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What is the Average Cost for Asphalt Paving?

Asphalt paving is used to create residential driveways as well as commercial-sized parking lots for businesses, offices and stores. In order to achieve good results, asphalt paving requires great care during all stages of the process, from preparing the ground to smoothing the finished surface. If you're considering an asphalt paving project, there are several things you should know before getting started.

National Install Asphalt Paving Costs

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National Install Asphalt Paving Costs
Average reported cost $3,821
Number of Cost Profiles 2564 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $350
Maximum reported cost $8,655
Most homeowners spent between: $2,971 to $4,208

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Average Cost for Asphalt Paving 

The average cost of an asphalt paving project is $6,393. The final cost of a project will depend on the square footage that needs to be paved, whether or not permits are required, and whether any obstructions like trees need to be removed before the project can begin. The initial installation of asphalt paving will cost more than adding layers of asphalt to existing driveways or parking lots. 

Types of Asphalt Paving Projects 

Asphalt can be used to create a driveway or parking area of any size. It's more cost effective than concrete. Asphalt driveways are easier to repair and resurface compared to concrete. During the winter months, it is easier to remove ice and snow from asphalt than a concrete driveway or parking lot. Once it's poured, asphalt only needs five to eight hours of cooling and hardening time, compared to several days of curing before concrete can be used.

Factors in Asphalt Paving Project Costs 

If there has never been a driveway or parking lot where the project is to be built, then preparation of the ground will add to the cost and timeline of the project. The bigger the area that needs asphalt paving, the more costly the project will be. Adding a layer of asphalt over existing asphalt will cost less than the initial installation of a driveway or parking lot. Asphalt takes about a year to completely cure. During the mean time, it may need special care in order to preserve its integrity. Every few years after it's installed, asphalt will need resealing.

Is Asphalt Paving a DIY Project? 

Asphalt paving is not a DIY project. The proper installation of asphalt requires experience, skill and specialized equipment in order to achieve a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing final result. 

Last updated on May 5, 2016

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