How Much Does Concrete Removal Cost?
The national average for concrete demolition and removal is
$1,080, according to HomeAdvisor. The amount you pay depends largely on thickness, size, and if the old concrete being demolished was reinforced with wire mesh or steel bars.
The range you should expect to pay for removal and demolition is between $250 and $3,200 on average. In cases where large slabs of concrete are being demolished, contractors may prefer to charge per ton instead of per square foot.
Concrete Demolition Cost Factors
These five factors increase or lower the price of concrete demolition.
The size of concrete you need to be cleared is a good starting point to estimate costs for concrete demolition. Around $2 to $6 per square foot is standard, which includes labor and dumping fees. Laying new concrete over the old space is not included in this price range. (Just remember, letting the new stuff cure helps prevent concrete from cracking—so don't rush the process when the time comes.)
Concrete demolition contractors consider 4 to 6 inches to be standard thickness when removing concrete. Many will double the price for thicker concrete (even by 1 or 2 inches), as this could require them to cut the concrete into smaller chunks before removing it, which will add many hours to the project.
Deformed steel bars or wired mesh are sometimes embedded in concrete to reinforce the structure, especially when the thickness exceeds 6 inches.
Reinforcements make it harder for a team to excavate concrete due to more digging, hammering, and concrete cutting. Expect to pay on the higher-end ($6 per square foot or more).
Difficult to reach, hazardous, or particularly steep areas where concrete demolition is required will drive the price up. These factors add time to the project. Some contractors treat these sorts of projects like extra-thick or reinforced concrete, meaning you'll likely pay closer to, if not more than, $6 per square foot.
Permits are required in many states and regions for concrete demolition. They start at $25 and can go up to as much as $200. In fact, you may need to pay for an inspection prior to applying (and subsequently paying) for a permit.
The type of surface can impact your overall price tag. For example, removing some concrete stairs is a lot simpler and less expensive than removing a concrete driveway, which is much more labor-intensive and requires more specialized tools and equipment.
If you’re completing additional projects at the same time, or the concrete removal is part of a larger project, you may have to factor in additional costs. You might want to install a driveway, a new patio, or some stairs, all of which will come at a price.
How Much Concrete Demolition Can I Get on My Budget?
From getting rid of your old patio to laying the groundwork for a new wing of your house, here are some pricing guidelines for concrete demolition and removal.
$500 or Less
For under $500, you may be able to cover the cost of fixing a concrete sidewalk, walkway, staircase, or small-to-mid-sized driveway (so long as it's not extra thick or reinforced with steel or fiber).
Keep in mind, easy access to concrete plays a huge role in the cost. If your sidewalk or driveway is difficult to access, you may have a hard time keeping the budget under $500.
$500 to $1,000
Medium-sized concrete sidewalks and driveways can usually be cut up and cleared for under $1,000.
Regular-sized concrete slabs (meant for residential buildings) may also be possible in this price range. If they are reinforced with steel beams, though, you may need to shop around for the best price.
$1,000 to $2,000
Thicker concrete demolition for regular-sized projects can be removed for under $2,000. Just be aware, contractors sometimes charge twice as much for concrete that's even one or two inches thicker than standard (4 to 6 inches).
Extra-thick concrete, large slabs, or reinforced foundations, sidewalks, and patios may exceed $2,000.
Projects that involve replacing the cleared concrete could easily double your costs. Building a new concrete patio could cost up to $4,200, for example.
How Much Does It Cost to Remove Concrete Yourself?
Tackling a concrete demolition job by yourself is admirable, but you might not save as much as you'd think. That's because the per square foot rate a contractor quotes you also covers concrete disposal in your area, which you'll pay for out-of-pocket if you tackle the project DIY.
As an example, disposing of 2 tons of concrete (with truck rental and dumping fees) will cost you around $550.
On top of that, demolishing concrete is very challenging work—the type that could easily require you to purchase or rent additional tools to complete. Not to mention, working with heavy concrete and the equipment required to remove it can get dicey. This is a job where hiring a professional is usually well worth the price.
How Much Does Concrete Removal Cost Near You?
Concrete is used to fill driveways, patios, sidewalks, walkways, and foundations all over the U.S. These guidelines can help you shop for a great deal in your area.
Rural vs. City Center
Concrete demolition contractors tend to charge more in cities than in rural areas for removal. Fortunately, though, this type of work is needed pretty much everywhere, so you may be able to compare quotes to find the best rate.
That said, steep or difficult-to-access areas may drive the price up, so if a rural area is wooded or surrounded by mountains, you may have to pay more than you would in a city.