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Concrete Paver Driveway Cost


How Much Does a Concrete Paver Driveway Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $900-$3,600 for 12'x25'average costProfessional Installation: $1,800-$4,500 for 12'x25'
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Concrete driveway pavers are roughly the equivalent of cobblestones or clay bricks, but in a man-made form. Tinted concrete is poured into molds and hardened. This creates a uniform shape with interlocking edges, which increases overall strength and makes for easier installation. These pavers come in a range of types, sizes, styles and colors, creating a unique and durable driveway with a look that can vary from old world charm to ultra-modern sleekness.

Typical costs:

  • A professionally installed concrete paver driveway typically costs about $6-$20 or more a square foot, or $1,800-$4,500 for a 12'x25' driveway or $5,800-$14,500 for a 24'x40', depending on the pavers chosen; the complexity of the design; the amount and type of landscaping or existing pavement that has to be removed; and local rates.
  • Because pavers are relatively small and lightweight compared to other paving materials, do-it-yourself installation is a possibility, although it can be labor-intensive, and require the use of a plate compactor (typical rental $50-$60 half-day or $75-$170 daily). The pavers themselves typically cost about $2-$10 a square foot, or $600-$3,000 for 12'x25' or $1,900-$9,600 for 24'x40'.
  • With pavers, a gravel base and rental equipment, total costs for a do-it-yourself installation can be about $3-$12 a square foot, or $900-$3,600 for 12'x25' or $2,600-$10,900 for 24'x40'.
  • Paving contractors typically do not charge by the square foot, but instead quote their total price for a specific project.
What should be included:
  • A paver driveway is only as good as the surface beneath it; over time, a poor foundation will cause the pavers to settle unevenly. Any landscaping or existing pavement should be removed, and the area excavated 6"-12". The subsoil should be compacted and leveled for proper drainage, then topped with a 4"-12" layer of compacted and leveled gavel. Agape Retaining Walls in St. Louis, MO explains how to install an interlocking concrete paver driveway[1] .
  • A paver driveway can be used immediately after installation, and typically lasts 25-50 years, if properly installed and maintained. Pavers can get stained, but usually can be cleaned with a simple detergent and water; some stains might require the paver to be flipped over, or replaced. After the installation is complete, save any left-over pavers as possible replacements.
  • DIYNetwork.com provides explains how to install a cobblestone-style concrete paver driveway[2] , calling this a moderate-to-hard project that can take several weekends and cost $1,000-$2,500, and recommending either hiring a contractor or renting a backhoe/excavator ($100-$200 daily for a small model) to remove any existing concrete or asphalt.
Additional costs:
  • Because a driveway connects to a public street, there may be local regulations governing the width of the driving and the materials used to build it. Typically a permit will be required, and permit fees can vary from nominal to pricey, depending on location.
  • It is not required, but some types of concrete pavers can be sealed after installation, to protect against staining, then resealed every two to three years. Do-it-yourself materials typically cost $50-$200 or more, depending on the size of the driveway; hiring someone to seal a concrete paver driveway can cost $150-$500 or more.
Shopping for a concrete paver driveway:
  • An interlocking concrete paver driveway can be installed by a landscaping contractor, a paving contractor, a masonry contractor, a general building contractor (although the work may be subbed out to a specialist) or a handyman or other casual labor with strong excavation, grading and other installation skills. Ask family, friends, neighbors or the staff at local home improvement or hardware centers for recommendations, or search for members of the National Association of Remodeling Contractors[3] and look for "landscapers" or "masonry contractor" in each company's list of specialties.
  • Get several estimates; ask for and check references (if possible, visit a driveway that is at least four years old, to see if any of the pavers have settled unevenly); make sure the company is properly insured and licensed[4] ; and check for any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[5] .
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External Resources:
  1.  agaperetainingwalls.com/blog/2010/09/19/how-to-install-an-interlocking-concrete-paver-d...
  2.  www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-lay-a-cobblestone-driveway/index.html
  3.  www.nari.org/homeowners/findapro/
  4.  www.contractors-license.org/
  5.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
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