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Last updated on June 9th, 2023

Concrete removal cost guide

Whether you’re looking to remove a concrete floor or replace an old concrete patio, concrete removal can be labour-intensive and time-consuming. To help you get prepared, we’ve taken a look at what the process looks like, as well as the average concrete removal cost.

Concrete floor removal cost

Usually, concrete removal involves three steps:

  • Breaking up the concrete: This can involve using hand tools such as a jackhammer, or using machinery like a mini digger
  • Loading up the waste: This usually involves manual labour, but on a bigger project it could include machinery
  • Removal from site: The final step will be to remove the concrete from site, using a skip, trailer or truck
ItemUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
Concrete removalPer m³--£200
Concrete driveway removalPer project£1,500£2,500£2,000
Concrete patio removal (assuming 1 tradesperson and 1 labourer)Per day£450£600£500
Skip rentalPer rental£105£295£200

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Ultimately, the cost of concrete removal will depend on:

  • How thick the concrete is
  • Whether the concrete has mesh or reinforcement
  • The method of transport
  • Whether you need to pay for a skip
  • The amount of labour or machinery required

Concrete removal cost per cubic metre

On average, concrete removal costs around £200 per metre per cubic metre plus VAT.

If you’re looking to demolish a property, we’ve put together a guide on the cost to demolish a house.

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Concrete driveway removal cost

Total concrete driveway removal costs tend to sit between £1,500 – £2,500. But of course, prices can increase if the driveway is larger than average or requires specialist equipment.

Concrete patio removal cost

Patios are often built from concrete slabs bedded in mortar. A tradesperson will normally charge around £300 per day to remove a concrete patio, but they rarely work alone, so you should also allow another £150 per day for a labourer.

Concrete removal cost per square foot

Cost to dig out concrete floor

If you have a concrete floor you want to remove, you’ll most likely be charged a standard price for the work. The average cost to dig out concrete floor is around £200 per m3.

That said, we always recommend contacting local concrete removal experts to get accurate quotes.

Cost to dig up and replace concrete floor

If you want to dig up and then replace your concrete floor, you’ll need to factor in the cost of dig out the floor £200 per m3 and then add the cost of installing the new floor. The average cost of pouring concrete starts from around £100 per m3.

For more information about the prices on replacing a concrete floor, check out our concrete pouring cost guide.

Can I save on the cost of concrete removal by doing it myself?

Removing concrete yourself will undoubtedly save you on labour costs. However, bear in mind that DIY removal is labour-intensive. Plus, it requires specialist equipment, such as a jackhammer or demolition hammer. If you don’t own one already, buying one could cost anywhere from £100 – £1,500, depending on the strength of the tool.

On top of this, you’ll need to check whether any utility lines run under the concrete you’re looking to remove. If you damage them, you’ll need to fork out on repairs, so it pays to hire someone who knows what they’re doing.

Additional concrete removal costs

When you hire a professional team to remove your concrete floor, patio or driveway, they’ll usually offer disposal as part of the service but not always. So, make sure you check first whether the price you’re quoted includes disposal or whether you’re expected to hire a skip yourself.

You can expect skip hire prices to come in somewhere between £105 – £305 depending on the size of the skip.

Key takeaways

  • Concrete removal costs around £200 cubic metre
  • You may have to budget extra for a skip
  • DIY concrete removal requires specialist equipment
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