How much does drive laying cost?
A driveway provides you with a durable surface on which to safely park your car and there are a variety of options to choose from – find out how much drive laying costs here.
Laying a driveway is not as expensive as you may think and can actually be done for a very reasonable price, almost no matter what style you decide to opt for.
Which material should I choose for my driveway?
Not all driveway materials are as efficient as the next. Some are cheaper, such as tarmac, and can be eroded by petrol spills. Other materials are affected by weed growth but a strong foundation to the drive should ensure it is in perfect working order for many years. Most driveways need only a minimal amount of maintenance which is usually a simple de-weeding and a splash from a pressure hose every year or two. Here are the main options:
- Loose materials, such as gravel, are a popular choice for a driveway. Gravel and pebbles are fairly cheap and can be bought in earthy colours that will complement the rest of your property. As these materials are loose, they will need occasional topping up with an extra bag of material. This is an extra cost, though the overall price still makes them cheaper than most other drive laying options. Loose materials will need even more topping up if the driveway is positioned on a sloped surface.
- Tarmac and other solid materials such as concrete are some of the cheapest options for a driveway, though often not the longest lasting. The binding that holds tarmac together can be destroyed by petrol and oils, which is understandably inconvenient. Tarmac can be a good choice though if other houses in the neighbourhood also have tarmac driveways, otherwise it may look out of place.
- Concrete blocks and clay blocks are another popular choice for driveways. Clay bricks hold a rustic and earthy colour for many, many years and will often improve over time, complimenting your home. Clay bricks for your driveway are either laid in a herringbone or standard pattern, both of which look good. Concrete and clay blocks are neither cheap nor expensive and do attract moss and algae so will need some upkeep.
- Flagstones are the cream of driveways. They are the most expensive option at roughly £25 per square metre, but they look fantastic. Flagstones will suit almost any home, are durable and long lasting and won’t suffer if they come into contact with oil.
Cost of laying a driveway
The cost of laying a driveway is difficult to predict accurately as it will vary depending on the material you opt for and the size of your driveway. However, it is possible to estimate a price based on how much each material costs per square metre. Bags of gravel generally cost around £3.99 for a 25kg bag, which should cover approximately 0.4 metres squared. Concrete blocks are often £12 per square metre and flagstones can cost up to £25. To ensure you get a long lasting and expertly built drive, hire a reputable professional who is willing to show you some good references. Ask for quotes from three or more contractors before you settle on one and begin work – this way you can be sure of getting the best price.