How Much Does Concrete Sidewalk Repair Cost?

Alexandra Frost
Written by Alexandra Frost
Updated January 7, 2022
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Concrete sidewalk repairs typically cost between $666 and $2,094, depending on the size of your space. Simple repairs can cost as little as $1 per square foot. Concrete will typically cost about $8.50 per square foot

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Repairing or replacing a sidewalk can cost in the range of hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the damage. Removing and pouring new concrete slabs will differ in price from trying to repair cracks and other imperfections. Some repair work can be a DIY project, while other, more extensive repairs, should be done by a reputable contractor.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Sidewalk Per Square Foot?

When you have a crack or raised portion in your sidewalk, it not only looks unattractive but can also be a major safety hazard for pedestrians and bikers. It’s understandable that you may feel the urge to get this fixed on your own before a friend or neighbor gets hurt. But there are some steps to consider before jumping into a DIY project. First, it’s important to make sure that you are actually responsible for repairing the sidewalk, as some of this maintenance may fall on the local township or city government. If it is, in fact, your responsibility, consider the potential cost based on square foot and the type of repair you’d like to complete. Total sidewalk removal and re-pouring concrete can cost more than fixing a crack but is sometimes worth it for aesthetics and safety.

The cost of a sidewalk slab will vary based on square footage, ranging from $5 to $15 per square foot, and varying based on location and the contractor’s rates. Sidewalk projects can start at $600 and cost up to thousands of dollars depending on how many slabs of sidewalks need to be repaired. 

On the other hand, if you are simply dealing with small cracks that need to be sealed, this may be a simple DIY job for as little as $5 to $100. This project involves filling holes, pitting, or cracks with an epoxy, and typically doesn’t call for a contractor’s help.

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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Sidewalk Near You?

Concrete costs can vary by region and contractor. Here are just a few examples:

  • Sacramento, CA: $1,400-$2,500

  • Charlotte, NC: $1,800-$2,100

  • Detroit, MI: $2,000-$2,300

  • Des Moines, IA: $1,900-$2,100

What Sidewalk Repairs Can I Get on My Budget?

Here are four types of sidewalk repairs: 

DIY Sidewalk Crack and Hole Repairs (Under $500)

If you are looking to repair some cracks and holes in your sidewalk for under a few hundred dollars, your best bet is to purchase epoxy to fill the holes yourself. Typically applied with a caulk gun, included in most concrete repair kits, you might also find this option labeled as concrete repair sealant at your local hardware store. A small tube of this will run around $20. You may need just part of the tube or several tubes or kits depending on the extent of your needed repairs. 

Professional Sidewalk Leveling ($200 and up)

You know that piece of sidewalk that you always trip over on your evening walk? That can be fixed, often inexpensively and quickly. Slabjacking or mudjacking involves drilling one-inch holes, and pumping limestone into the holes to raise sunken concrete squares. Some contractors charge just $60 per square for this type of work but may have a minimum number of squares to start the job. Other contractors recommend just replacing the square, which is why it’s important to obtain multiple quotes and opinions before getting started.

Small Slabs of Sidewalk Replacement and Repouring ($500-$3,000)

When it comes to tearing out sidewalks with major holes, large cracks, or uneven squares, repairs will vary based on the square footage of the space. For an average four by the 50-foot sidewalk, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000. If you are looking to complete larger jobs, your budget may need to exceed $3,000.

Additional Finishes Such as Stamping and Design Work

In addition to replacing broken and cracked concrete, you may also want to level up the look of your pathway or sidewalk to increase curb appeal by adding a finish. Stamping and design work can add $1 to $5 to your per square foot concrete cost but could potentially be worth it depending on the location of the walkway. A standard walkway in a neighborhood may not need any additional design, while a fancier walkway leading up to a patio might benefit from the stamped look.

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Sidewalk Repair Cost Breakdown

Don’t assume you can’t afford a job simply based on the square footage of your broken sidewalk, as the size of the space is not always the main driver for price. For example, a contractor with a minimum fee of $400 for one square of concrete replacement may do 10 squares total for $1,500, because they are already there with the equipment ready.

The breakdown of the costs you will pay to hire a contractor includes the contractor’s labor, any additional helpers they may need to bring along, the concrete itself, the equipment to remove the broken concrete, and the basic tools and materials to lay new concrete. In addition, if the walkway needs any coloring or design, that will result in additional tools, labor fees, and associated costs.

How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Concrete Sidewalk by Type?

The type of concrete repair you need and the specifications of the repair can dramatically influence the price. Filling a crack or hole with epoxy will be significantly cheaper than a full concrete repour (especially with the removal of the old sidewalk slabs). Concrete slab costs vary when you repair your sidewalk, with some additional options including:

  • The thickness of the sidewalk

  • The thickness of the edging

  • Local concrete and material costs

How Much Does a Concrete Sidewalk Repair Cost by Style?

You can give your sidewalk or walkway a fancy upgrade during your repair or replacement by adding textures, colors, and designs at an additional cost. The following styles are available in order of least to most expensive. Stamped concrete typically costs between $8 and $28 (compared to $5 to $15 for standard).

  • Standard concrete, without designs or color added

  • Textured, stenciled, bordered

  • Engraves, scored and stained, or multiple patterns

  • More advanced techniques such as saw-cut designs

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FAQs 

Should I buy or DIY a concrete sidewalk repair?

If you’re handy and only have some minor cracks or holes to fill, you may try to preserve your current sidewalk square by repairing it yourself. If you are dealing with complicated issues such as leveling sidewalk squares that aren’t aligned or replacing concrete slabs entirely, you might benefit from professional contractor help.

What questions should I ask a concrete contractor?

It’s important to ask questions and do a bit of research before selecting a concrete contractor near you. These questions should aim to find out whether the contractor is reputable, and if they have experience doing the type of work you are looking to complete. Consider asking whether the contractor is insured, and if they can provide references of past clients you can contact. Another potential question is to ask how long they guarantee their work.

How do I determine the cost of repairing a concrete sidewalk?

To determine the cost of your repair, calculate the square footage of the job and determine the extent of the damage to decide the best route for your project. Then, decide if you will be using standard concrete or an upgraded design. Obtain multiple quotes from reputable contractors to compare sidewalk repair cost estimates.

What should I consider when deciding if I should DIY my project?

While some people are confident in their ability to replace concrete by drilling out the broken pieces and replacing them with bagged concrete, it’s possible to run into snags that make hiring a professional worth it. For example, trying to level concrete slabs can require special equipment which can be pricey to rent and tough to operate.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

If you have a concrete driveway that attaches to the sidewalk or walkway, it may cost less for a concrete truck to come one time to do both rather than making two separate trips. Consider the full potential costs of replacing a driveway before doing these together. You might also consider sealing your concrete after it has been repaired to prevent future concrete cracks and other issues.

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