5 Considerations to Make When Budgeting for an Asphalt Paving Project

It’s no secret that every asphalt paving job is different, which is why determining a few things up front to help get an idea of how much yours will cost is essential. Whether you need to repave your driveway or another area on your property, the team from Blalock Paving is here to help.

We’ve been performing driveway repair in Raleigh, North Carolina, for decades and we’ve seen every type of job there is. So, if you’re wondering how much yours will cost, here are some important budget questions to ask.

1. What’s the Surface’s Intended Use Once Paved?


Once your paving job is complete, how will the surface be used? Will you use it as a driveway or perhaps a walkway or parking lot? Being clear about the use of your newly paved surface is important because depending upon the traffic you expect on it, professional paving contractors will often recommend different thicknesses, especially for higher-traffic areas. This could increase your budget.

2. What is Your Preferred Type of Asphalt?


There are different types of asphalt that can be used for different purposes. For example, hot-mix asphalt, one of the most commonly used types, is heated, and poured and can be easily customized. There’s also cold-mix asphalt that’s more suited to colder temperatures and repels water. Lastly, porous asphalt is designed to make it easy for water to seep through into the ground underneath.

3. What’s Your Existing Asphalt’s Current Condition?


Determining your asphalt’s current condition will impact how much work needs to be done. For example, asphalt with cracks, potholes, pooling water, or shifting pieces of blacktop will often require extensive repairs. However, a few minor cracks may simply require sealing.

4. What is the Condition of Your Underlying Soil?


The condition and soil type that will serve as the foundation for your asphalt can also play a role in your budget. This is because different types of soil may require more compaction than others, increasing the amount of labor needed on your project. This may also mean a thicker top layer of asphalt will be needed.

5. What is the Extent of Your Project?


How big is your asphalt project? Do you know how much prep work may be involved? Larger projects like parking lots and parks will require a lot more work than simple driveways and walkways, so be sure to keep this in mind.

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