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This stamped concrete patio features grout work and multicolored shading effects. (Photo courtesy of Salzano Concrete)

Stamped Concrete Adds Affordable Appeal to Outdoor Patios

More homeowners opt for stamped concrete that mimics stone, brick or tile for patios and pool decks, or resurface old concrete for a new look at a lower cost.

concrete leveling (Photo by Photo by Jason W. )
Concrete - Pouring & Repair, Concrete - Stamped & Decorative

Mudjacking or concrete leveling may be the answer if your front porch is stooping or your sidewalk is slouching. Consider these tips to level sunken concrete.

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stamped concrete patio and fire pit
Concrete - Pouring & Repair, Concrete - Stamped & Decorative

Stamped concrete is a growing trend for patios and pool decks, but it requires a special technique. Hire a qualified contractor to get a professional look.

Granite chip epoxy concrete garage floor sealer
Concrete - Stamped & Decorative, Epoxy Flooring

Make your concrete last longer and look nicer with garage floor sealer. Evaluate the types of floor sealants, and learn how to properly apply and maintain them.

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Angie's Answers

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Bids are NOT done based on a multiplier on top of materials cost to get labor cost. Think of the consequences in the example you gave - by that method using say plain home depot tile made in Honduras might cost $5/SF materials, so by your method $10 labor. Now, same floor, with Carerra marble or Barre Granite at $75-100/SF - so do you want him charging you $150-200/SF labor when it takes almost exactly the same time regardless of material ?

To put it in simple terms, contractors:

1) figure the amount and cost of materials and consumables needed from the plans and specifications, applying a markup (from 15-50%, depending on contractor and how fancy or specialized a job it is).

2) Then they figure the equipment needed and the operating time to be used or elapsed time to be rented or leased - either opperating hour or elapsed time, or combination of both, especially if it consumes fuel

3) They then figure the labor time for the various trades required to do the job, maybe add an efficiency or ease of work multiplier to those hours to fit the job conditions, multiply those hours by the hourly pay rates, then multiply that times the "load" or "Labor Overhead" to account for employment taxes, workman's compensation costs, health plan, etc, etc.

4) Then they add in the cost of any architect or engineer plans or certifications that are needed, government permits and inspections, etc.

5) Then they add in any subcontractor bids, with appropriate contingency amount for each.

6) All those above totals are added up, an appropriate overall contingency added if needed (typically 5-10%, but on remote site jobs I have seen as high as 200%), and (depending on how contractor figures his costs) at least all the "in-house" costs like his equipment, consumables, and labor costs have a percentage overhead and profit added to them - typically about 100-150%. Some contractors use a lower overhead percentage but apply it to the total estimated job cost, not just in-house costs.

This "company overhead" or "general overhead" or "G&A - General and Administrative Overhead" covers the costs of financing and running the company, management and secretarial and general supply and maintenance costs, buildings and equipment yards lease or mortgage cost, working capital cost, insurance, loan interest, general shop equipment payments, profit, etc. Some contractors use a lower overhead and apply it to every cost in the job, some (especially those doing government work so havingto adhere to government accounting rules) apply a "markup percentage" to materials and rental costs and outside subcontract services, and apply G&A overhead only to in-house costs.

 

That being said, for a general class of work it does generally (on normal jobs) work out that there is a general multiple of labor to materials cost. For instance, yard work and residential tree work is heavy on labor, so it might have a labor to materials ratio of 3:1 or even 5:1.  Detail foundation hand excavation and underpinning can run to 5:1 or more. Many types of building construction like plumbing, tile, carpentry, etc. do end up with a very roughly 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of labor to materials cost. At the other extreme, high energy efficiency or hurricane rated glass installation or a fancy full-building computer and communications system or high-end entertainment center might have a labor to materials ratio of 0.25-0.5 because it is designed to go in pretty fast, but the materials cost a lot.

For your case, a hardscaping ratio could run from 0.5:1 or less to as much as 3:1 or more, for installations with very expensive imported stone and fancy woods and a lot of bought decorative items such as statuary, to the opposite labor-intensive landscaping with lots of sidehill terracing and hand-planted flower beds, hand-dug irrigation system trenches, and manual-placed concrete block or railroad tie walls. Each job should be figured on its own merits - using a "rule-of-thumb" is where people commonly get unpleasantly surprised. That is why you typically get 3 bids unless you have a contractor you trust from prior experience and are confident will give you a fair shake regardless of being sole-sourced. Personally, both for my own purposes and professionally in the design and construction business, I have found sole-source to trusted contractors you have experience with is, in the long run, a BIG money and time saver, as well as making it far more likely to finish on schedule and let you sleep at night.

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You need a general contractor - prefereably one who specializes in additions, because you have excavation, waterproofing, concrete, concrete cutting, carpentry, door and window, etc trades to coordinate.

The cost will depend a great deal on your topography around the house - if the base of the window will be above ground level at least 6 inches, then could run about $500 for a legal egress window purchase and about $1000-2000 for installation, depending on how deep into the concrete you have to cut.

If the bottom of the window will be below ground level, then to call it a bedroom (which mandates legal sized second egress and usauully at least one window)  then you will have two choices - bring it out into a solid watertight concrete storm cellar with collar to keep water out, stairs, and and weather and bug-tight cellar door that is inward-opening, which means a lot of space for stairs and landings top and bottom, or bring it out into an oversized window well at least 36 inches in diameter, and with steps to ground level, with adequate drainage and waterproofing to keep it dry. Either way, sometimes about as easy to put in an outside door as a window, and might raise property value more. Cost from $2-5,000 depending on how deep into concrete wall you have to dig, whether concrete wsall needs reinforcing with steel frame because of the depth of cut, how easy the digging is, and what your water conditions are near the foundation. The last thing you want to do is create an easy water or vermin ingress with your egress.

