Concrete Leveling Cost

In this guide

When you can level concrete
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

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. The cost of concrete leveling 2 for most homeowners is around $850 for a 100 sq.ft. job.

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.

Materials

The material that you use depends largely on the type of leveling 2 you're having done.

For self-leveling compounds, the polymer-based compound itself and a spreader are required. The compound can be simply poured or pumped onto the floor. The cost to cover 100 sq.ft is roughly $120, or $1.20 per sq.ft.

In mudjacking, grout 3 material, a mixture of pond sand and cement, is used to fill the area beneath the slab through holes drilled through the surface. Once the grout 3 material is added, the holes are filled with cement. The typical material cost of this project is around $5 per sq.ft. or around $500 for 100 sq.ft.

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.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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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.
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
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.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Augusta, GA
-13%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cary, IL
+19%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clearfield, UT
-20%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Edison, NJ
+36%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Ennis, TX
-18%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Fort Collins, CO
-11%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Hesperia, CA
-1%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kenosha, WI
+9%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Longwood, FL
-1%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, CO
-6%
Macomb, MI
+13%
Malden, MA
+36%
Manville, NJ
+36%
Mason, OH
-18%
Medford, NY
+17%
Mentor, OH
-15%
Middletown, OH
-3%
Newberg, OR
+15%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%

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