Residential driveways come in various types, each with its own unique
characteristics and costs. The choice of driveway type depends on factors like budget, climate,
local regulations, and personal preferences. Here are some common residential driveway types and their associated costs:
Gravel driveways are among the most affordable options. They consist of loose gravel or crushed stones and provide good traction. The installation cost can vary based on the size of the driveway and the type of gravel used, but it’s generally lower compared to other options. However, maintenance costs can be higher due to the need to refill and level the gravel periodically.
Cost of whole project: $1.50 – $4.00 per square foot.
Concrete driveways are known for their strength and longevity. They are poured as a solid slab and can withstand heavy
loads and harsh weather conditions. While the upfront cost is higher compared to some other options, concrete driveways require
less maintenance over time. Concrete finish affects the price of a driveway greatly. While brushed concrete (white sidewalk look),
doesn’t have much aesthetic improvement than asphalt, its lifespan can last 20-30 years if maintained well. The same applies if
you install coloured concrete instead. Additionally, options such as exposed aggregate or stamped concrete(described next) are
quite popular. Both of these options can be slippery when wet and aren’t recommended around pools or accessibility areas. Two
downsides to concrete are the limited design options and the simple fact that concrete will eventually crack with no ability for
repair (except in a few scenarios).
Cost of whole project: $15.00 – $20.00 per square foot.
Stamped concrete driveways mimic the appearance of more expensive materials like natural stone or brick but at a lower cost.
The concrete is colored and textured to resemble the desired material. It provides good durability and requires less maintenance
compared to its natural counterparts. A word of caution towards stamped concrete, some homeowners have experienced issues with the
colour at the surface wearing away within five years. Be prepared to clean and seal stamped concrete every 1-2 years for maximum
Cost of whole project: $18.00 – $30.00 per square foot.
Paver driveways use individual concrete or brick units that interlock together. They offer a wide range of design options
and can be easily repaired by replacing individual pavers if damaged. However, pavers are generally more expensive than poured concrete.
Pavers are the most versatile pavement and have an enormous selection of sizes, shapes and colours available. There are many manufacturers
of pavers, and there is something for everyone. A significant benefit to pavers is that maintenance can be performed.
Often the pavers themselves will have a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer, and if an area needs to be repaired, lift & relay that problem area.
Cost of whole project: $6.00 – $12.00 per square foot.