If you’re planning on getting a new driveway, it’s handy to know how long the work will take. This will help you organise your driveway project and complete it in your ideal timescale.
To give you a rough idea of how long your driveway project is likely to take, we’ve made a timeline for you. Remember that your project could take less or more time though, so treat this as a general guide.
How long will a driveway project take?
Research: 1 week
We’d advise spending a significant amount of time looking for the right professional for your project. Make sure you research different driveway companies thoroughly and get detailed quotes. If you use our service to find driveway installers, our companies will always aim to get in touch with you within 48 hours of you submitting your details.
Once you’ve got a range of quotes from different companies, you’ll need to spend a couple of days deciding which one to use. If you’ve used our service to find installers, you can read reviews from previous customers on their profile page. You can also ask installers to provide you with references.
Installation: 1-3 days
How long it’ll take a professional to install your driveway depends on its size, the driveway material and the weather. A relatively small domestic driveway will probably take around 3 days to install.
Your installer will begin by stripping any old surfacing off your driveway or clearing the area if you haven’t had a driveway there before. They’ll then dig out the area where your new driveway will be, removing the loose top soil to expose the subsoil. Next, they’ll lay a sub-base, followed by your chosen surfacing material.
If you want a more accurate idea of how long your driveway will take to lay, ask your installer.
Setting: 0-7 days
It’s worth bearing in mind that some driveway materials need to be allowed to set before you can walk or drive on them. You can walk on gravel straight away, but you should leave an asphalt driveway for 24 hours before using it. You can walk on concrete driveways after 24 hours, but you should wait 3 to 7 days before driving on them.
Total time: 1.5 – 2.5 weeks
You should now have a rough idea of how long your driveway project is likely to take. Remember to allow extra time on top of this, as your installer is unlikely to be able to start work straight away.
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