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Concrete Leveling Cost

Concrete Leveling Cost

National average
$950
(mudjacking 100 sq.ft. of concrete)
Low: $470

(100 sq.ft. with self-leveling compound)

High: $2,350

(unstable soil using polyurethane)

Cost to have concrete surface leveled varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
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The cost of leveling concrete is $500 - $1,300.

In this guide

Pros and cons
When you can level concrete
Concrete leveling vs replacement
Leveling options
Labor
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to have concrete surface leveled?

If the concrete on your pool deck 1, sidewalk, foundation, or other area is slumping, has voids beneath it, or needs to be lifted, you may be faced with a choice between leveling 2 and replacing the concrete. Concrete leveling 2 can be done in two different ways. The first method is a self-leveler, which takes care of small depressions in the surface. Other method, known as mudjacking, will lift your entire slab higher, reversing settling or sloping that has occurred over time.

Concrete leveling 2 costs roughly half of what a replacement would be, saving homeowners a lot of money and time on demo, pouring, and curing of new concrete. The larger the area you have to work with, the amount of grout 3 needed to do the lift, and whether or not a self leveler can be used will all affect the final cost. 

Homeowners having their concrete leveled through mudjacking pay between $500 and $1,300 on average, with most paying $950 for 100 sq.ft.

Concrete leveling costs

Tankless water heater installation costs
National average cost$950
Average range$500 - $1,300
Minimum cost$470
Maximum cost$2,350

Pros and cons

Concrete is a versatile material used in a number of different ways in and around the home. Settlement and voids in the soil beneath the concrete, however, can lead to slumped areas, slopes, and even entire slabs that have sunk several inches into the ground.

For small surface problems, self-leveling concrete applications make the most sense. The leveler is poured onto interior concrete floors, where it will seek out and fill any small depressions.

For larger depressions, settling, and slopes, as well as for outdoor applications, mudjacking must be used. Mudjacking can effectively lift a concrete slab 4 from beneath, filling the voids and raising the slab until it is level 2. However, it is difficult to control the concrete used in this manner, and it may go outside of the planned area.

No type of concrete leveling 2 comes with a warranty, so your concrete may go out of level 2 again even after treatment.

When you can level concrete

Not every concrete slab 4 can be leveled or lifted. Mudjacking should only be used on slabs that are 3-6-inches thick. You cannot use mudjacking when the soil beneath a structure may expand, as this may cause further lifting.

Self-leveling compounds can only be used for small depressions indoors. Self-leveling compounds make the most sense for concrete floors which will be finished. Mudjacking makes the most sense for concrete slabs 4 that have no damage other than settling or sloping.

Concrete leveling vs replacement

If you have a sunken slab of concrete, it can be tempting to want to simply replace it. But if the material is only sunken, and is not significantly damaged in any way, concrete leveling can be significantly less expensive than removing and replacing the slab. In most cases, a new slab will cost between 50% and 70% more than the leveling. It is not uncommon for a new slab to cost $2,000 or more, plus the cost of demolition, which can make the total closer to $3,000.

However, if the slab is severely cracked, has missing sections or has other significant damage, then leveling may not be possible. In this case, you will need a new slab. Keep in mind that a sunken slab can crack if not addressed, so by avoiding leveling, you may end up requiring a replacement down the road. 

Leveling options

There are a few different ways to level a slab of concrete, depending on the severity of the problem, the size of the lift, and how easy it is to access. 

For surface leveling, a self-leveling compound can be used. This is a polymer-based compound that is spread or pumped onto the concrete. It costs roughly $1.20 per square foot, so to cover 100 sq.ft. would cost roughly $120. This option should only be done for small hills or valleys in the concrete, and is not a good option of the entire slab has sunk or is in danger of cracking. 

Mudjacking is a good option for lifting a slab that has sunk into the ground, and is often used for helping level foundations that are sinking. A grout material, which is a mixture of pond sand and cement is used to fill the area below the concrete. Holes are drilled into the surface of the concrete, and the grout is pumped through. Once the concrete has been lifted, the holes are filled with new concrete. Material costs for mudjacking range from $5 - $8 a square foot, with most people paying around $6.50, or $650 for a 100 sq.ft. job. 

