How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway?

Kathryn Pomroy
Written by Kathryn Pomroy
Updated January 11, 2022
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The typical cost to repair or patch an asphalt driveway averages between $1,000 and $3,600

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From hedges to flowers, you work hard to keep your home’s exterior looking nice. But when your driveway needs patching or repairs, it can detract from curb appeal. 

While the typical asphalt driveway repair cost is between $1,000 and $3,600, most homeowners pay $2,300. Fixing cracks or small holes can be as low as $100 to $300. But major repairs that require asphalt resurfacing might cost as much as $3,600

If the pothole or crack is small, you could fix it yourself. In that case, you might pay between $20 and $40 for a 50-pound bag of asphalt solution.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway?

An asphalt driveway can last for 15 to 20 years. However, cracks and holes can appear over time. When they do, you’ll want to find an asphalt mix that works for your repair and the best price. You’ll also want to decide if you want to hire an asphalt pro near you or do it yourself. 

Most professionals will charge you between $1 to $3 per linear foot to repair or patch a small crack. However, the cost of an asphalt patch per square foot is between $2 and $4 to repair a pothole. 

The standard driveway length for a single-car driveway averages about 19 feet long. The standard width is 11 feet wide, or a total of 209 feet. To figure the square feet of your driveway, take the length X the width (at the widest part). 

So, if you consider an average of $2 per square foot to repair or patch an asphalt driveway, a 209-foot driveway would cost $418. (209 square feet x $2 = $418)

How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway Near You?

Cold or hot temperatures can impact how long an asphalt driveway will last. Plus, it’s possible that UV radiation from the sun can undermine asphalt over time. If you live in an area with seasonal changes, then the price to repair and patch your asphalt driveway can vary quite a bit from the cost in more temperate climates. The length of your driveway also plays a large part in what you’ll pay. 

To get an idea of what you’ll pay, here is the average cost to patch and repair an asphalt driveway near you:

CityAverage Cost
Phoenix, AZ$1,500
Houston, TX$3,400
Ft. Lauderdale, FL$1,500
Philadelphia, PA$2,100
Omaha, NE$900
Chicago, IL$2,000
Seattle, WA$2,500

What Factors Influence the Cost to Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway?

While asphalt is known to be fairly inexpensive, to figure out a more exact price, there are a few factors to take into account. If you are in an area with very hot or freezing temperatures or the type of asphalt solution you choose can raise or lower your total costs.

Determining how much asphalt driveway repair or patching you can get on your budget varies a great deal. 

Here’s a look at the factors that will determine how much you’ll pay for asphalt repair or patching:

  • The extent of the repair or patch

  • The part of the country you live in

  • Cost of asphalt patch solution

  • Experience of asphalt repair contractor

  • Size of the driveway to be fixed

  • Thickness and load requirements

  • The age of your driveway

  • If you’ve maintained the driveway

How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway Yourself?

Sometimes you can repair and patch your asphalt driveway yourself. It may be a dirty job and will take time, but you can save money when you do it yourself.

The cost depends on the length and width of your driveway, as well as your location. Cold weather areas may need different patches than warm weather areas. 

To give you an idea of what you’ll pay, Consumer Reports lists these DIY costs for an asphalt driveway patch:

Repair TypeWeightPrice
All-weather blacktop patch60 lbs$14
Permanent pothole repair55 lbs$43
Premium cold asphalt50 lbs$17
Permanent pavement repair patch60 lbs$33
High-performance permanent pavement repair 50 lbs$12

Repair or Patch an Asphalt Driveway Cost Breakdown

Asphalt is durable. However, in very cold or very hot conditions, even asphalt can break down, and surface-level damage, like cracks and potholes, can appear. For small potholes and cracks—less than one-fourth inch thick—pros will typically charge anywhere from $5 to $15 per square foot.  

For large cracks and potholes that may be deeper than surface level, you might pay between $4 and $10 per square foot.

FAQs About the Cost to Repair or Patch Your Driveway 

What is a crack sealant made of?

Hot-pour sealants have an asphalt cement base that might also include rubber and other materials to allow the seal to flex in hot or cold temperatures. Asphalt emulsion sealants are not heated but are liquid applications that use water and an emulsifying agent to allow the asphalt and water to mix.

How often should an asphalt driveway be seal coated? At what cost?

To maintain your asphalt driveway, pros at the Asphalt Institute agree that a seal coat should be applied every 4 to 5 years. Pricing varies, but you will pay about $.08 to $.16 per square foot from start to finish.  

What is asphalt edging?

Asphalt edging secures the sides of your driveway to prevent crumbling and cracking over time. Most driveways have edges with a 45-degree grading. This helps transfer some of the stress from the asphalt to the ground underneath. If your driveway doesn’t have proper edging, the pressure from your car may break down the edges over time. 

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