What is the Cost of Asphalt?

Doug Enright 

Whenever you invest in a home improvement project or a project for your community, you have to examine the cost. Cost can set you back not only financially but time-wise, so it’s important to get the full picture and know what you’re getting yourself into. The cost of asphalt varies throughout the year and with the type of project you’re getting ready to start. Let’s look at the cost of asphalt.

Examining the Cost of Asphalt

The cost of asphalt is based on three things:

  • The type of asphalt used
  • The type of project
  • The length of project

The type of project will determine the type of asphalt used and the length of the project. Most projects use the same type of generic asphalt. Depending on the time of year, the weather conditions and other factors, you may need a specific type of asphalt which will drive up the overall cost.

Once you know the basics of the type of project and the asphalt used, you can determine the length of the project. While each asphalt-based project will have a general timeline, everything from issues with the project to inclement weather to personal problems can cause a delay in the project being finished.

This will increase the cost over time, due to labor associated with the asphalt project. It’s something to keep in mind during the duration of the project. This happens with every type of project, not just asphalt. Keep in mind though, that asphalt can only be laid in good weather, usually Spring to Fall in most areas of the country.

When working with an asphalt company, you can work out a payment plan and schedule. They’ll give you a time table of when the project will be completed, along with what might delay it based on their experience. From there, you can work on financing with the company. Some companies will offer financing, others will not. You need to be prepared to make a down payment and potentially pay for the entirety of the project upfront.

When choosing whether or not an asphalt project is right for you, the cost of asphalt should be something to consider. Work with your asphalt company to ensure you get the best price on asphalt and the overall project before you sign any contracts or begin the work.

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