Concrete is a common material choice for an exterior patio slab.
You will find that the cost to install an average concrete patio depends upon material and finish grade, surface area, preparation and special requirements, 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.
Patio slab: 500 sq.ft.; include costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Concrete slab: excavate, prepare, pour, and broom finish 500 sq.ft. of 2" thick concrete patio slab with rebar, wire mesh, and aggregate/sand base.||$2.17||per sq.ft.||525||$1,141|
|Upgrade: add earth tone color and pavers-embossing.||$0.45||per sq.ft.||525||$234|
|Material Cost||$2.75||per sq.ft.||500||$1,375|
|+ Labor Cost (base)||$36||per hour||24||$864|
|+ Labor Cost (upgrade)||$36||per hour||10||$360|
|Total Cost||$5.20||per sq.ft.||500||$2,599|
Other considerations and costs
- These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
- Taxes and permit fees are not included.
- Additional hand-excavation of typical soil will cost around $50 per cubic yard.
- Typical additional residential site clearing and preparation tasks range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq.ft. depending on amount and size of material, and transport.
- These flatwork examples do not include engineering attention to curves or inclines.
- This project is somewhat suitable for DIY with a good set of tools and skills.
- Beyond construction skills, realize that concrete is unforgiving of delay as it dries.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.