How Much Does a Cement Driveway Cost?


The average cost to install a cement driveway measuring 129 square feet in 2015 was between $2,109 and $5,264 or about $4 to $6 per square foot, according to Home Advisor. Stamping and other decorative options add to these costs and can significantly increase the price of driveway installation, driving it up to as much as $25 per square foot. Your area's labor rates and material costs also have an impact on the total cost of cement driveway projects. To estimate the cost of your specific driveway, calculate the square footage, and then use an online calculator to estimate the cost of your project.

Labor Costs

The cost of labor to install a concrete driveway typically includes the charges to remove the old driveway, plan the new one, gather materials and then do the work of installing the driveway. The labor costs for such a job in 2015 ranged from $294 to $433. This price goes up, however, if laborers must stamp your concrete or perform other decorative tasks.

Material Costs

High quality materials cost a bit more than their cheaper counterparts but are well worth the investment to help your driveway last longer. The average materials cost in 2015 for a 120-square-foot driveway was about $24 to $28. Equipment rental also affects the cost of materials, and the average for a driveway of the same size was between $60 and $106.


  • Remember that the materials you need to build a concrete driveway may include building permits and inspection fees. Check with your local municipality to see what permits are needed for your project and what it costs to obtain them.

Decorative Costs

Concrete driveways can be customized with stamping, color application and stenciling, but this costs more than a plain driveway -- adding these features is very labor-intensive. Adding one or two decorative elements can easily bring your installation costs up to $12 to $18 per square foot. Decorative elements can cost $25 or more per square foot, however, if you opt for a regal look with lots of options.

Maintenance Costs

Like all driveways, concrete driveways need some attention once in awhile to make them last as long as they can. You can expect your concrete driveway to last for 40 years or more if it's properly maintained. Concrete should be sealed every five to 10 years if you seal it with epoxy or polyurethane, and every three years if you use an acrylic-resin sealer. Concrete should also be sealed six months to a year after installation. The average cost to seal a driveway in 2015 was between $100 and $50, but this can be more depending on the size of your driveway. Plan on $0.50 to $2.50 per square foot for high quality sealer.

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