Adding a new hardscape project to your yard – such as a driveway or patio – can be an expensive affair, especially if you’re like most homeowners and don’t know much about how much things should cost. Unscrupulous contractors will sometimes take advantage of this ignorance, charging you far more than you should pay for your next concrete paver project. The antidote for this problem is a little education, so this article will serve as a brief hardscape price guide that will give you the basics you’ll need when evaluating offers from contractors and suppliers.
There are two major aspects that affect the price you’ll pay for hardscape projects. The first is the cost of the material. At the bottom of the heap are asphalt and concrete. These usually run you around $2 to $4 per square foot. At the top of the heap are the paving stone materials – concrete, brick, and natural stone (like flagstone or cobblestone). Concrete pavers are relatively cheap for this class, costing you around $10 to $15 per square foot. Brick pavers are a bit more expensive, usually costing you in the $15 range. Natural stone pavers are the most expensive material option by far – prices in the $20 to $30 range are common, and even higher prices are not unheard of depending on the particular stone that is used. In addition, special features like colors, textures, and designs can all add to the price of any of the materials discussed here.
The other major factor that will affect the price of the installation will be how much labor is involved. For instance, the labor of concrete and asphalt is usually much lower than that of pavers, because these pavers must be laid by hand while the slab options can be poured into the required shape. The labor cost will usually be around 40 to 60% of the total cost of the project.