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By ProMatcher Staff



How Much Does a Gravel Driveway Cost?

The average cost of building a gravel driveway is $1.48 per square foot (which includes a 4-inch layer of crushed rock or gravel). A 500 square foot gravel driveway would cost about $740. For a 750 square foot driveway, you could expect to pay about $1,110. However, there are several factors that may impact the average cost. Use the list below to get a better idea of how much your project will cost.



1. Your geographic location. Where you live is an important cost factor. You should expect to pay higher prices in large metropolitan areas and lower prices in small towns. To find estimated costs in your area, take a look at the ProMatcher Driveway Cost Report.

2. Tear out existing driveway. Can the gravel be installed over your existing driveway? Or, does the existing driveway need to be removed? This will add to the cost of installation.

3. Land clearing. Are you building a brand new driveway? Does the site need to be cleared of trees and shrubs? The cost of site clearing is not typically included in the cost of installation.

4. Site preparation. Basic site preparation should be included in the cost estimate. However, major sloping and grading will add to the cost of driveway construction. The installation of a compacted gravel base may also come at an additional cost.

5. Amount of material needed. Most contractors will provide a quote based on the square footage of the desired driveway. A single car driveway will cost much less than a long winding driveway. The thickness of the gravel layer will also contribute to the material cost. The standard thickness is typically four inches. Anything thicker will add to the installation cost.

6. Type of gravel. There are many types of driveway gravel to choose from including recycled gravel, pea gravel, or river stones and pebbles. What type of gravel you choose will impact the overall cost of the project. For instance, a pea gravel driveway will be much more expensive than a recycled gravel driveway.

7. Geotextile fabric. The cost of laying a geotextile fabric should be included in the quote. The geotextile fabric will help to prevent potholes and extend the life of your driveway.

8. Plastic grid. For additional reinforcement, the gravel driveway can be installed with a plastic grid system. This may add to the cost of installation.

9. Drainage installation. Is the necessary drainage in place? Installing a french drain or digging drainage ditches will add to the overall project cost.

10. Driveway accessories. Driveway edging will come at an additional cost. There are many options to chose from, ranging from stone pavers to basic plastic borders. The installation of any lighting will also add to the cost of the driveway.

11. Driveway gate installation. The installation of a driveway gate can provide additional home security; however, this will come at an additional cost. For a free cost estimate, click here.

12. Is delivery included? The availability of different types of gravel varies by region. If the gravel needs to be delivered long-distance, this will increase the cost of your gravel driveway.

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