Is your drive way starting to look a little tired and worn? Well before winter sets in now would be a good time to considering having a new asphalt driveway laid. But as this is quite a labor intensive project you are probably looking for ways that will help to keep the asphalt driveway cost down.
Certainly when you do some further research into the cost of having a new asphalt driveway laid the prices do vary quite a bit. But don’t forget the old adage you get what you pay for. So if you see someone advertising that they can replace your old driveway with a new one for $1 per square foot be wary. Unfortunately the quality of the materials that they are using may not be as good as you would expect.
There are certain factors that will affect the asphalt driveway cost. Below we take a look at just what some of these are.
Condition Of The Old Surface
If a lot of work need to be done repairing the old surface or if it needs to be removed or patched before the new asphalt can be laid. Then of course the cost of the work being done to do this will increase the price you are charged for the work overall.
Often if the surface on to which the new asphalt driveway is to be laid requires a lot of prep work to be carried out then this can further add to the cost. Plus of course should any alterations need to be made to the drains under the driveway prior to the new asphalt being laid again can effect how much the whole project will cost.
Type Of Material Used
Again what materials the contractor is recommending being used can have an affect on asphalt driveway costs. Not only is it the quality, density and thickness of the material being used that affect the cost but also how it is finished off.
One thing you must make sure however before you do employ any contractor to lay a new driveway for you is that the asphalt material they are using is one that meets certain building standards and is right for the way it is going to be used. Plus that it is a material that can cope with the kind of climate you live in.
It is important that you don’t actually employ the first contractor you come across to lay a new driveway in asphalt for you. Just as with any other home improvement projects you should arrange to obtain quotes from several different contractors.
Then sit down and don’t just only look at the asphalt driveway cost that has been quoted but also the list of materials being used and the time scale in which the project will be completed. Plus make sure that each contractor will guarantee to make any necessary repairs or rectify any issues regarding drainage etc.