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How Much Does A Cement Patio Cost?

Prior to the popularity of wood decks in the last few years, most patios were made out of hard materials such as cement, stone or brick. Now that wood patios are beginning to break down and need replacing, more and more homeowners are looking to return to cement patios as an attractive and durable patio solution. If you are, be sure to check out our material cost guide below.

The Costs

  • Minimum Cost: $5 per square foot
  • Maximum Cost: $11 per square foot

Cost to Install Cement Patio

While the cost of installing a cement patio can range from $5 to $11 per square foot, the average cost for the typical cement patio installation is generally closer to $8 per square foot. This puts the price of a 100-foot cement patio at around $669 to $886, which includes $144 to $155 worth of materials and $525 to $731 worth of installation costs.

Of course, the actual price will vary based on a number of factors including the contractor’s skill, the project’s location and the number of extra features that the homeowner requests.

What's Included in the Cost?

The prices quoted above take into account the cost of all materials and labor for the project, which includes the cost of the cement as well as the cost of preparing the site, placing the perimeter forms and expansion joints, reinforcing the cement patio with rebar, pouring the cement, and leveling the patio to ensure an even surface and proper water drainage. The price quotes listed above do not include the costs of demolishing or removing existing structures or excavating or grading the land.

Cement Patio Options

Cement comes in many more options than just the traditional gray. In fact, it can be stained to almost any color that a homeowner may desire. Stains can be used to create subtle color, bold design and even custom graphics. Stains come in both acid-based and water-based versions.

In addition to being poured smoothly, cement can also be installed as individual cement pavers or poured and stamped to look like cement pavers, stone, brick or tile. Stamped cement is cheaper to install initially, but cement pavers require less maintenance and will look better and cost less over time.

Traditional cement forces water to run off instead of drain through the cement in order to reach the ground. Pervious concrete, also called porous pavement, is a porous form of concrete that allows water to drain straight through the cement. Divider strips can be used to obtain interesting patterns in various sizes and shapes including square, rectangle, circle and diamond.

Because cement patios are generally poured, they can take any size or shape that a homeowner requests. Whether large or small, they can be made into rectangles, circles with perfectly rounded edges or even free form shapes that wind around existing landscaping. Concrete can also be made slip-resistant or have a sparkling effect at a homeowners’ request.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Cement Patio

  • Cement patios provide the perfect place to relax and escape at the end of a long day.
  • They are an excellent area for entertaining, especially for people who live in a small house.
  • They are a fun place to decorate.
  • Cement patios increase a home’s resale value.
  • Cement patios are very versatile. They can be formed into any shape, stained any color, set in a vast array of patterns or made to look like a number of different materials, including natural stone, brick and wood.
  • Cement is also extremely durable, easy to maintain and environmentally friendly.
  • Cement can also be very affordable, especially when homeowners consider all the maintenance and replacement costs they will avoid down the road.

However, cement does have its disadvantages. It is very hard, which could cause people to become injured or objects to break more easily if they fall or are dropped onto a cement patio. Cement patios can encourage heat buildup in some areas and often prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground. Furthermore, concrete can crack over time, which can be unsightly and expensive to repair.

Factors that Affect Cost

Several factors can affect the cost of a cement patio installation. Homeowners who choose a cement contractor with several years of experience can expect to pay more for labor than those who hire a less-experienced landscaping contractor. Unique designs, higher quality materials, additional features such as added slip resistance and extended warranties will cost more as well. Plus, prices can vary significantly, depending on the location of the project and the time of year in which it is completed.

How to Save Money on Cement Patios

Homeowners can save money by calling around to find the best rates in their area and having their project done during the slow time of year when contractors may be willing to offer homeowners a reduced price. Homeowners can also choose basic materials and simple designs instead of the fanciest layouts.

While homeowners will want to keep price in mind while making decisions, homeowners should not seek to pay the least amount possible for their cement patio. Spending a little extra for quality materials and labor means that homeowners will have less repairs and maintenance in the long run, which can actually end up saving them money over time. Also, homeowners should choose a visually-pleasing option that they will love and will add to the resale value of the home in the future.

Last updated on May 18, 2016

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