04/10/2022

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How much does a new driveway cost?

How much does a new driveway cost?

The prices in this cost guide are accurate, as of 2022

How much does a new driveway cost?
A new driveway will boost the appearance of your home

Your driveway is one of the first things you and your guests see when arriving at your house. A nice driveway can transform the outside appearance of your home, turning it into a welcoming space for you to come back to. 

A new driveway can also add up to 10% to the value of your property.

The average driveway costs between £2,500 and £5,000.

How much you end up spending will depend on the materials, the most common of which include resin, concrete, gravel and stones, tarmac, and block paving. The size of your driveway and where you live in the UK will also impact costs.

If you live in London or the South East, the cost of labour will be higher than the average, sometimes by up to 20% more.

Keep in mind that the prices in this guide will always clarify where a sum includes cost of labour and materials, and where the price refers to them separately. The prices in this guide don’t include VAT.

If you want to install a brand new driveway, this cost guide will give you all the information you need to figure out how much a driveway will cost you:

How much does it cost to pave a new driveway?

The average homeowner spends between £2,500 and £5,000 on a new driveway.

Picture of a house with a driveway and a garden
A new driveway will increase the kerb appeal of your property

The great thing about driveways is that they’re both functional and aesthetically pleasing. They give you more parking space, making your life easier, and increase the value of your property. All in all, they’re a great investment to make.

The cost of a new driveway is broken down into three parts:

  1. The size of your driveway
  2. The type of driveway you want
  3. Material costs

You might also want to think about what colours you want your driveway to have, as there are a large range of choices available. Think about what will look good and match with your home (and the surrounding area). 

On average, a medium sized driveway of around 60m2, will cost you between £2,500 and £5,000 to buy and install.

Smaller driveways of around 30m2 (that can fit two cars) have a cost range of £1,200 to £3,000 depending on your choice of materials.

If you’re looking for an even smaller driveway, to fit one car (around 12m2), on the budget end it will cost you around £800, with an upper-end bracket of around £1,500.

Large driveways (around 90-100m2), start at around £3,000 and can reach £8,000 or more, depending on where you live in the UK.

New driveway cost breakdown

12m2 driveway 30m2 driveway 60m2 driveway 90-100m2 driveway
£800 – £1,500 £1,200 – £3,000 £2,500 – £5,000 £3,000 – £8,000
Average cost of a new driveway, according to size

The biggest cost factor is determined by your choice of materials. This guide includes the costs for all the main driveway materials, according to a range of different sizes.

Keep in mind that not all materials will be well suited for your driveway. Gravel and tarmac are difficult to lay on sloped driveways, for instance. A driveway specialist can help you determine what the best fit is for you.

How much does a resin driveway cost?

The average cost of a new resin driveway is around £4,000. Smaller, budget driveways can cost as little as £1,500, whereas larger projects of around 90 to 100m2, using more luxury materials, can cost around £7,000 or more. On average, resin costs around £40 per square metre.

Picture of a house with a resin driveway
Resin is one of the most popular choices for driveway installations

This kind of driveway is made up of gravel that is bound together by resin, allowing you to get the ‘gravel look’, but in a way that prevents your driveway from scattering.

This makes resin driveways very low maintenance and long-lasting, though they’re prone to moss growth further down the line. 

Resin is also a very porous material, meaning it’s great for drainage and has good grip during the slippery winter months. It’s also an eco-friendly option, bringing you plenty of benefits, and only for a slightly higher price than gravel or tarmac.

Not to mention that there are a lot of different colours and custom options you can choose to create a great driveaway. If you have a sharp incline or sloped driveway, then resin is a good option for you.

However, resin is also prone to cracking, though this is only after over 20 years of use. 

The cost of a resin driveway installation, per square metre, is between £50 and £80.

Driveway material Small driveway (30m2) Medium driveway (60m2) Large driveway (90m2)
Resin Between £1,500 and £2,400 Between £3,000 and £4,800 Between £4,500 and £7,200
Prices for a resin driveway

The supply cost of resin, per m2, without cost of labour included, is between £30 – £50.

It can take anywhere between two and seven days to install a resin driveway, depending on size, with an additional one or two days of curing time.

What’s the difference between resin bound and resin bonded?

You might see some services offering both resin-bound and resin-bonded driveways. Resin-bound driveways fully mix the resin into the gravel, whereas resin-bonded driveways have resin poured onto the surface, with gravel sprinkled on top. 

We recommend you opt for the resin-bound option, as the resin-bonded method does not last long, and is prone to cracking and coming loose after only a few years. Though it costs more, the quality of resin-bound driveways is infinitely better.

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How much does a concrete driveway cost?

The average cost of a new, concrete driveway is around £4,500.

Picture of a garage with a concrete driveway
Concrete is a long lasting, durable material

Concrete is a mid to high-end driveway material, similar to tarmac but more durable. The great thing about concrete is that it’s a very hard-wearing option that, with minor maintenance, can last you upwards of 50 years.

It’s also quite easy to install, taking between two to seven days to lay, and three to four days of curing time. 

