Concrete patios are highly affordable. It cost way much less than those made of other materials such as brick, natural stones, flagstone, and an array of other materials. This is because natural materials are difficult to install; thus a lot of labor is required to install them. Concrete on the other hand is the easiest material to install, owing to the fact that not much surface preparation is required. Concrete is laid and reinforced at ground level, and no digging is required like in other materials. You will, therefore, save a lot of your hard-earned money throughout the installation process.
How much does a concrete patio cost? This is an honest question asked by many homeowners. Many concrete contractors will tell you that it is difficult to determine the actual cost of this structure, since different patios are tailored to suit different clients’ needs.
Calculating the price will, therefore, be highly dependent on what you actually need. The only fact that is widely known is that the cost is calculated per square foot. Before we mention figures, it is prudent to look at a few factors that influence the cost of a concrete patio.
The size of your patio
Primarily, the larger the patio, the bigger the price. Similarly, contractors will charge minimum fees for small patios. This is because the size of the structure will determine the quantity of materials to be used, and will determine the amount of workforce, and the number of hours required to complete the job. It is common knowledge that a large patio will require a lot of materials, and more men to work on it; hence you will pay more than one constructing a smaller patio.
Complexity of your design
Design complexity plays a major role in determining the cost of a concrete patio. Adding textures, borders, colors, and other customized features requires special skills and ample time. You will therefore need to pay a price for it. A plain design is undoubtedly the cheapest, since it does not require a professional to apply a lot of skills, and specialized equipment. If you are working on a tight budget, consider installing a concrete patio with a basic shape and straight edges since it is easier to form. A curved design are complicated, and will force you to dig deeper into your pockets and pay more.
What is your site condition? Will there be demolitions required before construction can begin? How easy is it to access your property? This are some questions whose answers contribute to the overall price of your concrete patio. If your site will require much preparation, the prices will go up. If your property is located in a place where materials cannot reach on a truck or any other necessary equipment, additional labor, or a concrete pump will be needed, and it will definitely scale the price of your concrete patio.
You will pay cheaply for your structure if your premises is easily accessible, and little site preparation is needed.
The products to be used and their cost in your local market
Many products such as concrete, sealants, reinforcements, stains, paints, and many others will be used to achieve desirable results. Their availability and how they trade in your local area will determine the cost of your concrete patio. Prices vary, depending on various factors, and the contractor will charge you depending on the prices in your local market.
What is the actual cost of concrete patios?
Typically, expect to pay $3-$6 per square foot for a plain design that has no colors or decorative finishes. You will pay $6-$11 per square foot for a simple design that may include a single coloring or decorative method.
A professional contractor will charge $12-$15 per square foot for a custom design that includes multiple coloring methods with a contrasting border. You will pay over $20 per square foot for an elaborate design that includes;
- Hand-applied coloring methods and,
- Sawcut designs.