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How Much Does Paving a Driveway Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Driveway Paving Prices

  • Total driveway paving cost will vary from region to region consistent with local material and labor costs.
  • Most gravel driveways are made of crushed stone or gravel which costs about $25-$30 per ton plus $100 or so for delivery per load (the average dump truck can handle 13 or so tons.) For a small, 15 ft. x 20 ft. by 3 inch deep driveway, 5 tons should be more than enough, at a total cost of around $250. For a larger driveway or thicker base, the cost will be higher. For example, a driveway 15 feet wide by 700 feet long with a six inch base will need approximately 25 tons of gravel, at a material cost of about $700. With delivery, the total cost will be around $1000.
  • The cost of pouring a concrete driveway depends on the quality of the concrete. For basic, construction-grade concrete the cost will be somewhere around $5-$10 per square foot. Stamped concrete can cost as little as $8 per square foot for colored concrete and $15+ for an elaborate design.
  • A concrete driveway 90 feet long and ten feet wide would be around $1800 for materials plus an additional $2000 or so for labor, for a total cost of nearly $4000.
  • Asphalt driveway paving costs $2-$6 per square foot installed. For a 500 square foot (50 x 10) driveway this works out to an average cost of $2500.
  • A Macadam driveway, also known as tar and chip, consist of crushed stone or gravel sprayed with liquid asphalt. They cost around $2-$5 per square foot.
  • Another option is a cobblestone driveway. At around $5 per piece and thousands needed per driveway, plus labor at around $40-$60 per square foot, this can get quite pricey.
  • A brick driveway starts at around $1.50 per brick plus the cost of installation. For a longer driveway which may need as much as 20,000 bricks, the cost of materials alone could be $20-$30,000, plus $10-$30 per square foot for labor.
  • Most professional contractors can install gravel, concrete or asphalt driveway in a day. Cobblestone and brick require considerably more work and could take a week or more to install depending on the size of the driveway.
  • Durability estimates for different materials include 10-30 for asphalt, 30-50 for concrete, 6-10 for tar and chip, and lifetime for gravel, cobblestone and brick.
  • Asphalt and concrete driveways need to be resealed regularly. For asphalt in areas with hot, cold and/or wet weather, this may need to be done every year. In moderate climates every three to ten years might be sufficient. Concrete averages about five years before it needs resealing. A cost estimate for driveway resealing is between twelve and eighteen cents per square foot. For a 1000 square foot driveway this costs a total of $120-$180.
  • Removing an existing driveway costs $50-$60 per hour.
  • Driveways with slopes, curves, or that are otherwise difficult to surface will cost more in labor.
  • If roads are being re-paved in your area, it may be possible to purchase excess asphalt from the government or private company in charge of the job.
  • Do it yourselfers can save considerable money on labor. eHow.com explains how to design a driveway.

Shopping For Driveway Paving Services?

  • Be sure to get several estimates from contractors. Be aware that a low-ball price may be an indication of poor workmanship.
  • Driveway Installation and Maintenance Tips is a comprehensive website that includes information and tips, an article base as well as free driveway estimates.

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