Cheapest way to pave a drive

Updated February 21, 2017

There are several types of drive paving, with different prices for each. If you are on a budget, there are cheap and effective methods available. Paving stones, also known as pavers, are made from compacted sand mixed with cement, resulting in a sturdy material that withstands temperature changes. You can purchase paving stones and the installation materials in bulk from your local hardware store and quarry for a fraction of the cost of other options.

Measure the dimensions of your drive and draw up a rough diagram of the area on a piece of paper. Take this diagram to your local hardware store and ask an assistant for the proper amount of pavers to cover the area. Tell him you would like a few extra, since buying individual pavers if you run out is more expensive than buying in bulk. Additionally, purchase enough edge restraints to line the entire drive.

Buy crushed stone from your local quarry. Take your drive diagram with you so the quarry can calculate the right amount of stone required. You will want enough crushed stone to cover the drive area with approximately 17.5 cm (7 inches) of material. In addition, you will need enough sand to cover the area 7.5 cm (3 inches) deep.

Spread one third of the crushed stone over the drive area and use a plate compactor to tamp, or press, it down. Renting the plate compactor from your local hardware store for the day will be most cost effective. Always operate the plate compactor according the manufacturer's instructions. Spread and tamp the remaining stone in two more batches.

Install the edge restraints around the perimeter of the drive following the manufacturer's instructions. The cheapest variety is typically made from plastic or aluminium and can be installed by driving stakes into the ground.

Spread two thirds of the sand over the drive area and level with the plate compactor.

Lay the pavers over the sand, beginning with the edge of the drive that abuts the garage or house. Use the manufacturer's instructions as a guide. Do not walk on the sand bed as you place the pavers. Fit the pavers as close together as possible, leaving no more than 3 mm (1/8 inch) between them. Tamp the pavers with the plate compactor when you have set them all.

Spread the rest of the sand over the drive and use a push broom to move the sand back and forth over the pavers. This will cause the sand to fill the spaces between the paving stones, making a solid, level surface.


To prevent weeds from growing between the pavers, seal your project with a drive sealant after finishing.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pavers
  • Edge restraints
  • Crushed stone
  • Sand
  • Plate compactor
  • Push broom
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