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Question DetailsAsked on 6/14/2017

average cost to replace 868 sq ft driveway

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Depends of course on the amount of subgrade prep required, type of paving, your local costs for the materials and labor, accessibility, local trucking weight or size limits, etc - but very generally FOR A REPAVE around $1-3/SF for crushed stone, $3-5/SF for normal asphalt driveway, something under $5 to around $10/SF for concrete, and generally over $10/SF on up to over $25/SF for stamped concrete, paver block, cobblestone (Belgian pavers), and hand fitted stone drives in roughly that order. In a great many "normal" areas and cases, around $3-4/SF for asphalt and $5-6/SF for concrete are numbers commonly thrown around for a repave job, including removal and disposal of the old driveway asphalt or concrete.

For a normal drive, whether concrete or asphalt paving is cheaper can depend on your area - some areas with cheap labor near oil refineries like southern Texas for instance can run under $3/SF for asphalt, whereas in cheap concrete areas like some of the Midwest concrete drives can run just as cheap. In a few locales one or the other may be equally competitive, but normally in most areas one or the other has a local competitive advantage and is normally used - though regionally asphalt is FAR more prevalent by custom in the Rockies and West and lower western midwest and much though not all of the deep south west of the Mississippi, whereas concrete is generally more commonly seen from about the Mississippi Valley east and in the east and southeast - very roughly speaking. Also, the more rural o difficult to access the area is the more asphalt tends to be used, because it is generally easier to set up a small portable asphalt plant than a small concrete one, plus asphalt can commonly be transported longer distances after mixing (especially with cold mix) without it starting to set up in the truck.

One thing that is generally true - once you get over about 10% grade on a drive, for equally well done subgrade, concrete generally lasts better, especially if vehicles are going to be parked on it or heavy trucks will be using it, because asphalt tends to creep downhill under load and rut and crack, especially in hotter weather. That can be resisted to a certain extent by using a thicker layer (actually done as several layers) commonly around 4-6 inches in total thickness rather than the more normal 2 to 4 inches for a flatter residential drive.

You can also find a LOT of similar previous questions with answers about paving issues, subgrade prep, cost, etc in the Home >Driveways link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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