Average Cost of Paved Asphalt Driveway Installation
The average cost to have an old driveway removed and repaved is around $11/square foot. If the old surface is not in too poor of condition, they may be able to pave right over the top of it after prep work, applying a sealer and emulsion compound to assure the new asphalt adheres properly.
A new asphalt driveway involves excavating the bed by removing 8-12 inches of topsoil. The bed is filled with layers of sand and gravel – or all gravel. Most new asphalt driveways are completed with 3-4 inches of a gravel base asphalt and then 2-3 inches of asphalt top layer installed on top, but driveways with anywhere from 2-6 inches of asphalt can be found.
If you have an existing driveway and needed it resurfaced, expect cost estimates of $4.50 – $7.00 per square foot based primarily on the condition of the existing driveway.
Overview of Paved Asphalt Driveways
A fresh asphalt driveway brings a lot of curb appeal and utility to your home at 30%-45% less than the cost of a concrete drive. It’s an ideal option for all but the hottest climates; Asphalt is the material of choice in Northern climates where the freeze and thaw cycles plus salt deteriorate concrete surfaces.
Your specific asphalt driveway cost depends on the specific scope of the project:
- New driveway: $8.00 – $14.00 per square foot
- Resurfacing of an existing driveway: $4.50 – $7.00 per square foot
- Asphalt driveway removal with new driveway on top of a gravel base: $11.00-$17.00 per square foot.
Asphalt driveways last 15-25 years, as long as you seal it every 2-5 years and fill cracks as they develop. Click here to learn about the cost of re-sealing a driveway.
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Asphalt Driveway Cost Factors
Asphalt driveway cost estimates you receive will be based on these factors.
- Size of the Asphalt Driveway – Cost per square foot is lower on large driveways because the cost of transportation for the equipment and materials is spread out over a greater number of square feet.
- Amount of Base Material – This is a large cost factor. When the underlying soils are sand and/or gravel, less base material is needed than when a large amount of clay or loam must be removed to provide a stable base.
- Asphalt Thickness – Most contractors suggest 3-4 inches of asphalt, but anywhere from 2-6 is used depending on the base materials and whether very heavy vehicles and equipment will be parked on the driveway.
- Driveway Shape – A straightforward, rectangular drive with no parking pad is the simplest and most cost-effective option. Circular driveways and those with irregular features cost a little more per square foot.
- Who Paves the Asphalt Driveway – You might find hiring a smaller contractor saves you up to 15% over hiring a larger company to install your asphalt driveway.
- Removal of Old Material – Tearing out old asphalt or concrete and disposing of it is costly. Driveway replacement vs a new driveway can cost nearly twice as much. Along with the driveway removal, if you have features like an electric security gate, it may also need to be removed and reinstalled, adding to your cost.
- Extras – Stamped asphalt driveways look like paver stone driveways. They’re very attractive, but the cost of stamping will push the total cost above the estimates here – usually by $2.75 – $4.00 per square foot.
- Difficulty – If you live in a heavily wooded area and there are trees that need to be cut down and stumps that either have to be removed or grinded down, then this will add more cost to your asphalt project. Tree removal costs depend on the size of the tree and the difficulty of access for removal. Stump grinding costs between $135 – $300 or more per stump, depending on the size of stump.
- Where you Live – Like all home improvement projects, where you live will factor in on the overall cost of the project. For example, states like California and New York have higher labor costs than states in the Midwest and South.
Cost of Materials and Extras
Here are the materials that go into an asphalt driveway plus their costs. The list gives you a picture of where your money goes – at least in terms of the materials. Asphalt is sold by the ton and the contractor will use a calculator to determine how much is needed for your driveway project.
- $3.00 – $4.50 per square foot | Average Retail Cost of Gravel for a layer 6-8 inches deep.
- $2.50 – $4.00 per square foot | Hot Asphalt in a layer 3-4 inches thick.
Common Driveway Sizes and Repaving Costs
Listed below are the most common driveway sizes as well as estimated cost for repaving the 2″ top layer over the existing asphalt, and a second table showing the cost to remove the existing driveway and replace with a new 3″ asphalt base layer and 2″ topcoat.
