With the popularity of aggregate concrete continuing to soar, many consumers are trying to determine the actual cost of such a project. Believe it or not, there are many factors that will determine the actual cost, including the price of labour, the type of aggregate and the size of the project.
All of these aspects will affect the overall cost. So, to get the best deal you will need to research each one to see where you can find the biggest savings. When it comes to exposed aggregate, it can come in the form of granite, limestone, quartz, basalts and other natural stones.
In most cases an exposed aggregate driveway or slab will cost about $100 a sqm installed in Perth. Be aware of prices cheaper then this and make sure the company has previous experience as removing cured concrete is expensive.
One of the biggest factors that will always reflect the cost of exposed aggregate is the price charged by contractors for the actual labour. Since this is the biggest factor that will determine the overall cost of such a project, to get the best deal you will need to find a contractor who is willing to only charge the minimum.
The best way to find the cheapest labour is to compare shop. You can do this by collecting quotes from at least three contractors. Another way to get the best deal on labour prices is to bid out the project.
A contractor who is looking for work will be more than likely to offer you the best deal. However, this does not necessarily mean that you should rule out the other offers immediately. Instead, do your research to make sure the contractor with the best deal is offering the same product, insured and experienced in installing aggregate concrete.
Cost Of Decorative Aggregate
As mentioned above, the type of aggregate will also reflect the overall cost of installation. For instance, if you choose natural quartz stones, you should expect to pay more than if you chose natural granite stones. In fact, quartz is much more expensive than granite, so if you are concerned about the price just go with granite.
There are many factors to consider besides the price, when it comes to choosing aggregate. One thing is for sure, you will want your final option to be the perfect colour, hardness, gradation, size, durable and shape. If the cheaper aggregate can stand up to these requirements, then you could save yourself hundreds.
Size Of The Project
Obviously the size of the project makes a huge difference in price. The cost per sqm can come down on really large jobs. Exposed aggregate is stunning and can increase the value of your home, so why not invest?
Well, if your budget is holding you back, you could turn this project into a DIY project but we recommend against it unless you have previous knowledge as any errors can be very costly. By going this route, you would eliminate the cost of labour, which could end up saving you anywhere from $500 to $1,000, depending on the size of the project.