Driveway Paving Cost Guide – Which is the Best?

Whether you’re lucky enough or not to have any parking lots on the pavement to park your car, you would expect to install a new driveway. Driveway pavers not only provide you with somewhere to park or make your house more attractive but also add more value and improve curb appeal to the functions of the outdoor area. Moreover, the driveways will make your removal project and the street in the winter become much easier to manage.

There are several materials used in the paving project, hence the cost for driveway installation is also different depending on which style and material you chose. Keep reading and this article is what you need with the estimated cost and some paving contractors in Seattle WA that you might need.

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Driveway pavers are a perfect solution that not only improves the aesthetic appeal of your property but also increases its overall value. By applying a paver sealer to the pavers, you can quickly protect your driveway against oil spills, rubber marks, and other stains.

variety colors of paving

Paver is available in a range of colors, enabling you to choose the ones that best complement the overall style of your home and garden. They may be set to form stunning patterns, transforming your driveway into a piece of beauty. Paver stones are extremely resilient and can endure extreme pressure without splitting or fracturing, and this excellent project will even survive many years with less driveway maintenance.

When concrete paving cracks or becomes damaged, the damaged portion can be removed and restored, leaving discolored blotches on the driveway. This can lead to many individuals simply replacing the entire driveway, which can be incredibly expensive. If a portion becomes broken, you just need to repair it at a minimal cost, and you can even do it yourself.

cracked driveway


Why should we worry about road materials? Roadway materials, especially surface materials, can cost up to half the price of a road. The material used has a direct influence on the function, structural support, rider comfort, environmental impact, and safety.

When selecting driveway paving materials, it is critical to weigh upfront expenditures against long-term costs. Examine this pavement comparison chart to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of various paving alternatives, as well as the installation requirements.

roads paving in Seattle

Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt gives an extremely long-lasting and robust driveway at a reasonable cost. The major components of asphalt one blacktop are rock, sand, and asphalt cement, a petroleum product. A new driveway begins with a 4- to 8-inch layer of compacted granular fill for a sturdy, well-draining foundation.

4 inches of asphalt

However, for a residential driveway, you just need about two to three inches of asphalt added with a few inches of gravel. Typically, new asphalt driveways can be used immediately right after they are installed.

asphalt paving

However, many homeowners in Seattle WA, as well other states in the U.S. dislike the way it seems. You may choose a beautiful asphalt driveway that is stamped and tinted, but the cost will be significantly more.

Concrete Driveway

concrete paving

Concrete is one of the most popular materials. It is long-lasting and requires little upkeep, and often lasts longer than clay bricks, with lifespans ranging from 25 to 50 years. Concrete paver roads are somewhat weaker than a brick paver driveway, but their 8,000 pounds-per-square-inch strength rating is more than adequate for everyday use. Paver driveways are more durable than solid concrete slabs.

The cost of plain concrete might be pretty inexpensive, but it will rise if you want it embossed and tinted. A concrete driveway may break if poured incorrectly, so it’s worth spending more for a quality constructor.

repair concrete in Seattle

Gravel Driveway

The least expensive driveway paving choice is gravel (or you can choose crushed stone). A gravel driveway uses a product made up of rocks, sand, and clay. This combination has a significant benefit over plain rocks in that it compacts significantly better, resulting in a more stable surface.

gravel driveway

However, gravel driveways might provide maintenance issues, particularly in locations with a lot of rain. To protect your gravel driveways from washing away, you may add a stabilizer, but this will raise the expense.

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The cost of driveway construction is usually about $5 to $50 per square foot in Seattle WA. Mostly, the cost to install a new driveway will vary depending on its material, size, and labor costs when hiring a paving contractor. When you consider choosing which material is relevant to your project, you need to notice its good maintenance since driveways get so much heavy traffic onto it that requires durable base material adequate.

gravel driveway

While some paving options are cheaper to install at the beginning, however, they require regular maintenance that needs replacing within every two years. Otherwise, other paving materials are quite expensive at the start cost, they can last a lifetime with a low maintenance requirement in the long run with proper care.

concrete driveway

So, it’s really important to learn the cost of each paving material in installing, maintenance, seal coating or crack filling to be most to be cost-effective for your final product.

