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Concrete removal cost guide
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Checkatrade

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:

ItemUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
Concrete removalPer m2--£50
Concrete driveway removalPer project£1,500£2,500£2,000
Concrete patio removalPer day£150£250£200
Skip rentalPer rental£105£295£200

  • 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.

Ultimately, the cost of concrete removal will depend on:

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

Concrete removal cost per square foot

On average, concrete removal costs around £50 per metre squared plus VAT. This means that the cost of concrete removal per square foot is around £4.50 plus VAT.

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Concrete driveway removal cost

The general rule of £50 per metre square also applies to concrete driveways. Total concrete driveway removal costs tend to sit between £1,500 and £2,500. But of course, prices can increase if the driveway is larger than average or requires specialist equipment.

Concrete removal cost per square foot

Concrete patio removal cost

Patios are often built from concrete slabs bedded in mortar. A tradesperson will normally charge around £150 per day to remove a concrete patio, but they rarely work alone so you should allow another £100 per day for a labourer as well.

It should usually take no more than a day for two people to remove your concrete patio.

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 £150 to £1,000 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 have experience!

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 – £295, depending on the size of the skip.

Key takeaways

  • Concrete removal costs around £50 per metre square.
  • You may have to budget extra for a skip.
  • DIY concrete removal requires specialist equipment.

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