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Cost of Stamped Concrete Patio Installation

The cost of building a stamped concrete patio can vary widely, depending on the size, design, and materials used. This list is intended to help you get a better idea of how much your project may cost.

1. Your location. Where you live can be an important cost factor. Prices for labor and materials tend to be higher in large metro areas. If you live in a smaller town, you can expect to pay a little less for installation. However, if you live in a remote area, it may be a little more expensive to get the concrete mixing truck out to your home.

2. Demolition. Are you replacing an existing patio? If so, the cost of removing the existing patio will increase the cost of your project. Concrete demolition, in particular, is very labor intensive and may require heavy equipment. If you need help with concrete removal, we can find a concrete demolition contractor to help you out.

3. Excavation and grading. Basic site preparation should be included in the contractor’s quote. Concrete is typically poured on a level, compacted base of gravel or crushed rock if the soil alone cannot support the weight of the patio. However, any site clearing, tree removal, or major excavation will come at an extra cost.

4. Patio size and thickness. Most contractors will base their quote on the total square footage of the patio. The thickness of the patio will also affect the amount of material needed to complete the project. Keep in mind that flat, rectangular patios are typically more affordable than patios with curves, stairs, and other custom design features. Also, constructing an adjoining walkway or sidewalk will increase the square footage (and also the cost) of your project.

5. Concrete Reinforcement. Many stamped concrete patios are reinforced with rebar or wire mesh to to prevent cracking. Make sure that the proper reinforcement is included in the patio builder’s estimate.

6. Stamping. What type of stamp will the patio have? Stamped concrete patios can replicate the look of brick, cobblestone, flagstone, and many other materials. The type of stamp and the complexity of the pattern you choose will affect the cost of your project.

7. Patio color. Concrete doesn’t have to be gray. Concrete can be integrally colored before it’s poured to make the stamping look even more realistic. A design with multiple colors will add the cost of building the patio though.

8. Sealer application. The basic goal of applying a sealer or concrete coating is to protect the surface from moisture. There are two basic types of sealers: penetrating sealers and film formers. Penetrating sealers rarely change the appearance of the patio. Film formers will give your stamped concrete patio a unique, glossy finish. Sealer application may increase the overall cost of your project.

9. Custom options. Your patio can be customized to your exact specifications. You can enclose an area of the patio with screening materials. This may also be a great time to install an outdoor fireplace or specialty lighting. However, adding any of these custom options will increase the cost of your patio.

10. Cleanup. Cleanup should always be included in the cost of patio construction. However, you should make sure to get it in writing so there’s no confusion between you and the contractor.

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