Paving costs examined

Paving costs explained.

There are many things to take into account when pricing a paving installation for a driveway or pool area or even just a pathway.

Most people just get the price from someone like a company salesman and then decide who is the cheapest without considering why one company is a little more expensive than another. In some cases it could just be a company’s policy and marketing that determines costs but often it is the quality of the materials used in the installation.  

Grey bevel bond with a charcoal border.

Let’s look at some of the factors that make up the cost when installing paving:-

  1. Bricks make up 50% or more of the paving costs and this is dependant on the selection. There are bevel bonds, flagstones, clay and broken brick cobble, all of which are priced differently.
  2. Cement has various grades and the selection of cement grade can also effect the durability and life of the installation.
  3. River sand and plaster sand is used for bedding the paving and the grouting. River sand is also used in the edgebeam or also know as the perimeter brick.
  4. Compaction equipment is critical in the installation as the area to be paved needs to be leveled and compacted to the correct density to ensure that the installation will not have areas that sink and create waves in the paving.
  5. Cutting disks and a good grinding machine is needed to cut or trim the bricks where needed.
  6. Labour is critical and can often be overlooked. Labour that is experienced and is permanent staff to the contractor can more often than not install paving that will last a lifetime.
  7. Then finally there are the delivery costs which vary depending on the distance the manufacturer or supplier is from the delivery point.
An area that is often forgotten about is the water drainage.

Unfortunately there are short cuts to everything mentioned above, cheap non guaranteed bricks, inexperienced installers, cheap materials and broken machinery.

Always get a paving company to install your paving to ensure that your money is well spent and your paving will stand the test of time.