How much does it cost to demolish a concrete driveway?

Average cost to demolish and remove concrete driveway

Demolishing a driveway involves breaking it up, hauling away the concrete debris, and grading the site. The national average cost to demolish a concrete driveway is $1,500, but the price can be as much as $5,000 in some cases.

There are various factors that a demolition contractor must consider when determining a quote for a project—like your particular city/state, how easy it is to access the site, debris disposal, inspections, permits, etc.—so your concrete removal price will depend on your specific project.

Here are some examples of concrete driveway removal prices around the U.S.:

Concrete Driveway Removal Costs Across the Country
Cost of Demolition Project Size & Type Location
$1,200 377 sq. ft. concrete walkway Fort Worth, TX
$900 476 sq. ft. concrete patio Arlington, TX
$1,500 1,400 sq. ft. concrete patio Worthington, OH
$600 200 sq. ft. concrete driveway Baltimore, MD
$850 10 ft. x 50 ft. concrete driveway Long Beach, CA
$3,200 1,000 sq. ft. concrete driveway Newton, MA
$800 40 ft. x 10 ft. concrete driveway St. Petersburg, FL
$2,500 1,250 sq. ft. concrete driveway Brentwood, CA
$900 150 sq. ft. concrete driveway Cary, NC
$1,100 30 ft. x 15 ft. concrete driveway Hayward, CA
$1,900 875 sq. ft. concrete driveway & walkway Humble, TX
$1,500 15 ft. x 25 ft. concrete patio Chicago, IL

NOTE: Your concrete removal price could be more or less depending on your specific concrete removal project. Use our Concrete Driveway Removal Costs tool to see more average costs and details about related projects nationwide and near you.

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Factors influencing the price of driveway demolition

When a demolition company writes up an estimate, it considers more than just the square footage of the driveway. Several factors play a role in how much you’ll ultimately pay to have your driveway demolished.

Here are a few of the most significant cost factors...

Size of the driveway

You’ll find that $1 to $3 per square foot is typical for a concrete driveway removal project. Of course, this may vary depending upon the other factors listed below.

Measure the square footage of your driveway by multiplying its length by its width. For example, the square footage of a 40 ft. long x 20 ft. wide driveway is 800 square feet. In this example, a typical demolition cost would range from $800 to $2,400.

For curvy and/or multi-width driveways, the calculation is a bit more complicated. You can measure the length of a curvy driveway by placing rope or twine along the outside edge of the driveway; then measure the length of the rope by straightening it out and using a tape measure or a tape measure reel to calculate its overall length. ***A measuring wheel works even better.

Your location and accessibility

The demolition company will charge mileage to travel out to your destination. For this reason, choose a local demolition contractor closest to where the driveway removal is to take place.

The accessibility of the driveway itself is also a cost factor worth noting. While most driveways are easily accessible to heavy equipment, like excavators and loaders, some require that obstructions be removed prior to the work being started. Fences, large trees, and structures (e.g., garage) are obstructions that can get in the way of the demolition.

If the demo company has to remove obstructions, it can drive up the price of the driveway demolition. If possible, make the driveway as accessible as possible to reduce the cost of the driveway removal project.

Complexity of the driveway

Sometimes homeowners wish to save part of the driveway, such as accents or decorative borders. This may increase the cost of the demolition due to the added TLC necessary to avoid breaking these parts of the driveway.

The same is true if you wish to demolish just a section of the driveway. Any situation where the demolition project becomes more complex for the demo company, expect to pay more.

Concrete thickness

The standard thickness of a concrete driveway is four inches. However, some driveways may be five inches or more, particularly those designed to be driven on by heavy equipment (e.g., tractors, farm equipment, etc.).

You may pay more if your driveway is thicker than four inches simply because of the added weight and volume of the concrete debris that’ll need to be hauled away. Thicker concrete may also be reinforced in some cases, and this would also drive up the cost of demolition.

Return site to grade/site prep

If you plan to rebuild a new driveway in the same location, the site must be graded and prepared properly. This cost may be included in your driveway demolition quote, but always ask your contractor to be sure.

Returning the site to grade simply means the dirt and layer of gravel is flattened and the proper slope for water drainage is achieved. The new concrete is then poured to make the new driveway (not included in the demolition costs).

Keep reading: How Concrete Is Removed and How Much It Costs

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See a concrete driveway demolition in action

This video shows the demolition of a narrow, single-car driveway using a Bobcat with various attachments and a dump truck. The video is sped up so you can see it all.

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Tips to save on driveway demolition costs

There are a number of simple things to keep in mind before you get the ball rolling:

  • If possible, call two or three demolition contractors and get quotes from all of them. Use these prices as leverage to get the best price possible. Don’t be afraid to haggle in the demolition biz.
  • Pouring new concrete over the existing driveway isn’t a good idea, in most cases. Cracks can develop quite easily, especially if the original driveway had cracks and damage. It will cost you more in demolition costs in the long run, so do it right the first time: demo the driveway and pour fresh concrete over a properly graded and prepared site.
  • If you plan to pour a new driveway, recycle the concrete debris for use as the aggregate base for the new driveway. This eliminates the cost of debris removal, but it may cost extra to have the concrete broken up into small enough pieces to use it as aggregate. It doesn’t hurt to ask your demolition contractor and maybe save a few bucks.

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