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dcd22 03-05-2008 10:44 AM

Concrete Patio Advise (New)
I am looking to pour a patio. I want to save some $$$ so am thinking of going just a gray color. I would love to do stamped, but the cost is higher.

Anyone have any experience with colored concrete?

I am having some paver inlay work done (I have the paver's so want to add these to jazz it up a bit). Basically they will be doing a boarder and then 2 - semi circules in the big (24x22) area. In total, it will be
12 yard's of concrete. THe estimate I got was for $6000.00.

Any thought's on this or the price would be helpful. I estimate it at about 700Sq ft.

monumental 03-05-2008 11:31 AM

Where is this project located?
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Ron6519 03-05-2008 11:00 PM

At 4" thick, that would be 972 sq ft of concrete. Nine cubic yards would get you 729 sq ft. Unless there are walkways, etc. that need the extra concrete.

dcd22 03-06-2008 08:53 AM

there are two walkway's. one is about 24x4 and the other about 20x4. Each walk has a bigger (like hour glass) shape at the beginning and end where it conect's to the patio.

Based on that, what do you think of the cost and selection?

Monumental - You do work in NJ?

Ron6519 03-06-2008 10:51 AM

That comes out to a little more then $6.00 a sq ft for the patio, walkways and the inlaid pavers.
To get a relative idea about the cost, I would call in a few contractors and give them each a spec sheet as to the job and see where the estimates come in at.
Site prep work is critical to the longevity of this project and it's inclusion in the details of the estimate is very important. What is done and how it's done can be regionally specific due to the soil conditions you have. It would be a good investment to learn what's needed in your area, before you get estimates and speak to the guys you call. Most times you can weed out the uninformed with just a few specific questions or just listening to them when they give you an overview of the project.
This is one of those jobs where the lack of correct prep work won't show up for many months or a year.
I put in a bluestone patio myself. It never cracks, spalls or needs to be replaced. Issues are as simple as lifting up the stones and adding sand or cutting tree roots as needed.

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