Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
How much does a concrete driveway cost? That will depend on whether it is a plain concrete driveway, an asphalt driveway, a pebblecrete driveway or a resurfaced driveway. Here's everything you need to know about asphalt and concrete driveway costs.
Concrete driveways vary in cost depending on the size and other factors. A sloping surface will cost more than a flat surface and a more steeply sloped surface will cost even more. A concrete driveway must be at least 125mm thick, so will be more expensive than having concrete laid for pavers. Some typical costs may be:
These prices are approximate and will depend on the service you choose and their rates.The cost doesn't include excavation if needed or a base. The best way to find out how much your driveway is going to cost is to get quotes from concreters. Give them the square metres of the driveway you want and whether the ground is flat or sloping.
Asphalt driveways are becoming popular and can be a cost effective way to get a driveway. Some costs may be:
Prices will vary depending on the supplier and these costs may not include excavation. Asphalt driveways can be used earlier than concrete driveways because concrete driveways must set until the concrete is hard. An asphalt driveway can become hot in some climates, but our roads are made of asphalt and it does not usually become too hot to walk on.
A plain concrete driveway may not be very attractive, but colour can be added to the mix and you can have a coloured driveway. This can be achieved in two ways. Concrete paint is available and can be applied as a DIY job. The other way is to have a concrete driveway resurfaced with a spray on material. This will probably outlast concrete paint and costs between $50 and $75 per square metre in addition to the cost of a concrete driveway.
Exposed aggregate or pebblecrete is a popular option. It comes in a variety of colours and can have patterns or edges in different colours. It has been popular since the 1960s and continues to be popular today. How much does it cost? As with most driveways, the cost will be in square metres and you might be looking at $100 to $150 per square metre.Exposed aggregate or pebblecrete must be installed on top of concrete, so you will also have to pay for concreting a driveway. Assuming a driveway is 18 square metres, you might be looking at $1170 to $1530 for the concrete and $1800 to $2700 for the pebblecrete. The cost may be higher if you want edging or a pattern installed.
Stencilled concrete is the next step up from plain colours. The technique is similar, but stencils are used to give a driveway different colours. Stencilling must be applied over concrete and the cost will include the cost of concreting. On average, stencilling costs between $3000 and $4500, but it will depend on the size of the driveway and the pattern used.
Stamped concrete can look like pavers, stone or brick because it is both stencilled and stamped to bring out texture. Stamped concrete is more expensive than stencilled concrete because of the extra work involved. The steps involved include:
The concrete must be left to dry for three days because it must cure thoroughly to reduce the chance of having footprints or tyre marks in the stamping. A simple pattern might cost between $90 and $135 per square metre plus GST. A complex pattern may cost $200 per square metre plus GST.
Most driveways are three metres wide, so some costs may be:
These prices are approximate and will depend on the area you live in and the service you choose. To find out how much stencilling or stamping will cost in your area, get quotes from spray on concrete services. Mention the square metres of your driveway and whether you want stencilling or stamping and also mention the complexity of the design. Initial quotes will be approximate, but if the concretor has enough information, the quote will be close to the quote they give after they inspect the driveway.
Most concretors know how to concrete driveways, but some services also do spray on colours, stencilling and stamping. Some have different patterns than others and some may have more colours to choose from. If you want spray on colours, stencilling or stamping, get quotes from several and compare their products.
Concrete licences are required in some states in Australia. To find out if a licence is required in your state, read Licensed Trades: Concreters. Scroll down to your state and find what you need to know about concreting in your state. If a licence is required, check their licence. In addition, a concreter should be:
They should also have a portfolio of previous work to show you and some have websites with many examples of their work. Look at several concreters and compare their prices, but also compare their workmanship and find a concreter who can make a driveway to your specifications. Some concreters may have a limited range, while others can do complex designs.
If you want a simple design, it will cost less and you may find a less expensive service. For a more complex design, you need to choose a concreting service with extensive experience in complex designs. More work is needed and the concreter should have experience in all kinds of complex designs. They may charge more than others, but you will know they will do a good job and your driveway will look great. That is important because a driveway is a noticeable feature of your streetscape and can make or break the look of your home. It's worth paying more for a driveway you can use for years. The driveway may even increase the value of your home, so choose it wisely and get a driveway you can be proud of.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.