How Much Does a Concrete Driveway Cost for Your Home?

How Much Does a Concrete Driveway Cost for Your Home?
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    If you're building a new home or upgrading an older home, make sure you take the driveway into consideration.

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Often forgotten for bigger concerns like the house itself, or the yard, the driveway is the first thing a visitor uses when coming onto your property. If an existing driveway is cracked or extremely dirty, it can lower a home’s value.

But, a freshly-poured concrete driveway can make an ideal first impression. While concrete is not your only option for a driveway, it does have longevity and is not as costly as you might think.

What does a concrete driveway cost? Check out this guide to find out.

Average Concrete Driveway Cost

The average cost of a new concrete driveway in 2020 is between $1,800 and $6,000, or $4 to $15 per square foot. This range includes about $3 to $4 per square foot of materials and $2 to $3 per square foot of labor.

A basic driveway for this price usually includes:

  • One coloring method (integral or surface-applied)
  • Textured concrete finish (broom finish, etc.)
  • Exposed aggregate (the layer under the concrete finish, usually gravel)
  • Basic stencil or border

Several factors affect concrete costs, such as your home’s location, the size of the driveway, and possible excavation needed to lay the driveway. A reputable concrete contractor can discuss these factors with you when calculating potential costs.

Adding Decorative Elements

If you are willing to spend a little more, like $8 to $18 per square foot, you can add decorative elements to your driveway that increase your home’s curb appeal.

For example, you can choose to have a stained concrete driveway, which is simply tinting the color of the concrete while it is still wet. There are a variety of colors you can choose from, and the effect can be visually stunning.

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Another option is stamped concrete, which adds texture to the finish. Stamping concrete can give the impression your driveway is made of pavers or even marble.

While probably the most expensive option, you can even choose to have patterns hand-stenciled on your driveway as well.

Other Factors to Consider in Concrete Cost

The average size of a 2-car garage’s driveway is around 640 square feet. Anything larger will increase the cost of your new driveway. A solid, functional driveway should be about 4 inches thick, but if you have an RV or other large vehicles to store there, you might need to spend more for a thicker pour.

If your driveway is very steep or has a lot of curves, your price might be higher than average. And don’t forget to figure in the driveway apron, which connects your property to the street. In most places that piece of concrete is maintained by you, the homeowner, rather than by the city.

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Finally, if you live in a harsh climate, spend a little extra money to have your driveway sealed to increase its durability. That adds another $0.50-$2.50 per square foot to your cost.

Beyond Slab Grey

Concrete is no longer the dull, grey slab that it used to be. With new techniques to mixing, pouring, and treating concrete, you can have as unique a driveway as your budget will allow.

Research the average concrete driveway cost in your area, and get ready to greet guests with a stunning new entryway to your home!

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