Build a Patio Cost
How much does it cost to build a patio?
A patio can be made from many different materials including stone, pavers, and concrete. For this discussion we will look at the requirements and costs associated with the installation of a 192 square foot (12'x16') concrete patio. Of many home improvement projects, a patio installation is one considered to usually be a "DIY" project, but the scope of this particular design might require professionals to get the job done. After all, it is difficult to imagine handling the 200+ bags of Pre-Mix concrete that would be required for a patio of this size or the lifting of the hundreds of pounds of gravel that must be used as the base.
For the patio installation, the typical costs include:
- According to PaveTech, the average concrete patio will cost around $700 using pavers and doing all of the work independently. When professional concrete contractors and excavators are used the costs will obviously climb substantially. Traditionally, a patio at the size mentioned will cost roughly $2,000 to $4,000. The resale value of this update would hold at the high-end of $3,200, or an 80% return on investment.
- The above figures place the patio installation at $21 per square foot. This pricing structure assumes that masons, excavators and carpenters will charge an average of $70 per hour.
- Air terminals - These are the actual lightning rods, made of copper or metal that are fixed to the roof vertically in a network depending on the building. They are mounted at the highest points of the roof to conduct any lightening strike before it hits the building.
- Main Conductors - These are the protective aluminum or copper wires that are connected to the lightning rods and built in the ground
- The Ground protection - The main conductors are at laid at least 10 feet deep into the ground so the power received by the lightning rods on the roof (air terminals) flows straight through the wires into the ground away from the building. In some cases special methods are required in certain soil to ensure full protection.
- Protection Bonds - These are metal objects connected to the conductor wires to prevent any flashes bouncing between 2 objects causing side flashes.
- Arrestors - In case of power surges these protect your electrical kitchen appliances, televisions or anything near a power line that could be subject to a surge if there is an increase in electrical current.
- Protection for trees - If you have a tree as close as 10 feet to your home that is taller than your roof then it also needs lightning protection. As well as protecting the tree, you are also preventing any side flashes that could bounce off the tree onto your home.?
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Upgrading quality of materials, especially where concrete is concerned can often yield a much longer life span on the patio. This could mean a concrete with a "fiber mesh" added to the mixture, or one that has colored stones added for visual appeal instead. Some contractors will even reinforce a patio slab with "rebar" for longevity.
- Consider inquiring about "stamped" concrete if you want a textured or patterned look to the patio. This can give the concrete the look of stone, pavers, or bricks.
Additional considerations and costs
If you are going to work with a contractor it is completely acceptable to ask for at least three different bids from three different groups. This is going to give a very accurate idea of the total costs and the level of control you will have over project.