A newer option for concrete leveling is foam jacking. This is a lightweight, polyurethane foam material that expands below the concrete, pushing it upward. It’s longer lasting than mudjacking and less invasive, since it can be done with fewer or even no holes drilled. It’s more expensive, however, costing between $12 and $18 a square foot, with most people paying around $16 a foot for a total of $1,600 in material fees for a 100 sq.ft. job. 

Labor

In addition to the materials cost of concrete leveling 2, most companies will also charge a fixed rate for the labor. It typically takes only one to two hours to level 2 concrete regardless of method used, and the typical labor cost runs around $350 for this time. This includes mixing and pouring the compound as well as drilling and patching the holes needed in mudjacking.

This makes the total costs of pouring a self-leveling compound to finish a concrete floor around $470 for 100 sq.ft. and around $850 for mudjacking 100 sq.ft.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Occasionally, the concrete may need to be raised in a difficult to reach area. To level 2 the concrete, additional holes or channels may need to be drilled to pump the grout 3 into. This may raise the cost of the project to around $11 per sq.ft., or around $1450 for the total job of 100 sq.ft.
  • If you are attempting to raise or level 2 a slab that is on top of unstable fill, you may need polyurethane jacking, rather than traditional mudjacking. Polyurethane is lightweight enough to work on unstable fill, but is not as strong as traditional grout 3, making it unsuitable for most applications. It costs around $20 a sq.ft., or around $2350 for 100 sq.ft.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Mudjacking and surface leveling 2 of concrete do not come with warranties. Concrete may still settle or slope again even after the process is complete.
  • While mudjacking is not a DIY suitable process, self-leveling floor compounds can be mixed and poured DIY on small floors. Look for liquid compounds, which require no mixing, at around $50 per container. To cover 100 sq.ft. you will likely need three containers at about $150.
  • Avoid mudjacking if you are attempting to raise a foundation on unstable soil, or if the slab in question is greater than 6-inches in thickness. In these cases, you may need to replace the concrete.
  • If the area you are leveling is far from the pump - over roughly 200 - 250 feet away, or if the area is difficult to access, you will have a higher cost. This is due to the additional time and equipment necessary to transport the leveling material to the job.
  • If your concrete is cracked or broken, mudjacking or foam jacking will not be options. In this instance, you will need to replace the slab. 

FAQ

  • How much does concrete leveling cost?

The cost of leveling depends on the type of leveling done and the size of the job. For 100 sq.ft. the costs can range from $500 to $1,300.

  • How thick can self leveling concrete be poured?

Self-leveling compound should be a thin layer of less than 2-inches, and ideally less than 1-inch.​

  • What is used to level concrete?

Concrete may be leveled through a self-leveling compound, a mixture of sand and cement, or with a polyurethane foam. 

  • Can old concrete be resurfaced?​

It depends on the condition of the concrete. In many instances it can, but if it’s very cracked or broken it may need to be replaced. 

  • Why do floors slope in old houses?

​Old houses settle and sink slightly with time. In addition, wood can swell and shrink, which can cause floors to slope.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
See full cheat sheet.
glossary term picture Pool Surround 1 Pool deck: Decorative border or edging around a swimming pool, often including a fence
2 Leveling: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
glossary term picture Grout 3 Grout: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
glossary term picture Concrete Pad 4 Concrete slab: A flat area of concrete that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a patio or a driveway

Cost to have concrete surface leveled varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Alexandria, VA
+2%
Apo, AP
0%
Ashburn, VA
+14%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Boston, MA
+40%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Cohoes, NY
+18%
College Station, TX
-15%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Everett, WA
-14%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Franklin, PA
-44%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Germantown, MD
+27%
Glendale, CA
+14%
Gobles, MI
-29%
Goodells, MI
-14%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Hazleton, IA
-40%
Honolulu, HI
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lahaina, HI
+19%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lisle, IL
+42%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Monticello, MN
-2%
New York, NY
+77%
Norristown, PA
+44%
Northford, CT
+21%
Northridge, CA
+14%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Ocala, FL
-25%
Orlando, FL
+2%
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