Concrete Driveway Cost – A Look at Prices in 2020

Concrete driveways used to have a bad reputation in the UK; ugly slabs of bland concrete never looked anything more than practical. But wow, how things have changed!

Thankfully, a new breed of concrete driveway, popular in both the States and the EU has finally taken off here in the UK. You can choose from dozens of deep colours and hundreds of unique patterns. Plus, as it’s concrete, it’s affordable and lasts for decades.

This is why poured concrete is fast becoming one of the most sought-after and low-maintenance options for gardens in the UK; not just for driveways but also patios and paths.

Are you looking for a price for a concrete driveway? Want to get an idea of how much concrete driveways cost in 2020?

On this page, you will discover:

  • A guide price – from research in 2020.
  • Feedback from consumers – See what others have been quoted for a new driveway.
  • A “works schedule” so you can see what work needs to be done when laying a new concrete driveway.
  • A quick poll so you can see how much others think a concrete driveway costs.
  • An honest look at concrete for driveways (unbiased pros and cons).
  • A time-lapse video showing concrete being laid, coloured and stamped.
  • A contact form so you can get a custom price for your driveway.

A Look at Costs

Are you thinking about replacing your driveway with a new concrete one?

We know how much a concrete driveway costs and can provide you with a guide price based on our experience in the home improvement industry and our research in 2020.

We are tradespeople ourselves and have many years 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.

We also know that done incorrectly, it can look awful – hence why you should always get at least three quotes from reputable tradespeople.

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. We think gravel look best on older period properties.

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. Simple and if you use the services of a reputable driveway installer, it should last for decades.

Blocks – Block paving is a very popular way to finish off a driveway, and there are tonnes of options in terms of block size, colour, shape and patterns which complement the hundreds of edging options available.. 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 in 2020 and what options you have.

What to Expect With a Pattern Imprinted Driveway

Here is a concrete driveway project 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 the required depth, which will depend on soil type.
  • Install drainage as required such as a new drainage channel and soakaway, to meet building regulations for surface drainage.
  • Shutter the boundary to prevent concrete runoff.
  • Compact the surface so it’s level.
  • Lay a weed proof membrane, this prevents weeds and plants from sprouting through to the surface.
  • Lay down a granular sub-base material to a depth of around 100-150mm and compact it level.
  • Lay any reinforcement as required.
  • Pour wet concrete to a depth of 90-100mm into the shuttered area of the driveway.
  • Apply the desired colourant powder to the concrete surface.
  • Stamp the chosen pattern onto the concrete and allow to dry and harden.
  • Ensure adequate crack prevention gaps by cutting expansion channels.
  • Once dry, the surface will be cleaned and then sealed with two coats of a protective translucent sealer

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Time-Lapse Video:

Below is a time-lapse video showing how a concrete pattern driveway is created:

Driveway Prices:

Below you will find two prices which cover the most common driveway sizes.

These prices were updated in May 2020 and were sourced from over a dozen different driveway installers that specialise in pattern imprinted concrete.

Use these prices to get an idea of how much a concrete driveway costs.

Want a truly custom price? Fill in this contact form and your quote online.

1) 40 Square Metres – Typical 1 or 2 Car Driveway

The price below includes all the materials, waste disposal and labour etc:

Project:Price:
Coloured PIC£3750.00
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2) 100 Square Metres – Multi-Car Driveway

Again, this price includes work below ground level, labour etc:

Project:Price:
Coloured PIC£9000.00
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How the Cost is Distributed

You Can Cut Costs By…

Most of us are looking to have high-quality home improvement projects completed at a reasonable price.

There are always ways to lower the price, but the line has to be drawn somewhere between price and quality.

You can reduce the price of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway by having your installer lay it on top of an existing sub-base, thus removing the need for extensive and costly excavation work.

But is this feasible?

Sometimes but in many cases, no.

It isn’t always possible to lay the concrete directly onto an existing driveway such as 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.  In these cases, the existing driveway would need to be lifted, but any sound sub-base could be reused.

It’s always a good idea to get prices and advice from more than just one installer, so we suggest taking your time and shopping around.

An Honest Take on Concrete Driveways (Unbiased Pros and Cons)

Twenty years ago we wouldn’t have recommended pattern concrete for driveways but over the last two decades, it’s proven to be attractive and long-lasting material for many types of surface.

