Stone pavers are undeniably attractive and affordable if you are planning to pave an area outdoors. They are ideal for paving areas like pool surrounds, patios, driveways, and terraces.
But how much do pavers cost?
The short answer is between $30 and $100 per square metre, or $2.80 and $9.30 per square foot. Many factors affect the paving cost of a project. And we’ll cover them in this article to give you a better idea of what is a reasonable price for paving. Let’s dive in.
How Much Do Pavers Cost Per M2?
The price of a single paver varies considerably depending on the type of stone, size, and finish of the paver. So it’s logical that the price per square metre will vary depending on the type of paver you choose. The price per square metre is a simple way of comparing the cost of different pavers you might consider for your paving project.
Regular sandstone pavers cost around $30/square metre. Marble pavers cost around $90/ square metre. Now, individual pavers are normally square or rectangular. And they are not all 1 square metre in size. So to work out how many pavers, of any size, fill a square metre, use the formula below.
Calculate the area of the paver
Example: length 500mm, width 500mm, so the area = 0.5m × 0.5m = 0.25m2
How many 500 × 500 mm pavers in a square metre? 1 ÷ 0.25 = 4
Now you can compare the cost of using any type of paver based on the area you need to pave.
Different Types of Pavers
You can see that there is a big difference between using sandstone pavers and marble pavers in the overall cost. And there are many more types of pavers available to choose from.
The best type of paver will depend on your paving project. Do you plan to pave a driveway? Build a patio? Pave around a pool? The requirements are quite different. The weight of a car on a driveway is much greater than a few people sitting on a patio. If the pavers are for paving around a pool, you will probably want to choose non-slip pavers, for safety. So first you need to identify the necessary structural characteristics of the pavers you need. And then you can look at selecting the most suitable paver and comparing costs.
Here is a quick guide of approximate prices for popular paver choices:
- Bluestone pavers – $40 – $70
- Brick pavers $70 – $90
- Concrete pavers $45 – $60
- Flagstone pavers $75 – $100
- Granite pavers $40 – $80
- Limestone pavers $50 – $80
- Marble pavers $60 – $90
- Quartzite pavers $40 – $75
- Sandstone pavers $30 – $70
- Travertine pavers $50 – $90
Types of Paving
As you can see, different types of pavers are used in paving projects. Brick, clay, concrete, terracotta and natural stone pavers such as granite, limestone, marble and sandstone are popular choices.
Popular paving projects using pavers include:
For driveways, pavers need a suitable base on which you can lay them. A good base is critical to make sure the pavers do not move or crack when under pressure. [See more about bases below]
If you love spending time outdoors, a paved patio area is ideal. As an entertainment area or surrounding a fire pit, a patio can quickly become a haven for relaxation.
This is one of the most common uses for pavers. Choose carefully, as you will want pavers that have a non-slip surface, for added safety. Also, pool pavers need to be resistant to the chemicals used in the pool.
How Much Does a Base Cost?
A good stable base is critical for your stone pavers to last. The best option for a base depends on the area to be paved and the purpose of the paving.
- A concrete base is ideal for large areas and driveways.
- Crushed rock, sand or gravel can be used for smaller areas. This type of base is less expensive than a concrete base.
PRO TIP Ask your local professional builder for advice about the base. Ground type, location and other factors come into play, so it is best to get it right
As a guide, expect to pay around $2,300 to $2,800 for a 50m2 concrete base, requiring minimal preparation, excavation or drainage work. For a gravel, crushed rock, sand base, expect to pay $1,500 to $1,800.
Other factors that affect the cost of paving
The total cost of laying pavers will depend on factors other than just the cost of buying the pavers. You will need to consider:
- Labour cost – this can vary depending on the size and thickness of the paver you choose. Laying larger pavers can be cheaper than using smaller pavers. Expect to pay between $20/m2 and $50/m2 or more depending on how simple or difficult the paving project is
- Terrain – laying pavers on a flat surface costs less per square metre compared to laying pavers on a surface with a slope.
- Paver style – paving a driveway with large or extra-large pavers is cheaper than paving patterns such as French paving, cobblestone or crazy paving. The more cutting and levelling required, the higher the overall cost.
Some quick research online should turn up enough options for a shortlist of three. Pay attention to previous customer testimonials and reviews.
Before inviting anyone to give you a quote, be clear about the following points, as the contractor will likely ask you about:
- The project: is it a driveway, patio, pool surround?
- Terrain: is it flat or sloping?
- Pavers: the type or style of pavers you want.
- If you want to include any special bullnose/rounded or edging pavers.
Hiring a contractor
- Here are some things to check before hiring a contractor to do your paving project.
- Are they licensed for the work required? (laying concrete, etc.)
- Do they have full insurance?
- Does the written quote include edging pavers, concrete, gravel, sand, or any other materials needed to complete the project?
- Can you contact previous customers to get feedback?
- Make sure you get a total price for the completed project, not a cost per square metre.
Still have questions about your natural stone pavers project?
Disclaimer: paver prices change frequently due to promotions/discounts, availability, and other market factors. The prices shown are indicative only, based on currently available paver products.