Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Driveways, Pools & Outdoor Living > Macadam Driveway

Macadam Driveway Cost


How Much Does Macadam Driveway Cost?

 
average costResurfacing with Macadam: $600-$1,800 for 12'x50'high costNew Macadam Driveway: $1,200-$2,400 for 12'x50'
post Post    

Also called tar and chip, oil and stone, chip and seal, or seal chip, a macadam driveway is built by spraying the driveway base with hot liquid asphalt, coating that with small stones, then compacting the stones into the sticky substance to form a hard, permanent surface. Unlike asphalt, a macadam driveway is relatively low maintenance because it does not need sealing each year. A macadam driveway typically lasts 6-10 years, but with another layer of tar and stones it can last 15 to 20 years.

Typical costs:

  • Installing a macadam driveway can cost about $1-$3 or more a square foot when resurfacing an existing driveway, or $600-$1,800 for a 12'x50' single-car driveway); and $2-$4 or more a square foot for a new driveway (typically with a gravel base), or $1,200-$2,400 for 12'x50' (600 square feet). Costs can go higher depending on the amount of work needed to prepare the base and the quality and amount of the stone used in the top layer.
  • Driveway contractors typically do not charge by the square foot, but instead quote their total price for a specific project.
What should be included:
  • Installing a macadam driveway requires professional equipment and a trained crew, and is not a good do-it-yourself project. AskTheBuilder.com provides a video overview[1] of the installation process.
  • Liquid asphalt sticks best to warm, dry surfaces; hot, dry weather offers the best conditions for installing a macadam driveway. It is also important that stone chips are spread on the liquid asphalt before it cools. Once the driveway is installed, maintenance is minimal. (Although some have a top layer of loose gravel, which can make s it impossible to hose down the driveway without removing the loose stones.) AskTheBuilder.com explains tar and chip driveway installation and upkeep[2] .
Additional costs:
  • Because a driveway connects to a public street, there may be local regulations governing the width of the driveway and the materials used to build it. Typically a permit will be required, and permit fees can vary from nominal to pricey, depending on location.
Discounts:
  • Discounted prices may be available for large projects. For example, a driveway of at least 6,000 square feet, Hicks Paving[3] in Hampton, NJ has rates starting at 70 cents!! a square foot, depending on the amount of prep work needed and the quality of surface stone chosen; at this price, a 6,000-square-foot macadam driveway would cost $4,200.
Shopping for macadam driveway:
  • Tar and chip driveways are installed by asphalt or paving contractors; ask friends, neighbors or local construction companies for recommendations. The Better Business Bureau lists tips for selecting an asphalt driveway contractor[4] .
  • The macadam process requires specific equipment and techniques, and not all asphalt companies install this type of driveway. Call and ask specifically if they install macadam driveways (aka tar and chip, chip and seal or chip seal).
  • If possible, get several estimates; ask for and check references (if possible, visit a previous project, to see how the driveway looks after use); make sure the company is properly insured and licensed[5] ; and check for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[6] .
post Post    
CostHelper News


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013


10 Reasons to Shop Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30
After the retail insanity of Black Friday, consider checking out locally-owned companies on Saturday, Nov. 30. || Posted November 13 2019

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Macadam Driveway
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Sq Ft of Driveway: Resurfacing or New: 
Contractor:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.askthebuilder.com/tar-and-chip-driveway-video/
  2.  www.askthebuilder.com/tar-and-chip-driveway-installation-and-upkeep/
  3.  www.hickspaving.com/tar-chip.html
  4.  www.bbb.org/dayton/business-reviews/paving-contractors/industry-tips/asphalt-drive...
  5.  www.contractors-license.org/
  6.  www.bbb.org/en/us/search
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost? How Much Does a Deck Cost? How Much Does Replacing a Water Heater Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Bat bite
Paid: 0.00
On October 25th I was bitten by a bat during mid morning, animal control told me to get the rabies shots due to the fact that several rabid bats had been found in the area... [more]
-Rita W
Rabies Vaccine Cost
7 stitches to shin
Paid: 371.00
My son had 7 Stitches to his shin he fell in the woods and was cut by a old fence. They were super nice in and out, in about one hour. 155.00 for the visit and the remainder was for the Stitches ... [more]
-Tavanna
Stitches Cost
2 Car Garage
Paid: 1700.00
Looks FANTASTIC! The guys done a fabulous job and did it in one day! Highly recommend! 615-739-2146... [more]
-Chad Dunn
Epoxy Flooring Cost
Commercial Real Estate Brochure
Paid: 200.00
Quick turn around time! 4 revisions with PDF and hyperlinks embedded. Website management available too... [more]
[email protected]
Graphic Designer Cost
Fairly priced
Paid: 0.00
My baby boy choked on some food this evening. While we were on the phone to the emergency services the blockage cleared. Ambulance was sent anyway to make sure everything was ok... [more]
-Thank you NHS
Ambulance Cost
Ripped Off
Paid: 46.00
I asked the nail technician how much for a full set. He said he will let me know as soon as he gets the nails on my fingers (WTH?) ... anyway on the board the price said $28 and up...... [more]
-Kay.
Manicures and Pedicures Cost