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Driveway Paving Cost

Driveway Paving Cost

National average
$4,275
(450 sq.ft. asphalt driveway with existing grading)
Low: $2,000

(450 sq.ft. gravel driveway with minimal grading)

High: $11,250

(450 sq.ft. paver driveway and grading)

Cost to pave a driveway varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from paving contractors in your city.

The average cost of paving a driveway is $2,500 - $10,000.

In this guide

Types of driveway paving
Layout options
Paving process
Labor costs
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQs

How much does it cost to pave a driveway?

The way that your driveway looks and functions can have a big impact on your home’s curb appeal and the wear and tear on your car. Having your driveway freshly paved will not only make your property look better, but it will also help prevent damage due to potholes and other issues inherent with older driveways. The average two-car driveway in the U.S. measures around 450 square feet. Paved with asphalt, this project has an average cost range of $2,500 to $10,000, with most homeowners paying around $4,275 for the job.

Types of driveway paving

While concrete and asphalt are the two most popular and frequently used materials for paving a driveway, several other materials are available that you may want to consider. 

Gravel

Gravel is the least expensive material you can use for your driveway, costing between $1 and $2 a square foot. In warm climates, it can last for decades with little maintenance. But in areas that see snowfall, plows and shovels can disturb the gravel, and pieces of rock can damage snowblowers. 

Gravel is not very popular in most areas due to its appearance, but it is a low-cost option that can look nice when freshly laid.

Gravel Driveway


Asphalt

Asphalt is one of the most popular options for paving driveways. It is fairly low-cost at $3 to $4 a square foot and lasts roughly 20 years. It can be resurfaced fairly easily, and maintenance and repairs tend to be fairly inexpensive when compared to other materials. However, it can soften in hot climates. It is also subject to frost heaves in cold climates, so it will require maintenance every few years.

Asphalt Driveway


Poured concrete

Concrete driveways are also very popular, mostly because they are highly durable and last around 40 years. They cost around $6 to $7 a square foot for material but can be expensive and difficult to repair. They hold up well in hot climates but can crack easily in cold climates and are subject to frost heaves. They also come in many colors, which allows people to customize their driveway appearance.

Poured Concrete Driveway


Stamped concrete

Stamped concrete is an attractive way to add color and design to a driveway. It costs around $8 to $12 a square foot, and multiple patterns and colors are available, which allows for customization. Like poured concrete, it does better in hot climates than cold climates and can be expensive and difficult to repair. It also lasts around 40 years.

Stamped Concrete Driveway


Interlocking Pavers

Interlocking pavers are one of the most durable and attractive forms of driveway paving. The pavers can be made of concrete, stone, brick, or composites and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Therefore, it is possible to create very interesting and unique designs. They have a wide range of costs due to the different patterns and materials, ranging from $5 to $50 a square foot, and they can last for 50 years or more when properly maintained.

Interlocking Pavers Driveway


Tar-and-chip/chip-sealed

Chip-sealed driveways, also called tar-and-chip, are a way to make asphalt driveways more durable and longer-lasting. A layer of asphalt is put down first, then a layer of aggregate is put on top and compacted into the tar. This costs around $12 to $15 a square foot for the material, but there are fewer maintenance costs, and the driveway will last 40 years or more.

Tar and Chip Driveway


Exposed aggregate

Exposed aggregate is similar to tar-and-chip but uses a concrete base rather than an asphalt 1 base. A layer of crushed aggregate material is put on top of the concrete and rolled into place for more durability. There is less maintenance, and the material wears longer. It is also possible to use aggregate of varying colors. It costs around $15 to $18 a square foot for material.

Exposed aggregate


Layout options

Driveways come in many layouts as well as materials. Part of this is dictated by the position of your home from the road and your landscaping. However, in most cases, there are a few standard layouts.

Single and double driveways, which are square or rectangular, are the most common. A circular drive, which has two openings, allows drivers to pull in from one end, follow the curve toward the front door, then exit at the other end. Sometimes, these driveways are combined with a straight area for parking or pulling over.

Driveways for homes that are set back may curve from the road to the garage or parking area. Sometimes this is unavoidable due to landscaping, but many curves can be difficult to pave and may raise labor costs.

Paving process

The paving process for a driveway varies depending on a few factors. Most driveways must be leveled and compacted prior to paving. If you are repaving an existing driveway, this is generally not needed. If this is new construction, however, the driveway will need to be leveled and compacted before beginning.

A layer of gravel is generally laid down first for drainage, although if you are paving an existing gravel driveway, this is not needed. A thin layer of asphalt is paved on top of the gravel. Once this has cured, a second, longer-wearing topcoat is added. This may take a few days in between the two coats, depending on the climate.

Labor costs

Labor makes up a large portion of the cost to pave a driveway. While gravel and asphalt together cost around $4.50 a square foot in materials, the labor to pave the driveway will cost around $5 to $7 a square foot, depending on the complexity of the job. For a 450-square-foot driveway, expect to pay about $2,250 in labor of the $4,275 total. 

Maintenance

Maintenance for driveways depends a lot on the climate you live in and the type of driveway. For both asphalt and concrete driveways, pay attention to cracks, frost heaves, and other structural problems with the material. Asphalt needs to be resurfaced or sealed every few years to help seal up the cracks and prevent major damage. Concrete requires less maintenance overall, mostly washing and inspecting, but occasionally it may need to be leveled

Gravel driveways may need to be raked periodically to redistribute the gravel, and pavers may sometimes need sealing, depending on the type of paver.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Old Driveway Removal

If your existing driveway is in poor condition and cannot be resurfaced or if you switch to a new material, you will need to have the old driveway removed. Removing an old driveway involves breaking it up and removing the pieces, which can cost around $2 a square foot on average.

Subgrade

Many driveways must be compacted and graded prior to paving. Depending on the landscaping and the condition of the area, this can be very involved or simple, involving the removal of any rocks and excess material. The average cost is around $4 a square foot if the driveway must be graded prior to paving.

Additional considerations and costs

  • You may need a permit to pave a driveway to make sure that it meets all requirements of the municipality. Check with your town or city hall for more information before beginning.
  • Depending on your climate, you may need to seal your driveway more frequently to preserve it. Some surfaces only need sealing every 3 to 5 years, but some harsh climates may require driveways to be sealed yearly.
  • Occasionally, you may need land clearing and site preparation to remove shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders from the site. Expect to pay $0.50 to $1.50 for this process.
  • If you have many slopes, curves, or angles in your driveway, the costs will increase. This may include the need for an engineer to help facilitate proper draining away from the home to the street.

FAQs

  • Which is cheaper a concrete or asphalt driveway?

Asphalt driveways are generally less expensive than concrete, costing $3 to $4 a square foot versus $6 to $7 a square foot.

  • What is the cheapest way to pave a driveway?

Technically, gravel is the cheapest at $2 a square foot, but for hard-wearing pavement, asphalt is the least expensive.

  • Does a paved driveway add value?

Depending on the area and type of pavement, yes, a paved driveway can add value to your property. 

  • How long does a driveway last?

This depends on the type of pavement used and ranges from 20 to 50 years. 

  • Is 2 inches of asphalt enough for a driveway?

Ideally, you would need a second layer to help make the driveway longer-wearing. Two inches would only be the bottom layer. ​

  • How thick should an asphalt driveway be?

Most asphalt driveways are around 3 to 4-inches thick.​

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Cost to pave a driveway varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baldwin, NY
+31%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Canfield, OH
+8%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dedham, MA
+38%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dickson, TN
-23%
Englewood, NJ
+26%
Fall River, MA
+7%
Fort Collins, CO
-11%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Franklin, NJ
+1%
Gary, TX
-9%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Greenville, MI
-19%
Gulfport, MS
-3%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Holbrook, MA
+38%
Horsham, PA
+29%
Houston, TX
+24%
Independence, MO
+8%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Laverne, OK
-67%
Lexington, SC
-10%
Madison, WI
+13%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Morrow, GA
-4%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Egypt, NJ
+28%
Oaklyn, NJ
+16%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Osseo, MN
+18%
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