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bcdinh 06-17-2012 06:28 PM

Concrete question?

Does anyone know an average cost per square foot of concrete and how thick it needs to be? I want to hire a contractor to pave my driveway.

Thank you everyone in advance.

joecaption 06-17-2012 08:26 PM

There is no "average" cost. Your just going to have to start making some local calls for pricing.
Concrete is sold by the cubic yard not the foot.
Most driveways are 4" thick.

Mort 06-18-2012 10:16 AM

Around here, just for concrete, figure about $100 per yard. To figure your yardage, L(f) x W(f) x Thickness(inches) / 324 = cubic yards needed. And yes, 4" is standard for driveways.

Of course, this is a VERY rough estimate, and doesn't include things like excavation, steel reinforcement, labor, tools, etc. Best thing to do is talk to people you know, ask them who they've had do concrete work (NOT LANDSCAPING WORK!), and make some calls. (I'm not saying landscapers are incapable of doing concrete work, but I cringe whenever I pull up on a job and they are using garden rakes to muck concrete. Concrete contractors will do a much better job.)

TarheelTerp 06-18-2012 10:33 AM

The cost of the concrete is the least important factor in a good job.

bcdinh 06-18-2012 11:06 AM

thank you everyone for your responses....what i was really trying to find out is how much should i pay a contractor per cubic yard..i've made few calls and some are charge from ranging $5-$6.50 a square foot...i just wanted see if that is the price i should be paying them.

thank you everyone and have a nice day!

Mort 06-19-2012 10:06 AM


Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 946093)
The cost of the concrete is the least important factor in a good job.

Quoted for truth. You can have the best, most expensive concrete, and if you have some yutz doing it, it'll turn out terrible.

oh'mike 06-19-2012 12:35 PM

What you should be paying them is what the chosen contractor asks--after the job is completed to your specifications.

Ask three contractors for quotes.

Go with the one with the best track record--(not the cheapest)

It's going to be there for a long time---get a good finisher so that it looks nice until you are to old to care.

TRUEPRO 06-22-2012 01:15 AM

Typically 5-6.50 per SF is standard rate. Or sometimes contractors will charge 100 per yard to form/finish. There are many ways to calculate concrete. First... or an easy way for slabs @ 4"

Lx W x .33 /27= Square yard


L x w /80= Square yard

Make sure to have at least 3" of ramped stone base if the ground is anything but rock hard. GL

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