RJ & Sons Paving provides top quality asphalt paving services for residential and commercial paving projects in Anne Arundel County, Maryland for over 40 years. We offer the best possible pricing for every project we are honored to get. We can also offer different options based on your budget.
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Things To Consider…
Grading and Base Preparation
Grading and preparing a solid base is a hidden cost of an asphalt project. For your driveway to be as stable as possible, you may need to ensure that the top 6 inches of soil (at least) is stable and 4 to 8 inches of crushed gravel for a solid base.
Never use topsoil as a base for any structures which require stability. Topsoil is the soil you use for flowerbeds. The type of soil you need to prepare your new driveway with should be as free of organic compounds as possible. It is also known as ‘fill dirt’.
Size of Driveway
This is the most obvious one. A bigger driveway will inevitably cost more, even if you opt for a lower grade of asphalt. The length is one thing, but don’t forget that the size of a drive often includes how wide it is. The total width, length and depth are all considerations for the price quote of all asphalt paving projects.
If you’re a homeowner, who has just bought a new property and only have one car in your household, choosing a narrower driveway will reduce the cost of your driveway.
The cost of asphalt ranges from $3 to $5 per square foot, including labor. It is easier to get a better idea of the total cost when you calculate it in tonnes. We calculate all quotes based on the current price of asphalt.
The average price of good quality asphalt is $85 to $150 per ton. Asphalt pricing fluctuates with the price of oil.
An asphalt driveway is often composed of base layers and top layers, though the most stable form of asphalt driveway will be created using full-depth asphalt. In general a 4″ thick asphalt layer is suitable for most driveways, but 5-6″ is recommended to support heavier vehicles and loads.
This means that the entire thickness of the driveway is composed of asphalt, instead of having a substandard material for lower layers. Once you grade it the entire driveway is made of the same material, reducing the risk of shifting and movement.
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A critical component of asphalt maintenance is sealcoating. Not only does this process provide your asphalt with a cleaner, more vibrant look for visitors, it seals the top layer and prevents water from penetrating the surface.