The list below is not exhaustive but covers the key pros and cons:

Pros:

  • For large areas, it’s very cost-effective and much cheaper than blocks.
  • You’ll find a wide choice of pattern combinations and deep colours. Expect a unique driveway surface, it’s very unlikely that anyone else in your street will have the same.
  • You can expect very little maintenance, no weeds will grow through and it’s really easy to clean. Surface sealants can be applied easily at a later should you want ongoing surface protection or to change the colour.

Cons:

  • It’s nearly impossible to create a perfect patch repair if the material becomes damaged. So think about access to pipes, cables, extensions and future landscaping etc. Once broken you will probably need to replace the whole lot.
  • It can suffer from cracks even with crack control joints. Expert installation by a seasoned professional is essential. This isn’t tarmac that anyone can lay, it requires knowledge of drying times, mixing ratios and an appreciation of expansion.
  • Flaking and spalling of the surface can happen if the cement/sand ratio is incorrect or if laid incorrectly or if laid during cold weather. Flaking and spalling repairs rarely work.

How You Received a Price For a New Driveway?

This is your opportunity to let other visitors to this site know how much you’ve been quoted for a new driveway in the UK.

We’ve included feedback from those quoted for concrete, tarmac, blocks and other types of driveway.

Use this as a guide to see what others are paying for a new driveway.

Name:Desc:Price:
Mrs Paige (South London)Driveway for three cars. New tarmac. (2020)£3900
Clara (unknown)Old stone driveway removed and replaced with tarmac with white speckles. raised edges. 10m long and 4m wide roughly (2020)£5600
mr angel (newcastle)tarmac topup over original four-car driveway that was looking tired but otherwise in good condition (2020)£2300
Kalpesh (Essex)Concrete imprint driveway 48m2 @ £100 per m2. Agreed the price @ £4,500. Was expecting between £4,000 and £4,500. (2019)£4500
Adam Lawrence (Newport)237M2 of Printed Concrete. 6 car drive at the front of the house with a 2.5m strip running 35m to the garage at the rear. Just completed in printed concrete. (2019)£13000
Cindy (Gateshead)117 square meters stamped concrete (2019)£7000
SLI Driveways (Dudley)In our are which is Dudley West Midlands (includes Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Halesowen) Block paving is anything from £45.00 m2 by bodgit and scarperand upto and beyond £120.00 m2 by reputable companies like ourselves. The upper price includes all excavation work, removal of spoil, supply, lay and compaction of hardcore, supply and screed sand and lay blocks. All work should always come with a no quibble guarantee of at least 5 years. (2019)£120 per m2 inc VAT
Ann Haywood (Nuneaton Warwickshire)WANT TARMAC DRIVE. STONED DRIVE AT PRESENT. DRIVE IS ROUGHLY 25 X 22 METERS (2019)£5000
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”)

Pattern imprinted concrete

Stamped concrete from My Fotolog

Pattern imprinted concrete

Pattern choices from Stamped Concrete Specialists

Imprinted concrete cobblestone effect. Image from Jones Concrete Design

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The contractor can advise on planning permissions but assuming that rainwater is managed via channels and soakaways and does not run off onto the pavement or main road, then permission is generally not needed.
No, this type of work requires specialist skilled tradespeople. There is no margin for error as the surface cannot be repaired after the cement has dried. Also, the mats used to imprint the pattern are not cheap. The cement will most likely be delivered by truck so will need to be laid and stamped within a certain time otherwise the load will be spoiled.
If the concrete is professionally laid, weeds should not grow through. Moss and algae can grow on the surface but should be easy to clean off.
Concrete, even coloured concrete is not slippery but the translucent sealant applied to the surface can be. Different sealants have different grip so consult your contractor to see if they can use a non-slip surface sealer.
The bulk of the time will be taken up excavating and preparing the sub-base and base. The actual laying of the concrete and imprinting a pattern will take less than one day. For a 40 square metre area, the work will take around 4 days, assuming full dig out and base installation.
Some landscape gardeners and most driveway installers will have experience with pattern imprinted concrete. Due to the number of cowboys in this industry and the fact that they only get one chance to get it right before the cement sets, we suggest you get references and follow them up with a visual inspection of their previous work.
Oil and solvents can be cleaned from the surface without causing permanent damage (unlike tarmac). However, if the concrete is damaged and cracks, it can't be repaired.

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This guide was written by and was last updated in May 2020.

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