Having a driveway has all sorts of advantages. One particularly notable bonus is that you will receive lower insurance premiums than if you keep your car parked in the street! The reasons are apparent. Your vehicle is less likely to be vandalized, broken into, or involved in an accident when parked if it is off the road.
So while getting a driveway is an excellent idea, you may be overwhelmed by the number of surfaces available. One of the most popular and cost-effective options are concrete-based driveways. Concrete is a simple material that is used for all sorts of construction jobs, including most highways.
When installing any driveway, one of the primary considerations is the durability of the surface. A properly constructed concrete driveway is likely to last 30 years or more. Bad weather will take its toll, but you can guarantee many years of reliable use with maintenance.
Concrete is known for its durability. Besides, because it is a relatively inexpensive substance to use, the upkeep costs are not high even when a touch-up is required.
Concrete Driveway Costs Explained
Concrete is a relatively reasonably priced substance for driveway use. You can expect to pay £500 for the smallest driveway and £8,000 for the longest ones. You can also think of the cost in terms of how many cars will park on the driveway. Driveways suitable for one car average at around £800. Meanwhile. Three car driveways cost £3,500 or so.
Aside from the size of the job, the complexity of the installation is another factor in figuring the cost. If you already have a driveway with solid foundations, the installation will be simpler and less expensive.
Another important factor in the cost is the drainage system. Concrete is not permeable and therefore requires adequate draining. If you already have a system in place, it will make the installation easier for the contracting crew. However, if you had a permeable driveway without sufficient drainage capacity, solving the problem will drive up costs considerably.
Finally, decorations and patterns increase the cost of installation. Let’s face it; untreated concrete is pretty unattractive. Therefore, many homeowners prefer decorated or stamped varieties of concrete. However, these can be pretty expensive. They also don’t last quite as long as the undecorated variety making them less cost-effective in more than one way.
As always, be careful with deals that appear too good to be true. Concrete installation is not the most challenging job, but there are plenty of contractors who will botch it up anyway. In particular, it is hard to get a professional-looking finish. Therefore, make sure to get an accredited and reliable contractor.
Keep in mind that costs are always significantly higher around London and in the south of England.
What parts cost the most?
Luckily, concrete is not a particularly expensive material. It is a relatively simple combination of portland cement, water, and a basic mixture of aggregate. Therefore, it makes up a little more than a quarter of the cost of the overall cost. Meanwhile, waste disposal and VAT make up another quarter of the expenses when put together.
Labour expenses are a large part of any driveway installation job. In most cases, it will make up 46.3% of the overall cost. And if you try to save on that element of the price, you may pay for it. Dearly. While any contractor will tell you they can install a concrete driveway, some of the details are pretty tricky. Tarmac driveways can be laid by just about anyone, but with concrete, you need a contractor who understands mixing ratios, the dynamics of material expansion, and understands drying times.