Also tar, blacktop, and pitch, asphalt is made up of sand, stones, and gravel combined with asphalt cement (1). It's used for paving driveways and roads and is durable, long-lasting, and provides incredible gripping power. While asphalt is an excellent choice for colder climates because it stays firm, warmer climates tend to stick to concrete for driveways. This is due to the pliable nature of asphalt and the fact that it can soften from warm temperatures and even melt if the temperature is high enough (2).
When it comes to getting a new asphalt driveway installed, the average cost is $830 for a standard 12'x50' area. However, that price only includes the asphalt. If your driveway area needs to have trees and brush removed, it can cost you an extra $48-$400 per hour depending on the size of the trees, how many they are, and what else needs to be removed (3).
An asphalt driveway should last at least 10 years, an average of 20 years, and some can last up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance. However, the best advice is to have your asphalt driveway repaved 15 years after the initial installation. Repaving your driveway adds a new layer of asphalt on top of the old driveway, creating an extra barrier to seal the old driveway. Repaving costs about $1.75-$2.50 per square foot.
The most common issue that arises with asphalt driveways is the sinkhole. To repair a sinkhole, the area needs to be cut away and lay down new gravel, compact it, and then put down new asphalt (4). The average cost for this repair is roughly $700-$1,000 depending on the size of the driveway.Back to top
Concrete is an incredibly versatile and customizable building material. There's almost no limit to what you can use it in:
Pigment can even be added to the concrete mix to change its color (5). Stains and stamps can be used to make concrete beautiful. Plus, concrete lasts for a very long time. It's no wonder why so many people turn to concrete for their home improvement projects.Back to top
While stone patios are gorgeous, they're also incredibly expensive. You can get the look of a natural stone patio for up to half the price (7) by getting a stamped concrete patio instead. Concrete stamps come in a wide variety of options including natural stone, bricks, cobblestone, animal shapes, leaf prints, and so many more. For a professionally installed stamped concrete patio, expect to pay between $10-$15 per square foot.Back to top
Stained concrete can add luxury to your concrete flooring by adding rich, luminous tones to the concrete itself. If you love the durability and long-lasting nature of concrete but can't stand the sight of it, consider getting stained concrete. It'll change how you view concrete.
Since there are many different ways to design and stain concrete, here are the average prices (8) of the most popular jobs:
When it comes to making your flooring as durable and long-lasting as possible, epoxy is the way to go. As far as epoxy goes, you have two options - epoxy flooring and epoxy coating. The difference is how deep the epoxy goes. Two millimeters is the minimum depth of a true epoxy flooring. An epoxy coating can be applied to a concrete floor at any depth.
Epoxy floors and epoxy coatings are perfect for industrial and commercial flooring as well as garages and workshops. Epoxy adds a brilliant, glossy look to the floor and makes it easy to clean. Having a professional install an epoxy floor for you will cost about $3-$12 per square foot.Back to top
If you love tennis, you've surely thought about getting your own personal tennis court installed in your backyard. A personal tennis court gives you the space you need to practice your sport anytime you want to without having to wait for someone else to finish.Back to top
It usually takes about 60 days to build a tennis court from start to finish, with an average price of $65,000 (9). However, the price for a personal tennis court can range between $50,000 and $80,000 depending on which options you choose. These options are:
Since there are so many options to choose from, it's best to discuss your options with a professional to see what will work for you and your yard.Back to top
Depending on the age and state of your tennis court surface, the price to have it resurfaced can cost $5,000 or more. If your court's surface has cracks in it, the price will most likely increase based on the length and number of cracks. If you need to have any equipment replaced like nets or net posts, this will also affect the price.Back to top
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