The Factors Affecting the Cost of Stamped Concrete

Ever thought of installing a stamped concrete structure in your premises. Whether you need a patio, driveway, walkway, countertop, fire place surround, pool deck, or any other element in your modern vicinity, stamped concrete is the best material you can use because it presents the following benefits;

  • Durability
  • Functionality
  • Curb appeal
  • Versatility
  • Low-maintenance and,
  • Affordability

Most homeowners across the world never believed that concrete would build adorable homes, since concrete had the ‘disgusting’ plain look, whose grey color never attracted the eye. However, as they say, change is inevitable, and it is a difficult thing to resist. When contractors started stamping concrete, homeowners abandoned other high-end building materials and turned to this type of concrete that not only offers utmost beauty, but also enables you to replicate any material you can imagine, including marble, sandstone, vinyl, and wood.

A stamped concrete structure can go a long mile in increasing the resale value of your property. A stamped concrete driveway, or patio can increase the value of your home by a whopping 70%. You can, therefore, not afford to underestimate the power of this wonderful construction material.

The question that lie in the minds o0f many homeowners who have not used this material in the past is; what is the cost of stamped concrete. Realistically, this question cannot be answered in the affirmative. Despite the fact that concrete is charged per square foot, we cannot actually mention the prices of installing a structure made with this material without looking at the factors that influence them.

The size of the structure

To determine the amount of money stamped concrete will cost, your contractor will have to figure out the following:

  1. What are you building?
  2. How big is your project?
  3. What is the quantity of the material needed?
  4. How much concrete will need stamping?

Once he gets the answers to these questions, he will be able to calculate the cost and give you a quote.

Complexity of design

We are all different, and we all want different things in life. Some people want simple things, while others go for the most complicated things in life. When it comes to stamped concrete, the same law applies. You might need a basic design, while another person might need a high-end, and super-customized stamped concrete design. Objectively, the two designs will not cost the same – the sophisticated design will definitely cost more than the simple design. Contractors will therefore charge you depending on what you choose.

Prices of materials and labor in your local market

Labor and materials trade differently in different localities. Depending on where you are based, the contractor will take a look at the materials needed, determine their prices in your local market and calculate the price. He will then check how much compensation a worker doing this kind of work is compensated per hour in your locality, and calculate the total price, depending on the number of people working on your project. Once he is through, he will be able to determine the overall cost of your project and will give you a quote. Remember, a good contractor will always ask you to pay after delivering the services.

What is the actual cost of stamped concrete?

A good contractor will charge you the following, based on which ‘tariff’ you subscribe to;

Basic cost

Here, you will pay $7-$12 per square foot. This package includes;

  • Single color
  • A basic stamp pattern

Mid-range cost

Expect to pay $13-$18 per square foot in this package. It includes;

  • Multiple colors
  • Multiple contrasting patterns
  • Several borders

Up-scale cost

For a high-end package, expect to pay over $20 per square foot. This package includes;

  • Speciality scored designs
  • Hand-coloring
  • Mimicking high-end materials
  • Multiple colors
  • Multiple stamp patterns