Repairing or replacing your driveway adds to the safety and overall curb appeal of your home. What are the costs involved in hiring paving companies to blacktop your driveway? When should you repair your driveway and when do you need to replace it? Let’s discuss these questions and more.
Repair or Replace?
The typical driveway lasts about fifteen years. The very first question you need to ask before you call paving companies is whether you need to replace or repair your asphalt driveway. If you have a newer driveway with only minor cracks, deterioration, or very small potholes, you might be able to simply repair the driveway. However, if you have a visibly aged driveway, large potholes and cracks, or the asphalt is crumbling, it is time to replace the driveway.
What is the Cost of Replacing Your Driveway?
If you cannot simply repair your driveway, the overall cost of replacing the asphalt driveway can be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over ten thousand dollars. Why the disparity in price?
The first budgetary cost to consider is the size of the driveway. A smaller driveway costs less than a larger driveway, but you might not see a significant difference in pricing since much of the equipment needs to be brought out regardless if the driveway is small or medium-sized.
Materials and Labor Costs
Materials and labor make up the final factors when calculating the final cost. For example, there might be unforeseen drainage issues that need to be addressed. Odd-shaped driveways can be an issue, and sometimes trees and tree stumps need to be cleared.
Each driveway will need both a base coat and a sealant, and each contractor has their preferred brands. Make sure that the contractor is using the right high-quality materials to ensure a long life for your driveway. Call us today for an estimate for replacing or repairing your driveway.