Everything you need to know for a driveway estimate

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Everything you need to know for a driveway estimate

Driveway Estimate

The cost to install a driveway ranges anywhere from $2,248 and $6,071. This puts the average cost of driveway installation at $4,159. This data is based on actual project costs.
If you’re thinking about getting a driveway estimate, it’s important to consider a couple of different things. Driveways receive a lot of traffic and need to be durable. Depending on your location and how often you use your driveway, there are many options to consider which will influence installation costs. First, you’ll need to find a reputable pro that can help you determine what will work best for your home. From there, the driveway estimate largely depends on the material, as well as factors like size, length, shape and terrain.

On This Page:

  1. Comparison Chart
  2. Concrete Driveways
  3. Asphalt/Blacktop Driveways
  4. Heated Driveways
  5. Gravel Driveways
  6. Driveway Pavers
  7. Brick or Cobblestone Paver Driveways
  8. Additional Cost Factors
  9. Replacement & Removal
  10. Resurfacing

Driveway Comparison Chart

TypeDurabilityMaintenanceOptionsLongevity
ConcreteCracks in freezing temperaturesDifficult repairsMultiple types & colors40 years
Asphalt/blacktopSoftens in heatEasy repairsOnly in black20 years
GravelMoves in rain & snowEasy to replaceMultiple types & colors100+ years
PaversCan crack & breakEasy to replaceMultiple types & colors30 – 40 years
Brick/cobblestoneCan crack & breakEasy to replaceMultiple types & colors30 – 40 years

Concrete Driveway Estimate

concrete driveway estimate
In terms of materials, concrete driveways cost around $3,900, or about $6 per square foot for a standard 38 by 16-foot driveway. The cost of concrete driveway pavers will increase for a driveway that is stamped and colored, assuming you want to customize the looks more.

Concrete is probably the most popular driveway material and for good reason. It’s extremely durable and lasts a long time with little need for maintenance save for repairing cracks or stains from oil and gas.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: Durable, lasts more than 40 years, doesn’t need any kind of sealing, comes in a multiplicity of types and color options, no resurfacing
  • Cons: cracks in freezing weather, expensive, difficult repairs

Asphalt/Blacktop Driveway Cost

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An asphalt or blacktop driveway, in comparison, is the more affordable option that can help keep driveway installation costs down. Use our asphalt driveway cost calculator to get a better idea of how much this project will cost you.

Many homeowners aren’t thrilled with the way that a blacktop looks and that it can’t be customized. There are also downsides to asphalt if you don’t want to keep up with regular maintenance like resealing and resurfacing. However, it does handle changes in temperature like freezing and high heat far better than concrete, and it takes far less time to settle in and dry than concrete. Expect several hours as compared to several days.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: costs less than concrete (about $3 to $4 per square foot), easy repairs, dries faster for immediate use, adapts to different temperature changes, lasts about 20 years
  • Cons: only comes in black, less durable, requires resealing every 3-5 years and resurfacing regularly

Sound good? Get a quote for an asphalt driveway today.

Gravel Driveway Cost

Traditional Driveway estimate

Gravel driveways cost the least, averaging around $1,470. They are popular in rural areas and often lead to concrete floors. They can be made from various items like rock, sand and clay. It compacts better than regular rocks which makes it more stable for cars. While laying rocks or a mixture is easy for installation, it will require regular maintenance. Gravel driveways can last around a century with maintenance because it doesn’t crack, sink or soften — just moves. You might need to relay portions of the driveway if it moves or becomes too low. Stabilizers are one option to keep the gravel in place, but this will increase the cost of a driveway.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: easy to install & maintain, doesn’t crack or sink, matches different house styles
  • Cons: easily moves, doesn’t handle snow well, very dusty and requires regular maintenance

Sound like your kind of driveway? Get a quote for gravel today.

Driveway Pavers Cost

Traditional Home driveway estimate
Concrete driveway pavers are another option for homeowners, though it can be quite expensive, falling between $5 and $20 per square foot to install. This is because they must be installed by hand, so it costs extra for the materials and labor to lay them. However, this is an attractive option and will increase your curb appeal, which could offset some of the initial cost of the pavers. Driveway pavers come in a variety of textures and colors, so you can lay pavers to match your home perfectly. Maintenance depends on if the pavers break or crack under car pressure, which will result in replacing them.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: can do DIY installation, durable depending on material, can last a long time
  • Cons: expensive for a pro installation, requires regular maintenance, requires landscape changes for a flat surface

Need more information? Contact a paver professional now.

Brick or Cobblestone Paver Driveway Cost

Brick or cobblestone paver driveways are beautiful, enduring options for homeowners who need a strong driveway that’s not black or grey. On average, installing brick or cobblestone pavers can cost between $10 to $70 per square foot. Homeowners can pick bricks that come in many textures, along with either in a wide variety of colors. Since installation is done by hand, the total cost of installation will need to have labor factored in, unless you decide to install it yourself. Homeowners should also keep maintenance in mind. Akin to other types of pavers, maintenance will depend on whether any of the blocks shift or break over the lifetime of the driveway. They will need to be replaced in such instances, so be sure to buy extras. It’s also a good idea to wash the driveway once or twice a year and seal the bricks or cobblestones to avoid cracks or other problems so it lasts the maximum of 25 years.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: can be a DIY installation, comes in a variety of textures & colors, easy maintenance, lasts 25 years
  • Cons: will need to be sealed & washed, labor-intensive adding onto total cost, sand installation necessary for laying the bricks or cobblestones

For more information or a quote, get in touch with a professional.

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Additional Cost Factors

There are several additional factors that can affect the overall price of your driveway installation. Some of those factors include.

  • Size/Length – The length and width will, of course, affect the amount of material and labor needed.
  • Shape – horseshoe or circular driveways are a popular option for many homeowners. Their inclusion could double the surface area, resulting in costing you twice as much as a straight, more traditional driveway.
  • Terrain – The presence of many drains, grading, or other landscaping obstacles can affect the price of the project. It’s important to bring in a professional to assess your land in the planning phase as complications during installation could result in additional costs, as well as a driveway that takes a sloped or curved shape you didn’t plan for.
  • Custom Designs – consult a pro for cost implications when considering special designs or ornamentation.

Driveway Replacement & Removal

If you want to install a new driveway, you will need to remove the old one as most materials can’t be laid over the old kind. A driveway professional will charge extra to remove the existing driveway, especially if it involves pulling up and cracking a concrete or asphalt driveway. Although removal shouldn’t be too expensive, it is a necessary part of the job, so be sure to factor that in when budgeting for the cost of a driveway.

Resurfacing

Resurfacing involves hiring a professional to scrape off the top, damaged area of the driveway to replace with a new coat of asphalt or concrete. This is a popular and more affordable alternative to repaving when age or the elements have caused cracks that have spread to about a quarter of the driveway. Resurfacing provides a fresh look that will continue to last for many years. The project will run you a fraction of the price of replacing at between $1 – $3 per square foot.

For some, a driveway is just a way to drive to the garage. For others, it’s a prominent viewpoint in front of the house that needs to have the same curb appeal as the yard or exterior of the home. Be sure to speak with at least three contractors as you plan your project to ensure you choose the material and placement that’s right for your home.

If you have any questions regarding any of our concrete construction services please feel free to send us an E-mail or give us a call. We would love to earn your business and we know how to meet even the most stringent of standards.

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