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Driveways Part III: How Do You Determine Costs

How Driveway Costs Steer Your Design

In terms of home projects, driveways are like anything else that requires doing. You may have driveway ideas swirling around in your head about what you’d like to see each day as you drive up to your home, but one of the biggest factors you have to keep in mind is the cost of that driveway. Unfortunately, there is no easy standard set of numbers that can make the decision a cut and dry one. After all, various factors like material, size, length, shape and terrain will all affect the actual end cost of your driveway.

Material Costs

As you might imagine, the driveway materials are a great place to begin planning your costs. There are four main types of materials to consider:

· Concrete. At $2 to $4 per square foot, concrete is generally the second least expensive material. It lasts a very long time, is easily installed, and is completely customizable. However, it has a tendency to crack in freezing weather and can be very costly to repair.

· Asphalt. Asphalt tends to range from $3 to $5 per square foot, and it’s easily maintained and easily repaired. It has a definite downside of being less durable and needs frequent resurfacing as well as being limited in color strictly to black, which means it’s also not the most appealing option on the market.

· Gravel. Gravel is the most inexpensive and longest lasting option of all, running from $1 to $3 per square foot. One negative to consider is that it takes a high level of maintenance because it’s easily displaced.

· Pavers. Pavers are the most expensive of all, hitting a price point of $5 to $50 per square foot, depending on which type of paver you use. They’re very versatile, long-lasting and easy to repair, however, so the cost is often worth it.

Additional Cost Drivers:

Size

You’ve got your material costs in mind, but you still need to factor in the cost of everything else. The size and length will greatly affect the amount of material and labor

needed, so do the math as you eye your materials to see if they’re truly going to be within your budget.

Shape

Thinking about shapes? Going with a shape like a circle or a horseshoe can add extra surface area to your driveway as opposed to the traditional straight design, so be mindful as you consider the style you’re going for.

Terrain

Terrain is something that many homeowners forget about. It’s not always a simple matter of straight installation, as some landscaping obstacles like uneven ground, major slopes, and the presence of drains can cause complications that need to be addressed before the driveway can be put in place.

Customization

If you want a custom design, a professional will be able to advise you on what’s available in your area and what the costs might be. There are generally no across the board fees for something as variable as customization, so discuss your ideas to see what the bottom line is for your specific project.

Give the team of outdoor experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc. a call to learn more about how we can create the perfect driveway and make your project an Executive Masterpiece today!