The cost of paving your driveway will vary when considering the vast range of factors that will affect the price. So, to help you better understand some of the costs you may be facing when paving a driveway, here we will be taking a look at some of the most popular paving options.
Also referred to as tarmac, asphalt driveways use a layer of gravel that is laid into bitumen. This is a very popular choice for driveways across the UK as it is relatively cost effective, averaging at £45-£75 per square metre. It is easy to install and is fairly hard wearing but it does require some maintenance. To keep your tarmac looking good, you will need to resurface your drive every few years depending on the climate and usage.
Concrete driveways are one of the most low maintenance driveways, being extremely hard wearing, they can last for years without any issues. For many UK homeowners, concrete is the ideal driveway paving as they are easy to clean and can be printed to emulate other types of paving. However, despite their durable nature, they can be hard to repair if you encounter any issues or they are not installed by a professional. Averaging at around £30-£50 per square metre, concrete is a very cost-effective paving option when looking at the cost of the paving alone.
Block Paving Driveways
Block paving is arguably the most popular driveways choices for homeowners across the UK. It offers a wide range of styles, colours and textures but can be slightly more costly. Block paving typically costs between £60-£100 per square metre, but this depends on the chosen materials. It also requires professional installation to ensure there are no problems once it is laid with cracks or weeds growing through. Block paving is fairly easy to maintain, as most block paving uses durable natural stone that can comfortably withstand heavy traffic and the inclement British weather.
Other Costs to consider
Whilst the bulk of the cost of a new driveway will come from the paving itself, there are other costs you may not have previously considered. The cost of preparing the area you are replacing with a driveway will always play a huge part in your overall expense. If you have a garden area that require digging out, the grass and soil will have to be removed, levelled and foundations made. Equally, if you already have a driveway which you are choosing to update, the current paving will need to be removed and the ground resurfaced.
At The Premium Paving Company, we have built our reputation and rapport with global contacts over the last 15 years to ensure we are the UK’s paving supplier of choice. If you are interested in finding out more about our paving options for your driveway or would like to sample our natural stone paving range then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.