If you need paving for any reason, don't overlook concrete paving because you have an image of a cold, grey surface in your mind. Concreting professionals use a variety of techniques to create stunning concrete paving effects that can make concrete not only affordable, but stylish as well. Here's what you need to know.
How Much Does Concrete Paving Cost?*
If you're laying a garden path, you may be able to get away with laying a sand bed and laying natural stone pavers on top of it. Choose tiles, though, and you may regret it when they start to crack. If you're paving your driveway, a concrete base is a must. The moral is: it's a good idea to find out how much concrete paving is going to cost even if you intend to lay another material on top of it.
If you're laying a path, a 75mm thick concrete bed is sufficient, but if you're having a concrete driveway laid, it should be 100mm thick. Depending on the concreting service you use and the thickness of the concrete, expect to pay between $50 and $75 per square metre for a professional job.
Now you need to find out how to make your paving look good. If you want to lay pavers on top of the concrete, you'll need to find out how much they cost. Our article, How Much Does Outdoor Paving Cost?
can give you an overview of the cost of some of the more popular pavers.
Your Concrete Paving Options
To get a complete picture of the cost of concrete paving, you need to learn about the options that are available to you. Some of the more popular decorative decorative options include:
- Spray painting: Special spray paints are available that can be applied directly over plain concrete. Stencilled patterns are available if you want something more decorative than a plain colour. Concrete spray painting starts at about $20 per square metre for larger areas. Small areas will cost more to cover transportation and set-up. Also expect to pay more for patterns, multiple colours, etc.
- Aggregate: This is a time-honoured technique that involves adding small pebbles to the concrete mix. Aggregate is widely used in housing developments and commercial applications and is a very affordable option.
- Concrete resurfacing can be done on new or old concrete. Using stencils and/or texturing techniques, a variety of effects can be achieved, from a natural stone look to intricate patterns and designs. Concrete resurfacing costs somewhere between $35 and $50 per square metre. If your concrete company quotes both for laying the concrete and stencilling, the price might start at around $85 per square metre for something basic to $100 or more intricate stencilling and texturing.
companies offer a range of services that may include some or all of the decorative options, whilst others may specialise in one. Get a range of quotes to be sure you get the best results for the best price.
*Cost 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.