Concrete driveways have slightly worse drainage, and will probably require a drainage channel and soakaway installation. You might have to do a bit of crack resealing and patching, but decades after installation. It’s recommended that you layer a protective coat over your concrete driveway roughly every six to seven years.

They can also sometimes be a bit tricky to install on steep inclines, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a sloped driveway installation.

The average cost of concrete, per m2, (without labour) is between £50 and £100.

If you then add labour costs, you could pay:

Driveway material Small driveway (30m2) Medium driveway (60m2) Large driveway (90m2)
Concrete Between £1,500 and £3,000 Between £3,000 and £6,000 Between £4,500 and £9,000
Cost of a new concrete driveway

The cost of installation will range, according to where you live in the UK. The larger the driveway, the more prices increase to buy and install concrete.

How much does a printed concrete driveway cost?

You might decide that you want your concrete driveway to be printed. The great thing about concrete is that you can get really creative with it, as there are lots of design options available for you to choose from.

Patterned or stamped concrete driveways always stand out. Printed concrete driveways cost between £75 – £140 per m2. If you aren’t sure what pattern to go with, why not hire a driveway specialist to advise you?

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How much does it cost for a tarmac driveway?

The average cost of a new tarmac driveway is around £3,000.

Picture of a house with a tarmac driveway
A tarmac driveway

Tarmac driveways are made using an asphalt surface, where a layer of gravel and bitumen are laid together.

Tarmac is a popular option, and is fairly easy to install. It’s less expensive than some other materials like concrete, and is therefore cost-effective for large driveways. 

Though it works well with slight inclines, tarmac is not suitable for steep slopes. It also requires maintenance work every few years, with more serious repair work every 15-20 years. It’s also not very environmentally friendly.

Tarmac usually costs between £40 and £60 per square metre to buy and install. For some average sized driveways, an installation can cost you:

Driveway material Small driveway (30m2) Medium driveway (60m2) Large driveway (90m2)
Tarmac  Between £1,200 and £1,800 Between £2,400 and £3,600 Between £2,700 and £5,400
Cost of a tarmac driveway

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How much does a gravel and stone driveway cost?

The average cost of a new gravel driveway is £3,600.

Picture of a house with a gravel and stone driveway
A gravel driveway

You might decide to go with a gravel driveway because of how they look, and the fact they’re environmentally friendly. They’re also highly permeable, and cover wide areas, with a good grip during the winter months.

The main downside of gravel is that it scatters, piles up, and slowly moves off the driveway. One way to prevent this is by installing gravel mats or driveway skirting. Because of this, it requires more frequent attention than some other options in this guide, though it’s considered a cost-effective material for large driveways.

Gravel is not really well suited for steep inclines, and it can be tricky to roll your bins over. Though it can sometimes become overrun by weeds, it’s considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing driveway designs.

The average cost of materials and labour for a new gravel driveway is £50 – £60 per square metre. For a small, medium, and large driveway, you could spend:

Driveway material Small driveway (30m2) Medium driveway (60m2) Large driveway (90m2)
Gravel   Between £1,200 and £2,400 Between £2,400 and £4,800 Between £3,600 and £7,200
Cost of a gravel driveway

How much does a block paved driveway cost?

The average cost of a block paved driveway is around £5,000.

Picture of a house with a block paved driveway
A block paved driveway

Block or brickwork driveways are a classic option with plenty of creative design features. They’re straightforward to maintain, but fairly time-consuming to install, with prices ranging from £60 to £100 per m2.

The good thing is that they’re simple and quiet to install, without the need for heavy and noisy machinery. One or two skilled contractors could complete the installation within a week.

They are also more environmentally friendly than other options like tarmac, and have good drainage. However, they’re prone to weed growth and cracking, so keep this in mind.

The cost of buying and installing block paving in your driveway is around £70 – £80 per m2.

The cost of installing a brick driveway, according to its size, is:

Driveway material Small driveway (30m2) Medium driveway (60m2) Large driveway (90m2)
Block paving   Between £2,100 and £3,000 Between £4,200 and £6,000 Between £6,300 and £9,000
Block paving costs

What is the cheapest option for a driveway?

If you’re on a budget and want to save money on your new driveway, then we recommend you go for either a gravel or tarmac material, as these are the cheapest options. 

Gravel driveways are environmentally friendly, but require more frequent maintenance, whereas tarmac driveways are worse for the environment but only need serious maintenance every 15-20 years.

If you aren’t sure which is best for you, why not get in contact with a specialist who can help answer your questions? We recommend you ask for multiple quotes before you decide who to go with.

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How much does it cost to repair a driveway?

Maybe you already own a driveway, but it’s getting a little worn down. You don’t necessarily need to replace it, as a repair might be enough for small holes and cracks. In many cases, you can do these repair jobs yourself, with minimal effort and costs.

