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Asphalt paving installation

If your old driveway is in bad condition or you simply want to add to your home’s curb appeal, new asphalt paving can give it a fresh new look. Practical and cost-effective, asphalt paving is easy to care for but not easy to install, so you’ll need to call in driveway contractors to ensure the job is done properly. Once it’s complete, your new asphalt driveway could last 15 years or more, making this an investment that’s well worth the cost.

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Cost to install an asphalt driveway

The cost to install an asphalt driveway, also known as a blacktop driveway, depends on the surface area and whether you are installing, replacing or resurfacing. The average cost is between $3,000 and $5,500*.


Cost breakdown



With costs often charged by the square foot at an average of $3 to $5*, the size of your driveway is the most significant factor in determining how much you will pay for this project.



Another thing to consider when planning your asphalt driveway installation is its surroundings – removing trees or fixing existing draining problems can add to the cost.



Asphalt is cheaper to install than a concrete driveway. Base coats cost around $2.50 or less per square foot while the top cost can cost from $1 to $2.50*. Sealant usually costs extra.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is asphalt better than a concrete driveway?
Asphalt is less expensive to install than concrete but may not last quite as long, at an average of around 20 years compared to 40. Asphalt is easier to repair and less prone to cracking in freezing weather, so it might be the best choice if you live in a cold climate, while concrete copes better with hot temperatures. 
How can I get a recycled asphalt driveway installation?
The asphalt used in driveways is often recycled. This material forms the layer underneath, while the new asphalt will be laid on top. As well as being environmentally friendly, recycled asphalt is often denser, and therefore sturdier, making it an excellent choice for your new driveway.
Can I put asphalt over my existing concrete driveway?
You can lay asphalt over concrete, but there are risks involved, as it may not provide a stable enough base. Many blacktop driveway contractors prefer to remove the existing concrete before they lay an asphalt driveway.
Should I seal my new asphalt driveway?
Don’t seal your new driveway right away, as it will need around three to six months to cure. Once it’s ready, you can seal your driveway every two to three years to keep it looking fresh. There are a few things to bear in mind, however. You can’t seal an asphalt driveway when the weather is wet or too cold. Speak to a local asphalt driveway installation specialist who will be able to advise on the best time to do it.

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and other national home improvement websites.

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