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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Driveway?

Install a Driveway Costs
Average reported costs
$3,691
based on 8,284 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between
$2,194 - $5,558
Low cost
$1,000
High cost
$8,700
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Updated: March 24, 2015

The cost to install a driveway ranges anywhere from $2,194 and $5,558. This puts the average cost of driveway installation at $3,691. This data is based on actual project costs as If you're thinking about installing a driveway, it's important to consider a couple of different things. Driveways receive a lot of (literal) traffic and need to be durable. Depending on your location and how often you use your driveway, there are many options to consider which will influence installation costs. First you'll need to find a reputable pro that can help you determine what will work best for your home. From there, the cost of a driveway largely depends on the material.

On This Page:

  1. Types of Driveways: Costs, Pros & Cons
  2. Driveway Replacement & Removal
  3. Additional Cost Factors

Driveway Comparison Chart

Type Durability Maintenance OptionsLongevity
Concrete Cracks in freezing temperatures Difficult repairsMultiple types & colors40 years
Asphalt/blacktop Softens in heat Easy repairsOnly in black20 years
Gravel Moves in rain & snow Easy to replaceMultiple types & colors100+ years
Pavers Can crack & break Easy to replaceMultiple types & colors30 - 40 years
Brick/cobblestone Can crack & break Easy to replaceMultiple types & colors30 - 40 years

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Concrete Driveway Cost

Traditional Home Exterior with multiple roof lines
Concrete is probably the most popular driveway material and for good reason. It's extremely durable and lasts a long time with little need for maintenance save for repairing cracks or stains from oil and gas. In terms of driveway material costs, concrete averages around $3,540. The cost of concrete driveway pavers will increase for a driveway that is stamped and colored, assuming you want to customize the looks more.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: Durable, lasts more than 40 years, doesn't need any kind of sealing, comes in a multiplicity of types and color options, no resurfacing
  • Cons: cracks in freezing weather, expensive, difficult repairs
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Asphalt/Blacktop Driveway Cost

Traditional Home Exterior by RMN Construction
An asphalt or blacktop driveway, in comparison, is the more affordable option that can help keep driveway installation costs down. However, most homeowners aren't thrilled with the way that a blacktop looks and how it can't be customized. There are also downsides to asphalt if you don't want to keep up with regular maintenance like resealing and resurfacing. However, it does handle changes in temperature like freezing and high heat far better than concrete, and it takes far less time to settle in and dry for use than concrete -- several hours as compared to several days.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: costs less than concrete (about $3 to $4 per square foot), easy repairs, dries faster for immediate use, adapts to different temperature changes, lasts about 20 years
  • Cons: only comes in black, less durable, requires resealing every 3-5 years and resurfacing regularly
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Heated Driveway Cost

Heated driveways can be essential to homeowners who live in northern areas with a lot of snowfall and don't want to spend an extra half hour shoveling their driveways. Having a heated driveway saves you time and effort. A heated driveway means getting a radiant heating system installed underneath it, which averages around $4,130. Installing a radiant heating system also means pulling up the driveway, so be sure to park your car on the street if you want to access to it during the process.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: melts snow, doesn't require separate electrical wiring
  • Cons: will increase utility bills during the winter, might require re-installing driveway, only useful for winter months
A heating and cooling professional will come out to your home and have to pull up your driveway to install the system, so don't park your car in the garage. Radiant floor heating systems will be controlled on the same circuit as your home wiring, so you'll have a switch you can flip inside and watch as the driveway melts. You might need to check with an electrician and see if your home wiring can handle the radiant heating system before having it installed.
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Gravel Driveway Cost

Traditional Driveway by Forest Ridge Builders, Inc
Photo courtesy of Forest Ridge Builders, Inc.
Gravel driveways cost the least, averaging around $1,470. They are popular in rural areas and often lead to concrete floors. They can be made from various items like rock, sand and clay. It compacts better than regular rocks which makes it more stable for cars. While laying rocks or a mixture is easy for installation, it will require regular maintenance.
Gravel driveways can last around a century with maintenance because it doesn't crack, sink or soften -- just moves. You might need to relay portions of the driveway if it moves or becomes too low. Stabilizers are one option to keep the gravel in place, but this will increase the cost of a driveway.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: easy to install & maintain, doesn't crack or sink, matches different house styles
  • Cons: easily moves, doesn't handle snow well, very dusty and requires regular maintenance
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Driveway Pavers Cost

Traditional Home Exterior with multi light windows
Driveway pavers are another option for homeowners, though it is the most expensive: about $4,750 to install. This is because they have to be installed by hand, so it costs extra for the materials and labor to lay them. However, this can offer a really attractive option and will increase your curb appeal, which could offset some of the initial cost of the pavers.
Driveway pavers come in a variety of materials, including concrete, brick and cobblestone. They also come in a variety of textures and colors, so you can lay pavers to match your home almost perfectly. Maintenance depends on if the pavers break or crack under car pressure, which means replacing them.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: can do DIY installation, durable depending on material, can last a long time
  • Cons: expensive for a pro installation, requires regular maintenance, requires landscape changes for a flat surface
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Brick or Cobblestone Paver Driveway Cost

