If you’re thinking about laying a new driveway on your property, this page is for you.
In our driveway cost guide, you’ll find plenty of ideas and also guideline prices so you can see the difference in cost between the most popular types of driveway.
We know that outdated prices are frustrating, for this reason, we aim to update our prices every two years. We last updated this page on the
If you’re looking for a fixed, written driveway price, we can help with that too.
Driveways – Your Five Options
The cost of a new driveway depends on the type of material used, the size of the area and drainage requirements.
The most popular options are:
- Gravel and stones
- Blocks and bricks
Keeping reading to see the pros and cons of each material and a guide to driveway costs in the UK.
Gravel and Stone Driveways:
Gravel driveways are one of the cheapest, quickest and most popular options.
They’re perfect for traditional properties but be careful if you have lots of trees nearby, gravel is notoriously difficult to keep clean.
- Cheapest option
- Quick to install
- Many different colours of gravel to choose from
- No additional drainage required
- Noisy underfoot
- The gravel will shift and relocate so requires maintenance
- Difficult to clean – small leaves, seeds, twigs can’t be easily removed
Block paving is a popular modern choice for a driveway.
There’s plenty of options with hundreds of colours, sizes and design patterns available.
- Lots of price options from basic cheap blocks to more expensive stone setts
- Thousands of design patterns possible
- Doesn’t require specialist skills or equipment, most driveway installers and landscape gardeners can lay blocks
- Will fade from UV rays
- Aggregate can become exposed and weeds can grow between the gaps
- Moss grows easily on blocks in shaded locations
- Requires additional drainage considerations, unless more expensive permeable blocks are used
Tarmacadam was once the number one choice for driveway material.
Then it fell out of fashion before bouncing back in recent years. Tarmac driveways are a simple, popular, affordable and no-nonsense option.
- Quick to lay
- Cheaper than block pavers
- Blends in well with almost all other materials found in a typical garden
- Can be overlaid with additional tarmac layers in later years
- Prone to cracking, extra care must be taken when constructing the sub-base
- Discolours quickly and patch repairs or extensions will be obvious and won’t blend in neatly with the older tarmac
- Red and other colours are expensive.
Resin Bound Driveways:
There’s two type of resin driveway:
Resin “bound” driveways are made of gravel mixed with a special adhesive that bonds them together. This type is often laid over a new sub-base.
Resin “bonded” driveways are loose gravel that is laid directly onto a glue. This option is usually laid over an existing sound driveway such as concrete or tarmac.
- Provides excellent grip
- Ideal for paths
- The more expensive products allow rainwater to pass through, assuming the sub-base is also permeable
- Achieve the desired look of gravel without the noise and shifting of the materials
- The bonded option is more expensive and you’ll need this product if your existing driveway or sub-base has cracked, dipped or otherwise needs replacing
- Standard resin products do not allow rainwater to pass through so additional drainage will be required
- Cars frequently turning can loosen the resin under the tyres. Not the best option for high traffic areas.
Concrete is a cheap and readily available material, it’s long lasting and the surface can be stamped with patterns and colours to create a unique surface.
Pattern imprinted concrete (pic) is the most popular concrete option but does have some drawbacks:
- Hundreds of patterns to choose from
- Almost unlimited number of colour combinations
- Can be overlaid onto almost any material
- The sealed concrete can become slippery when wet
- It’s difficult to repair any cracks and the surface may show early signs of wear and tear
- Relief joints need to be cut into the concrete to prevent cracking, these can’t always be hidden
- Requires resealing to maintain a fresh look
Overlay or Full Dig Out?
So here’s the deal with new driveways; the cost of removing an existing driveway, digging out the ground and laying a sub-base etc costs more than laying the surface.
Overlays are much cheaper than a full dig out, they can be completed in less than half the time, produce very little waste and require much fewer materials.
A full dig out with a sub-base constructed for the driveway is a considerable project. This requires waste disposal of potentially several tonnes of waste, a weedproof membrane, hardcore compacted to form a flat surface and finally a top layer of material.
Is an Overlay Feasible?
While an overlay may seem like the best option, it’s usually only feasible if the existing driveway surface is in excellent condition.
Any existing cracks, dips or faults in the existing driveway often transfer through to the new tarmac or resin surface.
Driveway Cost Guide
Below is our guide to the cost of a new driveway in the UK.
|Project:||Overlay:||Full Dig Out:|
|Gravel||£20 per sqm||£60 per sqm|
|Block||N/A||£110 per sqm|
|Tarmac||£50 per sqm||£80 per sqm|
|Resin||£60 per sqm||£90 per sqm|
|Concrete PI||N/A||£90 per sqm|
A Note About These Driveway Prices
These prices shown above were sourced from a selection of driveway installers in 2018.
We’ve averaged the figures to provide you with a guideline price.
The firms we contacted were all based in the south of the UK and the figures we were given were for a 40 square metre driveway.
As a general rule of thumb; the larger the driveway the lower the cost per square metre.
The figures do not include any special provisions for drainage.
How Much Does Drainage For a Driveway Cost?
Due to the recent flooding of urban areas, all new driveways should be constructed so rainwater doesn’t run off onto public paths and roads.
There are several ways to achieve this:
- Install a drainage channel and connect it to an existing or new soakaway.
- Use permeable materials such as blocks for driveways.
- Design the driveway so water runs off onto existing grass or flowerbeds within the property.
We haven’t included in the cost of a soakaway or unusual drainage solution in any of the prices on this page.
Some homeowners may be able to use existing drains within the property, while for others, a more creative and costly solution might be needed.
Drainage costs vary and depend on the type of soil, size of the area and other considerations.
Get a Price For a New Driveway
Whilst our research into driveway costs is insightful, there are so many variables and every project is different.
For this reason, we suggest sourcing up to three written quotes for your project.
Tap the button below and see how we can help you get a competitive driveway price today: