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Question DetailsAsked on 10/3/2017

how much should 1" stone veneer cost to install on existing patio

1300 sq feet I have been quoted $ 10,000 for tile and install

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Normally 1" stone veneer would cost around $12-30/SF depending on type of stone chosen, so sounds like you got a low-end quote at $7.70/SF - low enough I would be questioning why it is so low - which probably means cheapest grade and generally less durable sandstone or limestone or shale. The other question, given the nice round number is whether this was a "quote" or just a ballpark estimate sight-unseen, because that is really low for any sort of a pieced hard surface flooring or paving.

I would hope this is going over existing concrete patio slab, using a rigid attachment (thinset or similar), because 1 inch thickness is normally an interior flooring thickness - outdoor horizontal "paving" stone is usually at least 60mm (1-3/8") thick, and most commonly 2-4 inches thick to avoid cracking. Certainly bare minimum 2" with a strong stone like granite, and usually 3-4" thick if sedimentary rock like standstone or limestone or shale, if being put down over sand rather than grouted in.

I would get a couple more quotes - and advice from vendors on thickness and stone types, not to see if you can get a better price but because I am afraid this guy may have bid an indoor flooring or wall veneer product, not one suitable for outdoor installation - and the price overall is low enough I question if he can really do it for that price,, so double-check his Angies List or Yelp or such ratings and reviews to see if he has a reputation for under-bidding or being a change order artist.

Ditto on licensing and bonding and insurance and such - because this is the sort of bid I used to see a lot as competition where illegal aliens working "off the books" under cut legitimate contractors.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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