How much does outdoor paving cost?

Price guide

$2,000 - $10,000

low

$2,000

median

$7,000

high

$10,000

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If you’ve added a personal touch to your interior decor, you may be pleased with the outcome. As this is the place that you like to call home, it’s only natural that you want your style and personality on full display. Yet what about the outside? You certainly need to “jazz this up” a bit as it is very mundane, so you need to consider laying some outdoor pavers. What is involved in this work, and how much should you expect to pay?

The price range can vary considerably based on the materials chosen, the nature of the terrain, the purpose, and the size of the installation. For something very small, you can expect to get a quote through Airtasker from as little as $2,000 to $7,000. But for an average installation, this may increase to about $10,000. Of course, the more complex your job, the higher you should set your budget.

How much does it cost to pave a patio? This paving cost guide can give you a few ideas.

What types of outdoor paving are available?

There are several different materials available for your outdoor paving job, but if you want to be creative you can always “mix and match” a couple of them for added effect. Note that block paving costs differently from slabs.

At the lower end of the scale, price-wise, are precast concrete pavers available in a variety of designs and colors.

If the outside of your home features exposed brick without any cladding, then you can replicate this look for your path, patio, or driveway paving as well. This can give your place a more rustic feel.

Some people may choose clay pavers, while others will pick the most expensive material and introduce natural stone instead. Limestone is a good “entry-level” solution here, or you may be able to get slate or granite if you want to push the boat out.

On the other hand, you could install pavers selectively and simply add a mixed layer of pebbles in between. This will help you create a “stepping stone” effect with precut pavers or go for the free-form look by laying naturally formed pavers in a certain pattern. There’s nothing to stop you from using brick, stone, and concrete in the same installation if you’re feeling particularly creative.

What do you need to consider for the project?

You may need to take additional precautions based on the environment and your end-use. For example, you might have to install a substantial concrete base underneath if your pavers will receive heavy traffic or become part of the driveway.

Your contractors may have to use special techniques if you’re dealing with a sloping surface or an otherwise irregular base. This is often the case with gardens, which is why garden paving cost may also vary on your outdoor space.

If you are laying pavers around the edge of a swimming pool, you need to include materials that are slip-resistant for safety purposes.

What factors affect paving costs?

How much does it cost to pave a driveway in the US? Will the price be different from a patio? These are a few things to consider for the job.

  • Expect labor costs to go up significantly if you opt for any irregular installation. In other words, if you want your patio to reflect a particular and possibly intricate pattern, it will take a lot longer to create.

  • You can also expect to pay more if you want to replicate a particular theme or color scheme. This may make the materials more difficult to source, and they may have to be shipped in from a distance, adding to the base cost.

  • Make sure that you nail down the total cost of delivery as well, especially if you live in a rather remote location.

  • Paving work may take a bit longer if the workers have to deal with a sloping surface, or if access to the worksite is restricted in any way.

  • As previously mentioned, concrete is the lowest cost solution and may start at around $3 per square foot, while the highest quality marble may be as much as $35 per square foot.

  • When it comes to the base, poured concrete is going to add to your budget. If you can use a crushed rock base this is the best approach, while if you have to introduce concrete, you may have to double your expectation.

  • Don’t forget some of the finishing costs involved. Once your pavers have been laid down and left to set, they will need to be sealed and this can add to your cost on a per square foot basis.

One way to reduce your budget is to go for the “faux” stone look. Contractors can stamp a pattern on a concrete surface to replicate the look of natural stone, giving you a different result for a much lower price.

How do I get a quote for outdoor paving?

Begin by taking measurements and be as accurate as you can. Measure the width and length at each extreme and convert this figure to give you the square foot reading.

Determine the end use for your job. In other words, will your pavers be surrounding a pool, a light-duty path, or a heavy-duty driveway?

  • What type of paver are you looking for?

  • What type of base will you have to lay down, given the materials and end-use?

  • Is the terrain flat, sloping, or a mix of both? Are there any difficulties in accessing the site from a materials or equipment point of view?

  • Will you need to install any purpose-made drainage, or dig a separate dry well?

Price guide

$2,000 - $10,000

low

$2,000

median

$7,000

high

$10,000

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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