Updated in 2023. Written by an Expert.

Written by Daniel Woodley. Fact Checked by Paul Farley. Published to Price Guides on the 17th of January 2023.

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The cost of an entirely new driveway can be prohibitively expensive, especially when you account for the cost of the foundation, waste disposal and the rainwater drainage regulations that apply to newly constructed driveways.

I’ve project-managed dozens of property renovations where we improved the driveway by cleaning and sealing, rather than replacing it.

Once complete, you can expect a rejuvenated driveway at a fraction of the cost of a new drive and the surface will be protected from oil and fuel spills. I’ve also had success by mixing in anti-slip additives to provide a better grip on sloped driveways and for customers with mobility issues.

On This Page, I’ll Answer These Questions

  • How much does it cost to seal a driveway?
  • What surface types can be sealed?
  • How long does a sealant typically last?

+ many more in our FAQs section

Even though I have cleaned and sealed plenty of driveways myself in the past and I’ve and overseen projects completed by others, I wanted to know how much driveway specialists are currently charging, so I sourced prices from dozens of firms.

The prices were supplied to me via email after I sent them photos of the driveway.

If you’re looking for a guide to how much driveway sealing costs, use my figures as a better-than-ballpark price, but note the following:

  • All prices displayed below include VAT if it was charged.
  • Includes power washing the driveway.
  • Includes treating the surface with mould and weed killer.
  • Includes minor repairs and sand filler, where appropriate.
  • The sealant will depend on the type of surface – tarmac, concrete or blocks.
  • Any waste material is taken away and disposed of.

Driveway Sealing Project 1: Cost to Seal 60 Sq Mtrs of Concrete Driveway

The prices shown below are an average of the figures given to me by 42 driveway sealing firms I contacted by email.

The driveway is 60 square metres, so it will hold two, possibly three cars and is made from pattern imprinted concrete.

I’ve worked on these types of driveways before and I’ve found that they need to be recoloured or coated every 4-8 years to keep them looking fresh.

Location:Price inc VAT:
London and South£750 - £850
Midlands and North£650 - £750

Project 2: Cost to Seal 60 Sq Mtrs of Tarmac

Tarmac driveways fade over time from UV rays and I’ve found that they can look dull and tired after just a few years.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tarmac restorer products on the market that bring the colour back to where it should be and also protect the surface from further UV damage.

In addition, I’ve previously reasonably priced repair compounds to fill in cracks and make teh surface good and ready for the sealant.

Here’s my price guide for tarmac recolouring, again to a 60 square metre driveway and again based on the prices provided to me:

Location:Price inc VAT:
London and South£650 - £750
Midlands and North£450 - £550

Project 3: Block Paving Sealer to 60 Sq Mtrs of Driveway

I know from past experience of sealing driveway blocks that they can be very absorbent, so if they’ve never been sealed before, your contractor may need to use lots more sealant than previously sealed blocks.

Most of the companies I sourced prices from recommended either Resiblock or Smartseal block paving sealers.

I’ve used both before, and they are at the upper end of the price range but also of very good quality.

If the prices below seem high, do bear in mind that there are much cheaper, although probably inferior, products on the market. Also, you’ll need less sealant if the drive has been previously sealed.

Location:Price inc VAT:
London and South£800 - £900
Midlands and North£700 - £800

Recommended Products

Resiblock is a very well-known brand and has a good reputation and I’ve used their sealer several times and was impressed with the finish on a block driveway.

Smartseal has sealing products for every conceivable surface, and their concrete-coloured sealers are particularly popular.

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Driveway Sealing FAQs

Below I’ve answered some questions you may have:

When Were These Prices Last Updated?

These driveway sealing prices were last updated in early 2023.

Where Did These Prices Come From?

I contacted 42 driveway cleaning firms from various locations around the UK and asked for prices. The figures shown on this page are an average of these prices. Use this data as a guide to sealing prices in the UK but please bear in mind that every project is different. You can get a custom price here.

FYI – I sent emails to the 42 firms and included photos and dimensions of the driveway.

What is The Best Time of Year to Seal a Driveway?

I’ve sealed several driveways myself and overseen others in my capacity as a project manager and I’ve always felt that mid-spring to mid-autumn is the best time of year to seal a driveway. I think you should avoid sealing or coating driveways in winter as it’s damp for long periods of time and the surface needs to be dry for the product to adhere correctly.

How Long Does it Take to Seal a Driveway?

The work is usually completed in two stages, each stage may take less than half a day, depending on the size of the driveway.

Stage one involves cleaning (power washing) the surface, removing any weeds, making good repairs and applying a fungicide or weed killer to kill off algae and weed roots. Fine kiln-dried sand can also be applied to fill in any gaps between driveway blocks, if required.

Stage two can only be started when the drive is completely dry. In summer, this could be the next day while in cooler months, the drive may need a few days to fully dry. Stage two involves two applications of sealer with a few hours of drying time between each coat.

On the projects I’ve worked on and overseen, the work took about two half days, but some projects took longer if more substantial repairs were needed, which happened sometimes.

What Are The Key Benefits of Driveway Sealing Vs a New Driveway?

There are many:

  1. Quicker than installing a new driveway.
  2. Cheaper.
  3. Less disruptive.
  4. No need to worry about driveway drainage regulations (they only affect new driveways).
  5. Better for the environment as there’s far less wastage.

How Long Until I Can Use The Driveway?

Based on my experience, the sealants and colourants usually dry within a few hours, but vehicles should be kept off the drive for 48 hours.

How Much Do The Materials Cost?

Weed and moss killer products are fairly cheap and enough to treat a 60 square metre driveway would cost no more than £20.

Smartseal sells 25-litre drums of driveway sealer for around £150 and this is enough to apply two coats to 50-60 square metres of driveway.

Filling sand for a 60 square metre block driveway will cost around £25.

As a general guide, I think the cost of the materials for a 60 square metre driveway sealing project will cost around £200.

Why You Can Trust This Us

This guide to driveway sealing prices was written by Daniel, who has nearly two decades of experience in the home improvement, construction and landscaping industries, including over 8 years as a project manager.

Daniel has completed several driveway sealing projects himself and also overseen work completed by others in his official capacity.

The advice offered is based on his knowledge and experience, but the prices shown are an average of the figures given to us when we researched this topic.

As accuracy is important, we also asked Paul Farley to fact-check the important statements made in this guide.

Author: Daniel Woodley

Daniel has over 18 years of experience in the construction, home improvement, and landscape garden industries, including a spell working as a project manager.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys gardening, hiking and scrambling. He frequently posts videos to his popular YouTube Channel and is well known in the hiking community.

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