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. Factors that influence pricing are as follows: difficulty of stain application, surface prep requirements, the size of the job, the type of sealer used, and your local market. More elaborate stain projects incorporating faux finishing, multiple colors, and designs or borders created by sawcutting, sandblasting, or stenciling can run much higher (about $15 per square foot or more) due to the time and skill level involved.

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 invulnerable 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.

Other factors influencing cost:

  • It is usually much more cost-effective to stain new concrete that has not been sealed or previously covered with another flooring material.
  • Contractors will generally reduce their rates as the total square footage of the job increases.
Stained Concrete Cost Breakdown:

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