The driveway paving costs in this article are correct as of 2019
If you’re lucky enough to have somewhere off the street to park your car, or you just have space in front of your house that you want to keep low-maintenance, installing a driveway is the natural solution. There are a number of materials you can choose depending on the style you want, each with different costs to consider. We’ve put together this guide to help explain some of the costs you may face when hiring a driveway paver, so you’re prepared before you start your project.
Concrete driveways are very durable and hard-wearing, and can last for decades without the need for much maintenance. They are easy to clean and can be printed to give the effect of different block paving styles, so are a popular choice for many homeowners. However, they can be hard to repair if there are problems or are laid incorrectly.
As with all driveway styles, the general rule of thumb for calculating the cost is to work out the price per square metre. For concrete driveways, this will typically be between around £30 and £50 per square metre, before taking into account any additional costs that will be discussed later in the article.
“Tarmac” is a trademarked term, but is commonly used to refer to what is usually an asphalt surface, where a layer of gravel is laid into bitumen. It is a popular choice for driveways, as it is relatively easy to lay and holds up well, but it does need looking after, with resurfacing necessary every few years to keep it at its best.
Asphalt can cost around £45 to £75 per square metre for a good quality material.
Block paving is a very popular option for driveways, thanks to the huge range of styles available. However, it is more labour intensive to construct, and needs proper maintenance to ensure plants do not grow through it and spoil the finish.
Brick paving can cost between £60 and more than £100 per square metre, depending on the choice of block used and other factors
While all the costs above are a general guide as to the kind of cost involved, your particular job may feature other factors that will add to the overall cost.
The main thing that will impact the cost is the state of the area that you will be replacing with a driveway. If there is a garden that you are digging out, then the area will probably have to have soil removed, before it is levelled and a foundation made for the driveway. If you have another type of driveway that you are changing, then all of the current material will have to be ripped up and removed, unless you are resurfacing an asphalt surface. Depending on what kind of material you are using, you might also have to have a weed mat laid down to prevent plant growth coming up. Skip hire, and the hiring of any specialist tools such as a digger or a compaction plate can all add to the costs, though many firms will have these to hand.
Preparing the ground effectively can add considerably to the overall costs, but by ensuring a high-quality construction, will save money in the long run.