Sitting outside while eating a meal, talking with friends, or reading a book is an appealing idea for any warm summer day or cool fall night, but it can be made better with one thing: a nice concrete patio. Patios are versatile- you can use them for a sitting area, a fireplace, or a basketball court- so it makes sense why so many people have them. If you are thinking of installing a concrete patio, we have all the facts and figures you need to make your decision.
An average concrete patio is 288 square feet and costs $2,800, which is about $9 per square foot. Concrete patios vary in size, thickness, and decoration, so their costs vary between $1,300 and $5,100, or $3-$15 per square foot. Labor, style and customization also affect the price of your patio.
Now that you know the basics of patio cost, it’s time to take a closer look at each factor contributing to the cost of your patio. To assist you further, we have compiled 35 real-life examples of patio costs and sizes for you to cross-compare, as well as a quote from a patio company.
Patios are a great addition to any outdoor space, but they can be spendy. There are many factors that add to or take away from the cost of getting a concrete patio professionally installed, and it is important that you examine these factors before you hire a contractor to ensure you don’t break the bank.
The main factors that contribute to patio cost are:
- The size (square footage) of your patio
- The design or shape of your patio
- The cost of poured concrete and concrete pavers in your area
- What designs you want on your patio (if any)
- What kind of finish you want your patio to have
- How easy it is for contractors to access the installation area
Now that we’ve outlined the areas of cost, let’s look into what these factors actually mean and to discover just how much they can affect patio price.
Patio size is one of the biggest contributing factors in price, as the bigger the patio is, the higher the price will be.
I’ve made a chart outlining the national average for patio prices by the square foot to give you a loose idea of how much size can change your price.
|Size of concrete patio||National average cost|
|500 square feet||$2,400|
|500 to 1,000 square feet||$5,300|
|1,000 to 1,500 square feet||$5,750|
|1,500 to 2,000 square feet||$6,500|
|2,000 to 2,500 square feet||$10,000|
|2,500 to 3,000 square feet||$12,250|
|3,000 to 3,500 square feet||$15,100|
Note: This table contains estimates based on poured concrete alone. Data points do not include stamping, decorations, or other additives.
Straying from the normal square or rectangular patio shape is a uniquely fun way to make your space a bit more interesting, but it often comes at an extra cost.
The curvature, complexity, and difficulty of forming, pouring, and finishing your unique patio can add to the overall price, but the main reason uncommon shapes cost more is that they take more time to install.
In the United States, the average cost of concrete labor per hour is $45. If your design is unique, it will often take longer to pour, thus raising the overall cost of your patio installation.
Poured Concrete vs. Concrete Pavers
Concrete patios can come in two forms: poured concrete and concrete pavers. Both of these are great options, but they come with their own pros and cons.
Poured Concrete: $9-$20 per square foot
|Easy to install||Less versatility|
|Easy to maintain||Repairs are not cheap|
|Affordable||Can stain, crack, and buckle with time|
|Durable and strong material||Is affected by temperature changes|
|Cheap to customize||Is slippery when wet|
Concrete Pavers: $15-$30 per square foot
|Unlimited design options||More expensive|
|Lower maintenance and easy repairs||May loosen over time|
|Visually appealing||Harder to install|
|Rarely crack or break||Difficult to clean|
|Can resell once removed||Can discolor over time and collect dirt|
Take the pros and cons of both types of concrete into consideration when you are thinking of what you would like to use for your patio.
It is also a great idea to get quotes on concrete pavers vs. poured concrete from multiple contracting companies in your area. This will give you a better estimate of how much you will have to spend on your patio either way.
Once you have the shape, size, and material of your patio sorted out, it is time to get to the fun part: personalizing your patio!
Concrete patio customization takes many forms: colors, textures, finishes, and additives. Below is a list of typical patio customizations and their average prices so you can come up with a general idea of your pricing.
- Stamping: Stamping is a great way to add texture to your concrete, usually costs $8-$12 per square foot, but more intricate stamping can cost up to $18 per square foot.
- Pigment powder: Pigment powder is mixed into your concrete before pouring to give it a rich and long-lasting color. Pigmented concrete costs an average of $10 per square foot.
- Staining: Staining is another coloring option, but unlike pigment, it is added to the surface of your concrete after installation rather than mixed into the concrete before pouring. Staining costs anywhere from $7-$15 per square foot.
- Engraving: Engravings add texture and beauty to your concrete, and they cost $12-$18 per square foot.
