As we enter the warmer summer months, most property managers and business owners with parking lots know it’s the best time for asphalt repair. If this description fits you, you may be asking yourself, how much does asphalt repair cost? The answer is that each job can vary significantly; there are multiple methods of repair, and an unlimited number of scenarios that aren’t easy to factor like traffic control, etc. But to keep it simple, one metric that everyone understands is the square foot price (square foot price = total price/total repair area.) You may think the square foot price is a great way to measure one contractor against the other…but is it really?
Using this metric alone when determining your asphalt repair cost does not consider the depth of the repair nor the method used for the repair. You can see then that this metric has very limited usefulness or accuracy by itself. In commercial pavement, for example, the depth of asphalt can be as little as 1″ on a poorly paved parking lot or more than 9″ on a municipal or state road. For our purposes, we will assume the majority of parking lot asphalt projects are between 2″-4” in depth, and we’ll assume the method being utilized is full depth saw cut patching. This is your ‘by the book’ scope-of-work for repair and replacement of severely deteriorated areas of asphalt.
Now, let’s get to the numbers:
Saw Cut Patching Repairs:
- On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $4-$12 per square foot for saw-cut patching work, depending on the total workload and a myriad of other regional factors.
- Keep in mind that for very small jobs, these per square foot numbers won’t apply. Hot mix asphalt plants typically require a minimum purchase which can vary by location. Also, to cover costs, nearly all paving contractors have a minimum service charge. Although not an exact price, you can expect a reasonable minimum charge for hot asphalt repairs to be in the $600-$1600 price range.
- Winter has come to an end and we know your pavement has taken a hit from the harsh effects of snow and snow removal. Unfortunately, your curbs will take the biggest beating from the plow.
- When we cost out curb repairs at a property, it will depend largely on the total amount of linear footage involved, the total number of locations (how many spots are damaged at the property), and roughly how much of the work can be formed by machine versus how much needs to be formed by hand (small sections, hard to reach areas, etc.)
- On average, a curb repair will cost around $8-$18 per foot.
Winter damage left unfixed can lead to liability concerns like slips, trips, and falls, complete deterioration of your parking lot, and an overall decrease in curb appeal. When accounting for the cost of your asphalt repair, we can assess your property to evaluate the repairs that need to be completed and provide you with an exact price. Please use the generalized estimations above as a starting point, but understand that each project varies significantly due to many factors that we cannot assess until we see your property.
Now is the time to have your property inspected and to schedule all your repairs for the warmer season! The best way to proactively protect your paving investment and your tenants is by having regular inspections performed by your professional pavers, and conducting regular maintenance. Crack filling, pothole repair, patching, and sealcoating are the most effective ways to protect your asphalt pavement to make sure that you are getting the most out of your investment.
When considering which paving company to select, take into account the importance of proper installation and that this installation quality, as well as the use of good materials, will directly correlate to the length of your pavement’s life. The cheaper and thinner your pavement is, the less likely it will last as long as it should. For any and all of your asphalt and paving needs, contact EastCoat Pavement to get your free consultation!