Resurfacing a driveway usually refers to replacing a hard layer, like concrete, with a new version without the cracks and stains of the old version. Sometimes, a gravel driveway can be "resurfaced" by installing a new type of driveway. Costs can vary widely just because there are many sizes of driveways and many ways to resurface them with a variety of materials. Homeowners should choose a material first, then consider their particular project when estimating costs for their driveway project.
Most homeowners are interested in resurfacing a concrete driveway they already have to make it look better and last longer. Concrete lasts longer than most options but also tends to be more expensive. In 2011, concrete laying costs ranged between £1.90 and £7 per square foot, which means for a normal concrete driveway total costs would end up being around several thousand dollars. Dyed or stamped concrete can be up to twice as much.
If homeowners want to upgrade their driveway by covering it with a new layer of quality material, prices end up being much higher than normal concrete resurfacing. Cobblestones are a favourite high-end option, but they also take time and experience to install, which raises the costs to around £6 to £32 per square foot. Pavers and bricks may cost less, but prices can still easily reach £13,000 to £19,500 for an average driveway.
Resurfacing options are also available that have low costs due to either the simplicity of the job or the availability of the materials. For those with an asphalt driveway, resurfacing usually requires laying down a new macadam surface, which only costs 60p to £1.90 per square foot. A stone or gravel driveway will have a similar price tag. Cleaning and sealing a current driveway without adding any new materials also has a cost of only a dollar or two per square foot.
While costs may be easy to estimate for an "average" driveway of around 12 x 50 feet, few driveways are perfectly average. Many are longer or shorter. Driveways that include many curves or awkward angles will always cost more. Resurfacing projects may also include nearby landscaping and drainage work to prevent future problems, which will also raise the overall price.