Asphalt can make a driveway look fantastic, it does in most cases, especially Colorado require a great deal more maintenance than concrete.
How much does it cost to have an asphalt driveway put in?
Asphalt is very straightforward as compared to concrete, it is a completely different material and is nothing like concrete whatsoever. First off, the question or headline of this page came directly from a customer, Denver Concrete Inc takes actual questions from customer emails and response forms and answers the questions of course in direct response, but we like to post the answers on our website as well. This allows us to more easily respond to customers in the future that have similar questions.
So... asphalt driveway, what does this cost?
If you look online you will get answers of $1.00 to $2.00 per sq foot for materials, this does not include preparing the base and compacting the base. We have found that in Denver, the average cost to install an asphalt driveway ranges (depending on the size of the project, the larger the project the cheaper materials get) from $2.50 - $4.00 per square foot.
Cost to Install Asphalt Driveway, Denver, CO
Size of area
Price per sq ft all inclusive
0 - 300
1,001 - 15,000
*Projects up to 300 sq ft would be included or estimated at the company's project minimum which is $3,000. So, for anything up to 300 sq ft the price would be $3,000.00 total.
Unlike some of the other pricing and reports that are online, we have included the total cost to be expected above. Of course, this is a guideline and cannot be exact; however, this should give most property owners an idea of what kind of costs they can expect to see.
Knowing what your project is going to cost before starting is the best way for any property owner to begin any construction project. This of course goes without saying, but it is important that all estimates that you are reviewing consider the same aspects of the project. Inside the paving industry you will receive a wide range of different estimates, they will definitely be unique. This means some estimates will include numbers for removal of current pavement (if necessary), preparation if needed (most of the times it is, this is regrading and compaction of the new base), installation, etc.
If permits are required for the work to be performed, this ought to be included in the estimate as well as any other inspection or Denver County building fees, etc.
While asphalt is definitely a better and more durable surface than road base, it definitely requires more maintenance and is not as durable as concrete. Concrete is a longer lasting solution and if properly maintained, concrete can sometimes last 50 years or longer when we are talking about driveways and patios. Concrete is a 20 year product out of the box, according to www.thespruce.com, asphalt typically lasts 12 - 20 years. Davis Concrete Contractors suggests that concrete should last 30 - 100 years. Read more about concrete vs asphalt here.