Demolishing a driveway involves breaking it up, hauling away the concrete debris and disposing of it properly, and returning the site to grade.
The national average cost to demolish a concrete driveway is roughly $1,800, but the price can be as much as $5,000 in some cases.
There are various factors that affect the cost to remove a concrete driveway:
- Site accessibility
- Debris disposal fees
- Whether or not the concrete is reinforced
- Permit fees
Average Cost to Remove Concrete Driveway
|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|
Factors influencing the price of driveway demolition
When a demolition contractor 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.
Size of the driveway
On average, it costs $1 - $3 per square foot to remove a concrete driveway. (However, as previously mentioned, your exact price may vary.)
To learn your driveway's square footage, multiply its length by its width.
For example, a 40 ft. long x 20 ft. wide driveway is 800 square feet. In this case, it would cost $800 to $2,400 on average to have it removed.
For curved and/or driveways with varying widths, the calculation can be a bit more complicated. However, a measuring wheel makes quick and easy work of this.
Your location and accessibility
The demolition contractor you hire will likely charge mileage to travel to your home or business. This is one of the main reasons why choosing a local demolition contractor is a cost-effective choice.
The accessibility of the driveway can also affect the cost to remove it.
While most driveways are easily accessible with heavy equipment, like excavators and loaders, some are obstructed by nearby landscaping or structures, and removal is more complicated and therefore, more expensive.
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, like accents or decorative borders. This additional labor and attention to detail may increase the cost of the demolition as well.
Any situation where the concrete removal project becomes more complex for the demolition company, expect to pay more.
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.).
Your project cost will go up if your driveway is thicker than four inches simply because of the additional weight and volume of concrete debris that will need to be hauled away.
Thicker concrete may also be reinforced in some cases, and this would also drive up the cost of demolition.
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 are flattened, and the proper slope for water drainage is achieved.
Oftentimes, the new concrete is then poured to make the new driveway at an additional fee.
Keep reading: How Concrete Is Removed and How Much It Costs
See a concrete driveway demolition in action
Tips to save on driveway demolition costs
There are a number of simple ways to get the best price on your concrete driveway removal:
- We recommend contacting at least 2 - 3 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.
- 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 the long run, so do it right the first time: Demolish 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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