What Does it Cost to Pave a Driveway?

The driveway may not be high on the list of renovations or improvements for your property, but it can be the easiest way to make a great first impression. An attractive driveway creates curb appeal that can go a long way in selling a home, and an unappealing one may discourage buyers. Paving a driveway makes a huge difference, but it does bring with it some costs. Use this guide for a better idea of what to expect when paving your driveway.

National Install a Driveway Costs

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National Install a Driveway Costs
Average reported cost $3,603
Number of Cost Profiles 325 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $150
Maximum reported cost $7,200
Most homeowners spent between: $3,000 to $3,990

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Average Costs of Driveway Paving Installation

Although the cost of paving a driveway can dramatically differ from property to property based on many reasons, homeowners are still often eager to pin down a specific price range to work from. On average, the cost of paving a driveway will cost homeowners somewhere between $4,213 and $6,181. Just some of the factors that influence this total cost might be the quality of the installers, the materials themselves, the geographic location of the property, the size of the driveway and even the accessibility of the area.

How Materials Influence The Total Expense

It is important to note that paving a driveway can be done with multiple materials, and you should have a clear understanding of which material is best for your property. The two most common options are asphalt and concrete. Asphalt driveways are typically black in color, and they have an average lifespan of 20 years, and they cost as little as $2.50 per square foot. Concrete, while much more durable and lighter in color, can cost closer to $5 per square foot.

Long-Term Repair and Maintenance Costs

Another factor to keep in mind when planning to pave a driveway is the costs that will crop up down the road. Asphalt driveways will need to be sealed at least once every five years in order to continue to function properly and look attractive, and concrete might need to be professionally cleaned. Expect to pay an average of $954 for resealing and $212 for professional driveway power washing.

Paving your driveway is typically something that requires professional assistance, and the price reflects that. However, there are a variety of materials that can increase or decrease the price depending on your budget.

Last updated on Jan 25, 2016

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