Are you in the market for an asphalt driveway? Not sure how much the project will cost out? We’ve got some tips for you. The key one is to try using a purpose-built asphalt driveway cost calculator like the one here: http://www.xlasphaltmelbourne.com.au/.
It’s always a good idea to work out the costs involved in any project before committing yourself to it, to be certain your budget will stretch. Home improvement is a category notorious for costing more than you think it will! Even if you’re trusting the job to contractors, you want to make sure you’ve done an independent cost analysis for asphalting your driveway– otherwise you’ll have no idea if the figures they are quoting you are accurate and fair. Who knows, you may even be able to negotiate a little on the project if you know what’s going into it. With a few easy steps, you’ll soon have an estimate that will empower you and your project.
- Start off by making an accurate measurement of the area to be asphalted. For example, if it’s a driveway, make sure you have the length and breadth of each area accurately noted. You may want to add on a couple of inches to accommodate waste.
- Decide on the depth of asphalt you want for your driveway. If you’re re-laying the drive, you will need to remember to account not only for the new depth, but also any filler areas on the old drive where there’s been damage. If you’re laying a new driveway, or tearing out the old one, you’ll need to measure from the levelled under-surface. It’s normal to look at 2 inches for an average asphalt driveway in Australia, but you should take the advice of your local area and base it on the weigh-bearing needs you have.
- Give a thought to the asphalt you intend to use. Recycled asphalt is cheaper than pure, but will not wear as well
- Don’t forget that the asphalt driveway is going to need a base. If you’re repairing the drive, you can ignore this step. If you’re tearing out an old drive, you may have a pre-filled base, depending on how well it has weathered. If you’re laying a new asphalt driveway, the base should be slightly less in are then the asphalt- but at least a few inches deeper.
- Once you know what type you’d prefer, you can call your local supplier to get the price per square foot for both the top coat and base asphalt. You’ll also need the pricing per square foot of the base stone if it’s a new drive or a complete relay.
- Calculating the cost is easy from here- multiply the price per square foot by the square feet you require. As the price quoted usually relates to a depth of 1 inch, you’ll want to then multiply the result by the depth you require.
- If you intend to DIY your asphalt driveway, you need to add in any rental costs on equipment you need. If you intend to hire others to lay the asphalt for you, add in the labour price.
- If you want to seal the drive afterwards, you’ll need to plan for a few buckets of sealer. If you’re not sure if an entire driveway re-lay is for you, you may want to consider freshening up the existing asphalt driveway with some sealer rather than ripping it out. You’ll need to patch any damage first.
All in all, it’s easy to calculate the cost of asphalting a driveway– just follow these simple steps!