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How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Driveway Paved?By admin
Monday, 9 September 2019
Paving your driveway is probably one of the more expensive home improvement jobs that you will ever do, but by making the right choices, you can both have a driveway that will not only fit your budget, but improve the value of your home immeasurably as well.
Making this investment is one you should do your homework on, so we have prepared a guide to the best driveways, how much they will cost, and the relative value for money.
Adding gravel to your drive is probably the least expensive option when it comes to improving the way the front of your home looks. However, paving can be extremely cost effective, and in terms of the longevity of product, paving is almost always better – when correctly installed.
It has been estimated that building a new driveway can improve the value of your home by around 10%, making it an excellent choice when it comes to general home improvements.
Why Pave Your Driveway?
There are so many reasons for creating a new driveway for your home. The following plus points to paving your drive give a clear indication of what this option offers your home:
● It will improve the kerb appeal of your home, and, therefore, its selling price if you are planning on selling.
● Replacing a gravel driveway with a paved one gives you a tidier appearance, cuts down on maintenance, and takes away the need to top up the stones regularly.
● You can create a new parking area that takes your car off the road, consequently saving you money on parking permits and insurance.
● You can create planting areas, which complement the front of your home.
● The right driveway will allow the free drainage of water, preventing standing water, and possible damage to your home.
Remember that all good driveways start with the perfect sub-base. This is usually compacted soil covered with a layer of crushed stone. Sometimes a weed barrier is used and a layer of sharp sand. This is all included in the prices given.
Concrete is prone to cracking and sinking, but it can be quite easily repaired, although the result is a patchy driveway that may not look the part. Concrete can be done as a D.I.Y job, but usually professionals can ensure the sub-base is correctly prepared and that there will be fewer problems
The Cost Of Asphalt
Asphalt is a fairly standard choice of paving for your driveway. It is made from a mixture of 5% bitumen, with a variety of gravel and stones incorporated into the mix. The result is a flexible black mix, that can be laid onto a prepared surface.
Asphalt is one of the cheaper driveway surfaces, due to the fact that the raw materials are relatively cheap; in fact, it can even be completely recycled. Your driveway could have been a road or a pathway before it is used on your home. This makes it a hit with environmentalists too.
You can expect your asphalt driveway to cost around £45 to £60 per square metre.
The Cost Of Concrete
Concrete is a great paving option, and is another popular choice among property owners. The boring looks have been improved in recent years with coloured and imprinted concrete being used.
Concrete is prone to cracking and sinking, but it can be quite easily repaired, although the result is a patchy driveway that may not look the part. Concrete can be done as a D.I.Y job, but usually professionals can ensure the sub-base is correctly prepared and that there will be fewer problems.
A concrete driveway will cost around £70 per square metre, or slightly more if it has been coloured or imprinted.
A resin bound driveway is an excellent option for your paved driveway. Resin bound is a mixture of resin and stone that has been combined together before being applied to a prepared base. It is trowelled into place, and worked evenly over the entire area
The Cost Of Paving Stones
Paving stones are a more traditional way to pave your driveway, and they have the look of luxury about them. Usually, they are small, purpose made stones or bricks that are laid in patterns.
The fact that they must be laid by hand means that paving stones can be much more expensive than other paving options. They are also less flexible that other paving types, as they do not offer good drainage, and therefore may require channels to be dug for water run-off – this will certainly add to the cost.
A stone paved driveway will cost around £80 to £100 per square metre.
The Cost Of Resin Bound Surfacing
A resin bound driveway is an excellent option for your paved driveway. Resin bound is a mixture of resin and stone that has been combined together before being applied to a prepared base. It is trowelled into place, and worked evenly over the entire area.
The result is a driveway that is permeable, great looking and very hard wearing. The price certainly reflects the longevity of this type of driveway, but it also is competitive considering the low maintenance costs associated with resin bound material.
Labour costs are often lower too, because of the speed with which this can be laid and used.
A resin bound driveway will start at around £70 – £90 per square metre, and go up depending on the space, the type of aggregate used and the number of contractors required. Also, if there is excavation work needed, together with removing existing surface, the cost may be higher.
Remember that your new driveway is an investment and that it will add value to your home. Even a small paved area to the front of your house can add thousands and won’t necessarily cost that to install
4 Easy Ways To Ensure You Stay Within Budget
You are bound to have a budget in mind when you go searching for quotes for your driveway, and it can be easy to be influenced by the contractor when they come to give you a quote. But there are a number of ways you can make savings or ensure that you are getting the best value for money:
● If your current driveway is in good shape, has no issues with drainage, and is perfectly level, it may be suitable to be a base for a resin bound driveway. The contractor will lay a concrete or tarmac base anyway – so if yours is already OK, you could make good savings.
● You can offer to do the hard work of removing the old driveway and preparing the ground. This may be impractical if it is a very large area, but for a small space, it may be possible to lift old paving stones, remove old gravel, and dig down to the required level.
● You should always ask the contractor the same set of questions as you do the others. That way, you can compare properly, and ensure you are getting like for like quotations.
● Choose a driveway that meets your budget, but also meets your expectations. If you will need to maintain your driveway and have it repaired regularly, it may not offer good value for money. You should try hard to buy the best driveway you can within your budget.
Remember that your new driveway is an investment and that it will add value to your home. Even a small paved area to the front of your house can add thousands and won’t necessarily cost that to install.
With the right knowledge, you can make the right choice, and get the driveway that suits your needs, and provides the perfect foreground to your home. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to drive your driveway in the right direction today!Related Home Logic Living Articles
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