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The Basics of Asphalt Paving Costs

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Last Updated on May 17, 2024

If you’re thinking about beginning a paving project, one of your main concerns is probably the cost. Asphalt paving costs vary depending on a variety of factors, including:

  • Total square footage
  • Asphalt thickness based on load requirements
  • Possible obstructions
  • Distance to the nearest hot plant
  • Permit requirements
  • Quality of the base

Each of these components will influence the final cost for your project. If you’re unfamiliar with asphalt installation, understanding all of these elements can seem overwhelming. Top Job Asphalt’s skilled estimators can help you easily navigate the process, as well as provide answers to the questions you’ll have about your particular project along the way. When you call us for a free estimate, we’ll arrange to meet you at your project site to ensure that all of your expectations are clearly reflected in your estimate.

It’s important to keep in mind that asphalt requires regular maintenance to ensure it lasts for decades to come, and your asphalt contractor should provide you with a list of guidelines to help you keep your investment at its peak performance. Regular maintenance should include crack sealing, seal-coating, and repairs as needed.

crack sealing asphalt pavement reduces asphalt paving costs

Once your project has been completed, the asphalt will take several months to fully cure. During that time, you’ll want to treat the new pavement with some additional care. However, most projects require only 4-8 hours of cooling before they’re ready for light traffic.  

One of the most compelling benefits of asphalt is its’ cost-effectiveness compared to concrete. In most cases, asphalt installation costs are about one-third of concrete, and unlike concrete, asphalt can be repairable rather than needing replacement. Asphalt also melts snow and ice much faster than concrete, which reduces snow removal costs and potential liability issues during the winter months.  

Top Job Asphalt offers free, no-obligation estimates for asphalt projects ranging from paving to patching and maintenance. If you’d like to know more about what asphalt paving options are available for your property, contact us today!

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15 Comments

  1. I’m not sure what kind of paving I should have for my driveway. It makes sense that I would want to use asphalt! It’s nice to know that it’s so much more cost effective.

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  2. I like how you say that you should make sure to meet with an estimator in person in order to get the most accurate cost. It’s important for businesses to make sure that they have a good parking lot so that their customers can park there. They’d just want to make sure they get a good asphalt paver.

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  3. My husband and I have a dirt driveway, and we’re considering paving it wit asphalt. Your article had some great information about the basics of paving costs, and I liked how you mentioned that our asphalt will require regular maintenance to ensure it lasts for decades. Our asphalt contractor should provide us with a list of guidelines to help you keep your investment at its peak performance, and we’ll keep this in mind if we pave our driveway with asphalt.

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  4. I really like this blog, everything in the blog basically sums up important factors people should know about the basics costs of asphalt paving. The costs for asphalt paving services do depend on various factors and it is always great to have professional and skilled asphalt estimators along the way to help aid projects to give out a precise cost. I also like the fact that installing asphalt is way cheaper than installing concrete but it all depends on what businesses want on their project, the cost will always depend on a variety of factors.

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  5. Hey Jorgen, I was doing some content research for my paving company’s blog and your post inspired my cost guide that I wrote, so thanks for that. I just expanded on the exact costs for different elements of asphalt paving in our local city. Thank you for taking the time to do an article because I wouldn’t have thought of that deep dive topic without seeing this. Cheers!

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  6. I never knew that the asphalt takes a few months to fully cure. If that’s the case, I better plan accordingly so we are ready for the paving contractors to come. We need to find the right paving company to work with as a start, and then we’ll go form there.

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  7. Thanks for letting me know that total square footage affects the cost of asphalt. My husband and I want to pave our driveway. We’re thinking asphalt would be good, so we’ll consider the square footage we’ll need.

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  8. Thank you for sharing this. It is very informative. Also I am planning to have an asphalt on my driveway.

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  9. You have given a very technical and informative article on how much asphalt thickness and quality of base should be considered in mind, when repairing your asphalt drive way. Thanks for sharing such nice information.

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  10. Even though I do think the up keep and maintenance of asphalt is a little more time consuming…atleast if there are spills, stains and other issues that happen on your driveway, it gets easily covered up with the sealcoating option! Great info, thanks for sharing! : )

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  11. We recently open a Paving Company in Davie Florida. We are working, as much as reading and learning, and we came across your blog and we like it a lot. Your article will help me on structure better the cost of our Asphalt Paving, and gave me some ideas on concrete paving cost too. Thank you for the good information you post here, and for confirming to the general public about the elements that are involved in a cost base asphalt paving and the pros and cons.

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  12. Hey Miles! Thank for your contribution, it has greatly helped our young company in making sure our estimates are accurate in order to best serve our clients. Specifically the time estimates in curing time before light use, which was very useful as we weren’t sure of this before and now we do. Thank very much!

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  13. Hi Miles. Thank You on a very informative article on cost of asphalt paving. Besides the quality of the base I think people underestimate the importance of regular maintenance to keep their asphalt driveway looking and performing great for years to come.

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  14. We’re often asked why it seems so expensive to pave a new surface. But when you consider all of the aspects you laid out above such as estimating the necessary thickness based on load requirements, the time and money that is required to pull the necessary permits, and the distance to the plant, costs can add up quickly. Your blog has been a great resource for me to learn more about the paving process, please keep sharing these informative posts!

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  15. I wish my HOA would allow me to have an asphalt driveway. My concrete driveway has cracked, been resurfaced and now that’s cracking. Asphalt just makes so much more sense financially.

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Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
January 17, 2023.
Great company to work with. We contacted Top Job to repair a county road that we dug across for an irrigation line. They were very professional yet friendly. Our job was completed quickly. We recommend this company.
Sam Rowley
Sam Rowley
December 8, 2022.
I’m not sure how the service actually is, but some old guy in a Top Job Toyota was riding my butt today and flipped me off, or it was maybe an aggressive wave at the red light near the Logan library. Hope his day gets better. 12/8 at 230
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December 7, 2022.
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Mark Malmstrom
Mark Malmstrom
November 22, 2022.
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David Bunnell
David Bunnell
November 4, 2022.
I appreciated the pleasant attitude when talking w/the estimator as well as the scheduler. The work crew did a great job! I highly recommend Top Job Asphalt!
Steven Jacobsen
Steven Jacobsen
October 30, 2022.
Top job Asphalt did an amazing job on my project very professional, I would definitely use them again when I have the need.
Chris Salvesen
Chris Salvesen
October 28, 2022.
Did a great job on the 3" overlay for my very old and deteriorated half circle driveway. Looks brand new. All the transitions to concrete are near perfectly matched when I wasn't sure they could do it. It's almost weird now not feeling the bump driving out of the garage or over our bridge.
Matt Welch
Matt Welch
October 27, 2022.
Top Job paved our asphalt driveways and we couldn't be happier. The service, quality and price were the best I could find and I looked everywhere! Great job guys! I'll be calling back when I start my next project.
Todd Wardrop
Todd Wardrop
October 26, 2022.
I'm so impressed!!😀 Top Job has done such excellent work on my neighbor's driveway ... I'm so jealous. It's absolutely beautiful, and I can't believe how smooth it turned out. It's just perfect. What a great company!

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