Paving installers work to lay patios and paths in a range of materials, including concrete, paving stones and resin. They may specialise in one type, or they may install patios and paths in a range of materials. The average cost per hour for a patio and path installer is £28, but it can range from £18 - £41. Specialist companies that deal with one type of material may charge more than a company that installs patios and paths more generally.
See our patio and path installer rates table for more hourly rates broken down by location. Or, post your job on HaMuch and get a more accurate quote for free.
Most path and patio layers will give you a day rate, since installing most patios and paths will take at least a day or two. The average day rate for a paving company is £209, but as our table shows, depending on where you live and the type of project it could range between £131 - £423.
Smaller patio and path companies will often charge less than larger national companies as they have fewer overheads.
Check our rates table for patio and path layer day rates in your area.
When looking for the cheapest quotes from a paving company, here are some strategies you can consider:
Research and compare: Take the time to research and gather information about multiple paving companies in your area. Look for companies that have a good reputation, positive customer reviews and a track record of delivering quality work. Get quotes from several companies to compare their prices.
Communicate your needs: Clearly communicate your requirements to each paving company when you request quotes. Provide accurate measurements, details about the type of paving material you prefer, any additional features or services you may need and any specific design considerations. This will help the paving companies provide accurate and competitive quotes based on your specific project.
Ask for a breakdown: Ask each paving installer for a detailed breakdown of the costs involved in the quote. This will help you understand how the total is calculated and identify any potential areas where you can reduce costs. Look for transparent pricing that clearly outlines the cost of materials, labour, equipment and any other expenses associated with the project.
Consider different material options: If you’re on a budget, explore different paving material options with each company. They may be able to suggest cost-effective alternatives that still meet your aesthetic and functional requirements. For example, pattern-imprinted concrete is usually much cheaper than brick, but you can get a very similar effect on an equally as durable surface.
Negotiate: Once you have received quotes, don't hesitate to negotiate with the paving companies. Discuss your budget limitations and see if they are willing to work with you to find cost-saving solutions. Also, ask about their payment options. Some companies may offer discounts for upfront payments or flexible payment plans that can help you manage the cost more effectively.
Beware of very low quotes: While it's natural to look for reasonably priced quotes, be cautious of quotes that are significantly lower than others. Very low quotes may indicate lower-quality materials, poor workmanship or hidden costs that could lead to complications or surprises down the line – and you may end up spending more money fixing mistakes. Always prioritise quality and reliability when making your final decision, even if it means paying a bit more for a reputable company.
Remember, while cost is an important factor, it's equally crucial to consider the reputation and quality of work provided by a paving company. Striking a balance between affordability and quality will help ensure a successful paving project that meets your needs and stands the test of time.
Here are our top tips on choosing a paving installer for your project:
Look for experience and expertise: Look for a paving installer with considerable experience in the industry. A company with a proven track record will have the knowledge and skills necessary to handle your project effectively. Check their portfolio or ask for references to assess the quality of their previous work – or use HaMuch to find reputable installers in your area.
Check insurance: Ensure that the paving installer you choose has the right insurance. Public liability insurance protects you if there are any accidents or property damage during the project.
Read reviews: Research the reputation of the paving installer by checking online reviews and testimonials. Look for feedback from previous customers to get an idea of their reliability, professionalism, and the quality of their work.
Assess their communication: Choose a paving installer that communicates with you clearly. They should be responsive to your enquiries, provide detailed explanations of the project process and address any questions you may have. Good customer service is essential throughout the entire project, from initial consultation to completion.
Draw up an agreement: Before starting the project, make sure you have a written contract that outlines all the details, including project scope, materials to be used, project timeline, payment terms and any warranties or guarantees the installer offers. Read the contract carefully and ensure you understand and agree to all terms before signing.
Resin patios have gained popularity in the last few years. Resin-bound patios involve mixing resin with gravel and spreading on a base to create the patio or path, while resin-bonded patios are made by spreading a layer of resin onto the base then scattering gravel onto the surface before it cures. Both offer a great-looking area that’s less maintenance than a gravel path or patio, but a resin-bound patio has the added benefit of being permeable, therefore complying with SUDS rules.
How much your resin patio costs will depend on a few factors:
Make sure you get a range of quotes from patio installers so you can compare costs.
Concrete patios are ideal if you’re on a budget. Use concrete paving slabs or poured concrete that can then be imprinted to look like brickwork to give you a fantastic-looking patio or path for less. Concrete patios can usually be installed quickly, only requiring around 24 hours to cure.
How much your concrete patio or path costs is impacted by a few things: