For an average two-car concrete driveway that is 20 feet wide and 30 feet long (600 sq. ft.) without slopes or curves costs $3,266. The average cost per square foot is $5.44, without counting the cost of old driveway removal or ground leveling and excavation. Get free estimates from concrete contractors near you.
When it comes to installing your driveway or replacing it, concrete is possibly going to be your best choice when it comes to price and longevity. Concrete is one of the eco-friendliest materials in use because it’s made from the most plentiful material on the earth–limestone–and mixed with water, natural rock, and sand. It can also be made from waste byproducts. Let's take a look at the average prices:
For an average two-car concrete driveway that is 20 feet wide and 30 feet long (600 sq. ft.) without slopes or curves costs $3,266. The average cost per square foot is $5.44, without counting the cost of old driveway removal or ground leveling and excavation.
|National Average Cost||$3,266|
|Average Range||$2,214 to $6,110|
The average driveway will last 40–50 years and typically has low maintenance needs when constructed properly.
The average cost for a 20' x 30' (600 square foot) concrete driveway that is 4-inch thick with steel mesh is $3,266:
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Material Cost||$2.84 per sq.ft.||7.6 cubic yards||$1,706|
|Labor Cost||$2.60 per sq.ft.||45 hours||$1,560|
|Total Cost||$5.44 per sq.ft.||600 sq. ft.||$3,266|
The average concrete driveway requires 7.6 cubic yards (including 4% extra to cover loss) of prepared concrete. The total length of labor is around 45 hours, or 1 full day with a 5 man crew. Labor includes on-grade preparation of the driveway location, forms placing, laying base material, grading, finishing, and curing your new driveway.
|Concrete||Concrete is the most durable, but cracks in freezing temperatures and cracks may cost $300+ to repair||40-50 years||$5 – $6 per sq. ft.|
|Asphalt||Asphalt softens in extreme heat, but repairs are easy||20 years||$3 – $4 per sq. ft.|
|Gravel||Gravel will move in rain and snow, but very easy to replace||100+ years||$2 – $3 per sq. ft.|
|Pavers||Pavers will eventually break or crack but are easy to replace||30 - 40 years||$5 – $20 per sq. ft.|
|Brick||Bricks will eventually break or crack but are easy to replace||30 - 40 years||$10 – $40 per sq. ft.|
The end cost will depend on many factors, but the three main cost considerations are the:
Average driveway prices are based on a 20’ x 30’ 2-car (600 square foot) driveway:
Coming in at about $5 to $6 per square foot, concrete will be the most durable of all the driveways you can install, especially in warmer climates. It can last for up to fifty years before needing to be replaced or resurfaced, as long as maintenance is kept up and it doesn’t need resurfacing or resealing. It also comes in many types and colors. Concrete pavers can be installed by hand.
According to the American Concrete Pavement Association, concrete is 72% more reflective than asphalt, so less lighting is needed when it is used for roads, driveways, and curbs, and it has a lot less heat absorption. However, concrete can crack when in a typical freeze-thaw climate, and it is often stained due to oil and tire tracks.
Asphalt is the most affordable paved driveway material at approx. $3 to $4 per square foot, and it handles northern temps much better. It also settles and dries faster once poured, but it doesn’t have much longevity, and there’s no way to do custom design work with it because it only comes in black (although that might be changing). It softens in high temps and needs to be resealed or resurfaced every 3–5 years.
Concrete driveway pavers is on the expensive side at $5 to $20 per square foot for installation. The main factor driving up the cost is the extra labor it requires, since all pavers must be installed by hand. However, this is a great option that comes in many different colors, textures, and patterns to match your landscaping. Maintenance will depend on if the pavers break under pressure, but are easy to repair by replacing them.
Brick or cobblestone is expensive at approx. $10 to $40 per square foot, or from $9,200 to $33,000 total. Bricks come in various colors, are installed by hand, and can make great custom designs; but they have a higher chance of cracking, breaking, and shifting, and the surface must be power washed and resealed every year.
Gravel is the least expensive at approx. $840 to $1,400, or $1 to $3 per square foot (for the gravel alone) and is easy to install, but it moves with each bout of rain or snow. Stabilizers can help with that, and it can last for up to 100 years. It comes in a lot of colors.
The final cost of your driveway will vary greatly if you need a lot of prep work done on the ground itself. The ground for the driveway must be levelled properly, and all trees or shrubbery will need to be moved out of the way. If there is an existing driveway in place, it will need to be excavated and the materials removed.
The recommended square footage for your driveway is based on the number of cars, the size of your vehicles, and extra sq. footage for walk-around's.
The cost for your design choice will depend on the amount of labor and types of material required to give the desired look.
The amount of maintenance work you’ll need to do on your concrete driveway will depend on its use—how many cars or heavy vehicles, how often they drive in and out, oil and gas stains, amount of visible wear, metal blades from ploughing up snow, etc. The type of sealer you have in place will also determine how often you’ll need to power wash and reseal.
Concrete can crack because of a bad subbase, badly mixed concrete, bad joints, or severe thaw-refreeze weather. Cracks will typically cost $300+ to repair depending on the extent. As long as the subbase and the concrete are in good shape, the concrete slab can be repaired. Your options include:
If money is tight and you’ve been advised to replace the concrete slab, know that additives and aggregate can be pumped beneath the slab to fill sinking spots and prop the concrete back up.
Resurfacing provides that brand-new look without the brand-new cost. Because concrete lasts for so long, if there are no cracks but it needs a facelift, the surface can be scraped off and a new coat of concrete applied. This is a popular and cheaper option than repaving and costs about $1–$3 per square foot. You can make the surface look completely different by adding color or other decorative effects.
Concrete doesn’t have to be sealed at all, and the natural weathering can add to its appeal. If you do choose to seal the driveway, you can choose between solvent and water-based acrylics which are often mixed with epoxies, polyurethanes, or silicones.
An acrylic spray-on cure and seal will cost approx. $0.53/sq. ft. Two applications of a nonmetallic color and concrete hardener cost about $2.40/sq. ft.
The solvent-based sealers are of a higher quality and highlight the concrete’s colors better. High-gloss sealers are no longer popular and can be slippery. They aren’t as good for the concrete either, because they block in the moisture, which can cause fracturing, white hazing, or fogging.
Ultimately, look for a penetrating sealer that provides a chemical barrier to oil and freeze-thaw conditions, is breathable, won’t yellow, isn’t slippery, enhances the color of the concrete if you want it to, and provides invisible protection. Test the sealer on a small corner of your driveway to make sure it will give the final look you want. Once you’ve settled on your final choice, make sure the sealer is applied in thin coats (with a roller or sprayer, based on instructions) so as to allow the concrete to expand and allow moisture to escape. The seal should last for 4–5 years.
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