Blacktop Asphalt Prices
Blacktop asphalt prices depend on many things, of which the price of oil is an important one.
This is because the binding agent in asphalt can be separated from the other components in crude oil by the process of fractional distillation.
The binding agent, mixed with aggregates is what makes asphalt the way it is, and the size and composition of the aggregates further determine how durable the mixture is.
However, that only relates to the basic price of the asphalt mixture.
To get it delivered to you, there are several things that need to be considered and affect the final price.
For one, the size of your driveway/project is one of the most important things that affects the price. This is because there are a lot of fixed costs that go into the price, and the bigger the area in question, typically the smaller the per square feet price will be.
These fixed prices include the facts that the whole asphalt crew needs to come into the location, the asphalt needs to be delivered by the same lorries regardless of size of the project, and that the asphalt plant may have standards for production size, meaning some of the asphalt not put into the driveway may have to go to waste.
In same regard, the location of your project works into the price. Because people working on asphalt crews are paid by the hour, these costs of moving from one location to your project will be factored into the price. The more remote your location, the more these costs will come into play.
If you live in an area which has snowfall, the asphalt season lasts only the time the roads are in snowfree condition. This also means there is competition for getting the asphalt crews to come to a location to do paving work.
This also means the earlier you can attach a contractor to your project, the cheaper the prize should be. The later you leave booking a contractor, the more there is chance that the contractor(s) have their schedules fully booked, and you may have to pay much higher fees to get them to reschedule.
The type of asphalt is also a consideration to some degree. The asphalt contractors will most often recommend an asphalt type for you, which will depend on a variety of factors, such as how much heavy traffic the blacktop will see.
Finally, the condition of the grounds on the area to be paved will factor into the price.
This is because the grounds need to be in certain condition to support the asphalt layer on top. In areas where the ground freezes during the winter time this is an especially important condition.
Any ground preparation work will increase the overall price, as a separate crew will need to do that work, typically a day before the actual blacktop paving crew will arrive to do the final asphalt layer.
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