Here are some prices for the different types of concrete.

Type of concrete per m3 Average Cost
Grade C8/C10/C15 £90
Grade C20/C25 £110
Grade C30/C35 £110
Grade C40/C45 £130

What factors affect the cost of pouring a concrete driveway?

There are number of different factors which will influence how much you have to pay and these include:-

  • The quality or grade of the concrete
  • How the concrete will be offloaded
  • The time the concrete supplier needs to spend on site
  • The size of the area
  • The access to the site
  • The complexity of the job
  • Whether any preparation work is needed
  • Where you live
  • The distance from the supplier to your home

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Labour cost for pouring a concrete driveway

Even if you have prepared the hardcore base yourself, you will need a skilled workman to assist the concrete company. This will cost in the region of £220-£450 per day, increasing your overall cost of pouring a concrete driveway.

The area for the driveway will need to be enclosed with stakes and wooden boarding and the concrete professionally levelled off once it has been poured. This is also the time to add stamping or imprinting if this is what you have chosen for your design.

Finding the right company to pour a concrete driveway

If you have hired a driveway company to install a new concrete driveway at your home, then they will estimate the amount of concrete needed and order it from their usual supplier. However, if you are installing the driveway then you will need to source a local company and order the concrete yourself. The savings from self installing may not outweigh the cost of pouring a concrete driveway if you hire professionals. Here are some things to take into account.

  • Research the average cost to pour a concrete driveway thoroughly.
  • Obtain two or three quotes to compare prices
  • Discuss the right type of concrete for your purposes with the company plus do your own research online
  • If you are not sure on volume – and this is not the time to make errors in calculation – then most local companies will come on site and calculate the correct amount for you
  • Discuss access to the site and if there are any difficulties that might make delivery challenging
  • Make sure the base is completely ready for the delivery date, liquid concrete will wait for no man!
  • Find out how long they will be on site

If you have not sourced a concrete company before then ask around friends and neighbours to see if they can recommend one. Haulage is expensive so using a local company will cut down on delivery charges and therefore the overall cost of pouring a concrete driveway.

Have a good idea about the type/grade of concrete you need before you contact them but always ask their opinion.

What are the advantages of a concrete driveway?

Concrete is one of the most popular choices for a new driveway, it may not be the cheapest option, but it has lots of compelling advantages.

  • Durability – concrete is very hard-wearing and weather resistant, but it must be properly laid on a professional hardcore base and allowed the appropriate time to cure otherwise it will crack. Concrete driveways last on average 50%-60% longer than an asphalt equivalent
  • Aesthetic – concrete never used to have a nice appearance but now, with the different colours available and the ability to stamp or imprint designs, a concrete driveway can look like paving or bricks at a fraction of the price. Concrete offers the opportunity to both bespoke an original design and colour, making your driveway unique from everyone else’s. A well-laid and attractive concrete drive also offers the optimal in kerb appeal when it comes to selling your home
  • Temperature and light reflectance – concrete is a cooler material to walk on in the summer months. It also offers good light reflectance so can reduce the requirement for powered lighting and save energy costs
  • Load bearing – for household with multiple cars, heavier cars or just larger vehicles like motorhomes or boats, concrete will be able to bear the load without complaint and won’t crack or buckle under the strain
  • Reduced maintenance – a professionally laid concrete drive will have contraction joints built into the construction to protect against shrinkage and cracking plus, clear sealers will defend against moisture absorption. Add a weed prevention mat to the construction and you really will have very little to do to look after your driveway. The reduced maintenance will lead to a lower overall average cost to pour a concrete driveway, compared to other driveway options.
  • Environmentally friendly – concrete requires less energy overall to both produce and pour than other driveway materials

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Mixing your own concrete

For small driveways, some householders will mix and pour their own concrete. It’s really important to get the right mix of water and to measure accurately exactly how much you need. Use too much water and you dilute the mixture producing a surface which can be weakened by as much as 40%. Use too little water and the concrete won’t mix thoroughly resulting in weak spots when it is laid and cured.

When the concrete is properly mixed, it should be semi-solid and resemble thick oatmeal. If you are mixing your own, then there is a simple test to check if the proportions are correct. Pick a small handful of concrete and shape it like a snowball. If it holds its form and you can smooth round the edges, then the consistency is fine. However, if it is like soup then there is far too much water and you need more dry mix, too dry and crumbles apart when you try and shape it then you need to add more water. There is no point in saving money on the cost of pouring a concrete driveway if the driveway you self pour is not up to scratch.

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If you want to find out more information on concrete driveways, learn more about how much it costs to remove a concrete driveway, techniques such as pressed concrete and how to fix a driveway that is crumbling.


If you have not sourced a concrete company before then ask around friends and neighbours to see if they can recommend one. Haulage is expensive so using a local company will cut down on delivery charges and therefore the overall cost of pouring a concrete driveway.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I calculate how much concrete I will need?

The cost of pouring concrete is calculated per cubic metre (m3) rather than per square foot. This is because you are looking to fill a certain volume – area and depth – rather than just an area so square footage won’t give you the amount you require. Concrete pouring specialists will come out and assess the site if you are unsure how to calculate the right amount.

What is the right grade of concrete to use for a driveway?

For driveways the mix needs to be strong enough to support the weight of multiple vehicles, compare this to laying a base for a home extension or garden shed. Strong mixes such as C30/PAV1/ST3 with a strength of 30N are recommended for domestic driveways. If you intend to keep larger/heavier vehicles like motorhomes or horseboxes, then discuss this with your concrete pouring company.

What does compressive strength mean?

Compressive strength is the rating of how much compression a particular material can resist. For a concrete driveway, this means the weight of the car or truck and is measured in psi or pounds per square inch. The higher the number, the more durable the concrete. For driveways, pouring concrete is usually at 3,500 psi and above. In cold climates, it is better to use concrete with a higher psi as the freeze/thaw cycle puts a lot of stress on the concrete, so it needs to be stronger. The higher the psi on a concrete mix, the more durable the concrete will be.

Will de-icers damage the surface of a concrete driveway?

It is important to avoid using de-icers for the first twelve months after the concrete has been laid and to limit their use. New concrete is susceptible to the effects of de-icers and rock salt so if you need traction in icy conditions then it is better to use sand. It is helpful to create a roughened or textured effect on the surface of the concrete when it is laid, this helps provide grip in cold, frosty weather. There are some de-icers branded as ‘concrete friendly’ but in reality, they can still cause harm, so it is better to avoid these products completely.

Is it possible to increase the longevity of a concrete driveway?

Adding several joints to allow for expansion and contraction throughout the different seasons will minimise the risk of your new concrete driveway cracking. Being patient and allowing the concrete to cure for as long as possible will also help reduce the risk of cracking. Sealing the concrete after it has cured then resealing it every three to five years can also reduce any deterioration to the surface. Patch minor cracks as soon as they appear. Debris should be cleaned from the cracks and the surface should be cleaned, filled, cured and then sealed. Use freshly mixed concrete for larger cracks. If there is a lot of cracking or the cracks are structural then take professional advice on what steps you should take to repair and preserve the driveway.

Paul Robinson
Hi I'm Paul. After years in the mathematical field, I went on to help rescue a flooring and driveways company and spent 10 years building the company. I’m a property expert with extensive driveway and home improvement industry knowledge.
Mike Alexander

I’m Mike – writer and part-time home improvement expert at Refurbb. Since owning and refurbishing my own property in 2018, I’ve since been developing rental properties, writing about my home improvement endeavours, sharing what I’ve learned and connecting readers to reputable tradespeople in the UK. I’m also head of marketing and technical at Raindancer Ltd

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