“How much should pavers cost to install?” This is one of the most common questions asked, but one of the hardest to answer. Why? So many factors come into play when talking about paver cost for installation.
There are several key points that go into paver installation cost.
- Most paver installation projects are calculated by using the per square foot price of pavers installed. A certified installer will charge, on average, $15-$20 per square foot for paver installation. There are companies that are only charging $10 per square foot. Please, do not use these companies. Almost all of them are not certified nor do they install pavers properly (they cut corners, skimp on materials, etc). We have had to do many repair jobs on poorly installed pavers. Having to have another company repair (which oftentimes means re-install) pavers costs the homeowner more money than if the homeowner had used a certified company complete the original installation. Cheap equals cheap in paver installation.
- Another cost factor is type of paver. Just like granite, the paver itself ranges in price. Shape, brand, color, style all play a factor in how much the paver cost.
- How many pavers will be used. If you have a large project (example 1000 square feet or more), the cost per square foot decreases. Smaller projects require the same prep as the larger jobs therefore costing more per square foot.
- What is included in the per square foot cost? We include all prep, gravel, geogrid, labor, polymeric sand and pavers in our cost per square foot. Some companies charge additional fees for geogrid and polymeric sand and therefore charge a cheaper per square foot rate. Make sure to read the contract/proposal very carefully to know exactly what is included in your quoted rate.
- How is the terrain on which the pavers will be installed? Is it flat? Is it hilly? Does it need to be graded? You get the point. The more “prep” that would need to go into the paver installation, the higher the cost.
Hopefully, this guide will help you in understanding how much paver installation should cost. As always, we are available to help any clients in the Raleigh – Durham area. Give us a call!
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