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Driveway Pavers Cost

Driveway pavers cost between $10 and $50 per square foot. Assuming a standard 16-by-38-foot surface area, the total cost ranges between $6,100 and $30,400, or $17,000 on average. Depending on the exact material and location, that price can increase to $80 per square foot, or $49,000 total.

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Average Cost$17,000
High Cost$30,400
Low Cost$6,100

Driveway Pavers Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay between $10 and $50 per square foot for installing driveway pavers. The cost of materials ranges from about $2 to $20 per square foot if using typical mid-grade stones or brick. That price increases with fancier and more intricate brick designs.

Paver Driveway Costs

The total price of $6,100 and $30,400 depends largely on the paver you choose. Each of these materials lends a different look and feel, but also come with a range of price tags.

Driveway Prices by Paver Type
TypePrice per Square FootTotal Price Range
Brick$10-$30$6,100-$18,250
Cobblestone$20-$70$12,200-$42,600
Permeable Pavers$10-$40$6,100-$24,350
Concrete Pavers$10-$25$6,100-$15,200
Paver Stone$15-$60$9,150-$36,500
Grass Pavers$10-$20$6,100-$12,200

Brick Driveway Cost

The price to install brick driveways ranges between $6,100 and $18,250 or about $10 to $30 per square foot. It's among the strongest options, with a strength rating of about 12,000 PSI.

The vibrant earth tones of bricks can give your driveway or walkway a unique look, but they are typically only available in rectangular shapes.

Cobblestone Driveway Cost

Expect to pay between $12,200 and $42,600 or $20 to $70 per square foot for a cobblestone driveway. It's among the most expensive options but comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures. Combining small and large pieces can result in unique patterns.

Belgian blocks are similar but not the same as cobblestones. They're typically larger and can make for more rustic, antique looks. The prices are comparable between both options.

Permeable Paver Driveway Cost

A permeable paver driveway ranges between $6,100 and $24,350 or $10 to $40 per square foot. They are typically concrete, brick or stone, but gaps between the surface along with a porous gravel base underneath allow the space to absorb large amounts of rain.

Permeable pavers are environmentally friendly. Instead of letting the water sit on the surface of the driveway or walkway, they facilitate its absorption into the ground underneath the installation.

Permeable driveway materials require more maintenance than standard pavers. You'll need to clean the joints between the stones about once a year with a broom or vacuum to remove leaves and other natural debris.

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Concrete Driveway Pavers Cost

The $6,100 to $15,200 or $10 to $25 per square foot price make concrete pavers an affordable option for this type of driveway. They have a strength rating of about 9,000 PSI. A variety of shapes and designs help you create a custom look.

Paver Stone Driveway Cost

Some homeowners choose sandstone or bluestone pavers, leading to a project budget of $9,150 to $36,500 or $15 to $60 per square foot. They add a unique look but are less durable and can withstand less pressure than brick or cobblestone alternatives.

Grass Driveway Pavers Cost

A driveway with grass pavers ranges between $6,100 and $12,200 or $10 to $20 per square foot. Interlocking systems like Turfstone combine the look of a lawn with the functionality of pavement.

The system is constructed to feature a number of honeycomb-type cells surrounded by concrete or plastic pavers. The structure sits on a gravel bed that allows water to drain easily and a base of larger crushed stones.

Cost to Install Paver Driveway

Most contractors charge between $40 and $70 per hour for driveway paver installation. At a total project time of 125 to 250 hours, that comes to a total between $5,000 and $17,500 for labor alone.

That price includes the rate to prepare the site prior to installation. It also includes the costs required to protect any materials or structures around the area such as flowers, mailboxes, etc. It does not include permit or inspection fees that your local municipality might include.

Average Cost to Replace Concrete Driveway With Pavers

Replacing your concrete driveway with pavement stones increases your total project budget by about $530 to $1,500, which is the cost to remove the concrete.

Before taking that step, it helps to understand the differences between pavers and concrete:

ConcretePavers
Less expensiveMore expensive
Standard grey lookCustomizable look
Low maintenanceHigh maintenance
25-year average lifespan40-year average lifespan
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DIY Paver Driveway vs. Hire a Pro

Installing your own driveway pavement saves in labor costs, but you need specific expertise in this type of leveling and construction. In most cases, hiring a professional is a better choice to get the job done right.

Taking on your own pavement project means accounting for the cost of equipment, which ranges between $0.30 and $25 per square foot. That budget includes:

  • Cutting and grinding tools, which average $50 to $75 in rental fees.
  • Supplies for mortar and reinforcement, which average $40 to $50.
  • Specialty equipment like small plate compactor, masonry saw, and mortar box, which averages $50 to $80 in rental fees.

FAQs

Is it cheaper to lay concrete or pavers?

Standard concrete is typically cheaper than pavers. Beyond the installation, a paver driveway is a better investment because it lasts longer and adds curb appeal to your home.

How long does a paver driveway last?

The average paver driveway lasts between 30 and 50 years. Some materials, like permeable pavers, only last 20-25 years. Others, like cobblestones, can easily reach 75 years with regular maintenance.

What are the best pavers for a driveway?

Functionally, cobblestone and brick are the best driveway materials because they hold the most pressure and last the longest. Visually, natural stone and grass pavers can add a unique look. Grass and permeable pavements are best for water drainage.

How do you install a paver driveway?

Installing a paver driveway requires 6 basic steps:

  1. Lay the base, typically crushed gravel.
  2. Position the edge to hold the pavers in place.
  3. Level the surface using an inch-thick sand layer above the gravel base.
  4. Place the pavers directly atop the sand surface.
  5. Fill in the spaces with masonry sand.
  6. Seal the surface to prevent mold, weeds, and stains.

Pavers rarely fit a space without at least slight modifications and will require some cutting. Use a wet saw, and remember to order about 10 to 15 percent more pavers than you need for the project to account for cut pieces.

Why use driveway pavers?

Driveway pavers create a strong and attractive surface that provides contrast for a beautiful lawn or bed of flowers. The extra-wide joints allow rainwater to run straight into the soil, reducing puddles and improving drainage.

Paved drivers allow for unique styles and patterns, are more durable, and tend to be stronger than concrete. They also provide more traction than poured concrete drivers.

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