Ease of Access
The last factor to consider when calculating the price of your concrete is the ease of access to your installation site.
If your site is in a place where a concrete pouring truck or machine can easily reach, don’t expect any extra charges. On the other hand, installing a patio in a difficult to reach area will often come with extra costs, as this will make the contractors job a bit harder than usual.
If you suspect your desired patio location is a bit difficult for a truck or large machine to reach, contact a few contracting companies in your area and ask about fees for difficult installations.
What People Really Pay
The various cost factors that go into a patio may be a bit confusing to calculate since they greatly alter the cost of your project, but we have a solution to that!
Below is a list of 35 real sizes and prices of patios from all over the United States. We compiled this list in hopes that it would illustrate the extreme variances in patio prices throughout the United States and even within singular states.
|Arizona||1,000 square feet||$2,500|
|Arizona||1,200 square feet||$3,600|
|Arkansas||530 square feet||$4,500|
|California||200 square feet||$900|
|California||600 square feet||$2,400|
|California||750 square feet||$7,500|
|California||1,100 square feet||$10,500|
|Florida||450 square feet||$5,400|
|Georgia||570 square feet||$4,900|
|Idaho||120 square feet||$1,500|
|Idaho||350 square feet||$3,100|
|Idaho||580 square feet||$5,000|
|Kansas||475 square feet||$4,000|
|Maryland||480 square feet||$7,900|
|Maryland||680 square feet||$12,800|
|Maryland||1,500 square feet||$5,250|
|Michigan||750 square feet||$6,400|
|Minnesota||320 square feet||$3,200|
|Minnesota||400 square feet||$7,500|
|New Jersey||405 square feet||$10,000|
|New Jersey||420 square feet||$2,500|
|New Jersey||500 square feet||$9,000|
|Ohio||600 square feet||$8,400|
|Oklahoma||500 square feet||$1,500|
|Texas||200 square feet||$2,000|
|Texas||340 square feet||$1,700|
|Texas||400 square feet||$1,000|
|Texas||560 square feet||$2,500|
|Texas||600 square feet||$12,000|
|Texas||2,000 square feet||$4,000|
|Texas||2,000 square feet||$10,000|
|Virginia||475 square feet||$12,000|
|Washington State||450 square feet||$4,300|
|Washington State||1,200 square feet||$4,000|
|Wisconsin||425 square feet||$6,000|
What Contractors Say
Now that you’ve read all about calculating patio costs, patio customization options, and real-life prices for patios, you must be wondering what the professionals have to say about concrete patio installation.
Lucky for you, we talked to a contractor about concrete patio installation and they provided us with some useful information about the inside operation.
Q: What size patio do you usually install?
A: Patios in this metro are typically 200-300 square feet and rectangular.
Q: How much do you charge per square foot of poured concrete?
A: We charge $3.50-$4.00 PSF (per square foot) of standard concrete and $6.00=$7.00 PSF of stamped or colored concrete. This price is just calculating the concrete, not factoring in labor costs.
Q: How much do you charge per square foot of concrete pavers?
A: Concrete pavers will cost about $10.00 PSF before labor, and about $17.00 PSF after.
Q: What is the cost of installation, labor, and delivery?
A: If we calculate it per square foot, installation, labor, and delivery will bring your concrete to around $9.00 PSF. Trickier installations will bring the price up a bit, but the extra cost depends on the difficulty of the installation.
Q: Are there any extra costs that come with a typical patio installation?
A: Yes. We have something called a “short load fee” that applies to orders of under 6 yards (54 square feet) of concrete. This fee is $175+ the cost of the concrete.
Hopefully, the information we’ve provided up to this point has been useful for the cost calculation and design of your patio. If you are calculating the cost of your patio with a face of horror at how expensive it is, remember that there is always the option to do it yourself.
Installing a concrete patio on your own will save you a lot of money, as materials cost $700-$3,000 depending on the size of your project. Expect additional costs if you need to rent tools, but overall, this is astronomically cheaper than a professional installation.
Though this low price point is appealing, DIY installation is a dangerous thing. Professionals know how to operate all the machinery needed, they know how to excavate and grade soil properly, and they are experienced in pouring, leveling, and finishing concrete. Be sure you know what you are doing before you install a concrete patio on your own.
If a DIY patio sounds like the way to go for you, refer to this post by The Home Depot. They have outlined exactly what you need to do in order to correctly and professionally install a poured concrete patio DIY style.