Installing concrete pavers in a driveway, patio, or walkway is a great way to add charm and beauty to any home. The cost of this installation, however, is not cheap. Luckily, the project will far pay off its initial investment over time, both in saved maintenance and replacement costs and in the increase of the home’s value.

Unfortunately, an exact price cannot be given for paving stones. Each project is different. Nonetheless, there are some common trends that affect the total cost of the project. These include:

Geographical Location: Some areas are more expensive to live and work in than others. Paving stone price will thus reflect this difference in standard of living.

Paver Quality: Not all pavers are created equal. The differences between (and within) brands is real. While all paving stones are resilient and strong, some will stand up better to the elements over time. Cheaper brands will fade and lose their smooth finish; higher quality brands will retain their looks for much longer.

Square footage: Obviously, the larger the project, the more expensive. However, larger projects will usually garner a lower price per square foot due to the efficiencies of working in bulk.

Contractors: Some contractors will charge more than others. While the price a contractor charges cannot be equated with the quality of his or her work, it certainly correlates. If you pay a bargain price, expect bargain work.

Preparatory work: If there is an existing patio or driveway or other obstructions that need to be excavated, then the total cost of the project will rise. In addition, some areas are more troublesome than others and require more prep work – for example, soil containing high amounts of clay will require a thicker and stronger aggregate base. This costs time and money.

Design: If your project requires special patterns or lots of cuts, the price will increase. Keep this in mind when designing your installation. You might consider working with a contractor to keep these costs as low as possible.