How Much Does a Paver Patio Cost?
One of the first questions our potentional land clients want to know when they call our company is: How much does a paver patio cost? Although this is a very difficult question to answer, we will try to do our best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.
The purchase of a paver patio is much like the purchase of a vehicle or even a home. With so many options available price ranges can vary drastically.
Here are some of the variables that will affect the price of a paver patio project.
Ideally, a patio is going to be flat. Retaining walls or other measures may be needed if the patio is positioned on an uneven terrain.
- Excavation for base
In order to create a 4-8 inch base of compacted crushed concrete it may be required to excavate existing base or soil. Hauling this soil off-site is and added expense.
- Base soil type
For traditional pavers, crushed concrete is compacted and then a finer substance of crushed concrete, known as slagg, is used installed on top. Some paver styles require deeper bases and clear crushed gravel for drainage purposes.
- Ease of access to site
If the entire project is in the backyard of a gated area, this will increase the time it takes to excavate soil, prep the site, and will limit the type of equipment to be used.
- Type and style of paver
There is a wide variety of paver colors and shapes. Typical costs for pavers range from $4-$6 per square foot.
- Design of different paver sizes
Complicated circles or designs add to the labor of a project. Some paver projects have 3-5 different shapes of pavers that are installed in a pattern. The more complex the pattern, the more time is required for installation. Polymeric Sand is used for the joints of the pavers and can also affect the cost of the project depending on color and quantity.
- Shape of patio (curved vs straight)
Circular and bending patios require a lot more cutting of the pavers and increase the time of installation. Straight edged patios require less cutting since most common pavers are rectangular or square in shape.
Here are some general guidlines for pricing when it comes to paver patios, based upon the several projects we have done. These are rough ranges only due to the above variables, but you can receive an exact quote for your project by contacting us.
400 Sq Ft Patio
Cost of Pavers: $1,400-$2,800
Cost of Other Material: $1,000-$1,500
Cost of Labor: $1,500-$2,000
Total Project Cost: $3,900-$6,300
900 Sq Ft Patio
Cost of Pavers: $2,490-$5,450
Cost of Other Materials: $1,940-$2,800
Cost of Labor: $3,750-$5,000
Total Project Cost: $8,200-$13,250