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How Much Does a Driveway Apron Cost?

 
low costAsphalt Apron: $360-$900 for 12'x15'average costConcrete Apron: $550-$1,800 for 12'x15'high costCobblestone Apron: $2,000-$6,000 for 12'x15'

A driveway apron is the section where a private driveway connects to the public roadway; it is usually the width of the driveway and about 8'-15' long (extending from the curb to the far edge of the sidewalk, or to the property line), although some decorative aprons can be 60'-70' or longer.

Typical costs:

  • An asphalt apron typically costs $2-$5 a square foot, or $360-$900 for a 12'x15' apron. However, there's a basic cost for bringing equipment and a crew to the site, so may be a minimum charge of $500-$1,000 or more for small projects. A stamped asphalt apron can cost $5-$12 a square foot, or $900-$2,160 for 12'x15'.
  • A concrete apron can cost $3-$10 or more a square foot, or $550-$1,800 for 12'x15'. With decorative elements (stamped patterns, a pigmented color, a textured finish) the cost can be $6-$25 or more a square foot, or $1,100-$4,500 or more. Some municipalities will replace a deteriorating apron for a fee.
  • A concrete paver apron typically costs $3-$12 a square foot for do-it-yourself materials and equipment rental, or $550-$2,160 for 12'x15'. With professional installation, the cost is typically $6-$20 or more a square foot, or $1,100-$3,600 for 12'x15'.
  • A professionally installed brick paver apron generally costs $10-$30 or more a square foot, or $2,000-$6,000 for 12'x15'. This is not typically do-it-yourself project, because of the labor-intensive nature of the project, and because it's crucial that the installation be done correctly.
  • A cobblestone apron typically costs about $1,800-$4,500 for do-it-yourself materials for an average 12'x15' apron, or $3,600-$12,600 with professional installation.
  • Paving contractors typically do not charge by the square foot, but instead quote their total price for a specific project.
What should be included:
  • The driveway apron is usually located on the public right-of-way, but the homeowner is typically responsible for maintaining the apron and any drainage pipes beneath the apron.
  • Local regulations, including neighborhood covenants, may require specific apron materials. For example, Las Lunas, NM[1] specifies that a driveway apron must be constructed with a minimum of 4,500 psi ready-mix concrete, 4" wide and 4" thick, installed over 4" of 0.75" gravel.
Additional costs:
  • Usually a permit is required to add or widen a driveway; fees are typically $50-$100 or more. For example, Lake County, FL[2] charges a $50 driveway permit fee; Los Lunas, NM[3] charges $75 for a driveway apron/curb cut permit.
Shopping for a driveway apron:
  • Driveway aprons are typically installed by asphalt, concrete, masonry or paving contractors, although general building or landscaping contractors make take on the task as part of a larger project, and sub out the work.
  • Ask friends, neighbors or local construction companies for recommendations. The Better Business Bureau lists tips for selecting an asphalt contractor[4] ; the ConcreteNetwork.com provides a searchable database of concrete contractors[5] ; the Stone Foundation provides a directory of stonemasons and contractors [6] .
  • Get several estimates; ask for and check references (if possible, visit a previous project, to see how the driveway looks after use); and make sure the company is properly insured and licensed.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.loslunasnm.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5893
  2.  www.lakecountyfl.gov/pdfs/growth_management/building_services/BF14_Driveway_Permit...
  3.  www.loslunasnm.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5893
  4.  www.bbb.org/dayton/business-reviews/paving-contractors/industry-tips/asphalt-drive...
  5.  www.concretenetwork.com/
  6.  www.stonefoundation.org/membersusa.html#TX
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