As with any project, when you order a job, you want to know how much it will cost and how long it will take. With asphalt paving for a commercial property, the scope of the job depends upon a number of factors.
You should always understand the job that is being done on your parking lot, so make sure you get clear instructions from the project manager of the asphalt team. This will ensure that there are no misunderstandings and you don’t pay for something you didn’t need or want. There are several factors that determine the lion’s share of the cost for asphalt paving.
The Four Main Drivers of Cost
Four main issues will determine how much any asphalt surfacing job will cost. These major issues are as follows:
- Square footage This isn’t surprising, as it is pretty standard that the larger the project the higher the cost. With asphalt paving, a bigger project means more materials are used, more labor is needed, and more equipment is on-site for a longer period of time.
- Obstructions It’s common sense to know that it’s easier to pave a surface that has no obstructions than it is to pave one with light poles, utility structures, and dumpsters. These obstructions slow down the paving crew and require different equipment at times.
- Quality of materials This can be affected by the type of base underlying the parking lot and its condition. A poor-quality base may require a heavier layer of asphalt and other adjustments.
- Load requirements If your surface will regularly have large trucks driving on it, as opposed to lighter cars, it will need a thicker, stronger layer of asphalt, which will impact pricing.
The company you hire to do the job should give you a fair bid, but it’s always a good idea to check around. Contact NVM Paving & Concrete by calling 703-423-0471 or sending an email for a free estimate on your commercial paving project.