How much does asphalt cost?

$0.75 – $2.00 Per square foot (materials)
$40 – $80 Per ton (materials)
$3 – $7 Per square foot (installed)

Asphalt costs $40 to $80 per ton. The cost of asphalt is $0.75 to $2.00 per square foot for hot-mix. Blacktop asphalt prices are $80 to $160 per cubic yard. One pound of cold-mix asphalt costs $0.15 to $0.40 or $8 to $20 per 50-pound bag. Asphalt delivery costs $4 to $9 per ton.

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Reviewed and approved on December 17, 2020, by Tom Grupa and 3 expert asphalt pavers on HomeGuide.

Asphalt prices

Asphalt prices are $40 to $80 per ton on average or $0.75 to $2.00 per square foot. Asphalt materials for a 2-car (24’x24’) driveway cost $600 to $1,100. Asphalt prices depend on the quality, volume, delivery fees, and if it's hot-mix, cold-mix, porous, recycled, or crushed.

Asphalt prices by unit - chart
Asphalt prices by unit - chart

Asphalt prices
Unit Price range
Per ton $40 – $80
Delivery per ton + $4 – $9
Per cubic yard $80 – $160
Per square foot (3” – 5” depth) $0.75 – $2.00

*Hot-mix asphalt material cost only.

This guide covers asphalt material costs only. Check out asphalt paving costs for materials and labor.
  • Asphalt is more cost-effective than concrete but requires more maintenance for homeowners. Concrete prices are $119 to $147 per yard.
  • Asphalt lasts 15 to 30 years, while concrete lasts 30 to 40 years.

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Width of the area in feet
Depth in inches

  • 1.5"-2" for resurfacing
  • 2" for sidewalks and walkways
  • 3"-5" for driveway
  • 5"-11" commercial parking lots and roads

Average cost of asphalt

The following table covers the average cost of asphalt per ton.

Average cost of asphalt per ton - chart
Average cost of asphalt per ton - chart

Average asphalt cost per ton
National Average Cost $60
Minimum Cost $40
Maximum Cost $150
Average Range $40 to $80

*Based on 641 project costs reported by HomeGuide members.

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Asphalt prices by unit

Asphalt material costs depend on crude oil prices, asphalt-mixture quality, volume, and delivery fees. Check with asphalt contractors or production plants for current asphalt prices.

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Asphalt cost per ton

Asphalt costs $40 to $80 per ton on average. Asphalt prices vary depending on the mix and material ingredients. One ton of asphalt covers 30 to 80 square feet. A 2-car driveway needs 7.5 to 18 tons of asphalt, depending on the thickness.

Asphalt cost per ton by material - chart
Asphalt cost per ton by material - chart

Asphalt square foot coverage per ton
Asphalt thickness (inches) Square feet per ton (coverage)
2 80
3 55
4 40
5 30

Asphalt cost per cubic yard

Asphalt costs $80 to $160 per cubic yard. There are typically 2 tons in 1 cubic yard, depending on the mixture's density. A cubic yard covers 65 to 110 square feet with an asphalt layer 3 to 5 inches deep.

Pound of asphalt cost

Cold-mix asphalt costs $0.15 to $0.40 per pound or $8 to $20 per 50-pound bag. Hot-mix asphalt costs $40 to $80 per ton (2,000 pounds), and minimum orders are typically 2 tons.

Bag of asphalt cost

A 50 lb. bag of cold-patch asphalt costs $8 to $20 and covers 5 to 7 square feet at a 1" depth. Cold-patch asphalt is the only DIY-friendly option that cures by compaction alone.

Contractor using cold-mix asphalt for patching pothole
Contractor using cold-mix asphalt for patching pothole

Bulk asphalt cost per truckload

A bulk truckload of asphalt costs $500 to $1,800, including delivery fees. Tandem trucks carry 13 to 20 tons of asphalt that cover 550 to 850 square feet with a layer 3 to 5 inches thick. Prices vary according to the asphalt-delivery distance.

