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Cost of Concrete Patio Installation

There are several factors that will influence the cost of installing a concrete patio. Before hiring a contractor to complete the project, take some time to think about what you want and how much you would like to spend.

This list is intended to help you make an informed hiring decision.

These are some of the factors that will influence the cost of installing a concrete patio:

1. Where do you live? Your geographic location will play a big part in determining the cost of installing a new patio. For instance, the cost is typically higher in big cities than rural areas.

2. Tear out existing patio? If you have an existing patio that needs to be removed, this will tack on to the cost of your project. Concrete demolition, in particular, can be a very tough job. If you need help with concrete removal, we can help you get a free cost estimate for the work.

3. Site preparation. Before the concrete can be poured, the contractor will have to do some site preparation. For example, they may lay a sand or gravel base. This should be included in the cost estimate you receive from the contractor. However, major excavation and ground improvement services will come at an additional cost.

4. Size and shape of patio. The contractor will likely quote you a fixed fee per square foot of patio. Larger patios will require material and cost more. Also, as a general rule of thumb, rectangular shapes will be easier (and more affordable) to install than curvy, complex designs.

5. Concrete Thickness. The standard thickness of concrete flatwork is typically 4 inches. Anything more than that will be more expensive.

6. Walkways and pathways. Along with your new patio, you may want to install an additional walkway or pathway to complete your outdoor project. Although this will add to the cost of your project, you can save money by having all of the concrete delivered on the same day.

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7. Additional accessories. If you’re looking to make your basic concrete patio stand out, you may choose to install some decorative accents. Brick or concrete pavers can be used to outline the patio. You may also decide to install an outdoor chimney or specialty lighting at the same time.

8. Will the patio be enclosed? Adding a patio enclosure or screened-area will add to the cost of patio installation. If you don’t want to enclose the entire space, you may opt for a decorative awning or covering to provide some protection from the sun.

9. Reinforcement. Installing concrete without reinforcement is the most economical solution. However, if you are looking for extra durability and stability, your contractor may recommend the installation rebar or wire mesh to reinforce the concrete.

10. Decorative finishes. Concrete can be customized to look a number of different ways. It can be stamped to replicate the look of brick or flagstone. It can also be stained or finished with a unique texture. Although a basic finish will be included in the cost of installation, decorative finishes will add to the cost of the project.

11. Applying a sealer? If you need to keep moisture out of the concrete, you may opt to apply a concrete sealer to the surface of your patio. This can be especially practical in colder climates, where freeze-thaw cycles can lead to unwanted cracks. If the patio is located near a swimming pool, a sealer may also be a good idea.

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12. Job site accessibility. Can the area be reach by the mixing truck? Or, can the concrete be carried to the site easily with wheelbarrows? If the site is difficult to reach, this will add to the cost of installation. Additionally, long distance deliveries will tack on to the cost of installation.

We hope that this information has been useful to you. Take a look at the ProMatcher Concrete Cost Report for information on the cost of installing a concrete patio. If you’re ready to start your project, we can match you to a pro in your local area.

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