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How much does it cost to install a new driveway?

This can vary depending on the type of driveway you want to install, where you’re based and what size of a driveway you have. Materials like resin, gravel, block paving and tarmac all differ in cost, and you may need to consider if you need extra features, such as a heated driveway or if you need to install a driveway drain, lights, electric gates or even drainage system - all of which will affect the cost of installing your driveway.

A new driveway can also increase the value of your home - so while it can be a large investment, it’s worth it if you’re planning on selling your home in the future.

Here’s a list of the average costs of installing different types of driveways in the UK:

The average cost of installing a tarmac driveway will be around £45–£60 per square metre.
The cost of installing a resin driveway would be about £60 per square metre.
The cost of a gravel driveway is about £60 per square metre.
The cost of a block paving/stone driveway is about £110 per square metre.
The cost of a concrete driveway is about £90 per square metre.

As we mentioned, these are an average of prices and the cost will vary depending on the type of driveway you have, the amount of labour involved and your location. The general rule of thumb is that the larger the driveway, the lower the cost per square meter.

Your driveway installation expert will be able to advise you on the full range of driveway options available and will be able to help you select the best one to suit your needs. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about driveways, driveway materials and any questions you might have on gates or electric gates, too. You can use Bark to get free quotes for tarmac, resin, block paving and concrete driving installation.

What should I look for in a driveway installation professional?

Before you choose a driveway installation professional, you could take a look at The Association of Paving Contractors, Interlay is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the highest standards among professional installers. This association vets all applicants before they approve of them. Many of the professionals that appear here have years of experience and are the best in their sector.

Before choosing a professional, you may also want to ask for examples of past work, which could include images of different types of driveways that they have installed in the past. You could also look at their profile page on Bark, and Bark can show you driveway company reviews from past customers too, as well as examples of work that they have completed. This might also help you get some ideas for the kind of driveway you might like.

What kind of material should I use for my driveway?

There are several driveway material options to choose from. Tarmac driveways remain a firm favourite, but this is closely followed by resin and gravel. While it’s always best to ask a driveway installation professional for advice on these questions, here’s a quick guide to the most popular types of driveways.

Pros and cons of Gravel driveways

Gravel driveways are not expensive to install, and the materials needed to create a gravel driveway are reasonably cheap compared to other driveway options.
If you have a long driveway, then a gravel driveway is a good choice as it’s less expensive than other materials. You can also choose from an array of styles and colours of gravel, which may suit the design of your home more than tarmac, or other driveway materials.

Gravel driveways do require some maintenance, which may not be an option for everyone. You may want to avoid choosing a gravel driveway if you live in an area that is prone to heavy snow, as it’s a lot harder to clear snow from a gravel driveway than a tarmac or concrete one. Weeds can often be an issue for gravel driveways too, so make sure to install a protective membrane before you lay your gravel driveway.

Pros and cons of Stone or Block Paving driveways

Stone driveways, which are also known as block paving, natural stone or paver driveways are a chic choice for your driveway, and can often add an element of contemporary luxury to any driveway. With a wide range of colours and textures of block paving to choose from, as well as the choice of attractive patterns, block paving is a great choice if you want an eye-catching, high-quality driveway that will last a number of years.

Block paving is a great choice if you have a smaller or unusually shaped driveway, as your chosen professional can easily adapt to the area you have. Block paving is less slippery than other driveway materials - a good choice if you live in an area prone to frost, but they’re not suitable for all weather, as we’ll touch on below.

The downside to choosing a block paving driveway is that they can take a long time to install, due to the time involved in laying individual blocks. This also means that block paving is one of the more expensive options for driveways. It can also be badly affected by the freeze-thaw cycle, due to the crevices between each block. This also makes it tricky to clear snow or general garden debris like leaves off it.

Pros and cons of Resin driveways

Resin driveways have seen a boost in popularity in recent years, and they’re an attractive choice for a lot of reasons. Resin driveways can enhance the look of your home and add an element of design to any driveway due to the wide array of colours and textures available.