Driveway Resurfacing – Repaving Over Existing Driveway ($4.50 – $7.00 / sqft)
- 10′ x 18′ Driveway (180 sqft) | $810 – $1,260
- 10′ x 20′ Driveway (200 sqft) | $900 – $1,400
- 12′ x 30′ Driveway (360 sqft) | $1,620 – $2,520
- 12′ x 40′ Driveway (480 sqft) | $2,160 – $3,360
- 16′ x 20′ Driveway (320 sqft) | $1,440 – $2,240
- 20′ x 40′ Driveway (800 sqft) | $3,600 – $5,600
- 30′ x 40′ Driveway (1,200 sqft) | $5,400 – $8,400
New Driveway, or Complete Replacement, Excavating Down to Gravel
- 10′ x 18′ Driveway (180 sqft) | $1,440 – $2,520
- 10′ x 20′ Driveway (200 sqft) | $1,600 – $2,800
- 12′ x 30′ Driveway (360 sqft) | $2,880 – $5,040
- 12′ x 40′ Driveway (480 sqft) | $3,840 – $6,720
- 16′ x 20′ Driveway (320 sqft) | $2,560 – $4,480
- 20′ x 40′ Driveway (800 sqft) | $6,400 – $11,200
- 30′ x 40′ Driveway (1,200 sqft) | $9,600 – $16,800
Permits, Inspection, and Labor Costs
- $0 – $300 | Permits are required in most areas to install an asphalt driveway. The costs vary greatly depending on where you live and whether you live in a city or in a rural area. Check with your local city or county offices to see what permits may be needed.
Asphalt Driveway Labor Cost
- $4.00 – $7.00 per square foot | Labor rates vary across the country – tied to the cost of living. Keep in mind that this part of the cost covers the contractor’s equipment costs, travel costs, insurance and crew wages.
The amount of time it takes for a professional to pave an 40-foot asphalt driveway is usually one or two days, followed by not using the driveway for an additional 2 days.
- Up to 1 Day | Excavating the Driveway Bed
- About a Day | Installing the Gravel Base and Top Asphalt Layer
- 2 Days | Cure Time before Using the Driveway
Cost of Related Projects
Here are a few other outdoor projects to consider as you plan to install a new driveway.
Concrete Driveway Cost – In climates suitable for concrete, its worth comparing the cost. A concrete driveway costs a little more at about $8.00 per square foot.
Power Washing the Driveway – Your driveway installer will suggest you wait up to a year to seal your new driveway to let the asphalt fully cure. Before you seal it, power washing the driveway will get it clean and allow the sealcoat to adhere better.
Driveway Sealing Costs – Usually needed every 4-6 years, sealing a driveway is standard maintenance on asphalt and concrete driveways.
Affordable Landscape Projects – A new asphalt driveway will look fantastic – and by comparison your existing landscape might seem shabby. These budget-friendly landscape projects will enhance your home’s newfound curb appeal.
DIY or Hire a Pro
Labor is a large part of the work, but it’s not realistic to think you can do this work yourself and save that cost. Home Advisor puts the labor cost at $5-$7 per square foot, pretty close to our estimate. Renocompare puts the total job cost per square foot quite a bit lower, too low we think, but labor is still a large part of the price.
This is a pro job for one simple reason: The asphalt must be compacted under tremendous weight, or it will be soft. The driveway will soon develop ruts where you normally drive on it. Renting a compactor from Home Depot won’t get the job done. Only a paving roller will give your drive the density and uniform appearance you want.
Other technical skills required include excavating to the proper depth, leveling the bed, choosing the right gravel base and installing the proper asphalt thickness for the site conditions and your purposes for the driveway.
In short, we recommend that you leave the installation of an asphalt driveway to a professional. Not only does a professional have the proper equipment and experience to complete the job, they also can do the job in a much more timely manner. You can also often get a warranty that covers a number of years for your asphalt driveway from the professional contractor.