Concrete coloring is a common approach to improving the appearance and functionality of concrete surfaces like driveways, parking aprons, and floors.
The cost to apply average colored concrete depends upon surface area, the type of color, special preparation needs, and the labor rate.
In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.
Colored concrete: 500 sq.ft. surface; excavate, prepare, pour, and color-finish a 2" thick concrete slab with rebar, wire mesh, and aggregate/sand base. Include costs for miscellaneous material, transport, equipment, and waste.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Colored concrete finish: earth tone, light brown.||$2.62||per sq.ft.||525||$1,375|
|Upgrade: additional cost for special tone, like red or green.||$0.42||per sq.ft.||525||$221|
|Material Cost||$3.19||per sq.ft.||500||$1,596|
|+ Labor Cost (base)||$36||per hour||24||$864|
|+ Labor Cost (upgrade)||$36||per hour||2||$72|
|Total Cost||$5.06||per sq.ft.||500||$2,532|
Prices range from $1,375 (500 sq.ft. colored concrete slab - DIY) to $2,531(500 sq.ft. colored concrete slab - upgraded) and also vary depending on your zipcode:
Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: