How much does it cost to install a brick paver diveway?

How Much Does a Paver Driveway Cost?

Quite likely, the most significant portion of the paver driveway expense, beyond labor, is the preparation, which will include a substantial amount of labor as well. This is, of course, dependent on the soil condition where you will place the driveway.

Tearing out an old driveway, removing trees, boulders, and landscaping will increase your labor costs accordingly.

On average a paver driveway installation costs around $16,500, and most spend in the $14,000 – $19,000 range on the project.

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Brick Driveway Cost by Size

Your driveway’s size is a large cost factor. Larger areas require more material and labor and have higher costs than smaller ones. Driveways with curves, hills, or other difficult features also have higher costs. Below are the average cost ranges for common sizes:

SizeAverage Cost (Labor Included)Single Stall (10&

SizeAverage Cost (Labor Included)
Single Stall (10’ x 20’)$2,000 – $6,000
Single (12’ x 24’)$2,880 – $8,640
Double Stall (20’ x 20’)$4,000 – $12,000
Double (24’ x 24’)$5,760 – $17,280
Triple (24’ x 36’)$8,640 – $25,920

Small

A small brick driveway could be a single stall or a single driveway and ranges from $2,000 to $8,640. When you want plenty of space to house a single vehicle, a single or single stall’s size ranges from 10’ to 24’. For a small, single vehicle, a single stall has the needed room. However, if you have a large SUV or another vehicle, this is the better option. This makes it large enough for your needs without taking up additional space. If your home uses one to two cars, this is a good driveway size to meet your needs. However, it may be too small for those with additional cars or large vehicles.

Medium-Sized

Paving a medium-sized driveway ranges from $4,000 to $17,280. You can choose from a double driveway or a double stall based on your specific needs. A double stall measures 20’ x 20’, while a double one is slightly larger at 24’ x 24’. Two vehicles fit in these but make sure to consider the size. For two smaller vehicles, a double stall is enough room. However, a double driveway is the better option for SUVs, RVs, or other large vehicles.

Long

A long or triple driveway costs about $8,640 to $25,920 for materials and installation. A long driveway creates a luxurious feel and adds to the visual appeal of the property. These are 24’ x 36’ and work well for people with three or more RVs, trucks, cars, or SUVs. For a larger, longer driveway such as this, it is important to choose the most durable pavers to accommodate the heavy weight of several vehicles.

Brick Driveway Cost vs Concrete

Brick driveways are frequently installed in the same areas where concrete driveways are installed. Both make attractive, durable, and long-lasting driveways. Concrete cracks more easily than brick and is harder to maintain and repair. Concrete costs between $3,460 and $6,910, while the cost for a brick paver driveway runs between $8,500 and $17,500 a square foot. This makes concrete more affordable than brick, even with the additional maintenance and risk of staining or cracking. However, brick tends to last longer and is more eco-friendly than concrete. It can also retain an excellent aesthetic for decades.

MaterialAverage Project Cost (Installed)Concrete$3

MaterialAverage Project Cost (Installed)
Concrete$3,460 – $6,910
Brick$8,500 – $17,500

How long a paver driveway will actually last

If you’ve heard that pavers last longer than concrete and that’s why you’re here, you will be happy to find out that you’ve been told right. The average paver driveway can last up to 50 years, while natural stone pavers can easily reach 75 years.

Of course, that’s considering you provide regular maintenance to your driveway. Such as cleaning, sand refilling and sealing.

Are you still not sure pavers are the right choice for your driveway? Check out our article: “Pavers vs Concrete: Pros, Cons and Cost Comparison”. It will definitely be of help.

How Much Does It Cost to Pave a Driveway? DIY vs. Hiring a Professional

The fact that labor accounts for 50 percent of the cost of a driveway installation can make almost any homeowner consider DIY-ing their own driveway paving; however, the difference between paving a driveway and other outdoor DIY projects is that several large and technical pieces of equipment are needed to install a driveway properly. At a minimum, you’ll need to rent a skid steer, dump truck, roller, plate compactor, wheelbarrow, and other tools (like a concrete mixer or asphalt paver), depending on the material you want to use. It gets complicated quickly, so unless you’re already skilled at laying large areas of concrete, asphalt, or pavers, it’s best to leave this job to the pros who have all the tools and experience to get it done right.