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Is the wall that the garage is sloped toward and adjacent wall of the home?

 

If not, it should not be of real concern. 

 

Try to keep the water out of the garage with a gasket on the door. 

 

 

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If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.

 

This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.

 

As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.

Stamped Concrete reviews in Ruffin

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Very satisfied with
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's workmanship. We consulted them based upon the reviews we saw here in Angie's List. Mr.
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, her daughter and the whole crew conducted the project with utmost professionalism. We were a bit stretched out on our budget but they are patient and willing to work out a plan with what we got. Constant communication and quick to action are some of there strong qualities. To sum it up, the project went smoothly and the finished product was more than what I invisioned it to be. We are very satisfied and I would highly recommend to everyone .

- Jennifer C.
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Called
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to see if he could help us with an unusual request for creating concrete pedestals for large sculpture. He was very responsive by coming out to our site within a couple days.
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was creative in his suggestions for what would look best for the pieces. The estimate was very reasonable as compared to other estimates we had been given. Then his crew were on site doing the work within a few days. They performed perfectly and we are thrilled with the results. Thanks
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! Would use them again and recommend to others.
- Anne B.
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The crew did a great job. They measured and laid out the extension, dug out the sod and top soil to the proper depth. They brought the concrete around to the back in wheelbarrows. Leveled out the new slab. Similarly they laid out the sidewalk, poured the concrete and leveled out the sidewalk. All of the work was done in one day. They let the concrete cure and came back a couple of days later and removed all of the framing. They were very thorough, did a great job with the cleanup. All crew members were professional and polite. They matched the existing concrete work so that the new construction looks just like it might have been done when the house was built. I would definitely recommend them.
- Michael A.
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He was very professional and knowledgeable. Returned all my calls and answered all my silly questions I had. He was very clean with the job site never left a mess. All the crew were very respectful and hard working. Gave me options and different design and patterns. Gave me ideas of What would look good on my property. I've recommended him to friends and family and I would hire him again


- Leticia M.
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Well the price beat one competitor by $1000 and another by $3000 for the same shingles. I was very happy with the price and the crew of 3 worked hard for 2 and 1/2 days. We were so happy with the work that we have asked them for estimates for a couple more jobs.
- Stephen G.
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I've been trying to find a contractor to come out to give me an estimate for a stamped concrete patio. It's a project that's been on my mind for quite some time so I was excited to begin contacting companies for estimates. This company came highly recommended by others who live in my neighborhood not only for price, but also for quality. I checked out their website and was impressed with their picture gallery of past projects. So why the negative rating? I contacted this company by phone over one week ago and left a voice mail asking them to contact me about an estimate for a stamped concrete patio. I didn't hear back after a couple of days so giving them the benefit of the doubt, I filled out the contact us form on their website. Now one week later again and still nothing. My thought, if a company can't be bothered to at least respond to a potential customer, what will their customer service be like after I put down a deposit for the work. Sorry, but I will be looking elsewhere. Very disappointing!
- Annamarie L.
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Our patio is wonderful!! We had
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come to our home to look at where we wanted to install a patio and walkways. She surveyed our area, took measurements, worked with us to design the shape and then while we looked at photos of past work, she worked on an estimate and we had everything we needed to make a decision the same day. We scheduled our installation and went to the showroom to pick out a pattern and colors, everyone was VERY friendly and easy to work with. We changed our minds on the stone we selected before our installation date and the office staff was VERY courteous and helpful and nice, especially when I called and emailed numerous times with questions. THEY WERE GREAT.
What I didn't like was after our patio was finished. The crew left, and we had no idea when they were coming back to finish, then workers would just show up and do something, but we had no idea if it was done or not. I would have preferred to have been more informed on the process and steps and when workers would be coming. It would have been nice to have one main contact at the office, who could have let us know what was happening and when it was planned.
- Jessica A.

All Stamped Concrete Companies in Ruffin, NC

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A1Roofman

PO Box 66

All Seasons Pools and Spas

208 E Main St
Stoneville

Battle Plastering and assoc

636 Banner Elk Dr
Fayetteville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolina Decorative Concrete

1764 Highway 66 South
Kernersville

CATES CONCRETE SERVICE

100 Hillington Rd
Garner

curiconstruction LLC

1204 swordfish way

Dream, Design & Build, LLC

803 Celtic Crossing Drive
High Point

Energy One America

454 Jessen Ln

ERIC PUGH CONCRETE, LLC

1000 DUNCAN FARM RD
Siler City

Hawkins Maintenance Services LLC

364 Collins Rd
Norlina

Hensley's Concrete Service

961 Airport Rd.
Marion

JJ Improvements and Tree Services

109 Short St
Lexington

kitchens ETC

19 South Belmont Ave

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S Crescent Dr.
Smithfield

Perfect Coats Painting & Remodeling

8031 Goldenrain Way
Raleigh

Pro Clean Exteriors

5243 Captains Trl
Jonesville

Rock Solid Stone

3116 Hwy 72

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

Wills Paint & Home Repair

1321 Beechwood Dr
Rocky Mount

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