  • For concrete driveways – concrete crack filler can fix holes that are less than ¼ inch wide. This costs between £8 and £16.
  • For block paving – if any of the bricks in your driveway have come loose, you will need to re-point them by removing the old mortar with a knife, cleaning the area, and then adding new mortar. All you need to buy is some paving mortar, which usually costs between £20 and £30 a tub.
  • For tarmac driveways – the best solution for an old driveway that has become dented or scuffed is simply to resurface it by installing a fresh layer of tarmac on top of your old one. This usually costs around £40 per square metre.
  • For resin driveways – you will want to hire a professional to fix an area of your resin driveway, as it can be a bit tricky. The total bill will cost you around £150, depending on the extent of the damage.
  • For gravel driveways – gravel driveways are prone to developing potholes over time, which can be dangerous for your car. You can fix this by levelling the surface, and then adding new gravel. This does require quite a lot of effort, so you might want to hire someone to do it instead. This will cost you around £150 – £200 a day.

Driveway extension cost

You might be looking to extend your driveway, say if you have a single car driveway and want to extend it so that it will fit two cars.

This will cost more than a new driveway as you will have to overlay the whole space, in order to avoid joints.

A standard driveway extension will cost you between £140 and £200 per square metre. What material you choose will depend on your existing driveway, and will affect costs.

Do you need planning permission for driveways?

In most cases, you don’t need planning permission for a new or replacement driveway (of any size) if you use a permeable (porous) material such as the materials outlined above, or if water is correctly directed with an adequate drainage system.

Impermeable driveways without the right drainage, and of over five square metres, will require planning permission.

For more information, you can access the planning permission website.

How much does a driveway gate cost to install?

The average cost of a driveway gate installation is between £800 and £2,000.

Picture of a house with a driveway gate
Driveway gates come in lots of shapes and sizes

With a gate, burglars will have trouble accessing your property, giving you an added layer of security. A gate also offers you more privacy, so that you can relax in your front garden without having to worry about unwanted guests.

With a wide range of gate options, you can show off your sense of style by choosing a gate that matches the look and feel of your home.

How much you spend on a gate installation will depend on the type of gate you decide you want. You might spend:

  • £700 – £800 for a wooden gate 
  • £650 – £1,000 for a manual metal driveway gate
  • Between £2,000 and £6,500 for an electronic gate, depending on material choice and size

You could get swing gates, sliding gates, or even bespoke bi-fold gates. The choice is yours, with prices ranging according to your choice of material. 

You might end up spending a lot more or a lot less if you want a really small or really big gate, but these are some general prices to give you an idea.

Top of the range electronic gates enable you to open your gate without having to get out of your car.

Do you need planning permission for driveway gates? ↓

In some instances, a new gate will require you to apply for planning permission, though this won’t always be the case.

You will not need planning permission if:

  • The gate is below one metre, and next to a road used by vehicles, or somewhere else but below two metres
  • If the gate does not form a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or grounds

You might need planning permission if:

  • Your gate is over a metre high and fronts a road used by vehicles, or elsewhere and above two metres
  • Your home is a listed building
  • Your gate forms a boundary with a neighbours listed building or grounds 
  • Your right to put a gate up is removed by an article four direction or a planning condition

If you’re unsure whether you do or don’t qualify for these requirements, get into contact with a skilled tradesperson who can help you figure it out.

What is the best driveway weed killer?

Picture of a weed growing out of a driveway
Weeds are difficult to get rid of, and often grow on driveways

There are several ways you can get rid of the weeds growing on your driveway, and not all of them involve toxic chemicals.

  1. Commercial herbicides – these are expensive, and can be dangerous for your family and pets, but they’re often the most effective weed killer. Non-toxic herbicides are also available, so you might want to give one of those a try before you go with a standard option.
  2. Vinegar – if you don’t want to use a herbicide, vinegar is a great natural herbicide that you might already have at home. Vinegar kills everything it’s sprayed on, so watch out for the plants around it when you use it. You will probably have to spray the weeds a few times if you’re using supermarket-bought vinegar. To make the solution even more effective, add a little dish soap to the vinegar. It will kill the weeds off faster.
  3. Pull the weeds out – if you’re looking for a really cost-effective solution, why not pull the weeds out yourself? It’s the easiest and cheapest solution, but make sure you pull them by the root, so they don’t grow back.
  4. Boiling water –  another fairly cheap method is to pour boiling water over them. This is a natural solution that is inexpensive, and requires little effort.
  5. Saltwater – saltwater is another solution to kill your weeds. Add three parts water and one part salt, mix it well, and then pour it over your driveway slabs. In areas with lots of weeds, adding dry salt can also help you get rid of them.

Conclusions 

What type of driveway you get will depend on the size you are looking for, how sloped it is, and your preferences in terms of materials. Cost of labour also rises in the South East, and will impact on overall costs, depending on where you live.

Investing in a new driveway can increase the value of your home and make it look more appealing to prospective buyers or guests. That’s why looking after your driveway is so important, as weed growth can get out of hand and potholes can damage your car.

If your driveway is starting to look a little worse for wear, or if you don’t have a driveway and are thinking of getting one installed, let us know what you have in mind and get some free quotes today.

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