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Question DetailsAsked on 5/26/2013

What is a fair price to have a driveway torn out down to having new stone put down and blacktopped.

The driveway is about 48 ft long and24 ft wide this is a guess. It needs to be taken completely out and redone all over again. Would blacktopping be the more economical way to go or would cement be a better and more economical way to go. I have also seen some driveways stamped, is this expensive to perform? I want it to be durable and look nice. I have seen alot of cement driveways redone with cracks and it makes me wonder if that is the best way to go.

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As with anything, there are people who argue either side of the products. Personally, I prefer asphalt for drives for easy of installation, versatility, and the ease of repairing damage and of patching cracks. While concrete will generally last longer by a factor of 2 or 3 than asphalt, making its pe-year cost generally lower, surface patching and resurfacing typically costs $3-5/SF versus less than $1/SF for resealing an asphalt drive.

The tradeoff between asphalt and concrete price depends on where in the country you live - it used to be that asphalt was almost always cheaper, but with higher oil prices in some areas of the country a concrete drive can actually be cheaper, despite the higher labor required for installation. You need to get local quotes to compare for your region.

Asphalt drives typically cost $2-6/SF (generally around $3), concrete $4-10/SF (generally around $5), so you can see there is some overlap.

Stamping will roughly double (more for fancy patterns or multi-colored) your installed cost.

Stamping concrete can cost about $3-8/SF additional for straight-forward simple patterns, up to $20/SF more for fancy stone patterns with different colored concrete for each "stone". Costs can vary a lot in areas where it is not a common practice, because there may only be one local contractor who owns the stamps, or they may have to rent and ship in special stamp panels for your job from out of state. Stamped concrete can be colored using an epoxy sealer similar to garage floor epoxy paint (about $1/SF additional), or by coloring the concrete mix so the color is consistent throughout the thickness, so chips and scratches do not show bare concrete color - about $0.50/SF additional.

Asphalt stamping typically costs about $5-10/SF - more because it has to be done while the mix is hot, or they have to use a special reheater (which very few contractors have) to soften the surface for stamping, plus it requires use of the roller to emboss it, so they need more stamping panels at a time to be able to run the roller on it than the usual 2-3 panels used for concrete stamping. Also, concrete panels are usually rubber or latex, asphalt ones are rigid heavy-duty steel plates, so they require a lot more effort to handle. Costs can vary a great deal in areas where stamping is not a common practice, because there may only be one local contractor to do the stamping, or they may have to rent and ship in special stamps panels for your job, and most asphalt contractors have never done it. Asphalt stamping can be colored by a exoxy like concrete, or can be ground, sandblasted or shotblasted for about $3-8/SF to bring out the aggregate color more, making it look more like a black-matrix stone than asphaltic concrete. Drives with a sharp vertical curve or transition, like at the transition between a sloping drive and a flat parking place in front of a garage, may not be able to be stamped on the vertical curve as the stamps used are not flexible.

As always,the quality of the contractor shouldl be more important to you than the bid price - the cheapest price commonly results in the poorest product, or even an incomplete job, especially if you pay anything in advance.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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