How Much Does it Cost to Stain Concrete?

What is the cost of staining concrete? Can I save money by doing it myself? Is staining cheaper or more expensive than other flooring options?
Updated January 10, 2023

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 $5 per square foot. As the complexity of the job rises, so will the price.

Concrete Staining Cost

Below are the average ranges for basic, intermediate, upgraded and high-end staining jobs. Costs will vary by location, size of the project, and current cost for materials and labor. Contact local concrete staining contractors for an estimate.

Reformed Concrete LLC Quarryville, PA.

$2-5 per square foot

A basic stain job includes:

  • One color
  • Minimal slab preparation
  • Final sealer coat

Masterpiece Concrete Compositions in Oceanside, CA.

$5-10 per square foot

An intermediate stain job includes:

  • One color
  • Minimal slab preparation
  • Final sealer coat

Concrete Mystique Engraving in Antioch, TN.

$8-15 per square foot

An upgraded stain job includes

  • Complex sawed patterns
  • Multiple color buildups

Concrete Mystique Engraving in Antioch, TN.

$12-25 per square foot

A high-end stain job includes:

  • Stencil work
  • Hand applied stains

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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, you'll run the risk of an increase in errors, taking longer to finish the project, and not getting the final look you desire. We recommend that staining be left to the pros for these reasons and others mentioned in this article covering DIY staining vs. hiring a pro.

Is Stained Concrete Expensive?

Starting at just $2 per square foot, a stained concrete floor is less expensive than tile, wood, or natural stone flooring. However, as you add customization, the price rises and becomes comparable to more expensive flooring like slate or marble.

Linoleum or vinyl $2 - $10
Stained concrete $2 - $25
Ceramic and porcelain tile $7 - $24
Wood (including laminate) $8 - $13
Natural stone (slate or marble) $20 - $50

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 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.

Do Stained Concrete Floors Add Value to Your Home?

Getting stained concrete floors is an investment that will add to the value of your home. They are good for resale because they are attractive and easy to maintain. Plus buyers like custom options and stained concrete will help make your home stand out.

What about Stained Concrete Patio Cost?

Generally, the cost to stain your patio, driveway, or other outdoor concrete surface will be similar to indoor costs of $2-4 per square foot. How detailed and how large your surface is are major factors in determining the total cost of the project. Additionally, something to consider in the cost is how old or new your surface is, as newer surfaces take less time and labor to prep.

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