If you’re looking to have a paving construction project completed, such as a parking lot, driveway, or other paved surface, one of the first questions you’ve likely had is “how much will it cost?” You may have even searched online for a definitive cost for your project. Tucker Paving has nearly 30 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we can tell you that your project could be much more or much less expensive than the numbers you find online. This is because there are so many different factors that will dictate the budget of your project. Knowing how these factors will affect your budget is the first step to getting an accurate cost.

Factors That Affect Your Budget

  1. The Type of Project. Every project is different, but some projects are just bigger in scope and scale. An asphalt parking lot that requires Earthworks like land clearing, grading, and utilities installed before the base for the parking lot is put down will just naturally cost more than an asphalt driveway that is being installed in place of an existing driveway. The more materials, equipment, and labor a job will require, the more expensive it will be.
  2. The Materials Used. Project costs are also affected by the materials chosen. Some materials are more expensive than others, and other materials will increase the cost of your project because they require more equipment or more labor to install. For example, asphalt is generally less expensive than concrete as a material, but concrete pavers will be even more expensive because they require much more labor to install. Furthermore, the costs of materials can change based on numerous factors. Keep in mind that more expensive materials may be more durable, meaning they will likely last longer. You should choose the material that best fits the needs of your project, not just the cheapest.
  3. Design Components. Design components that are added for design’s sake will also likely increase the cost of your project. Borders, dyes, stamped designs, and mix additives will all increase the cost of a paving project.
  4. Project Specifications. If your pavement will need to hold up under high or heavy traffic, then it will need to be thicker, no matter what material you choose. This will also increase costs.
  5. Permit and Regulation Requirements. Permit and regulation requirements vary greatly from state to state, and even city to city. The more regulations that must be followed and the more permits that will need to be pulled for your project, the more expensive it will be.
  6. The Location and Accessibility of Your Site. Both the location of your project site and how accessible that site is will affect your costs. Sites that are remote, that are hard to access, or that do not have utilities or facilities for workers will add to the cost of your project versus sites that are centrally located, are easy to access, and have access to utilities and facilities for workers.

The best resource for knowing exactly how much a project will cost is to utilize a local paving company with a lot of experience and expertise under its belt. They will best be able to calculate all of the factors that go into the cost of a paving project for your unique project.

Our work at Tucker Paving is centered in Central Florida around our new headquarters in Winter Haven; however, we will travel as required to meet the needs of our valued clients! Tucker Paving has nearly three decades’ worth of experience in the concrete and asphalt paving construction industry. We provide earthworks, site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at (863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!