How Much Does a Concrete Driveway Cost?
If you’re in the market for a new driveway, you’ve probably looked at a range of different materials. Why choose concrete over more affordably priced alternatives?
When it comes to driveways, many homeowners make the mistake of focusing on upfront costs alone. But thanks to its incredible durability and strength, concrete costs significantly less in the long run. And due to recent improvements in construction and design, concrete has never been more affordable than it is today.
But how affordable?
How Much Should You Budget for a Concrete Driveway?
Concrete is one of the most customizable building materials in the world. And, not surprisingly, there are designs for every budget.
Most contractors price their projects by square foot — inclusive of all parts, labor, and permits (where applicable).
The following bullets outline average concrete driveway costs within the Carolinas and the Southeast. For exact pricing, be sure to speak with a trusted driveway contractor:
1. Lower tier: $6 to $12 Per Square Foot
With an entry-level concrete driveway, you can expect basic borders and stenciling. In most cases, colors and texturing will both be limited.
2. Mid tier: $12 to $20 Per Square Foot
With a slightly larger budget, your driveway benefits from multiple colors and patterns, including high contrast engraving (bricks, cobblestones and other designs).
3. Upper tier: $20+ Per Square Foot
Once you get into this price range, there’s really no limit to the customization. Hand-applied accents, infinite color variations and vanity decorations are typically the norm. If you really want to splurge, you can even request a heated driveway for cold winter mornings.
Concrete is Durable, But Concrete Repairs Are Unavoidable
Concrete is strong enough to support daily rush hour commutes and 18-wheelers. So it’s certainly sturdy enough to handle a few family sedans, right? True, but concrete repairs are part of the upkeep costs of concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios.
Oil and other automotive discharge can ruin concrete surfaces if they aren’t regularly cleaned. Concrete can also crumble due to weathering or damage from skateboards, bicycles, and other household hazards.
Whether you’re in the market for a new concrete driveway, or you want to upgrade an existing driveway that is either stained or damaged, contact us today.