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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2013

How much should concrete demo cost per square foot?

I have about 700 square feet of 4-6 inch deep concrete driveway to tear out. What should I expect for cost?

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Depends a lot on who your contractor i,and of course on whether he can dispose of it for free at a concrete recycling yard or has to pay to dump at a landfill.

An excavation contractor with his own large dump truck and large backhoe with hammer might charge from $2-3/SF for 4" - close to 50% more for 6" thick. I had one contractor do it with a concrete saw to cut the rebar and using a large clawed backhoe, stacked the individual slabs in a 30 foot sidedump trailer to haul to the dump site for $1.50/SF total, but that is the extreme case - usually most contractors will have to break it up to about 2 foot pieces to transport and dump it, which of course increases cost.

A concrete contractor doing it preparatory to placing a new concrete drive, using a jackhammer or a hammer on a bobcat say, would likely charge more like $4/SF, and I have heard of up to $7/SF for small jobs.

Above prices assume easy access, which is probably a safe assumption for a driveway, and no load restrictions on the roads.

I would guess probably $3-4 would be the likely range for your job unless you get just the right contractor with the right equipment and hungry for work.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


if you live near nky i will do it for 1,200 and you can dump it yourself a very cheap choice write me back

Answered 3 years ago by earvin12

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