A plain gray concrete driveway costs between $3 and $7 per square foot, while the cost of a decorative concrete driveway can range from $8 to more than $18 per square foot depending upon the design and coloring effects desired. Longer-lasting, less maintenance, and cost-effective are the top three attributes of driveways installed with decorative concrete. They are an ideal choice for getting the look of natural stone, patterns, or pavers without the cost associated with those authentic materials.

Plus, with concrete driveways, you have the added luxury of having a long-lasting surface that is durable and wear-resistant in the harshest environments, along with little required maintenance. In addition, the design options and customization choices are nearly endless providing you with a palette of opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind driveway that can greatly enhance your home's curb appeal.

Basic: $8 to $12 per square foot

An economical upgrade compared to plain, gray concrete, you can enhance your concrete driveway for a reasonable cost. Basic installations usually include:

  • One coloring method (integral or surface-applied)
  • Textured concrete finish
  • Exposed aggregate
  • Basic stencil
  • Basic border

Mid-Range: $12 to $18 per square foot

More elaborate decorative effects allow you to incorporate contrasts and color and pattern.

  • Engraving
  • Use of two or more colors or patterns
  • Use of two or three colors and contrasting border
  • Scored and stained concrete

Progressive - $18 and up per square foot

The ultimate in decorative concrete surfaces, customized driveways exude creativity and design. They are extremely eye-catching and can include:

  • Borders, sawcut designs, and hand-applied chemical stain accents
  • Multiple scoring patterns and stain colors
  • Advanced stenciling with hand-applied accents

*Note: Costs shown vary by market depending upon the size of the project and the prices for materials and labor.

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