Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect to pay for an asphalt
driveway? We have an existing gravel driveway that is 22 feet wide
and 80 feet long. The existing gravel is very little and not even
worth mentioning, so pretend there is no gravel, as we'll need full
prep work, gravel, etc. I'm going to get estimates, but there are
only two people in our area who do this work, so I was hoping to get a
very rough ballpark figure to check against our estimates. Thank you
in advance for any advice or information you can provide.
With the price of oil on the rise, don't overlook getting a few estimates
Your local may dictate the price of asphalt. Since there are only two
companies available, I'd guess that they're probably real close in price, so
you're kind of stuck going with one of them. Besides even if they seem high
priced, you're still stuck. Anyone who does the work is still going to have
to get the asphalt locally, which is likely the place where the two local
guys get theirs.
FWIW, four years ago, I got prices of $2-$4 a sq. ft.but that didn't include
the sub-base and gas was under $1.50/gallon.
If you can hold off until fall when the season is winding down, you might be
able to get a better deal.
Why are you asking a bunch of strangers from all over the world about
pricing which is very localized?
Pick up the phone book and call both paving contractors in your area.
They don't bite.
That will provide you much better information than you will get here.
I'm sorry. I must have entered my post incorrectly in a way that
caused you to not be able to read part of it even though everyone else
could read the entire message, because it seems you did not get the
parts that said "I'm going to get estimates" and "I was hoping to get
a very rough ballpark figure to check against our estimates."
Yeah, I would not hire someone without multiple estimates and then
find out what the bill is *AFTER* the work is finished. The reason
for asking online was to check with other areas to see if the local
prices are typical. Because if they were unreasonably high, we could
theoretically go a little further away--transportation costs would
increase the price, but it might be worth it. ...but it sounds like
the local prices are fair after reading the posts from the others who
were able to read the entire message I originally posted.
Again, sorry for the technically difficulties you experienced with my
Wow. That's scary. That's the exact quote I got from the local guy
who's considered the better of the two local asphalt contractors we're
considering. Where did you get that number? Is that *YOU*
...plus, after doing some research, I've found that $3K-$4K is pretty
fair, especially considering how good this guy is. I don't think I'll
second guess the price anymore.
On May 9, 9:33 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The problem to look out for is that the cheapest company might not be
the cheapest company. Unless you have a spec, it's impossible to
compare apples to apples. The cheaper one might be using less sub-
As mentioned before, if you only have two companies, then they both
are close in price (and expensive). But I'm willing to be you can
find more if you look. But anyway, if there are only two companies
there is only 1 plant making the stuff. Go talk to them about what is
available and how it is used. There might be a cheaper (or more
expensive) alternative by using a different material.
For example, an upscale home wants a nice, fine-grained product. But
if you don't need that, you might find a binding-coat or somethig that
will work just fine but that is cheaper.
Then you are out of touch.
I have been trying for 2 months to find a supplier of aluminum extrusion so
I can build the screened porch on the back of my house.
Just spent 4 hours in Columbus running down some prospects, unsuccessfully.
Seems the stuff just ain't available for any amount of money 'round here.
Down in CC FL it was just down the road a piece.
Its a 28' long porch with aluminum extrusions, fiberglass screen, 2 screen
doors and an insulated aluminum pan roof.
Can you imagine what the shipping would be?
But you're close.
I've contacted a company in Illinois that can supply the material and I
could drive over and pick it up.
Might take 2 trips though in my little S10.
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