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Paving & Installation Cost

What should the installation of paving cost in 2018?

Building professionals often leave the supply and installation of paving up to their customers. This is usually done by means of so called prime cost or “PC” amounts allocated in the building budget to source and install specialized materials and fittings.

Because such a vast range of material options are available for paving and the installation methods of these materials vary, it is very difficult to determine a reasonable and accurate PC amount for paving. The aim of this article is therefore to provide you with a reasonable costing model for residential paving.

Please consider carefully the following five points when allowing a budget for paving:

1. Type of site

It is essential to differentiate between commercial, industrial and residential installations of paving.

  • Industrial and commercial paving applications usually involve civil engineering and the utilisation of specialised paving materials. Therefore it is almost impossible to estimate costs prior to consulting an engineer.

Please bear in mind that the quoted or tendered cost of paving for commercial sites might exclude specialised earthworks done by big civil companies whereas contracting and sub-contracting of paving is done in a unique way. Therefore we urge building professionals to refrain from referencing the cost of commercial paving installation, when working on residential projects.

2. Earthworks

Please bear in mind that every site is different and that specialised earthworks might be required. In good and proper paving installations, the installation component will in some instances outweigh the costs of the paving material. The installation component of paving usually includes the earthworks that essentially determines the structural integrity of the paving.

3. Paving material

It is critical to differentiate between paving materials when considering the cost of paving. Apart from some materials being more than three times the price of others, the installation of some is much more costly than others when done according to the correct specifications.

4. Specialised installation

The paving industry has evolved in leaps and bounds in the recent past and new sizes and shapes of paving blocks have been introduced that require specialised methods of installation. This costs more than the installation of generic blocks.

5. Pricing

It is always possible to find “cheaper”. There is however a difference between cost and price. The initial price of a specific product might be cheap, while at the same time the total cost of ownership may be expensive due to failures, repairs and remedial work having to be carried out. Therefore the prices below were obtained from reputable, experienced contractors and suppliers that comply with SABS specifications where applicable.

Expected price of product and installation per square meterExpected price of installation only per square meter
Concrete bevels or interlockersR250 – R350R150 – R200
Specialised or larger concrete paversR350 – R500R250 – R300
Clay bricksR300 – R350R150 – R200
Simulated or cast stone cobbles, (also called wet cast concrete)R300 – R550R150 – R200
Simulated  or cast stone flagstonesR350 – R550R150 – R250


Prices exclude VAT and allow for local delivery.

Prices above involve standard material for edge restraints and earthworks. If kerbing, special materials or extraordinary practices are required, it will influence the indicated prices .

Prices do not include the cost of uplifting existing paving, or removal of rubble, but include bedding sand and other materials required during installation.

Prices on small projects are generally more expensive (per square meter) than on larger projects where the installer enjoys economies of scale.

Prices might vary by province.

The indicated prices above are guidelines only and are subject to change. Prices were obtained by means of market research conducted in Gauteng (November 2018).

This article is intended as a guideline only. No claims could be made against any party with regards to the information provided.

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