Asphalt Driveway Paving Tonnage Calculator Square Feet To Tons

Asphalt Driveway Paving Tonnage Calculator Square Feet To Tons

How to Calculate Asphalt for Driveway

Step Details
1. Measure Length and width of driveway in feet.
2. Depth Determine desired asphalt depth (usually 2-4 inches).
3. Convert Depth Convert depth to feet (e.g., 2 inches = 0.167 feet).
4. Calculate Volume Multiply area by depth in feet to get cubic feet.
5. Convert to Tons Divide cubic feet by 27 (cubic feet in 1 ton of asphalt).
6. Example Calculation For a 200 sqft driveway at 3 inches depth: 200 sqft x 0.25 ft depth = 50 cubic ft. 50 cubic ft / 27 = 1.85 tons (round up to 2 tons).


Factors Affecting Driveway Re-Asphalting Costs

Factors Impact on Cost
Driveway Size Larger driveways cost more for materials and labor.
Depth of Asphalt Deeper asphalt increases material costs.
Prep Work Repairs or removal before repaving add labor costs.
Base Repair The damaged gravel base requires rebuilding and increasing prices.
Asphalt Costs Prices vary based on location and materials used. High-quality asphalt costs more.
Location/Access Remote or hard-to-reach areas increase costs.
Additional Work Extras like crack sealing or logos increase the total price.
Labor Rates Labor accounts for 30-50% of the total price, which varies regionally.


Costs to Replace Asphalt Driveway with Concrete

Costs Details
Material Costs Concrete costs $8-12 per sqft. Reinforcements may increase.
Labor Costs Labor is 30-50% of total costs, around $8-15 per sqft.
Driveway Size Larger driveways have lower per sqft rates.
Removal of Old Asphalt Removal adds $1-2 per sqft, proper disposal is needed.
Base Preparation Proper subsurface adds $0.50-$1 per sqft.
Finishing Special finishes increase cost by 15-30%.
Control Joints Sawcut control joints cost $0.50-$1 per linear foot.
Average Total Costs For a 200-300 sqft driveway, expect $6,000-$12,000 installed.


Now Let’s see these steps in detail

How to calculate asphalt for driveway

Here are the steps to calculate the amount of asphalt needed for a driveway:

  1. Measure the length and width of the driveway area in feet. This will give you the total square footage.
  2. Determine the desired depth of the asphalt in inches. Most residential driveways are 2-4 inches thick.
  3. Convert the depth to feet. For example, 2 inches would be 0.167 feet (2/12 = 0.167).
  4. Multiply the total square footage by the depth in feet. This will give you the volume of the area to be paved in cubic feet.
  5. Convert the volume to tons. There are 27 cubic feet in 1 ton of asphalt. So take the cubic footage and divide by 27.

For example:

Driveway size: 20 feet x 10 feet = 200 sqft
Desired depth: 3 inches
3 inches = 0.25 feet
Volume = 200 sqft x 0.25 feet depth = 50 cubic feet
50 cubic feet / 27 cubic feet/ton = 1.85 tons (round up to 2 tons)

So for a 200 sqft driveway at a 3-inch depth, you would need to order approximately 2 tons of asphalt.

Always order a bit extra (5-10%) to account for losses or mistakes. And confirm with your paving contractor on their specific requirements.

How much to re-asphalt a driveway

Factors that determine the cost to re-asphalt a driveway:

  • Driveway size – Larger driveways require more materials and labor, increasing the cost. Estimate $2-6 per square foot on average.
  • Depth of asphalt – Most driveways need 2-4 inches of asphalt. Deeper depths increase material costs.
  • Prep work – The existing surface may need removing/repair before repaving. This adds labor costs.
  • Base repair – If the gravel base is damaged, it needs rebuilding which significantly increases prices.
  • Asphalt costs – Prices average $80-150 per ton, depending on location and materials used. High-quality asphalt increases costs.
  • Location/access – Driveways in remote or difficult to access areas will be more expensive to repave.
  • Additional work – Extras like sealing cracks, edges, logos increase the total price.
  • Labor rates – Labor accounts for 30-50% of price. Rates vary regionally from $75-150/hour.

Average prices range from:

Small 100-300 sqft driveway: $1,000-3,000
Medium 300-500 sqft: $2,500-5,000
Large 500+ sqft: $5,000-10,000 or more for very large driveways.
Getting estimates from 2-3 reputable local companies can give you an idea of average going rates for your specific project.


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I'm Steve Axton, a dedicated Asphalt Construction Manager with over 25 years of experience paving the future of infrastructure. My journey with asphalt began by studying civil engineering and learning about core pavement materials like aggregate, binder and additives that compose this durable and versatile substance. I gained hands-on experience with production processes including refining, mixing and transporting during my internships, which opened my eyes to real-world uses on roads, driveways and parking lots. Over the past decades, I have deepened my expertise in asphalt properties like viscosity, permeability and testing procedures like Marshall stability and abrasion. My time with respected construction companies has honed my skills in paving techniques like milling, compaction and curing as well as maintenance activities like crack filling, resurfacing and recycling methods. I'm grateful for the knowledge I've gained about standards from Superpave to sustainability best practices that balance longevity, cost and environmental friendliness. It's been an incredibly rewarding career working with this complex material to build the infrastructure future.