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- Common Questions about Overlays
- Floor Overlay Cost
- Types of Overlays
- Comparison Chart of Overlay Systems: Which is Best for Your Project?
- Five Factors to Consider When Choosing a Resurfacing System
- Getting Surfaces Ready for an Overlay
- When to Use a Cement-Based Polymer Overlay
- Surface Preparation: Getting Concrete Ready for Resurfacing
- Concrete Underlayments: Tips for priming the substrate
- Design Ideas for Concrete Overlays
- Concrete Coloring Methods
- Stamped Concrete Patterns and Designs
- Concrete Overlays Color Chart
- Applying Decorative Stencils
- Polishable Overlays
- Maintaining Resurfaced Concrete
- How to Protect and Maintain Resurfaced Concrete
- Routine Maintenance for Overlays
- Other Resources
- Concrete Contractors: Find Concrete Overlays Products and Suppliers
Concrete Overlay Cost for Floors, Patios & MoreSee what you can expect to pay for a concrete overlay, where concrete overlays are used, and is it a DIY project.
A basic floor overlay runs from $3 to $7 per square foot, which is comparable to high-end carpet or tile. The price can increase to $20 or more per square foot depending on textures, embeds, saw cuts, or other design elements that are added to the design. Other upgrades, including stamping or polishing of the overlay, will make prices rise.
HOW MUCH DOES A CONCRETE OVERLAY COST PER SQUARE FOOT?
An overlay can save you a great deal of money when compared to the cost of demolition and replacement of your existing concrete floors. This is what you can expect to pay:
Basic: $3 to $7 per square foot
A basic overlay might include:
- One color of stain
- Minimal surface preparation
Mid-Range: $7 to $12 per square foot
This range allows you to add simpler design elements, such as:
- Multiple stain colors
- Simple scoring pattern or other simple design element
- Polished surface
- More involved surface preparation
High-End: $8 to $20 and up per square foot
Extensive design options are included in this range, such as:
- Decorative stamping
- Elaborate designs, patterns, or stencils
- Dividers, embeds, terrazo epoxy finish
- Extensive surface preparation
FACTORS THAT AFFECT OVERLAY COST
There are several factors that can impact your overlay flooring price:
- Size of project
It is true that bigger projects will cost more. However, as a general rule of thumb, many overlay installers reduce their price per square foot as the size of the project grows. Keep in mind that if your project is small, there may be a minimum charge for the work. If this is the case, see if they can include some upgrades such as saw cuts or staining within the minimum price.
- Surface preparation and crack repair
If your concrete has glue, a coating or sealer on the surface, it may need to be cleaned or ground to ensure the overlay can bond properly. Additionally, cracks must be filled before applying an overlay. Many contractors factor these costs into their price per square foot. Ask your contractor what’s included to be sure there are no surprises.
- Decorative scoring or staining
If you elect to add a decorative finish, this will also increase costs due to additional materials or equipment required, as well as the extra labor time. The more elaborate your design, the more costly it will be.
Just like any other purchase or service, an overlay will cost more if you live in a major city. It is best to have a few local contractors provide you with quotes to know what a regionally appropriate price is for your project. The specific location of the floor or area to be resurfaced can also affect the cost of an overlay installation if there are access challenges. If it is hard to get to the site or special adaptions have to be made to complete the work, there will likely be additional fees.
Types of overlays
Popular locations for overlays
- Concrete overlay interior floors
- Garage floor coating
- Concrete patio overlay
- Concrete driveway overlay
- Concrete pool deck overlay
- Concrete coutertop overlay
DIY: SHOULD YOU INSTALL AN OVERLAY YOURSELF TO SAVE MONEY?
It is often tempting to save money by doing home improvement projects yourself. However, concrete overlays are not a particularly easy DIY venture. Many homeowners who attempt to apply a concrete overlay themselves end up disappointed in the results, either because it doesn’t look as nice as they expected or because it chips, flakes or cracks soon after installation. Applying and finishing an overlay is better left to the pros, even if it does cost you more money. You’ll be paying for a quality installation that will provide you with a durable floor for years to come.
To get a quote for your area, contact a decorative concrete contractor near you.
If you are interested in comparing the cost of an overlay to other concrete flooring options, read this article: Concrete Floor Cost.