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Has the cost of paving driveways gotten ridiculous or do I have to give my head a shake?

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Has the cost of paving driveways gotten ridiculous or do I have to give my head a shake?

Alright. So we had our driveway paved 20 years ago. Our front yard is an acre so driveway is 200' long with a large turning circle and a parking area. It's big - equivalent to a 400'+ long 12' wide driveway. 20 years ago, a new base (about 1/2 of our driveway is on what part of the lawn prior to that paving job) and paving was $14k. Expensive but it was totally worth the upgrade from crushed aggregate. But the years and traffic have taken a toll on it and Ruts and depressions have occurred, leading to long surface cracks and potholes. The driveway is a patchwork of repairs and original asphalt that in some areas continues to crumble off the surface. It doesn't help that we live in a forest and the land has a high water table.

Neighbour down the street has a similarly-sized lot and driveway and recently had a very good local firm redo his driveway - got three quotes and went with the one that had a great reputation, gave him the most confidence, and yet had a competitive price. The company restored the base and did a top quality paving job. Looks amazing.

Coincidentally, this company is one from which I tried to get an estimate twenty years ago but that summer they were apparently too busy to answer their phone. The other day, my wife calls the company and they come over to our place and give us a quote of $30k.

Gulp.

I know that the driveway will eventually need to be done but repairs and sealing jobs could keep the current one going for another five years. In the meantime, we will battle poor drainage (those depressions hold water) and endure an unattractive driveway.

But $30k? Man, that's a lot of money. Has driveway work/paving really doubled in price in the last 20 years?
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20 years? Of course everything has doubled, in some cases tripled.
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Cumulative inflation over the last twenty years is 42% so it's not possible that everything has doubled. Some things have, of course - and I am learning that paving work is one of those things. Sigh...

I just went out and measured the driveway and it's pretty much 4800 sq ft.
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The paving costs are more related to the fallout from the ice storms in Texas, a lot of the refined product costs have climbed because of the supply issues…
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Everything is not tied to the inflation rate. You’d be surprised what a contractor could quote at the beginning of the season and at the peak of the season for the same amount of work.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: Cumulative inflation over the last twenty years is 42% so it's not possible that everything has doubled. Some things have, of course - and I am learning that paving work is one of those things. Sigh...
1. Inflation is calculated based on CPI. CPI is a basket of goods determined by the government. Don't trust the government.
2. Prices have gone up quite a bit lately. There are many reasons.....supply/demand, government incentives, massive money printing, raw material, minimum wage, etc....
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It seems they do good work and the driveway is quite big so 30k seems more than reasonable during peak season. What was the house price 20 years ago? Did it increase at the rate of CPI?

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My driveway is 30'x150' and the quote pre-pandemic was about 20k to finish it by a good paving company (14k-15k from a crappy one). I would imagine to remove all the old stuff and redo it would be more expensive. Since yours is larger and of a non-standard rectangular shape, I would think 30k is not that bad - my place is small town outside the GTA so Im sure in Ottawa price might be different. Get a few quotes for sure but 30k these days with the increase in cost of both labour and materials, it might not be that bad.
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Yes, I had heard that paving had skyrocketed over the last several years and now I am experiencing that first hand. I have also read that twenty years is a decent lifespan of an asphalt driveway. YMMV, of course.

Just for the record, I wasn't saying everything was tied to CPI but rather commenting on the poster who suggested that everything has doubled in price over twenty years. Of course, that's not true - some things have more than doubled and others have not.

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