How Much Does Paving a Driveway Cost?
Driveway Paving Prices
Driveway Paving Costs
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.
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