Ashburn, VA

How Much Does It Cost To Pave A Concrete Driveway?

$2,214 – $6,110 ($5-$6 sq. ft.)

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.

Concrete Driveway Cost

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.

Concrete Driveway Costs
National Average Cost $3,266
Minimum Cost $1,800
Maximum Cost $8,500
Average Range $2,214 to $6,110

The average driveway will last 40–50 years and typically has low maintenance needs when constructed properly.

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:

Table Of Contents

  1. Concrete Driveway Cost
  2. Concrete Driveway Cost Per Square Foot
  3. Driveway Cost Comparison
  4. Asphalt Vs. Concrete Driveway
  5. Additional Cost Factors
  6. Design Choices
  7. Concrete Driveway Repair Costs
  8. Cost To Seal Concrete Driveway
  9. Additional Considerations
  10. Hiring Your Concrete Contractor
  11. Concrete Driveway Paving Near Me

Concrete Driveway Cost Per Square Foot

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.

Driveway Cost Comparison

Type Description Lasts Average Cost
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.

Concrete Driveway with Brick Siding

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Asphalt Vs. Concrete Driveway

The end cost will depend on many factors, but the three main cost considerations are the:

  1. Size – single driveway or double, for how many cars
  2. Shape – circular, a half circle, angled
  3. Terrain – curved or sloped

Average driveway prices are based on a 20’ x 30’ 2-car (600 square foot) driveway:

Concrete Driveway Cost

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.

Concrete Driveway New Modern

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Asphalt Driveway Cost

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.

Asphalt Driveway Rural Ranch House

Driveway Pavers Cost

Concrete driveway pavers cost $10 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.

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Brick Driveway Cost

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. 

Brick Driveway Hilltop

Gravel Driveway Cost

A gravel driveway costs $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.

Gravel Driveway With Concrete Accents

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Additional Cost Factors

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.

  • Driveway Removal Costs $9 /square yard – Old slab can be excavated with hand tools or large equipment to a uniform depth lower than the final surface level required, to a maximum depth of 8”. The cost will also include area preparation and protection, and removal of debris. Concrete can be crushed to be reused or recycled in many ways—as granular refill, course base material for new pavement, or as aggregate in new concrete.
  • Excavation Costs $0.50–$1.50/sq. ft. – Factor in extra for the removal and disposal of all sod, plants, trees, etc. from the site of the future driveway.
  • Ground Leveling Costs $300–$1,000 – If the driveway is on a slope or will not be straight, local building permits will probably require a report and recommendations from a soil engineer. This will cover the presence of any soft spots in the soil, soil expansion tendencies, and drainage/runoff considerations. Adequate support for the driveway is paramount. If the soil is not strong enough to support the new driveway, the soil can be replaced with engineered fill.

Concrete Driveway

How Big Of A Driveway Do I Need?

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.

  • Vehicle length: 18’–20’
  • Vehicle width: 10’
  • Pickup or van: 22’–24’
  • Walk-around: 3’–5’
Add more for a walkway, an apron (from the driveway to the street), curbing, or small retaining walls.

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Concrete Driveway Design Choices

The cost for your design choice will depend on the amount of labor and types of material required to give the desired look.

  • Exposed – The top “skin” of the concrete is removed and then an aggregate is added. This can either be mixed into the concrete mix or dropped onto the surface. It’s a great way to make the driveway surface rough and non-slippery and costs approx. $1.50–$1.80/sq. ft.
  • Stamped or scored – Shapes are stamped into the concrete as an overlay, and sections can be done in different colors. Sometimes aggregate is added to the stamped areas to give a different look, such as a 1’–2’ brick look on the borders of the driveway. Stamped concrete costs $5–$12 more per square foot. Scoring costs about $0.27/linear foot.
  • Stained – After the concrete sets, the cement is stained by hand. Some people choose to place colored graphics into the driveway, or they stencil out certain portions of it and add varying colors to them. These acid-or water-based colors penetrate deeply, with an acid-based stain giving the concrete a mottled effect. Stenciling will cost $1–$25 more per square foot, with engraving costing more. Colored concrete costs about $40/cubic yard.

Concrete Driveway With Design & Coloring Accents

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Concrete Driveway Repair Costs

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:

  • Resurface with overlay
  • Remove bad concrete
  • Make the cracks look like they are part of the design by staining and cutting.
  • Apply a new stain and seal it in. Most sealed driveways need to be resealed every two years.
During installation, make sure the subgrade material is of a high quality. It should consist of an even thickness of 2”–8” of crushed rock or gravel. The better the subgrade, the less likely you’ll have problems with cracking later.

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.

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Concrete Driveway Resurfacing Costs

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.

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Cost To Seal Concrete Driveway

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.

If choosing an acrylic sealer, look for the words “virgin” or “pure” on the can. These won’t yellow when exposed to UV rays. Epoxies are prone to yellowing.

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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Additional Considerations

  • Permits and taxes – Local city permits, homeowners’ association rules, and city taxes can add more onto your final quote. Your contractor should know exactly what is required and obtain the city permits for you. Read over your homeowners’ association manual to see what is and is not allowed re colors, designs, shapes, and how the driveway meets the street.
  • Labor – It should take about 52–54 hours with a five-man crew in perfect weather conditions to install a concrete driveway.
  • Warranty – Ask contractors what they will do to prevent cracked concrete, and what kind of warranty they offer. Some state concrete associations will offer extended warranties of three years or more if you use one of their recommended concrete producers and contractors.
  • Gates or ironwork – Many homeowners on larger properties like to install an entryway with a key-coded gate at the end of the driveway.
  • 3D Design – While this is usually worked into the quote, it can be well worth hiring a contractor who offers this. Conceptual 3D drawings of the finished project will let you “see” how the finished driveway will look.

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Hiring Your Concrete Contractor

  1. Narrow your choices down to three who have extensive experience pouring concrete driveways and doing the decorative effects you want.
  2. Check their portfolios of previous work and ask for referrals. See if you can drive by former clients’ driveways to see what condition they are in.
  3. Make sure they are bonded and insured.
  4. Make sure the removal of all debris and cleanup is included in their quotes.
  5. Have an exact starting date and finishing date.
  6. Ask about warranties on the concrete and labor.

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Author: Daniel W.
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