Bulk asphalt cost per truckload - chart
Bulk asphalt cost per truckload - chart

Asphalt bulk prices
Truck size (tons) Material cost Material + delivery cost
13 $500 – $1,050 $550 – $1,150
20 $800 – $1,600 $850 – $1,800

Asphalt delivery cost

Asphalt delivery costs $40 to $80 per hour or $4 to $9 per ton within 15 to 20 miles of asphalt plants. Greater distances cost more because hot-mix asphalt must stay at precise temperatures for immediate paving on delivery. Asphalt delivery is typically part of material costs in project estimates.

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Asphalt cost per square foot

Asphalt costs $0.75 to $2.00 per square foot when spread 3" to 5" thick. A ton of asphalt covers 30 to 80 square feet. An average 2-car driveway requires 10 to 18 tons of asphalt, costing $600 to $1,100 for asphalt materials or $1,700 to $4,000 including installation.

Asphalt cost per square foot
Project Tons needed Material cost Installed cost
Driveway (24’x24’) 10 – 18 $600 – $1,100 $1,700 – $4,000
Driveway (24’x40’) 18 – 30 $1,100 – $1,800 $2,900 – $6,700
Private road (12’x100’) 22 – 37 $1,300 – $2,200 $3,600 – $8,400
Parking space (300 SF) 5 – 9 $300 – $550 $900 – $2,100
10-Car parking lot 55 – 92 $3,300 – $5,500 $9,000 – $21,000
Garden path (3’x100’) 3 – 4 $180 – $240 $900 – $2,100
Sidewalk or walkway (4’x50’) 2 – 3 $120 – $180 $600 – $1,400
Patio (10’x15’) 3 - 5 $180 – $300 $450 – $1,050
Playground (15’x15’) 4 – 7 $240 – $420 $675 – $1,575
Sport court (30’x50’) 28 – 46 $1,700 – $2,750 $4,500 – $10,500
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Prep work before paving asphalt

  • Remove and haul old asphalt driveway: $1 to $3 per square foot.
  • Excavate and grade difficult terrain: $1 to $3 per square foot.
  • Dispose of a tree: $180 to $500
  • Remove tree stump: $50 to $150
  • Gravel prices are $1 to $3 per square foot to install and compact a base as asphalt support.

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Cost of asphalt by type

Asphalt prices vary depending on the type, grade, and layers of asphalt.

Cost of asphalt by type
Type Average cost per ton
Hot-mix $40 – $80
Cold-mix $90 – $130
Porous $50 – $95
Recycled $10 – $20
Warm-mix $45 – $90
Colored $60 – $120
Coarse grade / basecoat / binder layer $40 – $70
Surface mix / topcoat / fine grade $50 – $80

*Not including delivery or installation.

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Cold-mix vs. hot-mix asphalt cost

Hot-mix asphalt costs $40 to $80 per ton on average. Hot-asphalt paving is best for driveways, large surfaces, and permanent repairs. Hot-mix asphalt comes in base or surface-layer grades. New asphalt stays at 250°F to 350°F during transportation for immediate paving on delivery.

Cold-mix asphalt costs $90 to $130 per ton or between $8 to $20 per 50 lb. bag. Cold mix is ideal for quick and temporary asphalt repairs when outside temperatures are too cold for hot-asphalt paving.

Contractor spreading and raking hot-mix asphalt over driveway
Contractor spreading and raking hot-mix asphalt over driveway

Recycled or crushed asphalt cost

Recycled asphalt costs $10 to $20 per ton or $12 to $32 per cubic yard, depending on the screening quality and location. A crushed asphalt driveway also requires a gravel subgrade. Road base driveway material costs $0.50 to $1.50 per square foot or between $18 and $31 per ton.

  • Additional installation costs apply for steamroller compaction and sealant application to create a long-lasting driveway.
  • Reclaimed asphalt is lighter in color than new black asphalt.
  • Possible to recycle old asphalt on-site with a crusher to reduce material costs.

Crushed asphalt millings up close view

Warm-mix asphalt cost

Warm-mix asphalt costs $45 to $90 per ton on average. While hot-mix asphalt relies on high temperatures of 250°F to 350°F to bind the pavement, warm-mix asphalt (WMA) has special additives for paving at only 150°F to 250°F.

Warm-mix asphalt pros and cons:

  • Slower cooling allows for longer-distance deliveries and paving in cooler climates.
  • Less heating makes WMA more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly to produce.
  • Reducing paving temperatures decreases the amount of paving fumes.
  • Paving with WMA is typically a faster process than with hot-mix asphalt.
  • Adding extra binding additives costs more in materials than hot-mix asphalt.
  • Not available everywhere as it’s a newer pavement type.

Porous asphalt cost

Porous asphalt costs $50 to $95 per ton for materials only. Water filters through the porous asphalt into a double layer of crushed stone beneath that drains underground. Porous asphalt decreases stormwater runoff and reduces the need for driveway drains.

Porous asphalt pros and cons:

  • Doesn’t need sealing like traditional asphalt
  • Works well on gentle slopes with deep water tables and well-draining soil
  • Needs a deeper gravel sub-grade base that costs more to install
  • Requires cleaning to prevent dirt from clogging the inner-pavement drainage
  • Only works with liquid de-icers in winter as sand or salt will clog this driveway

Coarse-graded asphalt (binder or base-course layers)

Coarse-graded hot asphalt costs $40 to $70 per ton. This sub-surface asphalt typically comes in particle sizes from 0.75 inches (19 mm) to 2.00 inches (50 mm). The base and binder asphalt layers give the pavement surface its strength and stability.

Paving companies install 2 or 3 asphalt layers depending on the strength of the driveway foundation.

  • A highly stable gravel-base foundation only needs an asphalt binder layer followed by a fine-grade asphalt surface.
  • Some properties need an asphalt base layer, an intermediate binder layer, and a surface-asphalt layer.

Surface-mix asphalt cost

Surface-mix hot asphalt costs $50 to $80 per ton on average. The smooth finish asphalt layer has particles from 0.19 inches (4.75 mm) to 0.50 inches (12.50 mm) in size with extra liquid asphalt. The top layer of surface asphalt requires a supporting binder or base layer.

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Frequently asked questions

Asphalt vs. blacktop

The terms “asphalt” and “blacktop” are slightly different. Highway pavers use asphalt, which contains less stone than real blacktop. Blacktops are used for residential areas with less traffic, are easier to repair, and more durable than asphalt.

What is the difference between asphalt and concrete?

Asphalt and concrete both contain stones and sand, but asphalt also has a bitumen binder, a petroleum byproduct. Concrete has more cement binder, making it stiffer than asphalt. Asphalt is cheaper but requires more maintenance. Concrete lasts longer but stains easily.

Asphalt paver rental cost

Renting an asphalt paving machine costs $750 to $3,600 per day on average. Asphalt roller rental costs $120 to $700 per day for ride-on compactors 3 to 4-foot wide. Renting asphalt paving machinery sometimes requires a commercial driver’s license and additional training.

Asphalt paving machine and roller rental cost
Period Paving machine Roller
Daily rates $750 – $3,600 $120 – $700
Weekly rates $1,900 – $9,000 $265 – $2,100
Monthly rates $5,700 – $22,000 $700 – $6,300

*Total rental costs depend on the machine size and location.

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Hiring an asphalt company

  • Get at least three in-person estimates to compare.
  • Avoid companies offering discounts on leftover old asphalt.
  • Make sure the workers compact a stone-based foundation before paving.
  • Select certified companies affiliated with local asphalt-training programs, such as the State Department of Transportation.
  • Seek contractors who have several years of paving experience.
  • Review their feedback on HomeGuide, Google, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
  • Request copies of the contract, a detailed estimate, and the warranty.
  • Never pay in full before delivery or construction starts. Always negotiate a payment schedule.

Questions to ask asphalt contractors

  • How much ground preparation is necessary before spreading the new asphalt?
  • What type of asphalt do you use, and how long should this paving last?
  • Does this paving quote include all materials and labor?
  • How much parking space do you need for equipment and large trucks?
  • Can I see your company’s business license, insurance, and bond guarantees?
  • Will you pull permits for this job? Building departments require permits for all areas near public roads and sidewalks.
  • What does your warranty include?

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