Asphalt Paving Cost

asphalt driveways

Typically, the cost of laying asphalt usually varies around $1 – $5 per square foot, cheaper than a concrete one. Asphalt provides homeowners with an incredibly strong surface for the driveway job along with a reasonable price in the long term. Whether many homeowners like its look or not, asphalt is always a popular choice for driveway pavers, especially in Seattle WA.

Although asphalt material can last your project from 12 – 20 years without maintenance, to protect the driveway from additional asphalt repairs and keep it look new and shiny all the time, many experts recommend that it should be attached with some asphalt services, including asphalt maintenance, seal coating, complete removal, resurfacing every few years.



In common, the cost to pave a new asphalt driveway is $5 per square foot with the total cost of a common 450-square-foot driveway of $2,250. In comparison with cement driveway, this cost is totally lower, which the cement driveway costs about over $5,000 for the quality work. And the average lifespan of a new driveway could last till 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

new asphalt driveways

Remember to calculate the square footage of your driveways to know ahead of what you’ll expect to pay for the driveway installation.


Due to wear and tear, you need to notice and repair the old worn-out driveway, or parking lot every two years for the best driveway maintenance. The average cost of resurfacing this home project is about $1.75 to $3 per square foot. This means you will expect to pay the estimated cost of $500 – $1,300 for fully curb appeal repairs. You should know that a driveway with so many cracks will destroy your curb appeal project!



While you can apply a seal coat for the driveway yourself, however, we don’t recommend you do so instead of hiring a paving contractor with the right equipment. Since the seal coat is really thick that requires skilled laborers and heavy machinery, this heavy job can burn your skin and mess your new pavement up if you get the wrong way.

apply seat coat

The cost to hire paving contractors in Seattle WA to apply seal coating is between $90 and $135 for an under-500-foot driveway. For a larger project, this price will increase. You can contact directly any contractors you want to ask for free estimates.

Poured Concrete Paving Cost

The cost of poured concrete driveway paved is usually higher than asphalt at between $3 and $12 per square foot. Along with its high cost, the durability is also extra by installed over crushed stone with the addition of bedding sand layer. Be sure to hire the top good company with excellent workmanship to finish the concrete work unless the concrete paving easily cracks with improper installation.

crushed stone in concrete driveways

Each type of concrete may have a different price. Like stamped concrete, it is much more expensive with the cost of from $12 – $18 per square foot.

stamped concrete

The most expensive cost you might mention is premade concrete pavers, with the price at $25 – $50 per foot, including material and labor costs. In turn, they will provide you with more colors, sizes, styles, and designs.

premade concrete

To repair this project, you might expect to pay from $2 to $8 per square foot if the surface gets cracked or chipped. This construction has the biggest advantage that you don’t need to replace the whole project to repair but just remove the damaged sections.

damaged sections

Other Materials of Driveway Paving Cost


For brick paving, you can expect to pay about $10 to $50 per square foot for this driveway installation in Seattle. This price is depending on which type of brick you chose and the state where you live.

brick pave


Cobblestones which are made from natural stones and block cost homeowners between $40 and $70 for the excellent work in Seattle WA. This price has already included material and labor costs.

cobblestones driveway


Gravel driveway might be the cheapest material with just $0.5 to $2 per square foot to install this project completedly. However, a gravel driveway will require a lot of effort to maintain in the long life, and this maintenance work will increase the final costs for this installation.

gravel driveway


Not only in Seattle but also all around the U.S., there are so many paving contractors that you can look up on the Internet. Just search “driveway installation company nears me”, the result will shock you with a large number of contractors. However, this also will distract you from finding who is actually the top business in this field and which business will provide you with reasonable quotes for this work. The best way to figure out which company is good enough is to find the comments of other clients and compare quotes between different contractors.

Green Arbor Landscaping with over 35 years of gardening & landscaping experience will serve you with all services under one roof. Whether you are living in Seattle, Maple Valley, Bellevue, or any state in the U.S., we always guarantee that we will be the friendly contractor of all homes with excellent work. We are a business that is licensed and insured with the latest industry standards.

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