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Cost of Concrete Driveway Installation


By ProMatcher Staff



Concrete Driveway Installation Cost



The cost of concrete driveway installation will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor.

This key will serve as your guide:
$0 = No additional cost
$ = Standard cost
$$ = Additional cost

What size driveway do I need?

$ - Single car driveway

$$ - Two car driveway or larger

What type of concrete do I want?

$ - Basic concrete

$$ - When concrete is dyed, tinted, or stained

$$ - When concrete is stamped

$$ - When a brick or paver border is all installed

How thick will the concrete be poured?

$ - When the driveway is 5 inches thick

$$ - When the driveway is more than 5 inches thick to increase the load bearing capacity

Will the driveway be sloped or curved?

$ - When driveway will be flat and straight

$$ - When the driveway will have slopes and curves that requires excavation and/or grading

Does the existing driveway need to be torn out?

$ - When installing a new driveway

$$ - When an existing driveway must be torn out before the new one can be installed

What type of reinforcement will be used?

$ - When a wire mesh or steel rebar is used

$$ - When the concrete is fiber-reinforced

What kind of base will the concrete driveway need?

$ - When the soil can be compacted and used a natural sub-grade

$$ - When a base of sand, gravel, and/or crushed stone is needed

Does any drainage system need to be installed?

$ - When the driveway is naturally sloped away from the house and does not need additional drainage

$$ - When a drainage system needs to be installed in order to prevent flooding

What other type of preparation is needed before the concrete can be poured?

$$ - When weeds need to be removed

$$ - When bushes or trees needs to be removed or relocated

Does the driveway need to be sealed?

$0 - When the driveway does not need to be sealed

$$ - When the driveway is sealed

Related: Pros and Cons of Sealing a Concrete Driveway

Will the driveway be heated?

$0 – When the driveway is not heated

$$ - When a radiant heating system is installed under the driveway



Ask the Pro:

1. How long do you expect the installation of the concrete driveway to take?

2. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

3. Are you and your crew licensed and insured?

4. Do you have any references that I might be able to contact?

5. Does the existing driveway need to be torn out?

6. What type of reinforcement will be used to prevent cracks?

7. How thick does the concrete need to be?

8. Will there be any control joints or expansion joints in the driveway?

9. Does the project require any extensive grading or excavation?

10. How long can I expect the driveway to last?

11. Is there a warranty on the concrete or the workmanship?

Take a look at ProMatcher’s Concrete Cost Report for information about the cost of concrete driveway installation in your town.



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