How Much Does It Cost To Build A Recycled Asphalt Driveway?
Well, before we go ahead and you give the run down on the cost involved in building your own recycled asphalt driveway, you should know how the recycled asphalt is actually created.
Also, one more point before we start. Recycled asphalt is generally referred to as reclaimed asphalt pavement or RAP for short.
Whenever an asphalt road or driveway is dug up, the old asphalt has to go somewhere. Unfortunately disposing of the it can be difficult and pretty expensive. Asphalt is essentially bitumen and tar mixed with gravel and sand so it takes a great deal of time to break down naturally.
So, rather than disposing of the asphalt, builders can recycle it and essentially use it all over again. How do they do this? Its actually pretty easy. All they do is grind it back up into its original size before it was laid. Once this is done, it is simply re-heated and laid just like any other type of asphalt. Believe it or not, some governments will actually incentivise companies to do this just to lessen the impact on the environment.
The Price Of A Recycled Asphalt Driveway
So how much does it actually cost to build a recycled asphalt driveway. Well, believe it or not, it is extremely cheap. We have found prices for as low as $10 a tonne up to about $30 per tonne. Either way, buying a recycled material in this case, is way cheaper than buying new.
The cost of installing this type of material is pretty much identical to that of normal asphalt. However, the main thing that should be considered when evaluating the price tag of a new recycled asphalt driveway is the labour involved. Usually, the company that sells the recycled asphalt will be willing to install it as well. They will probably be willing to quote you a construction price as well as a sale price.
We have managed to find companies that are willing to install recycled asphalt for as low as three dollars per square foot. Of course, at DIY driveway we are all about doing things ourselves but in this case, you are probably better off hiring a contractor.
Is Recycled Asphalt Environmentally Friendly?
The short and simple answer is: YES. Instead of having to dig up new gravel and use more oil, recycled asphalt simply replaces all those materials and issues. Of course, asphalt in itself is not a very environmentally friendly product. But if you are going to use it, recycled asphalt is certainly the way to go.
The two things that we see as cons in regards to using recycled asphalt.
The quality of the asphalt out there can vary greatly. The last thing you want is a driveway that crumbles and wears after a year of use due to improper manufacturing practices. To prevent this, make sure you buy from a reputed and well known company. You should also ask to see if they have any photos of projects that have been completed using their asphalt. This will give you an idea of what you can expect using that companies asphalt.
The other disadvantage you should be aware of is the potential for discolouration. Unlike brand new asphalt, you are not going to get that fresh nice sheen look using recycled asphalt. Typically, you can expect to the colour to look like asphalt would after about two to three years. Obviously, this will not have any practical impact on your driveway but you are not going to have that nice new driveway look.
In our opinion, recycled asphalt driveways are the way to go. They are far cheaper than any other product on the market, apart from seashell driveways. Environmentally aswell, recycled asphalt is far better than its newer counterpart.
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