Cost of Block Paving a Driveway
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to block pave a driveway, including the costs of labour and materials.
Installing block paving outside your driveway is a great addition to any home. It enhances the appearance, is safe for vehicles to drive on, and it is a smooth entryway to any home. So, if you’ve decided to install block paving, you might be considering a DIY option; for those who don’t want to do the heavy lifting, you want to hire the right tradesperson for the job. These are a few factors to keep in mind as you are deciding the best route for installation, and trying to find the most affordable rates for installing the new driveway.
What the job entails
Installing a new driveway isn’t simply about laying down some paving stones. Initially, the old stones/driveway has to be uprooted. This not only requires removing the old paving blocks, but also leveling cement below it, leveling the ground in some instances.
It is important to locate all gas, water, electric, and any other lines running below-ground. Therefore, you must at least hire a professional to determine where these wires/lines are, to avoid cutting one, which can cause major damage below-ground, and end up costing you far more in the long run.
A drainage system has to be laid out. This consists of spacing the pavers, sloping, and choosing the proper cement/foundation which goes below the pavers, so that water will drain to the street/sewage system, rather than remain stagnant in your driveway.
Things to Consider
Now that you are installing a new driveway, why not consider new fencing? Iron-wrought fences are a nice addition to the home. They can create a grand entryway, and offer additional safety from intruders, or unwanted guests.
Many homeowners might also consider installing new trees or having lawn work performed. You might also consider new lighting for the garage area. Regardless of the projects you choose to undertake, when installing new block paving, this will increase the value of your home over time.When choosing tradespeople to perform such services, make sure you consider overall costs. The rate they charge per day of service, cost for installation, removal, and any additional fees they might charge, if performing services while other projects are occurring around the home.
Choosing Paving Stones
One of the beauties of installing block paving is the simple fact that you can choose from hundreds of colours, designs, stone material, and patterns. Whether you choose to do it yourself, or hire a tradesperson, you have to compare costs of paving stones prior to purchasing them.
For larger driveways, consider ordering the blocks in bulk. This will result in lower pricing, and more variety. If you are simply paving a small area of a home, you might want to hire a professional to do the job. You can typically find paving stones ranging from £20 per sq. metre up to £50 per sq. metre for the costliest stones/materials.
Depending on the size of your driveway, most labourers will charge a minimum of £100-£150 per day for their services. So, consider comparing several tradespeople, and hiring those who specialize in paving work, to ensure you find the most affordable rates for services.
Installation and purchasing the pavers aren’t the only prices you will incur. Make sure you consider: costs for cutting/removing wiring, leveling, cement, cost of spacers (if required), and cost for removal of the old driveway.
Of course, you could do these tasks yourself, but if they aren’t done properly, it can result in major damage or issues for you down the road. Plus, it will likely take you anywhere from 5-10 days to complete, whereas a professional will take half the time to perform similar services, and also install the new driveway.
So, bear in mind that certain jobs, such as removing and installing a new driveway, are better left to the professionals. They understand how to deal with setbacks, keep costs low for you, and will guarantee the services they perform, when you choose to hire them to install new block pavers for your home’s driveway.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your driveway block paved.
Q How much will installation cost me?
For starters, most tradespeople will charge £100-200 per day for labour. Additionally, some may charge a flat rate or an hourly rate, for additional services (including checking for lines/wires below ground).
Q How much do pavers cost?
The answer is, it varies. You might find some as low as £15 per sq. metre, for a cheaper material or plain colour. On the other hand, you might pay onwards up to £50 for the nicest, ornate, and best material options. These will last longer, aren’t prone to being damaged easily, and of course will give your driveway that unique/distinct finish you desire.
Q Do I have to maintain the driveway?
In most instances, pressure washing every 6-12 months will suffice. With lower quality paving materials, you might have to replace the block paving more frequently, but otherwise, there isn’t much else which has to be done, in order to maintain the appearance/durability of your new driveway.
Q How long will it take?
This also depends. When you hire a professional tradesperson, they can finish a 1-car driveway in about 3-5 days. If it is larger (2 to 3 cars), it can take onwards up to 10 days to complete the job.
Q Do I have to install drainage?
This depends on if the driveway is on a slope. If so, French drains, gullies, or plastic drainage systems, are all viable solutions which can be installed, when leveling work is being performed, prior to the installation of the new driveway outside of your home.