Cost of Staining Concrete
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The cost of stained concrete can vary greatly. For a basic application of a single stain color with sealer and minimal surface prep, most decorative concrete contractors charge between $2 and $4 per square foot. As the complexity of the job rises, so will the price.

What Influences the Cost of Stained Concrete?

The main factors that determine pricing are as follows:

  • Complexity of stain application
    Elaborate projects incorporating faux finishing, multiple colors, or sawcut, sandblasted, or stenciled designs will cost more due to the time and skill required.
  • Your local market
    Contractors' pricing will differ by location. Get a quote from a contractor near you.
  • New vs. old concrete
    It is usually more cost-effective to stain new concrete that has not been sealed or previously covered with another flooring material.
  • Surface prep requirements
    If old carpet, tile or other flooring needs to be removed and the underlying concrete ground and cleaned, expect labor costs to rise.
  • The size of the job (square footage)
    Contractors often reduce their rates as the total square footage of the job increases.
  • The type of sealer used
    Don't skimp in this area. The sealer is what will protect your stained surface for years to come.

When comparing the cost of stained concrete with alternative flooring materials, such as carpet, tile, or hardwood, don't forget to factor in longevity and replacement costs. Properly sealed and maintained stained concrete will last for decades and rarely needs replacement. It's not vulnerable to tearing, gouging, mold, or water damage. Even if the stained surface wears after time, it can often be brought back to life with some touchup staining and reapplication of the protective coating.

What Options Can I Afford?

Reformed Concrete LLC Quarryville, PA.

$2-4 per square foot

A basic stain job includes:

  • One color
  • Minimal slab preparation
  • Final sealer coat

$4-10 per square foot

An intermediate stain job includes:

  • One color
  • Minimal slab preparation
  • Final sealer coat

$8-15 per square foot

An upgraded stain job includes

  • Complex sawed patterns
  • Multiple color buildups

$12-25 per square foot

A high-end stain job includes:

  • Stencil work
  • Hand applied stains

Can I Save Money by Staining My Concrete Myself?

Yes, going the DIY route will save you money, since you won't have to pay for labor costs. However, we usually recommend that staining be left to the pros for the reasons mentioned in this article covering DIY staining vs. hiring a pro.

Last updated: January 14, 2020