New Driveway Costs: Price Guide 2020

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Most driveways are often passed over when it comes to home redesigns – built more for function than style. However, it’s possible through spending a bit of time, energy and research, to transform your driveway into something more exciting. You can replace a driveway with a variety of materials and finishes. But all of this tends to provoke one question: how much does a new driveway cost?

With such a wide variety of materials to choose from, researching driveway prices can be a complicated and daunting task, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time. That’s why Quotatis have put together this comprehensive guide to driveway costs. In the sections below, you will find answers to the most asked questions regarding renovating this part of your home.

Contents

  1. What types of driveway materials are there?
  2. Planning permission and SuDs regulations
  3. How much does a driveway cost?
  4. How much does driveway foundation cost?
  5. How much does it cost to get your driveway cleaned?
  6. How can I save money on my driveway?

What types of driveway materials are there?

There is an extensive selection of paving materials to choose from, and each one can greatly affect the overall driveway cost. Before we explore the specific costs for each option though, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Block Paving

new driveway cost block paving

An increasingly popular choice as more forms of block paving become available. Block paving is one of the more visually interesting options, and can be used in driveways, walls, floors and more. By using an interlocking pattern of different coloured bricks, this material creates a driveway that fits nearly any style of property.

Benefits:

  • Aesthetics – variable, dynamic and stylish
  • Standard set-ups can be relatively cheap
  • Damages are easy to fix, as individual blocks can be repaired
  • Flexible for multiple designs and purposes
  • Highly durable

Drawbacks:

  • Spacing between the blocks can allow weeds to grow – leading to repeated cleaning costs down the line
  • May need planning permission
  • Most stylish and dynamic patterns can drive up driveway cost

Asphalt/Tarmac

new driveway costs asphalt

Asphalt’s cheap nature keeps the cost of a new driveway down. This makes it a great choice if you have a small budget or other renovation projects that you still need to balance the funding for. Due to the specialised machinery and tools needed to install tarmac, however, it is unsuitable for DIY projects.

Benefits:

  • Tarmac is highly durable, given that it’s the same material used in roads
  • Affordable, although over very small areas it can end up being more expensive than options such as block paving
  • Multiple types of coloured binding agents to make it customisable

Drawbacks:

  • Retains extreme heat during hot days
  • Low visual appeal
  • Repairs, while not difficult, leave the tarmac looking worse
  • Oil, petrol and diesel spills can damage asphalt/tarmac

Resin Bonding

There are two types of resin driveways – bound and bonded. They are both made from UV resistant resin mixed with collections of small stones. Once dry, a resin driveway will have a smooth finish that can come in an array of patterns and colours. This makes them highly flexible and appropriate for nearly any property.

Bound and bonded – what’s the difference?

The key difference between the two is in their permeability.

Bonded resin driveways are non-permeable. This means that water will not be absorbed by the resin and, if your driveway slants down toward a road, can cause small streams of water to move down towards the road in heavy rain. As a result, you may need to seek planning permission to have resin driveways in these circumstances.

Benefits (of bonded):

  • Quick to install
  • High resistance to extremely cold weather condition – won’t be damaged by freezing/thawing
  • Not susceptible to weed infestation

Drawbacks (of bonded):

  • Repairing resin driveways is difficult, and could incur high labour costs in order to fix it
  • Potential need for planning permission

Bound resin driveways, by comparison, are permeable. They act in agreement with SuDs regulations, as they allow water to sink through into the ground underneath. This form of resin is hand trowelled so that the final surface is smooth and without irregularities.

Benefits (of bound):

  • No planning permission required
  • Smooth finished surface
  • Highly durable, low maintenance
  • Not susceptible to weed infestation

Drawbacks (of bound):

  • Difficult to repair
  • Slippery in wet conditions, or on icy days

Concrete

Arguably the most popular driveway choice in the UK. It’s incredibly durable when constructed properly but, if laid poorly, can crack. Due to the variety of types of concrete available, it also carries one of the wider price ranges.

new driveway costs concrete

Benefits:

  • Lifespan of up to 40 years when laid correctly
  • Customisable style – lots of different colours of concrete are available
  • No sealing required
  • Low maintenance
  • Some makes are relatively affordable
  • Made from renewable materials, so concrete is more eco-friendly than options like asphalt
  • Non-slip surface makes walking on concrete safer too

Drawbacks:

  • Cheaper options are less visually interesting and less durable
  • When maintenance is necessary, it can be expensive and difficult to do
  • Low temperatures can cause it to crack

Gravel

A quick, cheap option, and one of the most popular in the UK. Gravel driveways consist of applying a layer of small, loose stones over an area, levelling it and then compacting it.

