Having Your New Residential Driveway Paved? Here Is What You Need To Know About Costs

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If you are in the process of having a new home built, there will eventually come a time when you will have to start thinking about the access path to get to your house. While many people simply stick with gravel, paving the drive of a residential property is always the more feasible option because this offers longevity and a more permanent solution to your access needs. If you have little experience with driveway paving and the installation of a newly paved driveway, you are bound to have some questions where cost is concerned. Here are just a few of the more common questions and the answers you will want to know. 

First off, how much will this cost?

The costs associated with installing a new paved driveway can vary greatly because there are so many variables, including:

  • the amount of work it will take to prepare the area
  • the length of the driveway
  • the slope of the driveway
  • the type of paving material you choose

One of the primary factors in cost will definitely be the material you choose. Concrete, which is perhaps the more popular choice, will cost you about $75 for every cubic yard of material used. On the other hand, asphalt to cover a drive that is 600 square feet would run you roughly $830. 

What factors will make the installation process higher than usual?

When you are trying to figure a rough estimate for how much a paved driveway is going to cost, you have to keep in mind that there will naturally be some properties that will be harder to install a driveway on than others. For example, if the area where you will be installing a drive must be cleared of trees, this will mean a crew will have to come in and remove the trees and the stumps before the paving can take place. 

Is it true that a layer of gravel must go down first?

It is true that you may also have to pay for a layer of gravel before the driveway is paved, but this is not always the case. If the soil in your area is not very stable, the pavement needs a more stable surface to adhere to. Adding and compacting a layer of gravel onto the dirt pathway will help to prevent ground shift down the road. Even though this will be an added cost to the project, it is a cost that will protect your investment in the driveway in the end. 

Contact a paving contractor for more information.

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