UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE COST OF A PAVER DRIVEWAY
Have you ever walked down a quaint cobblestone street, maybe in London, or Rome, and thought to yourself, “this is so beautiful, I wish my home had this old-world charm and style.” Well, today, with beautiful, durable pavers, you can have the taste of old London, right outside your window!
Pavers are a simple, elegant material you can use to create an aesthetically beautiful ambiance for your home and landscape. Many homeowners are worried that the cost of pavers may be out of reach. The truth is that other materials like concrete and asphalt can cost significantly more than pavers over the long-term. Pavers actually cost less than you think!
In this post, we’re going to look at the actual costs behind paver hardscaping and what each element of your project will cost.
DETERMINING THE PRICE OF A PAVER DRIVEWAY
Pavers can help you create curb appeal, add function to your outdoor space, and even help the environment! The beauty of pavers will help you create a rich texture, add visual elements, and express your personal style. While you have other choices for your driveway, like concrete and asphalt over the long term, the costs of repairing and maintaining these surfaces (including resurfacing every five years or so) far outweigh paver cost.
Pavers offer several significant benefits over other driveway materials. They are more durable have four times the strength of concrete, and unlike concrete, they require no curing time. That means you can park the car as soon as the trucks pull out of your driveway. Textured pavers are slip-resistant, making them safer in the rain and snow. When properly installed, they have an average working life of over 30 years with little maintenance, and easy, inexpensive repairs.
Understanding paver cost can help you to make an informed decision when it comes to investing in your home. There are two factors to consider that contribute to the cost/value of your investment.
Let’s explore the direct factors first.
PAVER DRIVEWAY DIRECT COST FACTORS
Several direct factors will affect your paver cost. When it comes to materials, you have a large variety of choices at a wide range of prices. The patterns, design options, and the physical materials you choose are probably the most substantial factors. Installation costs are another factor that helps determine the final value of your project.
Let’s take a look at some of these direct costs.
Pavers are just the material you see. Properly preparing your site is one of the most critical elements of a successful installation. Here is a quick list of materials used in creating your paver driveway.
• After your site is excavated, your contractor will install filter fabric. This is a high-density material that keeps the underlying soil from mixing over time. This is especially important in areas with high clay content in the soil. Water can change soil composition over time.
• Next, they will add a layer of stone, which is then compacted to form a stable base layer for your driveway. The “road base” distributes weight and moves water safely draining your driveway naturally.
• While concrete might not seem like it should be used with pavers, you will need to join areas like your driveway and the public sidewalk or where it abuts the garage.
• Bedding sand is then distributed to smooth out the underlying stone and provide a level finish for installing the paving stones.
• Polymeric joint sand is used as “grout” to fill any gaps and join together the stones. Polymeric sand holds your driveway in place, but also provides flexibility so your driveway will expand and contract naturally in hot and cold weather.
• And finally, you’ll need paving stones. The cost of these will vary depending on the quality and type of material you choose for your project.
When you hire a contractor, they will take care of any permitting and fees you need to pay. These can include permitting, material hauling and disposal, and more. These costs are included in your estimate and are a necessary expense.
However, fees can fluctuate seasonally. If you’d like to lower your costs, ask your contractor how your local government controls these costs, they will have extensive experience dealing with local officials. If possible, get your project done during the valleys, not the peaks.
Labor costs are another direct expense that makes sense. You want to work with a paving contractor who has experienced labor. Look for a company that has ICPI Certified installers on their team. This can help guarantee you’ll get the highest quality craftsmanship.
PAVER DRIVEWAY INDIRECT PAVER COST FACTORS
Think of these as the “hidden value” of your paver driveway. While they add to the upfront cost, over time, these indirect costs will make your paver driveway, an excellent investment. While other hardscape projects like patios should incorporate style first, when it comes to your driveway, think functionality, then style.
Quality materials perform better. When it comes to paving stones, it’s all about durability and feel. A durable, quality product will serve you better in terms of functionality as well as aesthetics. While quality materials do cost a little more, the benefits you’ll enjoy will make up for the cost. Quality pavers have color throughout the stone. They will never fade, and if they do chip, it will not affect their looks. Quality pavers, when properly installed, will last a lifetime.
LOW MAINTENANCE AND EASY REPAIR
This is the area where pavers really shine! Unlike concrete or asphalt, a paver driveway will last a minimum of 20 years, many last far longer. Pavers basically require little to no maintenance over their lifetime. Periodically sweep debris, or hose it off, and you’re good. Some manufacturers do suggest that you reseal pavers every few years, but many do not even need this much. In terms of repair, because pavers are installed using an interlocking system, should a stone become damaged, simply pull it up and replace it. That’s it. You’ll save time and money.
Concrete and asphalt are more affordable options initially, but when you examine the long term care, maintenance, and repairs involved, your cost of ownership goes up. Concrete and asphalt are both prone to cracking.
Repairing either surface is expensive, and your driveway will never look the same. Both concrete and asphalt max out at about 8 to 10+ years of service, so you’ll need to replace them twice, at a high cost over 20 years. Maintenance on both is also critical, expensive, and frequent. Concrete needs to be sealed every 12 to 18 months, and repairs are costly. Asphalt needs to be sealed annually, and often patched and repaired every couple of years. Over time, this is expensive, time-consuming, and it can bring down your home’s curb appeal.
Over time, you’ll spend less maintaining your paver driveway. It will look the same after ten years, twenty years, and even more. If it does get damaged, repairs are fast, easy, and inexpensive. And, it will add an element of class and elegance to your home, increasing its value.
CONTACT THE EXPERTS AT BAYSIDE PAVERS FOR A FREE ESTIMATE
At Bayside Pavers, we’ve been providing San Francisco Bay Area homeowners with high-quality hardscape since 2009. Our professional crews are known for their highly skilled craftsmanship and top quality work. We’ve built our reputation by completing our projects on time, and we warranty our work for a full 5-years.
We offer a free consultation to provide you with cost-effective solutions for achieving your creative vision, whether it’s a patio, courtyard, retaining wall, driveway, or any hardscaping project.
If you’d like to learn more, give one of our team members a call at (866) 287-2837. If you live in the greater San Francisco Bay area, stop by one of our two locations.
In Concord, CA located at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K, serving East Bay and South Bay homeowners.
Or visit our Santa Rosa, CA, location at 1619 4th Street Ste 12 to help you with your North Bay hardscaping projects.