How Much Does Crushed Asphalt Cost?
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Asphalt, also known as bitumen, refers to the sticky, black and highly gummy composite material used in construction projects such as parking lots, road surfaces, and airport runways. Since the main ingredient of asphalt is oil, the price of it has constantly been increasing in proportion to oil prices.
To beat this trend, however, people and governments have resorted to the use of crushed or recycled asphalt, which costs significantly lower and is widely available. Besides, using crushed asphalt is more environmentally friendly in the sense that we are able to significantly conserve the shrinking resources of aggregates and petroleum products. We are also able to help our government in reducing disposal.
How much does it cost?
- There are different ways that crushed asphalt can be measured and priced. Crushed asphalt can typically cost $5 to $12 if calculated for ton. On the other hand, by the square foot, crushed asphalt can cost anywhere from $2 to $6.
- The prices quoted above are for those who can come pick up the crushed asphalt at the site. If you need it delivered, it is best to add at least 30% to the price noted above.
- Hafners.com, for example, sells its crushed asphalt for $7 per ton.
- Someone at wiki.answers.com said that the cost of recycled or crushed asphalt is around $2.25 per square foot.
What is going to be included?
- Asphalt can be crushed or recycled either in-place or by taking out the old asphalt and remixing it at a plant that specializes in this work. In-place asphalt recycling can be done through hot or cold process.
- The 1.5-inch minus crushed asphalt is ideal for use in trails and roadways where traffic is limited.
- The process of asphalt recycling begins with tearing up old asphalt. Anytime a road is being replaced, the old asphalt must be torn up so that the foundation can be fixed as well. This asphalt is then taken to a plant and is crushed into its original form. This can then be heated and used to pave a road again.
What are the extra costs?
- Some prices does not include taxes and other government fees.
- You may also have to pay extra if your delivery site is farther. Regardless, most are going to charge for delivery fees.
- Crushed asphalt, once installed, should be washed and seal coated at least once a year. This will prevent the asphalt from cracking since it fills in all the small porous areas of the asphalt.
Factors that influence the price:
- The cost depends largely on the following factors:
- The location to which you want the crushed asphalt delivered will greatly affect the pricing. Distance will be taken into account.
- The amount of crushed asphalt that you need will be a factor as well. The more you need, the less you will have to pay per square foot or per ton. Make sure you take into account not just the width and length, but also the depth of the asphalt.
- Individual contractors may have varying fees. This can depend upon their experience level and reputation.
Tips to know:
- A full truckload is around 20 tons and can cover 3 inches deep over 1,800 square-foot area.
- Asphalt can be recycled by loading its chunks into an asphalt recycler, which tumbles and heats the material for approximately 20 minutes. At 300˚F, the asphalt is ready for laydown using the typical methods.
- Most often, recycled asphalt is used for roads or pathways.
- When used in commercial or government projects, crushed or recycled asphalt offers a profit or savings potential of around $30,000 to $80,000 per ton.
- Using crushed asphalt benefits the environment in several ways: it minimizes quarrying and mining activities and it reduces our consumption of oil and oil products to name a few.
- Many people are concerned about the life expectancy of crushed asphalt, asking whether or not it is as durable and long lasting as new asphalt. While many experts and engineers believe that it can stay intact for more than ten years on residential driveways, there has been no concrete proof to support this presumption since the process has not been around long enough to test it at these lengths.
Questions to ask
- Can I do asphalt recycling myself?
- What are the downsides of crushed asphalt?
- What is the life span of crushed asphalt?
How can I save money?
- Using recycled asphalt pavement is cost-effective. But be sure to collect different estimates from varied contractors. Compare their prices and choose the one who can serve you best. Beware, however, of a low-ball price; it can be an indication of poor workmanship. Do not know where to look for estimates? Consider quote search engines such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- It is cheaper to buy a full truckload of crushed asphalt because you will get more discounts per ton.
- Recycling an existing asphalt surface is very cost-effective because it can last longer than you would expect.