Asphalt driveway dilemma. Please help!
Current blacktop driveway in terrible shambles with large holes and areas of water pooling. We have a circle front (4000sq ft) which loops to back of house/garage/back driveway (7500 sq ft). Budget dictates we will redo the back driveway in asphalt. Two dilemmas:
1. One quote for $16k to pour 2"' layer over existing asphalt after taking up loose pieces (but tons of cracks too vs. $40k for complete redo with taking up entire old asphalt and re-doing base. This guy said a 2" layer pour is only a temporary fix and all existing cracks will start to show through in a few seasons Is this true?
2. Another option for our circular front driveway is to do in asphalt alone or with a 12" paver border that's even with the asphalt. Various asphalt companies in our area have not done that and said the pavers would have to go on after the asphalt pour with cutting the asphalt edge (our paver guy said cutting the asphalt as part of his job would not be worth his time), but everything I've read online said put the paver border first and pour asphalt to the pavers. Anyone with experience in this?
We will likely be in this home for next 20 years since our kids are very young. We are in southwest Ohio near Cinci with mild to moderate snowfall from November to March. Thank you for any input!