Concrete driveways have changed a lot in the last few decades.
Gone are the thick, ugly slabs of cheap concrete and in their place are new long-lasting coloured concrete with unique patterns pressed or stamped onto the surface.
There are several reasons why we are warming to the idea of concrete on a driveway:
- it’s affordable
- there are so many colours to choose from
- you’ll find lots of patterns – you can be creative
- this material is durable and requires only minimal maintenance
Perhaps this is why concrete is becoming one of the most sought-after low-maintenance options for gardens in the UK.
On this page, you will discover:
- a guide price
- a works schedule so you can see how much work is involved with a concrete driveway installation
- pros and cons of this material
- a time lapse video showing its installation
- a link so you can get a custom quote
A Look at Costs
Are you thinking about replacing your driveway with a new concrete one? We know how much they cost and can provide you with a guide price based on our experience in the home improvement industry.
We are tradespeople ourselves and have experience renovating homes in the UK. We know how a professionally installed imprinted concrete driveway can increase the value of almost any home and make it more appealing to the eye.
Pattern imprinted concrete is one of four options you have when thinking about a new driveway:
Gravel/stones – This option is the cheapest of the four but has its pitfalls, the gravel gets everywhere, into the house and out on the street. It’s also difficult to clean, especially during Autumn when lots of leaves and twigs fall from the trees.
Tarmac – An attractive option, not the cheapest but not the most expensive either. Colour options are limited to either red or black and both fade with time.
Blocks – Block paving is a very popular way to finish off a driveway, and there is a tonne of options, including thousands of pattern combinations and hundreds of edging options. See our separate price for block paving here.
Concrete – This page is all about pattern imprinted concrete driveways, so keep reading to see how much it costs and what options you have.
What to Expect With a Pattern Imprinted Driveway
Here is a works schedule, it details everything that’s included in the prices you’ll see further down this page.
- Locate existing services such as cables and pipes
- Excavate the ground to required depth
- Install drainage as required such as a new drainage channel and soakaway
- Compact ground to a level surface
- Lay a weed proof membrane
- Put down a granular sub-base material to a depth of around 100-150mm and compact it
- Lay reinforcement as required
- Pour wet concrete (see raw concrete prices here) to a depth of 90-100mm into shuttered area
- Apply the desired colourant to surface
- Stamp the chosen pattern onto the cement before it dries
- Ensure adequate crack prevention gaps
- Once dry, the surface will be cleaned and then sealed with two coats of a translucent sealer
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Time Lapse Video:
Below you will find two prices for common driveway sizes:
1) 40 Square Metres – Typical 1 or 2 Car Driveway
The price below includes sub-base:
2) 100 Square Metres – Multi-Car Driveway
Again, this price includes work below ground level:
How the Cost is Distributed
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You can reduce the price of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway by laying it on top of an existing sub-base, thus removing the need for extensive and costly excavation work.
It isn’t always possible to lay the concrete directly onto driveway (tarmac or blocks) as the extra 100mm would cause issues at the driveway boundary, at the entrance to any garages and it could breach the damp course of the property. If this is the case, the existing driveway would need to be lifted, but any sound sub-base could be reused.
The Pros and Cons of Concrete For a Driveway
The list below is not exhaustive but covers the key points.
- For large areas, it’s very cost-effective.
- You’ll find a wide choice of pattern combinations and colours.
- Very little maintenance, no weeds will grow through. Easy to clean.
- Impossible to patch repair if it becomes damaged (perhaps to gain access to cables or pipes under the ground). Once broken you will need to replace the whole lot.
- Can suffer from cracks even with crack control joints.
- Flaking and spalling are also common if the installer doesn’t lay it correctly.
How You Received a Price For a New Driveway?
This is your opportunity to let our visitors know how much you’ve been quoted for a new driveway in the UK.
|Joshua (Plymouth)||Gravel drive way 4.8 x 2.4 including removal of wall (2017)||£5605|
|Kevin (W London)||Small driveway for just two cars (blocks) (2017)||£3250|
|Mike (Sunbury)||Tarmac to driveway for three cars (2017)||£2750|
|Kelly Kitson (Midlands)||Tarmac driveway (2017)||£2000|
|Daniel West (Poole)||Gravel driveway including new drainage soakway (2017)||£2250|
|Derick (S East)||Block pavers including drain channel and edges. 95 square metres (2017)||£12500|
|[redacted] (Somerset)||Your prices are too low. At [redacted] we charge around £120 per sq mtr for large block paving driveways all inclusive. Sure, you can get the work done cheaper with poor quality materials but why would you wnat to choose the cheapest? You get what you pay for, also how long s a peice of string? Every job is different, that's why driveway installers like don't like publishing our prices online not because we have anything to hide. (2017)||£120 per sq mtr for a typical project|
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Ideas and Inspiration For Your New Driveway
Regular visitors to our website know how we love to get ideas and inspiration from Pinterest.
Below you can find a selection of images we like.
There are plenty more on Pinterest.
(tip: do a search for “stamped concrete” as well as “pattern imprinted concrete”)
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