Driveway Repair: Should You Patch, Resurface or Replace?

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Heather Thoma

Subject: Overlay prices

Where did you get these prices from? All the prices I have gotten are higher than the $2.25 per sq ft for an overlay, I can't see how any legitimate business would be able to preform a project for such cheap pricing while paying for quality workers and materials. #yougetwhatyoupayfor

Inner City Skyline

Subject: Costs vs Value

As a GC, its hard to price a project in your range especially in California. Most driveways need a full replacement if they are older than 15 years. Earthquakes rock California regularly and the cracks are just the side effects.

Beate Woods

Subject: Drive way

Hello,

I had my drive way redone and in the process of the contractor breaking up the old drive way my car port was damaged. I has a big break in the concrete now how should I handle this????

Mike Biddle

Subject: 2.25 is an average?

So is 2.25 an average? For example if you are in a rural area in Tennessee vs. Los Angeles California surely the costs vary drastically.

Dick

Subject: Driveway resurfacing

A top vendor (Angieslist) told me it would cost $4K to rent a machine that would grind off enough to resurface my asphalt driveway. So I am not sure where that delightful little number of $2.25 came from unless you own a parking lot in front of your garage.

Mr. Mojo Contractor

Subject: 2.25 is an average

Hi Mike,
I am a contractor and that is definitely an average. In my area of MD, I don't know any one willing to do it for that price. We are too busy to take so little for a job that requires a lot of work. I don't think they are calculating demoing top surface and waste management, etc. This is just for very basic resurfacing by a guy without a license, insurance, bonding, etc. A Saturday/Sunday guy who will take a year to do the job. If he ever finishes.

Rosanne

Subject: How to repair a gouge?

We recently moved in to a new home and during our furniture delivery, the truck driver tried to back in to our driveway, which is on a hill. The edge of the truck gouged the asphalt and left 12" gash in the surface that is about 1.5" at it's deepest point.

We live in the Boston area and I think this relatively small issue could grow bigger after the freezing winter. I can't get a paving company to even come out to look at it to see how to address. Is this something I can fix on my own?

Kristy Esch
Kristy Esch

Subject: Driveway resurface cost

Hi, Peter. This is Kristy from Angie's List. You can expect to pay about $2.25 per square foot. However, we recommend getting at least three esitmates before choosing a company to do the work.

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I am facing just such a project and have received a number of bids (all from Angie's List reviewed contractors). The lowest bid was a bit over $5/sq ft and the highest was about $9/sq/ft for my 630 sq ft driveway in Rockford, IL. 
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Generally about $1-3/SF (note - measured by SF, not SY) - $1 range is for a 1 to 1/2-2 inch overlay, $2.50-3.00 range normal for two 2" layers for a new driveway or a rebuild (remove and replace) you really want to last.

Most people pay around $2/SF for a 2-3" thickness.

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.