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Cost of Concrete Demolition

How much does concrete demolition and removal cost?

There are several factors that will impact the cost of concrete demolition. Before hiring a contractor to complete your project, take a few minutes to think about what you want and how much that is going to cost. This article is intended to help you make an informed hiring decision.

1. Your geographic location. Where you live can be a very important cost factor. To find the cost of concrete removal in your town, you can use ProMatcher’s Concrete Cost Report.

2. Do I need a permit? In some jurisdictions, demolishing a concrete slab or a concrete driveway may require a permit. This should be included in the cost estimate you receive from your contractor.

3. Size of slab. The square footage of the slab being removed will help to determine the cost of the project. Bigger slabs will almost always cost more than smaller slabs. However, the price per square foot may be less for larger areas.

4. Slab thickness. The standard thickness of a concrete slab is about 4 inches. Anything thicker than four inches will be more expensive to remove.

5. Is the concrete reinforced? If your concrete slab was installed with rebar or wire mesh reinforcement, this may add to the cost of your concrete removal project.

6. Equipment needed. Concrete can be removed several ways. The contractor may be able to use a sledgehammer and a crowbar, or they may need the power of a jackhammer or the precision of a concrete saw. In some cases, the contractor may also need to rent equipment to move the concrete pieces (if a basic wheelbarrow just isn’t big enough). The type of equipment needed will impact the cost of the removal.

7. Job site accessibility. Will the contractor need to travel a long distance to reach your home? Can the equipment needed easily brought to your home? If it is difficult to access your home, this will add to the cost of your project.

8. Disposal. Large pieces of concrete cannot be put out with the garage. Depending on the amount of concrete, your contractor may need to rent a dumpster or another trash container. Additionally, the landfill will likely charge a fixed fee per ton to dump the concrete.

9. Can the concrete be recycled? You may be able to save a few dollars on dump fees if the concrete can be taken to a local concrete recycling facility.

10. Is cleanup included? Removing concrete can be messy work. Dust and debris may end up all over your yard. Make sure that cleanup is included in the written price quote from the concrete contractor.


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