When considering how much does it cost to pave a driveway, there are a few tasks that you may be able to do yourself. If you want to add a small gravel driveway on the side, you may be able to level the ground and pour gravel on your own as long as you have a truck and shovel handy. Otherwise, on larger driveway projects, you could remove existing landscaping to help prepare the site. Beyond that, special equipment or even heavy equipment may be required if lots of leveling on rough terrain is needed.

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A driveway installation company is well-versed in identifying areas that will need special attention for drainage to help the driveway last longer. They’ll have all the right equipment to get the job done right on schedule. Installing a driveway is a job that requires more than one person, so you can expect a team of people working together to make sure it’s installed properly. Don’t hesitate to talk with a contractor about the types of driveways you could install in your region that will make a great investment for years to come.

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Stamped Concrete Driveways

Stamped concrete driveways are growing in populari

Stamped concrete driveways are growing in popularity. It’s easy to see why; they look smart and they are nearly as long-lasting as concrete slabs.  That said, they’re also one of the more expensive types of driveways.

Driveway Cost

  • Stamped concrete is not cheap. If you’re considering this option you’ll likely have aesthetics in mind. Because of the potentially intricate work involved, the average cost of a stamped concrete driveway runs around the $10 – $15 per square foot mark.
  • On the plus side though, you’ll get the look of pavers without the cost of maintaining all those cracks where pavers join.

Driveway Lifespan

  • The lifespan of stamped concrete is the same as with plain concrete, around 30 years if well maintained.

Driveway Maintenance

  • As with plain concrete, a sealant should be applied every 3 – 5 years. Take care to not let thick sealant gather in the imprinted pattern, this can ruin the look of your driveway.

Get Estimates for Your Paver Driveway

After you have developed your driveway plans, it’s time to get some estimates. You should get three estimates from reputable driveway pavers in your area and ask them to include two or three options. That way, if you change your mind about a method you already have the price for the others. Good luck and enjoy your driveway.

All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.

Labor

The one cost of any paver installation that will make the biggest difference is the quality of labor. This is where the saying “you get what you pay for” comes into effect If you are looking for a quality paver installation. For guaranteed quality, you should work with installers with the most experience.

There are a number of installers on the market who have been installing pavers for only a couple years. But there are also teams who have been installing pavers for 20+ years. The more experienced crew may be more costly, but the quality, durability, and integrity of the project will be night and day, compared to new installers.

For a crew of experienced paver installers, you will be looking at $5.35 to $8 per square foot for the labor. See below for a range of labor costs depending on crew experience.

Labor cost (outstanding crew with 25+ years of experience) 400 sq ft x $8.00/sq ft $3,200.00
Labor cost (outstanding crew) 400 sq ft x $6.01/sq ft $2,404.00
Labor cost (good crew) 1,000 sq ft x $5.35/sq ft $2,140.00

Labor Total

For a 400 square foot patio, we will assume an outstanding crew for the labor costs, priced at $6.01 per square foot. This would take about five days to complete with a four to five person team.

The labor cost is the last thing you want to regret, so consider budgeting for the best installers possible. Cheaper paver companies may be unreachable down the road when your project is falling apart. Be sure to keep situations like that in mind.

Labor Total $2,404.00

Cost of Supplies, Brick Pavers and Extras

These are common costs on paver driveway installation estimates:

  • $3.00 – $10.00 per square foot | Concrete pavers in various dimensions and colors.
  • $8.00 – $22.00 per square foot | Clay brick pavers in various dimensions and colors.
  • $12.00 – $24.00 per square foot | Kits with shaped pavers used to create circular, starburst and other designs
  • $0.25 – $0.50 per square foot | Excavating the driveway and hauling away materials
  • $0.75 – $1.15 per square foot | Base layer: Up to 8” of small stone, sand or gravel
  • $0.40 – $0.80 per square foot | Sand layer: About 4” of slag sand
  • $8.00 – $15.00 per linear foot | Drain tile, when necessary, in low or wet area (not common)
  • $800 – $1,000 installed | Culvert drainpipe in ditch, where required
  • $100 – $300 installed | Placing a 4” to 6” PVC pipe laterally beneath the driveway for future use for wiring outdoor lights or a sprinkler system line
  • $2.00 – $5.00 per square foot | Removal of an existing hardscape driveway – pavers, asphalt or concrete. Some of this cost is offset if there is a base beneath the driveway that is suitable for new pavers.

