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Old 04-15-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Anybody have experience with paving?

I need to have my driveway replaced. I had someone here this morning for an estimate. To pull up the current 1,300 sf driveway, regrade and repave everything and redo some poorly installed drainage, the estimate was $5,200. I was expecting about double that, but I have no experience with such things and was wondering if this is a decent estimate.

I have two more companies coming out tomorrow so I can contrast and compare.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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I'm doing work on my garages right now and my contractor's quote was $3.5/ft^2 for prepping and pouring the aprons (the pads are $3.25/ft^2 + cost for insulation, vapor barrier and wire/fiber mesh). That'd put you at $4550 + removal. $650 isn't bad for pulling out that much concrete.

I'd say that it's a pretty good price.

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Old 04-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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Does that include seal coat? If so that is a very good deal.
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I thought so but was looking for opinions. Thanks.
My driveway is asphalt, don't know if that makes a difference. They would have to rebuild a fairly substantial apron that's collapsing on a downhill grade, too. Removal was quoted at $750.

No seal coat on the proposal. But they are talking 17 tons of processed gravel, topsoil, seed and hay for the apron rebuild. Considering they have to remove the drain pipe, connect it to another existing one and place the pipe to daylight about 15 feet from where it currently sits, I'm stunned at the quote. Don't know if I can do better.

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Old 04-15-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
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Back a few years ago when I built houses, we paid $1.50/SF for asphalt driveways. That doesn't include all the other stuff you need (tear-out, apron, etc.). That's also a low price in general because it was the price the general contractor paid to the paving subcontractor... the sub got a lot of work from the GC, so the price is sort of contingent on that. But it might give you an idea of costs.

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The $3.5/ft^2 I mentioned before was for concrete, asphalt should be less.

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Seems a bit high, but my prices are based in AK so I could be way off. A second quote never hurts.

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Expect to pay around $4/SF for a 5-inch thick concrete driveway and about $1/SF for removal of the old driveway. For a 1,300 SF driveway this would come out to be about $6,500. If you can get it for $5,200 it looks like you are getting a deal, but make sure the contractor does good work. Bad concrete contractors = bad concrete work.

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Where we are asphalt is actually not less than concrete. I have been told it has something to do with less plants making asphalt than concrete. Generaly now when we have to tear out asphalt for jobs we go back with concrete because it is about 20% cheaper for us & meets all the codes we need to meet.

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Paid 4800 for my asphalt Driveway. Concrete would have been much much more. I kind wish I had done Concrete

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