The average cost for a concrete patio is $2 – $7 per square foot for materials and installation. The average total cost to install a concrete patio is around $2,500, with most homeowners spending between $1,400 and $4,300. The price can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from pros near you.
Other than a swimming pool or an additional garage, chances are that putting in a patio will be one of your 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 generally the least expensive choice.
|Patio Size||Average Cost|
|Living room size (16’ by 18’)||$4,300–$8,600|
|Dining size (12’ x 14’)||$2,500–$5,000|
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 good 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.
Hire a contractor who uses high-quality concrete, or consider a contractor who can lift in interlocking pavement, like Unitedcorp of New Jersey in Monroe Township, NJ, who is Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute certified.
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, according to Craftsman’s 2018 National Estimator:
|Patio Material||Price per Square Foot Installed|
Your contractor can create a finish on the concrete to replicate the more expensive options through adding color treatment and through a process called stamping and/or scoring. When designing the patio and landscaping together, consider hiring a contractor like Excel Construction in Van Nuys, CA, that is equipped to install your new patio and take care of your landscaping needs.
“We work with our customers as partners, providing and listening to advise and pointing out the advantages of different materials. ... Get a quote(s) from somebody else, then call us and well try to beat your best quote by at least 10%. If we can beat it, then you just got yourself the best possible price.” -says Excel
Below is a more comprehensive list of potential finish options for your concrete patio.
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 $0.39/sqft.
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. Colored concrete costs about $30–53/cu. yd., and more if a separate mixer needs to be delivered and cleaned after for each color.
Concrete stencils can be used by your installer. Stenciling will cost $1–$25 more per square foot.
Engraved concrete produces a realistic paving or brick design as the result of hand carving and/or the use of a diamond blade cutting wheel to cut a decorative pattern. DECK-O-ART in McKinney, TX, says, “Are you looking for decorative concrete that looks and feels like flagstone at half the price? We can apply right over the existing concrete, whether you have textured or aggregate types of concrete.” Scoring costs about $0.16/linear foot.
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.
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. Stamping will cost $1.50–$1.70 more per square foot. Choose a contractor who has a portfolio of front-line stamping work, like Hi-Tech Builders in Encino, CA.
For the amount of money it will cost, either painting or coating concrete is a great way to add design and/or color to your patio concrete with professional quality products.
The biggest 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 special cuts or spend time laying pavers in an exact pattern, the labor costs are going to go up.
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. The following factors would normally be considered when you determine use first:
Some examples of patio furniture sizes include the following:
to comfortably sit at and serve a full meal on:
Up to 46 inches required
Up to about 60 inches required
Traditional patio seating:
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 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.
The cost is usually lower when building materials are sourced locally, because you can reduce shipping costs and reduce or eliminate interstate commerce fees.
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/sq. ft. Two applications of a nonmetallic color and concrete hardener cost about $2.40/sq. ft.
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.
Test the sealer on a small corner of your patio to make sure it will give the final look you want. Once you’ve settled on your final choice, make sure the sealer is applied in thin coats (with a roller or sprayer, based on instructions) so as to allow the concrete to expand and allow moisture to escape. The seal should last for 1–3 years.
If you live in a terraced house without a side gate, and the cement is being delivered in a large cement truck, the installation team could be restricted to bringing the concrete through the house in pails.
Alternatively, if there is only a side gate, and no way to get the concrete truck close enough to use a remote-controlled articulating robotic arm (also known as a boom), or a trailer-mounted concrete pump (also known as a line pump), then extra time and effort needs to be taken to transport the concrete by hand using wheelbarrows. Typically, an installation team would require a space wider than 8’ to position a cement truck to give direct access to the patio site.
Your contractor may deliver the raw materials to the backyard and use a cement mixer there. In assessing your property and the access it provides, you should be able to determine what options are available to the install team.
Average costs related to access:
Before you begin, find out what permits, if any, are required by local governing authorities, and by your homeowner’s association, if your neighborhood is subject to one. Because you are changing the amount of permeable ground around your home, this will affect water runoff, which could cause problems for your next-door neighbors, or neighbors’ yards farther down the street. Not getting a required permit will result in possible fines, a citation, or retroactive permit fees, and possible difficulty insuring or selling your home. Even if a building permit isn’t required, there is still a potential that the patio installer might need an excavation permit.
Don’t forget to check and make sure there are no utility lines in the vicinity of the project site. A quick call to 811 will be your one stop to make sure everything can go as planned.
Ask your final three choices of contractor what kind of warranty they offer on both labor and the concrete used. Look up warranties offered by your state concrete associations on certain concrete producers, and see which contractors have agreed to follow their installation procedures and quality control standards. Contractors should also offer a warranty on labor.
Concrete can crack if the sub base is poorly prepared, the concrete is of poor quality or badly mixed, or the patio undergoes severe thaw-refreeze weather.
Sub base - additives and aggregate can be pumped beneath the slab to fill sinking spots and prop the concrete back up.
Cracks - The patio can be resurfaced with overlay. The surface is scraped and a new concrete layer applied. Costs $1–$3/sqft.
- Individual cracks can be filled for about $300.
- The patio can be stained and cut to make the cracks look like part of the design.
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