Are you concerned about driveway paving costs in NJ? The problem is finding a contractor who isn’t going to take advantage of your interest in a lower price. While searching for a lower price is something we all do for many reasons, it can have its drawbacks. Every contractor in the paving business is going to be interested in selling you the job. He knows you've been researching prices of other contractors. So In order for him to develop a price that matches or beats the other contractor’s price, he takes advantage of this by selling you short.
To understand true driveway paving costs in NJ, it's important to understand the cost of all materials, labor, craftsmen and other factors. The up-to-date cost of asphalt And trucking to your house is in the neighborhood of $80 per ton including tax. This is the first area to save money to lower the estimate. For instance, if your driveway size is approximately 2,000 ft.2 you will need 2 inches of hot asphalt or 24 tons to achieve that or 1.2 tons per hundred square feet. The contractor writes a proposal for your driveway using 2 inches of asphalt and then actually uses only three quarters of an inch, thus reducing the tonnage used for your driveway to approximately one-third or only 8 tons. Doing the math, contractor #1 uses 24 tons times $80 per ton equaling $1,920. Then you add the cost of the stone to reinforce the base at $700.
Contractor #2 uses 8 tons Of recycled poor quality asphalt At $65 per ton equaling $520 And no stone to reinforce the base saving another $700. for a total material savings of $2100. Added to that, he uses cheap, inexperienced labor he picks up in the morning who don't understand the basic principles of laying pavement. He saves approximately $400 On labor and Workmen's Comp. insurance for a total of over $2,500 in savings. Of course, if you count the fact that these day laborers are uninsured and they get injured under New Jersey state law, they can sue the homeowner. Your homeowners’ policy will not cover the claim.
Your legitimate contractor gives you a price of $6,500. The scam contractor comes up with a price of $4,200 to $5.000 Making a net profit between $200 and $1000 more than the legitimate contractor who Actually does a good job. You have become another victim for the scam artist. The worst of it is the legitimate contractors are forced to give out many unsuccessful estimates and eventually either conforms Becoming another Scam artist or he ends up making no money, going out of business while your driveway falls apart in a few years. You lose and so does The legitimate contractor. The Scam artist wins that's why they're proliferating; because it pays. The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten
Legitimate Estimate Of Material Cost for 2000 ft.² Driveway Valid cost Scammers cost
24 Tons New Asphalt Including Taxes and Trucking Cost $1920 $520
Added stone to reinforce the base after Driveway removal $700 None
Extra Cost for Skilled and Properly Ensured Craftsmen $400 None
Total Material on 2000 ft.² job Cost Total $3020 $520
The Scam artist Can save up to $2,500.00 He then shoots the homeowner a price $1,500 less then a legitimate contractor and walks away laughing with an extra thousand dollars Of your hard-earned money in his pocket. Leaving you with A worthless driveway.
These are the true driveway paving costs in NJ. If you are interested in getting a fair price for high quality driveway paving in NJ, call McFarlane Paving at 201-664-2696.