Several factors can influence the cost of concrete leveling, including:
- Size and Complexity of the Job: The larger the area that needs to be leveled, the more materials and labor will be required, which can increase the cost. Additionally, if the job requires intricate work, such as working around obstacles or in tight spaces, it may require more time and labor, which can also increase the cost. While large jobs can come at an increased cost, concrete leveling contractors will typically have an established minimum job cost to cover operating expenses. Depending on the contractor, type of job and geographical location, these minimums can typically range from $500.00 to $2000.00.
- Square footage and replacement cost: Concrete replacement cost is also taken into consideration. Large jobs with more square footage will often be calculated at a lower cost per square foot as there are less mobilization costs involved. Also, concrete leveling will typically run one-third to half the cost of concrete replacement.
- Type of Concrete Leveling: There are different types of concrete leveling techniques available, and the cost can vary depending on the method used. For example, traditional mudjacking may be more cost-effective, while polyurethane foam injection may be more expensive as it is a petroleum-based product which must be processed and trucked sometimes thousands of miles.
- Accessibility: The accessibility of the area where the concrete needs to be leveled can also impact the cost. If the area is difficult to access, it may require more time and effort to complete the job, which can increase the cost. For example, a pool deck in a fenced in back yard compared to public sidewalk slabs that are curbside.
- Condition of the Concrete: If the concrete is severely damaged, patched, or restricted, it may require additional repairs or preparation work before leveling can take place. This can increase the cost of the project.
- Geographic Location: The cost of concrete leveling can also vary depending on the geographic location. For example, labor and material costs may be higher in urban areas compared to rural areas. However, travel distance to the job location can also increase costs.
- Contractor’s Experience and Reputation: The cost of concrete leveling may also be influenced by the experience and reputation of the contractor. A more experienced and reputable contractor may charge more for their services, but they may also be more likely to provide high-quality work that lasts longer and requires fewer repairs in the future. A reputable contractor also considers the fact they may need to return to honor a warranty issue when providing a cost. However, there are companies that will claim they offer the longest or “lifetime” warranties. The reality is ground movement, soil moisture content and frost all affect long-term concrete durability and warranties are only as good as the company backing them up. Avoid becoming the victim of false claims. Check reviews and ask for past customer references in which the company has returned “5 years, or a lifetime” later to warranty their repair.
It’s important to consider these factors when estimating the cost of concrete leveling to ensure that you receive an accurate quote and understand the factors that are influencing the price.