Average Cost to Install a Driveway

as of October, 2017 $3625 300 sq ft, materials & labor

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Driveway?

When you're looking to install a driveway, you can typically expect to pay from $2000 to $5250 for materials, supplies, and labor. That's for a driveway measuring approximately 300 square feet.

The cost to install your driveway will vary according to:

  1. area (square footage) and shape to be paved
  2. type of material
  3. whether an existing driveway must be removed
  4. site preparation required (clearing, excavation, grading)


Plan Your Driveway

If you want to install a new driveway or change the current configuration, do some careful advance planning. A knowledgeable concrete contractor will be very helpful at this stage.

You'll need to consider the following questions:

  • Where do you want to locate the driveway?
  • What size should it be? Will you park on the drive, or simply use it as a means to get to your garage? For parking purposes, plan on a minimum length of 20' per vehicle. Single-car width is 9' to 12', and double is 20' to 24'.
  • Does your local government specify driveway width and materials?
  • Will the driveway be straight, curved, or angled?
  • Do you want any decorative effects such as special colors or textures?


Compare Driveway Materials

Material

Lifespan

Durability

Maintenance

Types 

Cost Sq Ft

GRAVEL

100 years +

Moves in rain or snow

Requires regular maintenance; easily replaced

Assorted colors & types

$1 - $3 +

CONCRETE

40 years

Cracks below freezing

Complicated repair; needs no sealing

Multiple colors & effects

$3 (plain) - $25 + (custom)

PAVERS

30-40 years

May crack or break

Easy repair; individual pavers can be replaced; needs regular maintenance

Multiple

$6 - $20 +

BRICK

30-40 years

May crack or break

Easy repair; individual bricks can be replaced; needs sealing

Multiple

$10 - $30

ASPHALT

20 years

Softens at high temperature

Easy repair; needs regular sealing

Black only

$2 - $5

Cost Breakdown

Cost to install a driveway will normally include:

  • Materials and Supplies -- Cost includes paving and base materials plus incidental supplies.
  • Labor -- Besides installation of your driveway, your contractor will prepare the site and seal the drive afterwards as required.  Cutting trees and clearing debris from a new site will add to the labor cost, and so will demolition and removal of an existing driveway.
  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is often free.

Get the Most for Your Money

Ask your contractor to recommend the best, longest-lasting material for your climate.

Save money on labor costs; avoid using pavers or bricks on oddly shaped driveways where they would have to be cut to fit.

Obtain a building permit, plus a concrete pouring permit if that's the material you'll be using, before the job starts.


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