A brand new driveway can help make parking into your home every evening a lot easier – but what are the average driveway cost on the market today?
While a garden might add a natural feel to the exterior of your home, there’s no denying that keeping it looking as good and fresh as possible requires a lot of effort. That kind of effort often entails pruning the flowers, cutting away dead shrubs and disposing of stray leaves and mulch – and that doesn’t even take into account the regular lawn-mowing that comes with a front garden too. So what is the easiest and most convenient alternative?
A new laid driveway in front of your property might be the answer you are looking for. Not only do these flat and even surfaces require little to no maintenance, but they can also add a smooth and soft finish to your front garden that complements the rest of your masonry and brickwork. Plus, a driveway helps to prevent flooding if the gradient is directed straight towards a nearby street drain; and they can provide you with ample more parking space should you ever choose to invest in a larger (or even second!) car. So what about the cost of block paving driveways? How much will a new one set you back?
Driveway Cost Summary
The cost of a new driveway usually depends on both the size of your front garden and the kind of material you choose as the base and finish of your proposed drive. To help you budget carefully before you pick out the driveway you want, we have sourced the following figures according to the type of material can usually be laid in:
- Asphalt Driveway Cost – anywhere between £5-25 per metre squared of driveway.
- Brick Driveway Cost – anywhere between £45-80 per metre squared.
- Gravel Driveway Cost – anywhere between £5-15 per metre squared.
- Tarmac Driveway Cost – anywhere between £35-60 per metre square of driveway.
Altogether you should be prepared to pay anywhere up to £15,000 for a new driveway for a regular semi-detached property; that often includes garden clearance; all necessary tools and materials; labour costs; and any undeclared VAT.
Hiring a Professional Contractor
To make sure your driveway is completed on time and according to your original specification, you should always avoid cowboy builders and hire a reputable trading company or professional contractor to carry out the necessary building work for you. Be sure to check references and qualifications before signing your contract, and ask to look at a portfolio of previous work if possible – one that includes various kinds of driveways, preferably with some that you can visit in the local area. This will give you confidence that the task can be completed up to the standards you both want and can afford!