A plain gray concrete driveway costs between $5 and $7 per square foot to install, while one installed with decorative colors or finishes can range from $8 to $18, or more, per square foot. Concrete is an ideal choice for getting the look of stone or pavers, without the higher cost. Design options are nearly endless, giving you the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind driveway that enhances your home’s curb appeal.
Costs will vary by location, size of the project, and current cost for materials and labor. When you're ready to move forward with your project, contact a driveway contractor near you for an estimate.
To help you budget, here are the average price ranges and what you might expect to get for basic, mid-range and high-end decorative concrete driveways:
Basic: $8 to $12 per square foot
An economical upgrade, enhance your concrete driveway for a reasonable cost.
High-End: $18 and up per square foot
The ultimate in decorative concrete, custom driveways exude creativity and design.
Here are more details about the factors that contribute to the final cost of installing a driveway:
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What does it cost to replace a concrete driveway? In addition to the installation costs noted above, you can expect to pay approximately $1.00 per square foot for tear out and removal of your existing driveway. There may be additional disposal costs as well.
What is the cost to resurface a concrete driveway? The cost can vary greatly depending on the design or decorative finishes, but you can expect to pay from $3 to $10 per square foot for driveway resurfacing. Read more about driveway repair options.
Learn more about driveway repair and replacement.
Initially, asphalt can be a less expensive option than concrete, with asphalt installation averaging $3 to $5 per square foot and plain gray concrete at $5 to $7. However, in the long run, concrete can be the better economical choice. Concrete is more durable than asphalt and requires less maintenance. It can last for decades, while asphalt will generally only last 10 to 15 years before needing replacement. There are many repair options for concrete as well that can extend its life even further.
The driveway is often the first thing visitors, or potential buyers, see when they arrive at your home. To make a good first impression, it should be welcoming, clean, and in good repair. This can set the tone for potential buyers that the rest of the property will follow suit. The durability, lower maintenance requirements, and longer lifespan of concrete (vs. asphalt) also adds to its ultimate value.
Many DIY-ers have successfully installed small areas of concrete, such as a slab for a shed or air conditioner. However, pouring and finishing an entire driveway is a much larger project than DIY-ers can generally handle. It also requires multiple helpers to finish the surface once it is poured-the clock is ticking and time is limited before it cures. If the surface is finished improperly, it can not only affect the look of the driveway, but can compromise the strength and durability of it as well.
How much does a heated driveway cost? Driveways can be kept free of ice and snow with in-slab snow-melting systems that eliminate plowing, shoveling, and also help prevent slip-and-fall accidents. They also keep your concrete safe from possible damage from snow-removal equipment and de-icers. There are manually-controlled systems that average $10 to $15 per square foot, and more expensive automatic devices. There are also costs associated with operating the system, and homeowners will need to research what those costs would be in their area. Learn more about snow-melting systems for concrete slabs.
What is the cost to pressure wash a driveway? Homeowners can expect to pay an average of $175 to $300 to have their driveway professionally pressure washed. However, many home centers rent pressure washers for $40 to $100 a day, so you could save by doing it yourself.
How much does it cost to seal a concrete driveway? To have your driveway sealed by a professional contractor, the cost averages between $1 and $2 per square foot. To seal it yourself, you can expect materials to cost 50 to 75 cents per square foot. Learn more about sealing concrete driveways.