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3 Variables to Consider When Determining Asphalt Paving Costs

“How much is this going to cost me?”

This is, of course, one of the most-asked questions we get here at Wolf Paving. We understand the reasons why and would love to be able to give a simple response. However, every paving project is different and only rough estimates can be given until all the variables of each particular project are considered.

Here are a few of the most influential variables that can affect asphalt paving costs.




The type of soil onto which the pavement will be poured on can affect the quote in a few different ways. Certain types of soil will require more compaction than others. Compaction removes excess air from the soil and makes a more dense, stable base for the asphalt. Also, certain types of soil may require the asphalt to be thicker than others.

Depending on the strength of the soil it may also need to be stabilized. Soil stabilization is the process in which the underlying soil's chemical and physical properties are altered to enhance its strength which will result in a level, long-lasting paved surface. 

Interested in learning more? Check out this video of a base stabilization project completed by Wolf Paving.


How often do you have heavy trucks, like trash or delivery trucks, driving in the area you’re having paved?

If never, your asphalt may only need to be a few inches thick. However, if trucks ever drive on the area, even if infrequently, the paving needs to be thicker to withstand the extra pressure. In general, the thicker the asphalt, the more it can withstand and the longer it lasts.


How big is your project? How much prep work will be required? Is it a straightforward project (e.g., a simple driveway) or something more complicated (e.g., with obstacles)? Before a job starts, an estimator will go out to your property for an evaluation. Typically, an estimator will look for the following things:

  • Existing problem areas
  • Any overhead obstructions or traversing of existing pavement
  • How much traffic and weight the pavement will be expected to handle regularly 
  • If your mailbox area is paved
  • Electrical or private lines
  • Obstructions that will need to be removed

All of these things, along with the repair methods being implemented, have an impact on the cost of your paving project. You can learn how to evaluate the current state of your asphalt and get a list of repair methods available to you by downloading our free Asphalt Paving Project Planning Guide.

We hope these examples of variables give you an idea of why estimates for asphalt paving costs are inexact until the site is analyzed. Wolf Paving will carefully assess your project, price the work honestly, and provide you the best, most long-lasting quality. 

Our focus is on keeping you informed and helping you make the best choices for your unique project. Contact our Oconomowoc or Sun Prairie offices today to get your free estimate.

Oconomowoc: (262) 965-2121  
Sun Prairie: (608) 249-7931

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