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How much does it cost to install a stamped concrete wall?

$20 – $50 cost per square foot
$2,000 – $5,000 average total cost (25’ long wall)

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December 27, 2021

Reviewed by Tom Grupa and 4 expert wall builders on HomeGuide.

Stamped concrete wall cost

Building a stamped concrete wall costs $2,000 to $5,000 on average. A stamped concrete exterior wall costs $20 to $45 per square foot. A stamped concrete retaining wall costs $25 to $50 per square foot. Adding a stamped concrete wall texture to existing walls costs $5 to $20 per square foot.

Stamped concrete wall cost by length - chart
Stamped concrete wall cost by length - chart

Stamped concrete wall cost
Linear feet 2’ tall 4’ tall 6’ tall
10’ $400 – $900 $800 – $1,800 $1,200 – $2,700
15’ $600 – $1,350 $1,200 – $2,700 $1,800 – $4,000
25’ $1,000 – $2,250 $2,000 – $4,500 $3,000 – $6,750
50’ $2,000 – $4,500 $4,000 – $9,000 $6,000 – $13,500
100’ $4,000 – $9,000 $8,000 – $18,000 $12,000 – $27,000
150’ $6,000 – $13,500 $12,000 – $27,000 $18,000 – $40,500
200’ $8,000 – $18,000 $16,000 – $36,000 $24,000 – $54,000

*Total installed prices for a freestanding cinder-block wall with one stamped side.

  • Vertical concrete mix costs $30 to $40 per bag.
  • Vertical stamping tools cost $200 to $1,150.
  • Concrete wall overlay labor costs $3 to $7 per square foot.

Stamped concrete wall cost calculator

The following table shows the average cost of 25’ long stamped concrete freestanding or retaining wall 2’ to 6’ tall.

Average stamped concrete wall cost calculator
National average cost $3,500
Minimum cost $1,000
Maximum cost $7,500
Average cost range $2,000 to $5,000

Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.

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Concrete wall with stamped overlay and coloring
Concrete wall with stamped overlay and coloring

Stamped concrete retaining wall cost

A stamped concrete retaining wall costs $1,250 to $7,500 for a 25’ long wall or $25 to $50 per square foot on average. Installers typically build a concrete retaining wall first and then add a stamped design later.

Stamped concrete retaining wall cost
Linear feet 2’ tall 4’ tall 6’ tall
10’ $500 – $1,000 $1,000 – $2,000 $1,500 – $3,000
15’ $750 – $1,500 $1,500 – $3,000 $2,250 – $4,500
25’ $1,250 – $2,500 $2,500 – $5,000 $3,750 – $7,500
50’ $2,500 – $5,000 $5,000 – $10,000 $7,500 – $15,000
100’ $5,000 – $10,000 $10,000 – $20,000 $15,000 – $30,000
150’ $7,500 – $15,000 $15,000 – $30,000 $22,500 – $45,000
200’ $10,000 – $20,000 $20,000 – $40,000 $30,000 – $60,000

*Total installed prices for a concrete cinder-block retaining wall with one stamped side.

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Vertical stamped concrete walls cost

Adding a vertical stamped concrete overlay to existing walls costs $5 to $20 per square foot. Total costs depend on the design complexity, project size, location, and local material and labor prices.

Vertical stamped concrete walls cost
Wall-finish quality Cost per square foot to add
Basic $5 – $10
Mid-range $10 – $15
High-end / custom $15 – $20

*Total cost for adding a stamping overlay to existing walls.

Basic stamped concrete walls

Basic stamped designs cost $5 to $10 per square foot installed. Standard stamped concrete finishes have a single-pattern design, and either uniform coloring or one color with a minimal accent. Basic stamping doesn’t include pattern customizations or borders.

Mid-range vertical cement walls

A mid-range stamped concrete wall design costs $10 to $15 per square foot installed. This design involves more than one color, contrasting patterns, adding an extra texture, and options for a custom border.

High-end custom concrete wall overlay

A high-end custom concrete wall overlay costs $15 to $20 per square foot installed. This design has multi-color layers, custom detailed patterns, and highly realistic designs imitating stone, wood, or bricks. Masons who carve concrete walls by hand charge more due to their higher skill level.

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Cost factors to install stamped concrete walls

Stamped concrete wall tools and materials cost $500 to $2,400 on average, depending on the wall size, design complexity, and finished look. Labor adds $300 to $700 per 100-square foot of wall surface.

Cost to install a stamped concrete wall
Factor Average cost per 100 SF
Vertical concrete mix $180 – $680
Colors $100 – $500
Tools $200 – $1,100
Supplies* $25 – $100
Labor $300 – $700

*Additives, surface prep cleaners, concrete release agents.

Vertical concrete mix cost

Vertical concrete mix for a 100-square-foot wall costs $180 to $680 on average. A single 40- to 55-lbs. bag costs $30 to $40 and covers 3 to 8 square feet for a 1” to 2”-thick layer, or up to 16 square feet for a basic 0.5” layer.

