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How much does core drilling cost?

If you need a perfect hole cut into a concrete structure, the chances are you’re looking for core drilling. Perhaps you need to get to a water pipe, phone line or sewer line. Or, maybe you simply want to get some electrical wiring or plumbing done. But how much does core drilling cost? Let’s take a look.

Cost of core drilling

Cost provided itemUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
Core drilling52mm hole£26£35£30.50
Core drilling127mm hole£29£36£32.50
Core drilling152mm hole£37£46£41.50
Core drilling300mm hole£86£116£101
Team of two peopleLabour per day£400

As a rough estimate, you can expect to pay around £540 per day for core drilling. This includes around £400 for labour and around £140 for materials.

That said, the total cost will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The number of holes required.
  • How wide the holes need to be.
  • Whether the holes are made in the wall or the floor.

The prices we’ve listed here are intended as a guide only, so always make sure you get a number of quotes for the work you require before choosing to go ahead.

Core drilling cost per hole UK

Often, you’ll be given a price per hole rather than a fixed price for the day.

In general, the bigger the hole, the more expensive it’ll be. However, you can also expect to pay less per hole if you’re getting a lot of holes done as opposed to just a few.

For example, to get 12 52mm holes drilled, you’ll usually pay around £35 per hole (costing around £420 in total). However, to get 18 52mm holes drilled, you’ll only need to pay around £26 per hole (coming to a total of £468).

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What is core drilling?

Drilling core concrete

Core drilling is also known as concrete core drilling, concrete coring or diamond drilling. Essentially, it’s when holes are made in a (usually concrete) structure using a core drill. However, it can be used on pretty much any surface, including wood, ice and rock.

A core drill is a hollow drill that makes perfectly round holes, normally between 8mm and 1,500mm wide. The tip is most often coated in diamond, which is the hardest naturally-occurring material in the world. This makes the drilling process quiet, precise and dust-free.

The main difference between core drilling and other methods of cutting concrete is that a core drill will actually remove a cylinder of material from the structure – the part that was enclosed by the hollow centre of the drill. This is called a ‘core sample.’

Key takeaways

  • Core drilling is usually used on concrete but can also be used on a variety of other surfaces.
  • You can use core drilling on floors, walls and ceilings alike.
  • Prices vary based on the size of the holes being drilled, as well as the number of holes required.
  • You’ll usually be given a price per hole based on the number of holes you need.
  • Always get a number of quotes before agreeing to the work.

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