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Stamped Asphalt Driveway Cost


How Much Does Stamped Asphalt Driveway Cost?

 
low costStamping Top Coat of Asphalt: $3-$9 a Square Footaverage costNew Stamped Asphalt Driveway: $5-$12+ a Square Foot

Compared to concrete, pavers, bricks or stone, basic asphalt is a durable and relatively low-cost driveway paving material. It is also uniformly dark black and, to some people, dull and uninspired. To give it a more dramatic and upscale appearance, asphalt in a driveway, walkway or patio area can be stamped and colored to look like bricks or pavers.

Typical costs:

  • Stamping and painting a pattern on a top coat of an asphalt driveway (new or existing) can cost $3-$9 a square foot, or $900-$2,700 for 12'x25' or $3,600-$11,000 for 24'x50', depending on the size of the project; the exact pattern(s) and trim(s) chosen; the amount of pavement stamped; and the amount of prep work and resurfacing required.
  • This is for just stamping the top coat of asphalt; building a stamped asphalt driveway from scratch can cost $5-$12 a square foot, or about $1,500-$3,600 for 12'x25' and $3,600-$14,400 for 24'x50', depending on local rates, the site prep needed; and whether there are any slopes, curves or other challenges. For small jobs, there is often a minimum charge for getting the equipment and crew to the site, which can increase the per-square-foot price.
  • For example, the Narragansett Improvement Co.[1] in Providence, RI estimates that stamping a pattern on asphalt costs $6-$9 a square foot. Stamped Asphalt of Pittsburg[2] in Pennsylvania charges $3 a square foot for projects of 20,000 or more square feet (a two-lane driveway 24' wide and a quarter mile long is about 32,000 square feet); $4 per square foot for 10,000-20,000 square feet (a 12'-wide and quarter-mile-long drive is about 15,840 square feet); and gives individual estimates for projects less than 10,000 square feet.
  • Paving contractors typically do not charge by the square foot, but instead quote their total price for a specific project.
What should be included:
  • A heater is used to soften the asphalt surface, then a pattern made of wire, rope or plastic is pushed into the softened asphalt using a reversible plate compactor. The temperature of the asphalt is important; the asphalt should be soft enough to accept the pattern, but not so soft that the template sinks into the asphalt without any resistance. StreetPrint provides a video overview of the asphalt stamping process[3]
  • Although it is typically safe to drive and park on fresh asphalt after about 24-48 hours (or longer if the weather is hot), it can take up to 12 months for asphalt to completely harden and cure.
Additional costs:
  • Over time, the decorative surface may show signs of wear. According to Driveway Impressions[4] in Reston, VA, refreshing the appearance of stamped asphalt with a fresh coat of the surfacing product is relatively inexpensive, and significantly less than the original installation price.
Discounts:
  • Check whether neighbors also want a stamped asphalt driveway; some contractors charge less for multiple jobs in the same location
Shopping for stamped asphalt driveway:
  • Patented asphalt-stamping systems (templates and equipment) are manufactured by StreetPrint[5] and ThermOTrack[6] . Search by state for authorized StreetPrint installers[7] .
  • Decide on the desired colors and pattern. StreetPrint provides a photo gallery of residential driveway projects[8] .
  • Ask local construction contractors for recommendations for asphalt and paving contractors. Not all paving contractors do stamped asphalt, so call around and check.
  • Request and check references from previous customers (if possible, visit a previous project, to see how the driveway looks after use); and make sure the company is properly insured and licensed. If an old driveway needs to be torn out, make sure that is included in each estimate.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.nicori.com/pavementTexture.html
  2.  stampedasphaltpittsburgh.com/pages/product-pricing.html
  3.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGs0PIQagew&feature=c4-overview&list=UUnNQRsgRZeak1VzWaiWFhdQ
  4.  www.drivewayimpressions.com/questions_decorative_asphalt_driveways/#faq15
  5.  www.streetprint.com/pages/about-streetprint-genuine-stamped-asphalt
  6.  www.thermotrack.net/stampedasphalt.html
  7.  www.streetprint.com/companies/lookup_contact?state=CA&commit=Search
  8.  www.streetprint.com/pages/project-gallery?tab=residential-projects
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