Concrete mix for vertical stamping costs
Concrete thickness Bags needed Concrete mix cost
0.5” 6 – 8 $180 – $320
1.0” 12 – 17 $360 – $680
2.0” 25 – 33 $750 – $1,320

*Material price for 100 square feet of wall.

Concrete wall textures and color schemes

A concrete color additive costs $100 to $500 per color for 100 square feet of wall coverage, excluding labor. Masons use multiple pigments for highlighting the stamped textures on the wall to create a realistic imitation of real stone. Labor fees vary according to the color application and type:

  • Troweling or spreading a layer of liquid color stain onto wet concrete
  • Spraying diluted color in a fine surface mist
  • Brushing color with painting tools
  • Sponging dye on the surface for greater control of color distribution
  • Blending powder pigments into the vertical concrete mixture for uniform shades

Installers will recommend the best color glaze, sealer, or hardener afterward to create the specific visual effect desired.

Vertical stamping tools

Vertical concrete stamping tools cost $200 to $1,100 on average, depending on the size, pattern, shape, quality, and whether bought individually or as a set.

Prices for individual vertical stamping tools:

  • Roller stamps cost $40 to $200.
  • Floppy stamp mats cost $30 to $400.
  • Textured hand trowels cost $30 to $40.
  • Cement carving tools cost $10 to $15.
  • Handheld concrete mixers cost $100 to $500.

Stamped concrete wall patterns

Design options for a stamped concrete pattern wall include:

  • New brick or rustic cobblestone brick
  • Dry-stacked stone
  • Wood-grain planks or paneling
  • Flagstone
  • Split-faced stone
  • Slate or Ashlar stone tiles

Labor costs for vertical concrete wall overlay

The additional labor cost for a stamped concrete-wall overlay is $3 to $7 per square foot, depending on the concrete layer thickness and design. Applying 100 square feet of stamped concrete to a wall is $300 to $700 in labor alone.

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Stamped vertical concrete spaces

Stamping a new vertical concrete overlay onto existing masonry surfaces costs $5 to $15 per square foot. All brick, concrete, or stone surfaces are suitable for concrete overlays in many colors and designs.

Common vertical concrete applications for stamped concrete overlays include:

Pros and cons of stamped concrete vertical walls

The following table shows the drawbacks and benefits of stamped concrete walls:

Pros and cons of stamped concrete walls
Pros Cons
  • Create any design or texture
  • Alternative to stone or brick veneer
  • Easy to apply to most surfaces
  • Lasts 15 to 25 years
  • Easy to clean
  • Low maintenance
  • Increases curb appeal
  • Fading colors over time
  • Complex repairs
  • No DIY-friendly installation
  • Cracks if not resealed regularly

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Frequently asked questions

How long does a stamped concrete wall overlay last?

A stamped concrete wall overlay lasts 15 to 25 years on average if installed correctly, sealed, and maintained properly. Regular cleaning and resealing every 2 to 3 years ensures the longest lifespan.

How much does a stamped concrete patio cost?

A stamped concrete patio costs $3,700 to $8,500 on average or $20 to $40 per square foot installed. Total costs depend on the site leveling needed, size, design complexity, gravel-base depth, and site accessibility.

How much are stamped concrete stairs?

Building new stamped concrete stairs costs $1,500 to $5,000 total for an average set of 3’ to 4’ tall steps that are 5’ to 6’ wide. Stamping adds $5 to $15 per square foot to the total project cost for putting a new stamped concrete overlay on top of existing concrete stairs.

Are concrete walls cheaper than a brick or stone wall?

Building a 50’ long concrete wall that’s 4’ tall costs $3,000 to $9,000 while a stone or brick wall costs $2,000 to $15,000 on average. Concrete cinder block walls are cheapest overall, and natural-stone retaining walls cost the most.

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Hiring a stamped retaining wall builder

Before hiring a stamped concrete contractor near you:

Questions to ask

  • Can I see photos of the stamped concrete walls you’ve built?
  • How long have you worked with stamped concrete?
  • Will you pull all building permits and supervise site inspections?
  • Can you show me design ideas that complement my home?
  • Are you able to create a custom design for me?
  • How much will it cost for grading and preparing the jobsite?
  • For retaining walls, what type of drainage system will you install to prevent pressure from building up behind the wall?
  • How do you manage unpredictable delays and poor weather conditions?
  • Will you put expansion or contraction joints in my concrete wall to stop cracks from temperature changes?
  • Are you installing the wall footing below the frost line?
  • Will my concrete wall have steel reinforcements inside?
  • How should I prepare space for the crew?
  • Are all materials and labor fees in this estimate? What extra costs can I expect?
  • Does your crew clean up after finishing the job, and does that cost extra?
  • How will I contact the project supervisor?
  • Do you hire subcontractors, and if so, are there extra fees to manage them?
  • What does your warranty include?
  • How long will this construction take?
  • What’s your payment timeline?
  • Can I get a copy of the contract before work begins?

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