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The Total Cost To Pave A Driveway in San Jose

EARTHTEKAugust 15, 2023

For many homeowners in San Jose, the condition and appeal of their driveway is a significant factor in both their property's curb appeal and overall value. A smooth, well-maintained driveway can significantly enhance the look and function of your home, while a worn-out or damaged one can detract from it. Many homeowners ask a common question when considering a driveway: "How much does it cost to pave a driveway in San Jose?"

At EARTHTEK Grading & Paving, we understand the intricacies of driveway installation, maintenance, and repair. In this post, we'll break down the costs of paving a driveway. From fixed and variable costs and understanding the current condition of your driveway to the options of a full replacement, asphalt overlay, and new driveway installation, we've got you covered.

We know some of you would like a quick answer. $5.50 - $11.10 per square foot is the average cost to pave a driveway in San Jose. The first thing you might notice about the price for paving a driveway is the large range. Yes, that is a big ballpark range we provided. This is not an arbitrary price but the result of various factors that collectively determine the final cost. Below, we will delve into these specific elements that play a crucial role in defining the overall expense.

If you're interested in receiving a straightforward estimate without delving into the details of the costs, we offer free estimates that can be arranged by simply calling us at 408-478-9402. However, if you're curious about the factors contributing to the cost range, continue reading as we look closer.

Fixed Costs For Paving a Driveway

Like most construction projects, a segment of the total expense is attributed to certain fixed costs. Some of these costs include actions like mobilizing the equipment and crew. Every company has general overhead cost, such as insurance, marketing, maintenance, etc., which are factored into each job. Also, we may need to pull a permit depending on the scope and the city you reside in. So regardless if you are paving small or large driveway, these costs are included in the price.

Variable Costs For Driveway Paving

There are basically two variable costs when it comes to paving a driveway. The first cost, and typically the most expensive part, is the time it takes to complete the project. The more time it takes to complete the project, the more expensive it will be. Preparing the site and the distance from the asphalt plant are all things that have to be considered when estimating a project. Also, the terrain is a consideration. If you are located in the hills of Cupertino, it will take more time to complete the project than being in a flat neighborhood of San Jose.

The second variable cost is the materials. Generally speaking, materials only make up a small portion of most residential projects. In commercial paving projects, materials make up a considerable amount more of the total costs. The two materials we use most is crushed stone for the base and asphalt. Depending on the project, we might use tack. A tack coat is applied to help new asphalt bond with existing asphalt.

To give you an idea, asphalt is sold by the ton. A ton of asphalt will cover 50 square feet at a depth of 3”. Three inches of asphalt is typically how thick a driveway is. Depending on the mix used, a ton of asphalt costs $50-$85. A driveway 10’ wide and 100’ long will need approximately 20 tons of asphalt, roughly $1000-$1700 in costs. The total cost of the driveway might be $5,000-$10,000.

New Driveway Installation

When referring to a new driveway installation, we are saying that there is no existing driveway. A new installation is the most expensive when it comes to paving. Whether installing an asphalt or concrete driveway, starting from scratch will cost the most. The driveway has to be graded with a new install, and possibly some excavation is done. After the grading is completed, we install and compact the base. Finally, the asphalt is laid and compacted. A new installation will be on the higher end of the price per square foot because of the additional work needed to complete the project.  

Full or Partial Replacement

If your existing driveway is in rough shape you might need a full or partial replacement. If the existing sub-base has major issues or the grading needs to be changed, it indicates that you will need at least a partial replacement. Alligator cracking and multiple potholes are signs that the existing base must be corrected before installing new asphalt. The extent of the repairs to the base is a direct coloration of the costs.

Asphalt Overlay

The final and lowest-cost driveway paving is an asphalt overlay. There are two options with an asphalt overlay. While technically not an overlay, a “peel and pave” is where the existing asphalt is removed, and a new layer of asphalt is laid. There is little to no work required on the base.

A true overlay is when a tack coat is applied to the existing driveway, and a new layer of asphalt is laid over the top. Sometimes, we might have to mill (grinding of asphalt) around transition areas such as sidewalks, aprons or garage entries. The milling makes for a smooth transition between surfaces. Overlays can be completed in one day, typically.

Call EARTHTEK for A Free Estimate

Every driveway is different, and we hope this guide provides you with a better understanding of how much it costs to pave a driveway in San Jose. For accurate costs, contact us for a free no, obligation estimate for paving your driveway.  

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