As long as you get a reputable driveway installer to install your resin driveway, you can wave goodbye to flooding issues and weeds. Puddles won’t be an issue with resin driveways, and they can even prevent the growth of weeds! Resin driveways are quick and easy to install and are not too expensive.

The downside to this modern driveway choice is that it does require some maintenance. If you have a lot of traffic on your driveway, a resin driveway may not be the best choice for you.

Pros and cons of Tarmac driveways

Tarmac driveways remain popular for several reasons. While they may not be the most exciting option for driveways, there are so many benefits to choosing to install a tarmac driveway in your home.

Tarmac driveways are very quick and reasonably easy to install - which is good news if you need the job done quickly with minimal disruption. Tarmac driveways are also incredibly durable and long-lasting, perfect if you plan on having a lot of traffic on your driveway - there’s a reason our roads are made of tarmac.

Another benefit to choosing a tarmac driveway is that it’s very low maintenance and cheap to maintain. It wears incredibly well and any maintenance needed can be carried out easily, and at a low cost. Tarmac is also less likely to flood, which may be a consideration for you depending on where your home is. Tarmac is well matched to brave the harsh elements and will withstand years of hard weather.
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Kandap Ltd is a family business, run by a father & son team of John and Jonathan James, specialising in the installation of Drop Kerbs, Driveways, Vehicle Accesses and all types of Surfacing and related Council & Planning Applications Please note: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE US, YOU WILL HAVE TO SPECIFICALLY REQUEST OR SELECT US TO QUOTE AS WE DON'T RESPOND TO GENERAL REQUESTS OR CONTACT US ON 0330 22 30 569 07796 951868 info@kandap.co.uk www.kandap.co.uk We are a Marshall's Approved Driveway Installer We can also deliver Drop Kerbs and are fully Council Approved for this work We can also assist with all Driveway & Drop Kerb Council and Planning Permission Applications. We can deliver a number of Surfaces, including Tarmac, Block Paving, Bonded Gravel, Normal Gravel and Grids We are fully approved for the delivery of Drop Kerbs, Vehicle Accesses and Surfacing works by your local Council and Highways.

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What do you love most about your job?

Delivering a great job and getting the review from the Client to say just that at the end :) I also really enjoy the challenges and fun in trying to build a company that delivers quality work and professional service. It's not all about the money - we do really enjoy what we do!

What inspired you to start your own business?

My son has worked with tarmac & groundworks for a number of years and he asked me to help him start a company

Why should our clients choose you?

If you want a quality solution for your driveway then please ask us to provide a quotation. We are a really professional company that provides detailed fixed price quotations and delivers work of the highest quality. Please take a look at all, our references on Bark, Facebook, Google and Yell.

It is worth spending just a little more for a quality job - after all, you are going to look at your driveway every single day for many years to come. Whats the point in cutting corners and getting the cheapest job possible because you will get what you pay for. Isn't a good job that costs a little extra really a very small price to pay to put a smile on your face every day?

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What is the type of property?


What work needs doing?

Drop curb

How many cars should fit on the new drive?

2 cars

Which materials would you consider for the new drive?

Already have block paving in place

Which additional service(s) do you need?

Just drop curb

When would you like the work to start?

Within the next 3 months

Do you have any additional details

There are a couple of services on pavement that would need to be lowered. Already have approval from council.

What is the type of property?


What work needs doing?

Extend existing driveway

How many cars should fit on the new drive?

75 sq m across two patches of land

Which materials would you consider for the new drive?

Block paving

Which additional service(s) do you need?

Drainage, Level the ground

When would you like the work to start?

As soon as possible

Do you have any additional details

Two sections of land one is grass (with a manhole cover in it, it has a slope and needs levelling + drainage). The other is grass + bark area

What is the type of property?

Commercial property

What type of commercial property is this?

Rugby Club

What work needs doing?

Replace an existing driveway

What it the existing drive made from?

Gravel - Loose, Tarmac

How many cars should fit on the new drive?


Which materials would you consider for the new drive?


Which additional service(s) do you need?

Drainage, Some edging

When would you like the work to start?

To be decided

Do you have any additional details

Total surface area is approx 4,700 square metres with easy access.

The average price of a Driveway Installer is £2,500

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