Cost of Stamping vs Regular Concrete
There are many factors to consider when determining stamped concrete cost.
- How big is the project?
- What pattern and color is chosen?
- Is project accessible for heavy equipment and trucks?
- What is the location (region)?
- Are there cold weather expenses?
- How soon do you need it?
The size of the project will affect the sq foot price of stamped concrete. Typically, as the size of the project increases, the sq foot price will decrease. Of course this is true in just about all aspects of business.
The pattern and color selected affects the price because of the level of difficulty with each stamping pattern and the cost of some colors compared to the rest. Seamless stamping patterns are the cheapest and the price increases when you get into the patterned stamps. Some colors cost more to produce, especially when using integral colors.
Accessibility of the project can significantly affect price. If contractors can get to it with tractors and concrete trucks, then a lot of money can be saved because less labor is required and they don't need buggies or pumps to pour the concrete.
Where you live can make a huge difference in cost. For example, stamped concrete will cost probably 2-3 times as much in California as it would in Indiana. As with most services, the price is directly related to the cost of living.
Pouring concrete in cold weather carries expenses that warm weather doesn't. Precautions must be taken to ensure the sub-grade and the concrete doesn't freeze. This may include the use of insulation blankets and accelerators in the concrete mix.
If you demand that your project be done immediately or pushed ahead in the contractor's schedule, then expect to pay an inflated price. A contractor usually won't change his schedule around and possibly anger other customer's without making it worthwhile.
All these factors must be considered when determining stamped concrete cost. As a general rule, stamped concrete will be 2-3 times the price of regular concrete. But try to think of it as an investment. When installed properly and maintained, it will last along time and increase the value of your property.