Concrete Prices

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by dozerman21, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I'm working on getting some concrete bids for my barn floor. I know several different companies that I work with regularly, and all do pretty good work.

    I'm going to get estimates from 2 or 3 of the crews that I know the best. I have given these guys breaks on excavating work that I've done for them in the past, basically, the buddy rate. I'm hoping they'll do the same for me. A couple of the guys said they would, but come crunch time, I've had other guys in the past try to make a pretty penny on the "buddy" price that they gave me.

    What I'd like to know is... what is a below average to fair price for concrete work? Around here, if you don't know anyone, the contractors will charge twice what the concrete cost. Example: If someone had a 20 yard job at $90/yard, the job would cost $3,600. That usually includes the concrete, forming, and labor. It usually does not include the fill or any loader work. Those are the higher end figures. Most of the contractors get somewhere around an $11/yard discount over what Joe Blow will get charged, since they buy it everyday.

    My job will be a two pour, two machine trowels at the same time (most likely) job. I'm going to need app. 90 yards. I'm doing all the base work, they'll be providing the concrete, floating, finishing, and saw cutting the break joints.

    What do you guys think about what I should expect to pay per foot, or per yard? That's how they will bid it. Is it fair to pass their bulk discount on to me?

    Tell me what kind of prices that you guys would look for, since most of us know or work around someone who does flatwork.
  2. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,857

    Flat work - crete here is $95 / yard. Buddy system with me is they'll do it but tell me to pay for the cement and pay them what I think there worth. So 2 hour job - 3 guys - (include yourself to be run around man) 6 total hours plus maybe there screeder and tools - give him $300. He is still paying his guys $125 - $20 and still making money. This is per pour of 10 yds. Maybe your spraying, landscaping whatever for him and you also give him a break.

    Assuming your 20 yd job is flat, formed etc. Usually I have all that ready, formed up, filled, pamped, r-bar in etc.

    Just what I have done in the past.
  3. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,168

    Around here you would pay in the of $2.00 a square foot for 4" 3000 psi concrete. Your going thicker and heavier plus fiber. I don't know what the cost of that would be.
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Labor for pouring ,finishing and cutting joints around 35 a yard.
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Around here 3,000 psi concrete is $120 a yard. Finishers are charging between $.75- $1.00 a square foot for finishing. To me, concrete is a one shot deal to get it right. I have always tried to have more guys than I have needed on a job, just in case it started to get away from us. A way that worked out good for me was to pay them each a day rate ( decided by their foreman before the job started) and pay them cash and buy lunch/beer. That is not for production jobs or Happy HomeOwner Jobs.......that was/is for me personal stuff. I have always requested a sealer to be sprayed on also and when they saw cut, I have always had it broom swept clean at the time of saw cutting.
  6. wanabe

    wanabe LawnSite Senior Member
    from So. IL
    Messages: 943

    $1.00-$1.50 labor here, with most at the higher area. 1 machine(36 inch) will do the trick, along with 1 other guy running edges.
  7. dons

    dons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    We'd be paying 85 cents a square foot for finishing & cutting if it was ready to pour and 90 a yard on the concrete.
  8. SinjonAssociates

    SinjonAssociates LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    I get it for $3.00 square ft. 4" with rebar, truck or skid accessable and graded close to finish level.
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i would pull up my pants, call some buds, get the bud and do it my self. go rent a power trowel and walk behind saw. its not hard to do what so ever, screed it with a 20' 2x4 let it set up till you can walk on it on go at it. i did the crete in my dads barn (im 19) and its so smooth and shinny you can see your reflection in it.
  10. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    I paid around 3.00 s.f. for 5" fibermesh, pump truck, 40ft trench drains, finish grade the stone and prep..or course sawcut and sealed. see my pics in my new shop pic thread, it has all the pics.

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