Professional asphalt or concrete companies can create completely new paved driveways or remove existing driveways and install fresh ones in the same location. Regardless of slope, ground type or square footage required, professionals can prep the ground surface and get the job done right. Several factors affect the costs.
New installation or repave
In general, installing a new driveway costs less than removing and replacing an existing driveway. For replacement jobs, professionals must account for the added labor, time and hauling costs of breaking apart the old driveway and disposing of it before beginning the new project. These added costs are generally rolled into the overall quote. 4 U 2 Concrete in Aurora, Colorado, charges $5,000 on average to take out and replace a concrete 800-square-foot driveway. This job takes about 15 hours.
The size of the driveway greatly affects the cost of paving—as does the paving material. Larger driveways cost more to pave, but the price per square foot is generally lower because paving professionals can offer volume discounts for materials on larger projects. The price per square foot also depends on whether the job is a new driveway installation or a remove-and-repave job.
Here some examples of price per square foot:
All Pro Paving in Perris, California:
Repaving: $3 per square foot on average
- Price applies to jobs that are approximately 1,500 square feet
4 U 2 Concrete (Price variation reflects project size—larger projects cost less price per square foot.)
New concrete driveway: $4–$5 per square foot on average
Remove and repave a concrete driveway: $5.50–$6.60
The cost of labor varies by region and affects the overall cost of services. Paving specialists in regions with a higher cost of living charge higher prices overall.
Applying a sealant to newly paved driveways increases the cost of services. Sealant protects the asphalt or concrete from cracks, fissures, water and other wear and tear, thereby extending the life of the driveway. The added cost covers the labor of applying the sealant as well as the cost of the product. Here are some examples of sealant costs:
All Pro Paving: $0.25 per square foot to seal an asphalt driveway
Coating lasts three to five years.
Coarser textures of asphalt require more product and may have a higher price per square foot.
4 U 2 Concrete: $200–$300 to seal a concrete driveway
- Coating lasts 1 - 2 years.
Plan for your paving project. If a permit is required, it can take two or three weeks to acquire. Ask whether the paving company can procure the permit on your behalf or if you’ll be responsible for getting it.
Remember to wait 24 hours before walking on your new driveway and five days before driving on it.