The average cost to pour a concrete patio is $2,433, with most homeowners paying between $1,212 and $4,318 for professional installation. Labor costs can run between $3 and $10 per square foot and materials cost $1 to $2 per square foot. The total price depends on the size, curves, patterns, and if you choose a special design finish. Get free estimates from concrete pros near you.
Other than a swimming pool or an additional garage, chances are that putting in a patio will be one of the most significant outdoor investments on your property. While there is a broad range of options available within each of the alternative patio construction choices, of the most common options available, the stone patio option will generally rank as the highest cost project, and a concrete patio is usually the least expensive choice.
The average cost to pour a concrete patio is $2,433, with most homeowners paying between $1,212 and $4,318 for professional installation. Labor costs can run between $3 and $10 per square foot and materials cost $1 to $2 per square foot. The total price depends on the size of your patio, if your patio is going to have curves or a complicated pattern, and if you choose a unique design finish.
|National Average Cost||$2,433|
|Average Range||$1,212 to $4,318|
The size of your desired patio will obviously determine the baseline cost for the project. Some homeowners prioritize size over design while others choose design over size. Overall, you can expect to pay $5+ per square foot on average for concrete patio installation, not including curves, designs, or finishes.
|Patio Size||Average Cost|
|Sundeck / Bistro Patio (10’ x 10’)||$1,200–$2,100|
|Dining Patio (12’ x 14’)||$2,500–$5,000|
|Living Room Patio (16’ by 18’)||$4,300–$8,600|
The lower prices will be for straightforward concrete, and the higher cost will include additions like color treatment and stamping—to create textures and designs, including the look of tile grooves.
Concrete is one of the most durable materials you can use for your patio. It’s especially suitable for warmer climates because it doesn’t absorb heat well, and it can last for up to fifty years without needing to be resurfaced or resealed. You can even install concrete pavers by hand and avoid the cost of pouring concrete.
An entry-level concrete patio can typically cost around $5/sqft and a more elaborate concrete patio that is stamped, designed, or given color treatments can cost up to $18/sqft.
The following table details some average costs for plain patios:
|Patio Material||Price per Square Foot Installed|
While concrete pavers cost around $5 to $10 per square foot, it is a very manually intensive task resulting in more than 50% of the project cost coming from the labor costs. While both concrete and pavers need a good sub base, without correct impaction procedures, pavers can drift apart.
While costing more initially, your concrete pavers are likely to last between 25 to 50 years. Just like a concrete slab, it does pose the risk of cracking, but replacement is a lot cheaper than repairing a concrete patio because you only need to replace the cracked individual pavers.
The materials for a brick patio will typically cost around $7 per square foot and another $10 to $12 per square foot for installation since they need to be laid by hand. However, a well-made paving brick can last for one hundred years or more.
The average cost to build a deck is $25 per square foot with most homeowners spending around $4,380 to $10,080. For an entry level deck it costs around $15/sq.ft., and for a deck built with premium materials costs $35/sq.ft.
The most significant factor to impact the cost of a patio is the intricacy of the design. If your patio is going to have lots of curves or a complicated paving pattern, expect to pay considerably more. This price increase is due to the additional time and effort it will take to install the patio. Anytime a contractor has to make individual cuts or spend time laying pavers in an exact pattern, the labor costs are going to go up.
Your contractor can create a finish on the concrete to replicate the more expensive options by adding color treatment and through a process called stamping and/or scoring.
Below is a more comprehensive list of potential finish options for your concrete patio.
|Patio Design||Average Cost Per Square Foot|
|Stained Concrete||$2 – $4|
|Stamped Concrete||$1.50 – $1.70|
|Painted or Coated||$2 – $6|
|Broom Finished Concrete||$0.40 – $1|
|Decorative Stencil Masking||$1 – $10|
|Engraved Concrete||$1 – $2|
|Exposed Aggregate||$0.90 – $1.90|
This is the most sought-after permanent color treatment for cement and concrete patio surfaces. Typically used to create a range of earth tones, these stains are naturally variegated, colorfast, and have a high-end appearance. The cost of stained concrete for a single stain color with sealer will cost between $2 and $4 per square foot. As the complexity and detail rise, the cost will follow.
If you want to change the actual color of the concrete, colored concrete costs about $30–53/cu. yd., and more if a separate mixer needs to be delivered and cleaned after for each color.
Stamped concrete is a leader in versatility, colors, and uniqueness. In addition to blending color in during the mixing process, installers can also add another color while placing the cement, and a further set of surface color and patterns to the finish. Stamped concrete costs around $1.50–$1.70 more per square foot. Choose a contractor who has a portfolio of front-line stamping work.
For an estimated $2 to $6 per square foot, either painting or coating concrete is a great way to add design and/or color to your patio concrete with professional quality products.
This is a concrete surface finish that is broomed before it dries. An easy and cheap way to add a decorative edge that is slip resistant. Add on $0.40 to $1 per square foot.
Concrete stencils can be used by your installer. Stenciling will cost $1–$10 more per square foot depending on the intricacies of the design.
Are you are looking for decorative concrete that looks and feels like flagstone at half the price? Engraved Concrete produces realistic paving or brick design as the result of hand carving and/or the use of a diamond blade cutting wheel to cut or score a decorative pattern. The engraved texture can be applied right over the existing concrete, whether you have textured or aggregate types of concrete. Scoring costs about $1 to $2/linear foot extra.
Your choice of pebbles or aggregate added to the concrete mix is what creates the range of different styles and adds to the durability. Will last a very long time. $0.90–$1.80/sqft extra.
It is a standard rule of thumb to add 3’–5’ around any furniture to allow people to move freely behind chairs.
You can use hand tools to break up or dig up an old patio or drive in large equipment to dig the soil to a uniform depth. The cost will include preparation of the area, protective measures set up for the home and surrounding trees, and removal of debris.
Concrete can be crushed and then reprocessed or recycled as a granular refill, course base material for new pavement, or as aggregate in new concrete. This saves you the transportation and disposal fees ($100 per ton for disposal) because recycling companies will pick it up, and you’ll avoid adding to landfills.
Subgrade is the earth underneath the patio structure. If this is not professionally prepared, there is a high chance that the concrete will crack as it settles. Make sure that the subgrade soil is prepared so that it gives adequate, firm support and will not move or wash away.
While you don’t have to seal concrete, you should probably seal it if you plan on eating a lot on your patio—to avoid stains, as they can be difficult to get out due to the porous nature of concrete.
Virgin or pure acrylic sealer won’t yellow in sunlight whereas epoxies will. An acrylic spray-on cure and seal will cost approx. $0.53 per square foot. Two applications of a nonmetallic color and concrete hardener cost about $2.40 per square foot.
Solvent-based sealers are of a higher quality and highlight the concrete’s colors better. Look for a penetrating sealer that provides a chemical barrier to oil and freeze-thaw conditions, is breathable, won’t yellow, isn’t slippery, enhances the color of the concrete if you want it to, and provides invisible protection. High-gloss sealers are no longer popular and can be slippery. They block in the moisture, which can cause fracturing, white hazing, or fogging.
Concrete can crack if the sub base is poorly prepared, the concrete is of poor quality, badly mixed, or the patio undergoes severe thaw-refreeze weather.
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