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:
- area (square footage) and shape to be paved
- type of material
- whether an existing driveway must be removed
- 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
Cost Sq Ft
100 years +
Moves in rain or snow
Requires regular maintenance; easily replaced
Assorted colors & types
$1 - $3 +
Cracks below freezing
Complicated repair; needs no sealing
Multiple colors & effects
$3 (plain) - $25 + (custom)
May crack or break
Easy repair; individual pavers can be replaced; needs regular maintenance
$6 - $20 +
May crack or break
Easy repair; individual bricks can be replaced; needs sealing
$10 - $30
Softens at high temperature
Easy repair; needs regular sealing
$2 - $5
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.