Benefits:

  • Quick installation time, which also cuts down on driveway costs through reduced labour expenditure
  • Cannot be cracked or damaged, as there are no blocks or paving stones
  • Visually pleasing
  • Wide range of colours to choose from – can match any home’s aesthetics
  • Added home security measure, as the noise it creates when it’s walked on can alert you to any trespassers

Drawbacks:

  • Easy to displace pockets of gravel, creating uneven areas or even dislodging some stones onto nearby grass
  • Creates lots of dust
  • Not ideal for family homes with small children – choking hazards and sharp stones that could hurt their feet
  • Regular maintenance necessary
  • Not the most appropriate option for slanted driveways
  • Doesn’t mix well with certain weathers, such as snow

Crazy Paving

Cheaper than traditional block paving, crazy paving is an interesting alternative for any home looking to add a new element of style. This option involves paving the driveway with irregularly shaped tiles to create an asymmetric aesthetic that’s different for every home. While more interesting visually, it takes a much greater level of skill to install correctly. If laid incorrectly, the paving will crack under the weight of vehicles.

Benefits:

  • Cheap, even compared to block paving
  • Unique visual identity
  • Variety of colours, so it can match any style of home

Drawbacks:

  • Can break easily if installed poorly
  • Takes longer to pave, and requires higher skill – more intensive labour can increase driveway costs
  • Not the strongest paving option

Planning permission and SuDS regulations

Something to consider when building a new driveway are SuDS, or sustainable drainage systems. Normally when it rains the water soaks into the ground and, if it’s not torrential rain, it doesn’t cause water hazards. This is because the soil is permeable and allows for a process called infiltration.

However, some driveway installations can involve non-permeable materials, and as such can inadvertently create problems involving rain runoff. Bonded resin driveways have, for example, a non-permeable surface and could create SuDS issues as a result.

Therefore, if you replace a permeable driveway surface with bonded resin you first need to secure planning permission. By installing a bonded resin driveway, you could unintentionally be reducing the sustainable drainage in the area. Doing this can infract upon the guidelines of The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which monitors potential flood risks. If you’re set on having a driveway of this kind its important to contact your local authorities first. They need to advise on whether your planned renovations meet the requirements for SuDS and, if not, why.

Susdrain has more detailed information on SuDS and planning if you’re in a flood prone area and think it would be helpful to have more detail.

It’s worth pointing out that SuDS regulations are different in England, Scotland and Wales. So, check with your local council for specific guidance in addition to researching more generalised online sources.

Violating SuDS regulations is one of many driveway mistakes to avoid. Check out our other article to make sure you don’t make one of 10 common blunders. The price of fixing it could increase your driveway costs and we want to avoid that.

How much does a driveway cost?

Block Paving

There are multiple types of block paving. So, for the sake of condensing the pricing information into a more digestible form, Quotatis have aggregated prices for a typical “regular” set of block paving, and a data set for typically “premium” block paving.

Regular block paving

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £1200 – £1300
50m2 £2500 – £2600
80m2 £3800 – £4100
150m2 £7000 – £8000
200m2 £10000 – £11000

Premium block paving

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £1400 – £1500
50m2 £2850 – £3200
80m2 £4800 – £5000
150m2 £8500 – £9500
200m2 £12000 – £13000

Asphalt/Tarmac

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £1050 – £1150
50m2 £2000 – £2200
80m2 £3000 – £3200
150m2 £5750 – £6100
200m2 £7600 – £8100

Resin Bonding

There are two types of resin driveways – bonded and bound. Bound driveways are the permeable version of the two. They don’t require any planning permission, unlike bonded resin driveways, but are slightly more expensive.

If you have a large flat driveway, bonded resin is a more appropriate option. Whereas a smaller driveway (or one set on an incline) is likely better off made from bound resin.

Bonded driveway

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £600 – £700
50m2 £1200 – £1300
80m2 £2000 – £2100
150m2 £3700 – £3800
200m2 £4800 – £5150

Bound driveway

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £1000 – £1100
50m2 £1200 – £1350
80m2 £3100 – £3250
150m2 £5800 – £6200
200m2 £7750 – £8200

Concrete

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £850 – £950
50m2 £1700 – £1800
80m2 £2800 – £3000
150m2 £5100 – £5300
200m2 £6900 – £7150

Gravel

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £750 – £900
50m2 £1400 – £1600
80m2 £2350 – £2500
150m2 £4250 – £4400
200m2 £5850 – £6200

Crazy Paving

Driveway area Additional driveway cost
25m2 £1200 – £1300
50m2 £2400 – £2550
80m2 £4000 – £4100
150m2 £7350 – £7550
200m2 £9500 – £10500

How much does driveway foundation cost?

Image of driveway being laid

While this may increase your driveway cost, laying a solid foundation for your driveway will save you money in the long term. This is because a well installed foundation will ensure your driveway lasts longer, reducing the need for upkeep.

Tip number one is to avoid using basic paving. As its lifespan is quite short, it will require repairs quicker than other foundational materials. This will force you to need to re-build your driveway more often that you would normally, causing unnecessary expenses.

If you decide to invest heavily at this stage, here are some of the potential driveway costs involved:

  1. Skip hire: You’ll likely end up creating a lot of mess as you renovate the front area of your house, and you’ll need somewhere to put any refuse. Skip hire costs aren’t too expensive, with most running at around £20 to £80 a week. If you’re digging out a large amount of existing brickwork, plants or shrubbery this will likely be very useful.
  2. Weed mat: Not intended to be a permanent fixture, but still useful as you redesign the exterior of your house. Usually made of plastic or some form of cloth, a weed mat is laid over a patch of weeds to prevent them getting sunlight, starving them. At the same time, weed mats allow water to soak through into the soil to prevent it from going completely barren.
  3. Plate compactor: These machines look like lawnmowers but work by passing a vibrating plate over ground in order to compact it. Buying one outright can cost anywhere from £200 to £1000 which, if you’re not a professional tradesman, is extremely expensive. Instead, you can hire a plate compactor, also called a Wacker plate, for around £25 per day.
  4. 8-Inch hardcore base: This is the foundational element. An eight-inch layer of compacted blocks often made of rubble or like materials. This commonly costs between £35 to £70 per tonne (depending on the resources used) plus potential labour costs.
  5. Mini-digger hire: For the bigger projects; a great compliment if you need to dig out room for the hardcore base. These should only be operated by a trained professional. Untrained use can lead to unintentional damage to your property. Hiring a mini-digger can increase driveway costs from around £130 to £160 per week.

How much does it cost to get your driveway cleaned?

Over time, your driveway is going to accumulate dirt, scuffs, mould and weeds. While this may make it look less appealing, it can be fixed. Lots of tradespeople offer driveway cleaning services. This can include pressure hose cleaning, manual weed removal and various other treatments.

Below is a list of average prices for a variety of sizes of driveway.

Driveway area

Additional driveway cost

25m2

£45 – £60

50m2

£75 – £85

80m2

£110 – £120

150m2

£140 – £160

200m2

£180 – £220

How can I save money on my driveway?

Get multiple quotes

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s difficult to give an exact price when estimating driveway costs. This is because the cost of materials and mark ups from suppliers can vary. Before you commit any money to a driveway project, make sure to get multiple quotes so you can narrow down the exact cost of your chosen materials, plus labour.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and Quotatis will put you in touch with multiple experienced tradespeople. They can give you a series of quotes so you can find the best one.

We also offer advice on how to pick a driveway installer.

Budget

As with any renovation project, it’s important to know the upper limit of what you’re willing to spend. This includes every part of the driveway cost, from buying materials to paying for labour to hiring any equipment. The last thing you want is to set a modest budget, get most of the way through building your driveway and find yourself out of funds because of a cost you didn’t anticipate. After all, an unfinished driveway is not the most visually appealing thing you could add to the front of your house.

Soft materials

Assuming your driveway isn’t set at an incline, it may be possible to save some money on the materials. Slanted driveways require denser, heavier materials that will shift less in the ground. These materials tend to run at a slightly higher price. Flat driveway costs, by comparison, can be lower as you can afford to use softer materials in both the surface layers and sometimes the hardcore base.

DIY vs professionals

While we recommend using one of our highly experienced professionals, if you have a background in construction or only have a tiny area to change, DIY can be a viable option. This is most appropriate for working on small areas, no more than 5-10m2.

Alternatively, you could hire professional tradesmen to build the driveways itself and then save money by landscaping around it yourself. With this, you can add a personal touch by decorating the driveway with whatever flowers and foliage you’d love to see as you park up. A beautiful driveway can really improve the exterior of your home, and it doesn’t have to incur large driveway costs either.

Take your time

Don’t rush! It can be frustrating the longer you have to wait to get the driveway of your dreams, but if you commit to a material or design without thinking it through you might come to regret it. The downside to this, outside of being unhappy with it, is if you want to fix it, you’ll have to go through the whole renovation process again. This means you can end up spending double the money you intended to (or budgeted for) before you get what you want.

With all this information at hand, you should be armed with all you need to make the right choice for your home. Cheap options might be attractive, but if they require constant maintenance and repairs that benefit will fade over time. Conversely, the most expensive choice doesn’t mean it’s the most appropriate. Ultimately, it’s about balancing functionality, aesthetics and the total cost of paving a driveway to get the installation of your dreams.

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