Buying tip: If you are planning a paver patio or walkway soon, consider buying enough pavers for both projects now to ensure they will match. The extra pavers can be stacked and stored without damage for years.

Additional Costs and Considerations

Every construction project has its own unique challenges that affect the time and cost to complete it. Beyond the usual factors that influence how much it costs to pave a driveway, several other factors could apply to your situation, like site preparation, sealing, and drainage. Knowing about these other factors will help you in your budgeting process.

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Grading and Site Preparation

Preparing the ground for a driveway is one of the most critical steps to building a quality paver driveway and averages between $5 and $8 per square foot. If the site needs significant grading, heavy equipment will remove rocks and add topsoil before tamping it down. Trees and plants will need to be removed as well, which could require special equipment or subcontractors. The driveway installers will level the ground or work with an existing slope to drain water properly.

Enhancements and Improvements

Some homeowners may be interested in updating an old driveway to improve the property’s appearance. Resurfacing an asphalt driveway costs $1 to $2 per square foot. If an asphalt driveway is too thin and can’t be resurfaced anymore, it may need to be removed and replaced.

Sealing

Depending on the material of a driveway, it can be sealed periodically to lengthen the lifespan. Asphalt paving is a prime candidate for this process and costs around $100 to $190. Sealing an asphalt driveway keeps it looking fresh despite the harsh rays of the sun. Asphalt paving in hotter climates may require sealing each year, but every 3 to 5 years is also recommended.

Drainage System

Though most materials are porous to some extent, rainfall needs to have a place to flow to prevent pooling around the foundation or in the middle of the driveway, where it could damage the surface over time. Driveways with slopes or angles need to be carefully sloped to force water to flow in the preferred direction. Large driveways or regions with more rain may need drains installed strategically to ensure water runs off properly.

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Widening and Extension

If you’re expanding your garage or you just need some additional parking, you can widen your existing driveway at approximately the same cost per square foot ($2 to $15) as building a new driveway. The condition of the ground and the materials you choose will affect the price point. Adding another 200 square feet of gravel might only cost $400, but laying a new section of paver driveway could cost $3,000.

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Recap

Materials $2,255.30
Operation fees $2,202.50
Labor $2,404.00
Company overhead (10%) $686.18
Company profit (10%) $754.80
++++Grand Total $8,302.80

In this pavers cost guide, we have been assuming the ​least expensive scenarios​ for all the components involved with determining the cost of pavers for your project. With the exception of the crew where we went with a more experienced crew, we know a more experienced crew is always going to cost you more.

We cannot stress this enough, but labor is not the area to shave dollars on, and you should always consider using the most experienced crew possible. This will be money well spent, guaranteed!

When looking at these prices, you can get a very good idea as to what you might expect your paver project will cost on the low end.

Low end? What do you mean?

There are many factors that can come into play, which will raise the price of your project (i.e. the accessibility of your install in terms of whether it is in the front yard – backyard – upstairs – downstairs or even through your house, to the type of stone you choose, whether you have drainage issues, excessive roots, how many square feet you have, whether you want sealer or not, extra features such as steps, walls, mow-strips, etc.). There is a lot that goes into estimating an installation, and each job is unique and completely custom.

What about other sized projects?

To compare the costs of a 250, 400, 650, and 1000 square foot paver project, see the graph below.

The Bottom Line

The key takeaway of this post is to really shed some light as to what a typical paving stone project might cost. By pulling back the curtain and allowing you to have a sneak peek inside to see how the numbers break down, we hope that this provides you with the confidence you need to make the ​right decision on which contractor to use to install your paver stone project​.

As you can see from the breakdown above, the only way a company could possibly offer you a lower price than what we have mapped out for you is if they are:

  1. Using a less experienced crew and paying them less than what we have outlined (which is considered industry standard).
  2. Not running a healthy company and neglecting to pay the overhead items listed above, which are essential for operating a legal and healthy California business.
  3. Not paying themselves what they should to remain in business.

The company that falls into any of these three criteria listed above will not be in business very long. A business based solely on price is simply not sustainable and often times results in a lose-lose scenario for all parties involved in the transaction.

We hope this paver installation breakdown helps with your decision-making process.

Find the inspiration for your next paver project with our interactive paver patio ideas roundup!

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About Cristina Miguelez Cristina Miguelez writes for Fixr.com and is a popular contributor to The Money Pit, offering remodeling & home decor ideas that help homeowners make better decisions about their home improvements, and save money while doing them!

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