When planning any home improvement project, there are a multitude of factors to consider, from the time frame of the project to whether or not it should be done “DIY” or through a contractor. Unsurprisingly, the first thing many homeowners ask themselves during the planning phase is: how much will this cost?
Concrete is no different, and seeing as how it is utilized across a broad range of construction and home improvement projects, it’s something that virtually every homeowner will have to work with at some point. When that time comes, concrete cost will inevitably be a major determining factor.
Truthfully, there’s no set answer, as the cost of a concrete project varies widely depending on the size and scope involved. The more common considerations when calculating concrete cost are as follows:
In the concrete industry, prices are often calculated by the yard. A cubic yard of concrete costs anywhere from $90 - $120 or more, depending on the aforementioned (and other) factors. One cubic yard of concrete amounts to 27 cubic feet, or enough to pour a 100 square foot patio with 3” of depth. Keep in mind, however, that a minimum of 4” of depth is recommended for concrete walkways, patios, and driveways.
While some contractors include the total cost of materials, transportation, labor, etc. into their per-yard cost, most are hesitant to do this as unforeseen additional costs almost always spring up in a concrete project.
Delivery fees for concrete hover around $60 per load, while labor costs typically fall somewhere within $45 - $50 per hour. These are important considerations when determining whether or not to pour the concrete yourself. A homeowner with a small, manageable project who has worked with concrete before may be better off going DIY, but for larger, more complex projects, a professional concrete company is recommended.
For particularly large projects, a concrete contractor can actually end up being a cheaper option than DIY. Concrete companies buy their raw materials in bulk, so larger amounts often end up costing less to the consumer than they would if purchased elsewhere.
On the opposing end, beware of short load fees associated with concrete companies, who will charge extra for a load of concrete that doesn’t fill their truck completely. Short load fees are often indicators that hauling the concrete yourself may be a better option.
As you can see, the cost of concrete is never “set in stone”! There are up to a dozen or more factors that must be considered in every concrete project that will affect cost. When utilizing a professional concrete company, be sure to conduct thorough research into their costs vs. their competitors, as well as their reputation for being honest.
At Enright Companies, we pride ourselves on being upfront and transparent to our customers regarding project costs. We work with each customer to ensure that the cost on their end is minimized without compromising the quality of the job. To learn more about our concrete services and to obtain a free estimate, contact us today.