Traditional Driveway with gold painted home exterior
Brick or cobblestone paver driveways are beautiful, enduring options for homeowners who need a strong driveway that's not black or grey. On average, installing either of these can cost around $1,380. Homeowners can pick bricks that come in many textures, along with cobblestones and bricks of a wide variety of colors. Since installation is done by hand, the total cost to install driveway pavers will also need to have labor factored in, unless you decide to install it yourself.
Homeowners should also keep maintenance in mind. Akin to other types of pavers, maintenance will depend on whether any of the bricks or cobblestone shift or break over the lifetime of the driveway. They will need to be replaced in such instances, so be sure to buy extras. It's also a good idea to wash the driveway once or twice a year and seal the bricks or cobblestones to avoid cracks or other problems so it lasts the maximum of 25 years.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros: can be a DIY installation, comes in a variety of textures & colors, easy maintenance, lasts 25 years
  • Cons: will need to be sealed & washed, labor-intensive adding onto total cost, sand installation necessary for laying the bricks or cobblestones
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Driveway Replacement & Removal

If you want to install a new driveway, you will need to remove the old one as most materials can't be laid over the old kind. A driveway professional will charge extra to remove the existing driveway, especially if it involves pulling up and cracking a concrete or asphalt driveway. Although removal shouldn't be too expensive, it is a necessary part of the job, so be sure to factor that in when budgeting for the cost of a driveway.
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Additional Cost Factors

Any complications that arise will increase the cost of a driveway. Some complications could be slopes, curves, lots of grading or drains. If you opt for customized designs, this will also raise the cost of a driveway.
Overall the cost of a driveway will depend on what materials you decide to use for your project. For some people a driveway is just a way to drive to the garage, but for others it's a prominent viewpoint in front of the house that needs to have the same curb appeal as the yard or exterior of the home. Just make sure to talk to at least three professionals before you start to help you decide what will be right for you.

 

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Linda Graham 8 months ago
The description of driveway costs is too general. There are different SIZES of driveways to be considered as well as cost. A 10'x50' driveway is going to cost less than a massive one that is wider and/or deeper. The photos with the article mostly depict far more than what would be included in a standard driveway project for the average homeowner (we're not all wealthy living on huge lots). So, the information as given isn't at all helpful to an average Joe.
Matthew (Matt) Bristol 8 months ago
Size is a huge factor plus permits, thickness, removal of any exciting concrete or structure. If dirt needs to be added or removed. Plus if the home owner wants rebar or wire mesh. This site gives no real pricing. Also the price of concrete is varies from place to place.
Jane Wagner 12 days ago
This was a helpful post for overall information, however the cost estimates on the chart should have specified the drive length/width for prices stated for a more accurate comparison.  
Raymond Mercier 20 days ago
Projected estimates seem misleading since estimates do not provide width, length and depth of materials.
P. Hamil 7 days ago
Size!  You've got to provide an average size with the average price!
Cecilia Orama 10 days ago
Very helpful as far of the difference on materials. Price wise, I think depends on the size of the driveway I want to build and the company I hire,  But I least you gave me an idea more or less what to expect. So far I have gotten 3 different prices from 3 different companies.  I really thank you for the information provided. 
Mary Van Horn 10 days ago
Very good way to look for workers that can give me a completed prject
KELVIN SIMPSON 12 days ago
there info on this site is good . i say truly decide which material work best 
MIKE MACKEY 14 days ago
Price estimates are very misleading, quote I received was more than twice the average listed here. Please show some sizes so the reader has a starting point. My drive was 20x60 feet sidewalks 4x45 and patio 14x16. Price was $11600.00 without and fill or finish landscape.
ROBERT MILLER 15 days ago
LIKE MOST GENERAL SUMMARIES, SOMEWHAT HELPFUL IF YOU HAVE ZERO INFORMATION BUT NOT GREATLY VALUABLE IF YOU'D LIKE SERIOUS PLANNING DETAIL WITH SPECIFICITY TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.--THANKS ANYWAY AS NO PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE RESULTED. 
Debra D 16 days ago
Gotta start somewhere with info and this was a good start
Janet Gibson 18 days ago
This information was very helpful in providing basics that you can apply to your particular situation. Thanks.
Mike Higa 28 days ago
Helpful, at least I have the basic idea of what to ask for. And what price range I should be looking at.
Karen Messmer 4 months ago
I haven't a great deal of cash. Just a load of gravel. I will put my grandsons to work.
Linda Lockwood 4 months ago
Not sure how helpful this site is ugh. We are just doing fixes to sell our home. Some things I cannot even find. That is frustrating. Guess we do it ourselves again. Ugh
Rafael Machado 5 months ago
Awesome info
peggy Ginnings 5 months ago
This site saved time getting the information I need to progress toward replacement. Thanks
B George 6 months ago
Thank you. This was extremely helpful .

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