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How Much Does a Paver Driveway Cost?
Quite likely, the most significant portion of the paver driveway expense, beyond labor, is the preparation, which will include a substantial amount of labor as well. This is, of course, dependent on the soil condition where you will place the driveway.
Tearing out an old driveway or removing trees, boulders, and landscaping will increase your labor costs accordingly.
On average a paver driveway installation costs around $11,500 for a two-car driveway, with total costs ranging from $5,700 to $17,000, or $10 to $30 per square foot installed on the project.
To discover how much paver base you need for your driveway, check our paver base calculator For a standard two vehicle paver driveway we will use sixteen feet width by 40-foot length, or 640 square feet. If you only want room for one car, change the width to eight or ten feet. The same is true for a shorter driveway.
Use the formula width × length to come up with the square footage needed. It’s almost the same as the base calculator, except the depth of the paver bricks are standard. However, you will need to calculate the pattern layout to avoid waste.
Depending on your pattern, you might want to consider ordering 10-15 percent more pavers than the 640, say 700 sq. ft. However, be careful ordering too much overage, especially with cobblestone, if the dealer will not accept returns.
At $5 to $20 per sq. ft. for material alone, that overage could add up.
Labor generally costs about $9 to $10 per square foot for standard areas and up to $15 per square foot for detailed areas. However, the cost of labor varies by region, and different contractors may charge different rates for the same project.
Contractors often charge a flat fee for labor and in many cases they combine material and labor costs into a single price.
Concrete, brick, and cobblestone are some popular varieties of pavers that have distinctive looks and vary a bit in price.
Concrete pavers are the most cost-effective option as far as materials go. Concrete pavers cost about $10 to $20 per sq. ft. installed, which would mean the typical cost of a 640 sq. ft. driveway would be about $12,800.
Brick pavers are about 15-20% more expensive than concrete, and they also require more labor to install since they’re more difficult to cut. Brick pavers cost about $20 to $30 per sq. ft. installed, which would mean the typical cost of a 640 sq. ft. driveway would be about $19,200.
Cobblestone is the most expensive material option for a paver driveway. Cobblestone pavers cost about $40 to $75 per sq. ft. installed, which would mean the typical cost of a 640 sq. ft. driveway would be about $40,000.
Cobblestones themselves aren’t that much more expensive, at around $20 per square foot, but the installation process is much more difficult, which is what raises the cost so much more than other materials.
After all the trees, boulders, and landscaping are out of the way, the area needs to be leveled, allowing for a gentle pitch for rain run-off, if desired.
Once you or your contractor have gathered the materials and equipment, you will need to lay the gravel base, place your plastic or metal edge, level or even out the gravel base, add an inch or two of sand evenly, lay the pavers, fill the spaces, and seal the surface if desired. The steps are about the same as for a patio, so check our paver cost planner.
Other Driveway Types
There are several different types of driveways you might want to consider as an alternative to a paver driveway. Although they require less maintenance over time, paver driveways require more labor to install compared to other types of driveways.
A gravel driveway can work just as well for you as a brick paver at thousands less. For our 16′ x 40′ x 8″ gravel driveway, you can figure about 163 yards of gravel or 22 tons. The low figure for pea gravel is $25 to $35 per metric ton, so about $550 to $770. Then, you will need to add equipment rental, labor, and preparation. Use our gravel driveway calculator to estimate costs.
An asphalt driveway is a great-looking alternative and will last for years when sealed and maintained. You can use our convenient asphalt calculator to estimate how much materials will cost. The average is about $7 to $13 per sq. ft. installed. Therefore, our 16′ x 40′ driveway is about $4,480 to $8,320 installed.
Concrete driveways look better and stay cooler than asphalt in areas with scorching temperatures. The drawback is that concrete will show every oil or grease stain, although proper sealing will lessen the effect and make it easier to clean with a pressure washer.
Keep in mind, though, that concrete is not a good choice in areas with freeze/thaw cycles and does best in warmer climates. You can use our concrete driveway calculator to approximate the cost.
Stamped concrete typically costs twice as much as plain concrete. However, if you had your heart set on a paver driveway and couldn’t afford it, stamped concrete can be made to mimic paver brick for possibly half the price. Although stamped concrete is not as durable as pavers, the price difference could make it worthwhile, especially when you add a thicker base of gravel.
The stamped concrete is rated at 9K psi, while the brick pavers are rated at 12K. Therefore, either is capable of supporting even a large SUV, which generally weighs around 4,800 pounds. Stamped concrete will cost about $10 to $16 per sq. ft., so our 640 sq. ft. driveway is about $6,400 to 10,500.
Like standard concrete, however, this material is not recommended for areas that see freeze/thaw cycles as it is more likely to crack.
Get Estimates for Your Paver Driveway
After you have developed your driveway plans, it’s time to get some estimates. You should get three estimates from reputable driveway pavers in your area and ask them to include two or three options. That way, if you change your mind about your preferred option, you already have the price for the others.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
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- Danny Lipford, How to Choose Between Brick and Concrete Pavers, Today's Homeowner, https://todayshomeowner.com/concrete/guides/how-to-choose-between-brick-and-concrete-pavers/
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