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. This could grace your driveway, pathway, patio or pool surround and last for many years with very little maintenance.
Like any project, you want to know how much your concrete paving job is going to cost.
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:
- Precast concrete pavers are a cost effective paver and come in a wide variety of colours and designs. They are durable, easy to maintain and will not crack. Some designs can even mimic the look of more expensive stone pavers.
- Aggregate 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.
- Spray painting 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.
- 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.
How much does concrete paving cost?
A number of factors will determine the overall cost of your outdoor paving job, specifically:
- Labour costs, which start at about $20 per square metre for a simple paving job, but can go up to $50 per square metre or more.
- Access and the terrain will have a significant impact on the cost of an outdoor paving job. If paving is done on a flat, level surface, work can proceed quickly, so will cost less per square metre than paving on a sloping surface.
- The style of paving helps determine the cost, too. A driveway made from large, square pavers will be less expensive than an intricately patterned driveway made up of small pavers.
- The amount of bedding you require for your project, either sand or gravel
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.
To have your pavers laid expect to pay in the region of:
- $50 and $75 per square metre per square metre for concrete pavers
For a bed or base, expect to pay in the region of:
- $1,500 to $1800 for a crushed rock base for a site of 50 square metres with easy access and little preparation
- $2300 to $2,800 for a poured concrete base for a site of 50 square metres with easy access and little preparation
Learn more: How Much Does Outdoor Paving Cost?
Find a local Paving Specialists now
Hiring a paving contractor
When it comes time to hiring a paving contractor make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:
- Are you licensed for my project?
- Do you hold valid insurance?
- Can you provide a written quote?
- Does my quote include edging, gravel and sand?
- Do you have references I can follow up?
Always ask for the entire job to be quoted rather than get square metre or hourly rates.
Getting quotes for concrete paving
When you start to get quotes for paving your contractor will want to know:
- Size and colour of pavers you want
- Area to be covered (driveway, path, pool surround?)
- Square metres of coverage
- Details about the terrain (flat, sloping, etc.)
- Access issues
Many concreting 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.