This type of work involves removing existing asphalt or concrete, replacing the base material, and repaving the road. It may require your paving to be ground down to the base layer through crushing, pulverizing, or blending, in order to stabilize the base and be better fortified against future wear and tear. This is a more costly and time-consuming project, but it ensures your infrastructure is sound and stable by getting to the root of what's causing persistent paving deterioration.
How Much Does Asphalt Paving Cost?
There’s no one clear, easy answer to this question. The asphalt paving cost you may face depends on a wide variety of factors, including your home or business’ location, the asphalt paving company you choose to work with, how long the project will take, and how extensive the damage is. For homeowners searching for what they can expect in terms of asphalt paving driveway cost, you may be looking at spending anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 – again, based on your location, the extent of the damage, and the length of your driveway.
For business owners looking for small cut and patch repairs to driveways and parking lots, pricing gets a little trickier. When it comes to repairing cracks, pricing structures are generally based on the linear foot – between $1-3 per linear foot. If you’re more interested in getting those potholes filled in, you should know that this type of asphalt work is measured by the square foot – typically, between $2 and $4. For more extensive asphalt work across larger stretches of space – like a full depth reclamation of your parking lot – companies will typically charge by the square yard. You could be looking at spending upwards of $20 per square yard for full depth reclamation.
With all of these costs and variables to consider, it goes without saying that you’ll need to work with a knowledgeable and honest asphalt paving team. The company you choose to partner with should be able to send a team of subject matter experts who can assess the damage and provide you a no-pressure sales quote – of course, also answering any questions you have along the way.
Why Work with Cassidy Paving for Your Asphalt Paving Projects in 2023?
In terms of expertise and communication, Cassidy Paving provides top-of-the-line service to commercial, industrial, and government clients throughout the New England region. If you’re simply interested in an assessment of your current damage level and recommendations of what you may need, Cassidy Paving is happy to equip you with a team of subject matter experts who can provide fair, reasonable, and no-pressure sales quotes for the asphalt work you’re seeking.
You can count on Cassidy Paving’s crew of full-time, bonded, fully-insured members with over 100+ years of combined experience to recommend only what you need – never more – and give guidance around the timeframes and seasons you’ll need to complete the project. Cassidy Paving has handled some of the largest commercial and industrial paving projects in the area, and we know Northeast winter weather. Therefore, we’ll never recommend starting a job until the conditions and environment are perfect to see it through to completion.
The experts at Cassidy Paving will answer your questions throughout the process, remaining open in our communication and giving you periodic progress updates. We’ll work with you to avoid closures as much as possible, so you minimize the amount of time that your facility is inoperable or unusable. And once the asphalt paving project is complete? Well, you can rest assured that we also offer a guarantee on all new paving services so that you walk away with complete satisfaction. If you’re in need of asphalt paving in 2023 but don’t know where to start, contact us to speak with our team of representatives, who can answer your questions and send a team to assess the damage and scope the work with transparency.