Driveway Paving Cost
June 11, 2008 12:31 PM   Subscribe

How much does it cost to pave (asphalt) a small driveway? Gravel is already in place, it is a small driveway and an area for 3 cars to park. Are there different methods?
posted by cvoixjames to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Is there a reason you don't call a few paving contractors in your area and get bids from them? The bids (should) cost you nothing, and obligate you to nothing.
posted by dersins at 12:45 PM on June 11, 2008

Recently did a tear out and repave of a 9'X50' driveway and it cost me $1800.00

DO NOT repeat DO NOT let anyone who happens by do the job. They are most likely 'gypsies' who will not ever, never finish the job. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book.
posted by Gungho at 12:51 PM on June 11, 2008

Any quotes on prices here are going to vary by region. Get local bids.
posted by Big_B at 12:58 PM on June 11, 2008

We just had this done, the driveway is 50 x 15, it cost me about $3,800, and Gungho's post is making me want to take my own life right about now.

Looking at the bid right now, it included a 3/4 inch crushed stone based, 2 inches of binder asphalt, and 1.5 inches of ID2 top (?), followed in a few months with a coat of sealer.

I am in Philly.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:19 PM on June 11, 2008

Best answer: Consider getting bids on concrete, too. It is generally more attractive and depending on the climate where you live it may be more durable. Rising oil prices have made concrete and asphalt very competitive.

In north Texas, asphalt was going for around $60/ton about a year ago. You can assume about 140 lbs per cubic foot.

Using these assumptions (and the assumption that your driveway is 1,500 SF and 4" thick), I estimate that your driveway will cost around $2,100. That is a ballpark estimate that will vary widely based on your region and many other factors.
posted by Uncle Jimmy at 1:26 PM on June 11, 2008

Gungho's post is making me want to take my own life right about now.

Why? Your driveway is almost twice as large, and your cost was about twice as much -- sounds ok to me.

But this is a question for local paving contractors, since you will have to work with them anyway. Yellow pages, newspaper advertisements, and business cards at the local concrete supply place are all ways of getting numbers to call. Get multiple bids, and ask for references and addresses where you can see similar projects they have completed in the last few years.
posted by Forktine at 1:33 PM on June 11, 2008

Response by poster: I am getting an estimate soon from a paver listed in the yellow pages, with an ad, and the guy I spoke with seemed eager for the work. They are local. I am starting with them, for estimates.
posted by cvoixjames at 2:10 PM on June 11, 2008

I am getting an estimate soon from a paver listed in the yellow pages,

Make sure you get bids from more than one contractor. Sometimes when you single-bid you can bad-luck into the one guy who's twice as expensive as everybody else.

Also, in case you're not familiar with it, Angie's List ican be a great source for information and reviews of contractors, depending on where you live. Well worth the membership fee.
posted by dersins at 2:17 PM on June 11, 2008

Another caveat is unless you were specifically given a reference from a friend is to ask to see some of the contractor's work or to ask about someone who used them. A few grand isn't much but can still lead to problems if you pick the wrong contractor. Most decent contractors will have no problems giving you the name of a reference or two. In fact they expect it. You can also give a quick call to the local BBB to see if there are any complaints against a certain contractor.
posted by JJ86 at 2:22 PM on June 11, 2008

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