Concrete Raising & Mudjacking Cost
While each concrete raising contractor charges a bit different depending on their location, raising method, and experience, in general, raising and leveling a slab is usually around half the cost of replacement.
Why is raising concrete so much cheaper than replacing it?
- Time: The biggest reason replacement cost more than raising is the amount of time it takes to remove and replace concrete. A typical replacement of a driveway requires a minimum of four visits. First to give the estimate, second to demo and set forms, third to pour and finish the concrete and finally fourth to remove forms and clean site. This is really true for any concrete project. Also, travel time, set-up and clean-up is the same for a small sidewalk or large driveway. Where as raising and lifting concrete, whether its mudjacking or polyjacking will usually just take two visits – the estimate and the work.
- Material: Concrete contractors are charged a minimum load fee when they are not ordering more than a certain amount of concrete. So replacing a small section of concrete will include those fees. Concrete raising material on the other hand is not perishable and is brought to the job site by the raising contractor. No minimum order fees and no waste is generated.
- Labor: Concrete construction is heavy work and requires skilled labor. These professionals are paid well for their skills. Also, pouring concrete is never a one or two man job. It takes a good crew to do it right. Raising concrete can done with two and sometimes even one person.
Factors That Can Affect The Cost of Concrete Raising
The main cost driver for any concrete raising project, whether it’s mudjacking or polyjacking is the amount of material that will be required to raise the slab back it’s desired position. Concrete raising contractors will measure the size of the slab and distance it will need to be raised to determine the amount of material needed to fill the void and lift back to place.
The size of a job plays a role in the price. Since there are fixed costs to each job no matter how big it is, such as travel and set-up, larger projects will cost less per square foot than smaller ones. A single section of sidewalk may cost $250-$450 to raise. Whereas that same section may only cost $60 if it’s completed with 10 other sections. Also, the location of the raising project can affect what you pay. You may pay less if you are closer to the contractors shop or other jobs they have. Finally, the difficulty of the job will impact the price. Slabs that are hard to reach or have many cracks will take longer and cost more.
Ways To Save Money On Your Concrete Raising Work
Like all thing is life, you get what you pay for when it comes to home repair. Be skeptical of very low estimates. Good work is not cheap and a professional concrete raising contractor with a solid track record, skilled employees, high quality materials and the proper insurance will usually not be the lowest price in town. With that being said, there are ways to save money on your next concrete raising and lifting project. The easiest way is to try to get work done together with your neighbors. Contractors love not having to travel to the next job and they may offer a group discount. Also, if you only have a small section to be raised, you may what to include other sunken sections around your home. Lastly, being flexible with when you need it done may help with getting a lower rate.
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