Concrete is an essential element in most residential construction projects, providing foundational support for structures, as well as low-maintenance surfaces for driveways, walks and patios. The cost of a concrete pour or installation is affected by the scale and type of a project, as well as the preparation and finishing requirements of the job. Discuss with your contractor how the features of your project and the coordination of prep, installation, and finish work will contribute to its cost.
Average Cost To Pour Concrete
The cost guide below provides average prices to pour concrete. Prices vary significantly depending on the type of job.
Cost by Types of Concrete Pouring Projects
Concrete is commonly used for building foundations, but is also a popular, practical, and attractive option for finished floors, hardscape, and other features. The scope of concrete projects can vary widely, with the size and nature of the pour defining the requirements of the job. Installing a foundation for a new home or room addition can require extensive ground work and may be completed in several stages, while smaller scale features such as a patio or walkway, poured-in-place concrete steps, or a foundation slab for a shed or hot tub can cost be completed in just a couple of days. Large jobs are often priced by the volume of the pour, in cubic yards. Smaller, more standardized projects may be priced by the square footage of the finished surface.
Foundation types vary in their requirements for ground preparation, forming, pouring, and finishing. Your contractor can help you select a foundation style that is appropriate for your project, climate, and ground conditions.
Concrete slab foundations offer a cost-effective option for homes in many areas of the country, and are typically used for garages and outbuildings. Pier foundations are an economical option for mild climates, but also offer minimal soil disruption as well as flexibility for sloped sites. Crawlspace and basement foundations provide additional space for storage, living, or mechanical access under a home and are better suited for colder climates, but have more substantial construction requirements than other types. Concrete blocks are often used in conjunction with poured concrete for an efficient and flexible construction option, since they do not require the use of wooden forms to contain poured concrete.
New and Replacement Installations
The amount of preparation required for your concrete pour may depend heavily on the condition of the site. Pouring concrete for a new project is generally efficient, since provisions can be made specifically for this aspect of the job during planning and design.
Replacing damaged concrete with new material can often be more challenging, since access for trucks and equipment may be limited at a finished site, special tools or extra manpower may be needed to complete the job, and demolition and disposal costs will add to the bottom line. The features of each project will influence the cost of concrete work; replacing existing concrete with new material may cost 30 to 50 percent more than an installation at a new site.
Although foundation walls are typically left unfinished, a number of treatments can improve the appearance, comfort and safety of finished walls, floors, walks, patios, and steps. The cost of surface treatments depends on the method and materials used, but typically adds $3 to $10 per square foot to the total price of the job.
A smooth, polished finish is often achieved with a power trowel, while a textured surface is typically applied manually in settings where traction is needed for improved safety. Stamping creates an attractive finish that mimics tile or stone, adding both texture and style. Coloring concrete during or after pouring can add additional character to a smooth or textured surface, while paint or epoxy coatings can reduce moisture intrusion and simplify cleaning on a garage or basement floor. Your designer or contractor can help you select finishes that are appropriate and practical for your application.
Concrete Pour Project Size
Preparation, pouring, and finishing requirements vary widely with the type and scale of concrete projects, but the overall size of the job can help indicate the time, labor, and equipment needed. The concrete for your project is measured and sold by volume, but the area of your site is also important in planning for the installation. Naturally, the overall cost of the job will increase with its size, but in some cases the cost per square foot goes down as the scale of the job goes up.
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The scale and scope of a concrete pouring job can vary widely, and the cost of the project will relate directly to the features of the job. Our examples may help you see how your project compares so you can plan and budget accordingly.
Pitching in on a Patio: $1,200 -$3,000
- • Size: A 400 square foot patio makes a comfortable area for outdoor living and makes for a small to mid-sized project for a pro.
- • Preparation: Removing sod or old concrete and preparing a level base for the new patio is hard work, but taking it on as a DIY project can save $400 to $1,000.
- • Finish Details: The savings from the prep work makes room in the budget for an extra $4 per square foot for a pro to add stain and a stamped texture to the concrete.
An All-Over Refresher: $4,400 - $8,500
- • Size: A standard garage of 28’ x 28’ might require 12 to 18 cubic yards of concrete, depending on local conditions and requirements.
- • Preparation: Considerable grading and site preparation is required for a job like this, and leaving the heavy work to a pro can add $800 to $2,000 to the bottom line.
- • Finish Details: Though the surface is troweled smooth, it is left unsealed to accommodate an epoxy coating finish later.
A Whole-House Makeover: $6,200 - $15,500
- • Size: A 32’ x 36’ rectangular footprint makes for an uncomplicated forming job, though pouring the needed footings and full 8’ high walls still makes this a big project.
- • Preparation: Extensive excavation is needed to prepare a site for a full foundation. This aspect of the job can add several thousand to the budget, and may not include backfilling or final grading after the concrete work is done.
- • Finish Details: Since the basement won’t be finished for some time, all that’s needed is a smooth troweled finish on the floor.
Planning for a Concrete Pour
Whether your concrete project involves a small patio, support piers for a new deck, or a full house foundation, several factors will influence the complexity and cost of the job. Your contractor can help you determine how the characteristics, size, features, and location of your project will contribute to pricing, and whether or not there is part of the job you can complete yourself to save on labor costs. If you have the time, skill, and muscle to complete demolition and site prep or to apply stain or coatings, you may be able to save ten to thirty percent.
In any case, be sure to discuss the scope of the job with your contractor to avoid delays and surprise expenses. Building or setting forms, pouring the material, and removing the forms are the basic functions of a concrete installer, but jobs like site preparation, backfill and grading, and finishing are also essential components of the project. Be sure you and your contractor address how each aspect of the job will get done and plan accordingly.
Find Concrete Pouring Contractors Near You
If you are ready to line up a contractor for your project, contact a concrete pouring professional in your area to discuss the job. All of the pros in our network have been background checked and our in-house staff has verified their credentials and insurance coverage. Hiring a trusted pro can give you the assurance the job will be done right, every step of the way.