How Much Does a Concrete Patio Cost?

Normal range: $1,722 - $4,622

The average concrete patio costs $3,163, but it can range between $1,722 and $4,622, depending on size, shape, and materials.

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Ben Kissam
Written by Ben Kissam
Reviewed by Tara Dudley
Updated October 13, 2022
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Patios let you enjoy the outdoors to the fullest, from sipping coffee on a cool morning to entertaining friends and family for Saturday game night. But if you’re thinking of installing one in your yard, know that costs can vary widely.

On average, a concrete patio costs $3,163, but you may pay more depending on factors like type, material, size, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about concrete patio costs.

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Concrete Patio Cost Breakdown

Before you can invite friends over for a barbecue to enjoy your new patio, consider these basic cost factors: 

Types

There are different types of concrete patios you may choose to build, most of which alter the look of smooth concrete or add aesthetic value to your outdoor living space.

Some popular options include:

  • Smooth/trowel finish concrete patio: A trowel passed over the surface as concrete pours helps give your patio a smooth, neat finish.

  • Broom finish concrete patio: Similar to smooth/trowel finish, but the broom’s fine edges add light texture to the otherwise smooth surface.

  • Stamped concrete patio: Rubber mats placed on concrete give your patio a custom design or look. (Common finishes include cobblestone or brick design.)

  • Stenciled concrete patio: Non-adhesive stencils are used to leave imprints or designs in your patio, similar to stamped concrete.

Broom and trowel offer a subtle texture/design, whereas stamped, stenciled, and other customized designs (look for contractors who specialize in certain styles) can add elegance and a personal touch to your backyard. 

Size

Expect to pay anywhere from $4 to $30 per square foot for your concrete patio installation project. The price discrepancy will come down to any customization or more expensive patterns, such as trowel, stenciled, or custom design finishes.

Materials

To build a concrete patio, you or a contractor will need concrete mix or Portland cement (both work out to be about $10 per square foot—more on this below), lumber to build the forms, deck screws to hold the forms together, and a few other items, such as string and a mallet to mark the area.

Homeowners on a budget may opt for the more affordable Portland cement, then mix sand and stones into it, turning it into concrete DIY. That said, having already-mixed cement delivered might cost roughly the same price if you’re building a large patio.

Labor

Concrete patio builders charge anywhere from $50 to $75 per hour for their services. This could include prep work, mixing cement, laying cement, and finishing it.

Prep

Leveling costs about $15 per cubic yard and will definitely drive up the cost of your concrete patio project. Cost-conscious homeowners should look for even surfaces void of trees and bushes, if possible. Most concrete patios are built 6 inches deep.

If you’re looking to save money, you might consider paying for excavation and prep and DIYing the patio installation. 

Location

Large obstacles like stones, trees, bushes, or existing infrastructure (old patios, sheds, etc.) that need to be moved will add time and costs to your concrete patio project.

If your backyard is difficult to access, having ready-to-pour cement or concrete delivered will also drive up the costs. On average, having concrete poured costs $100 to $200 per cubic yard.

Permits

Building a patio may require a permit. Using concrete specifically won’t always require a permit, but each state and county is different. Backyard building permits in some states cost up to $500.

In some instances, you may only need a permit if you’re hiring a licensed contractor to do the work. Research your area before building to avoid heavy fines.

Decorative Add-Ons

If you want to cover your new concrete patio, additional add-ons like a pergola or awnings could be a nice option. Building a pergola costs just over $4,000 on average.

Retractable awning costs vary pretty widely. DIY installation of awnings might cost under $400, whereas having motorized awnings installed could cost $7,100.

Additional Costs to Consider

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Because your concrete patio is outside, you’ll also want to consider things like natural wear and tear and the costs that go along with that. Here’s more on some fees that could come later.

Maintenance 

Sealing concrete should happen every three to five years to keep the surface strong and prevent cracks and chips. Concrete sealing costs $3 to $5 per square foot.

Repairs

Chips or cracks in concrete should be fixed sooner rather than later. Concrete cracks cost around $300 to fix if they are minor—but a pro may charge by foot if they become significant in size.

Insurance 

Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover outdoor features, such as a concrete patio, from natural disasters like tropical storms or flooding, but you’ll need to check yours or call your company to see how much adding coverage will increase your premium.

Cost to Build a Concrete Patio Yourself

For savvy homeowners, you can build an average-sized 7-by-7-foot concrete patio for between $1,400 and $3,000, which is just below the average cost. This includes material costs and things like tool rental if you need to do some minor excavation before starting.

That said, concrete patio DIY builds do come with risk. If you’re unsure what you’re doing, the final project might be prone to cracks or not level, which will make it difficult to enjoy your new outdoor space. A happy medium for some is to do most of the excavation and let a pro mix and pour cement.

Cost to Install It Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor 

You can expect to cut maximum costs (around $7,000) from your concrete patio installation by more than half (to around $3,000) or more if you tackle the project yourself.

By reducing labor costs, getting better rates on cement/concrete, and tackling excavation yourself, your per-square-foot ceiling will drop from $30 per square foot to around $16 per square foot, which is the high end for materials.

Get multiple quotes from a local concrete patio contractor to see how much you might pay for the job you’re picturing. 

Cost of Common Concrete Patio Add-Ons

From repairs to transforming your new concrete slab into an amazing outdoor entertainment center (no matter the weather), there are several other projects you might consider with your concrete patio build.

Here are some costs you could expect for additional concrete patio add-on projects:

  • Retractable awnings: $395–$7,100

  • Pergola: $2,100–$5,600

  • Resealing concrete: $1,500 per 1,000 square feet

  • Outdoor kitchen: $2,000

  • Concrete walkway: $1,800

3 Ways You Can Save Money Installing a Concrete Patio

Besides tackling the project DIY, here are some ways you can save money on your concrete patio or concrete patio extension costs.

1. Choose a Level Location

Uneven surfaces in your yard or areas packed with obstacles, human-made or otherwise, will drive up the price you pay to prepare your yard for concrete patio installation.

If possible, choose a level area for your build—one free of trees, stones, or steep drop-offs.

2. Opt for More Affordable Concrete 

Purchasing Portland cement and mixing in sand and rocks yourself can save you a couple of dollars per square foot, which could add up if you’re doing a large build.

3. Build Your Patio in Steps or Chunks

You don’t have to build your entire outdoor living space in one go, and tackling the project in chunks could save you money in the long run. Concrete project quotes may be higher in the spring or summer when contractors are busier, for example.

Perhaps you have one 7-by-7 slab put in this spring and wait until fall (or even the following spring) to tackle the walkway or whatever else you had in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions

The standard is 6 inches deep. If you intend to install something heavy on top, such as a hot tub or outdoor kitchen, 8 inches of depth is recommended for added strength.

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