Once you have made the decision that you need a new walkway, you can then begin to look at the various choices available.
You will need to identify exactly what the walkway needs to be made of as well as what style and design it should have. You also need to decide on the amount of money you have available for this project. By taking all these important decisions early on, you will save yourself a great deal of time and money when you are actually looking at the products available.
When looking at the various options for your walkways, you will see that there are many different costs involved. You will need to identify those costs and compare them to what you can afford. If you want to work with a company that offers walkway rental services, you will see that the costs of such a service can vary quite dramatically.
One of the ways to calculate the cost of such a service is to take the total area of the walkway, not just the length, and multiply this by the number of feet in the walkway. For example, if you have a walkway that is twenty-five feet long and eight feet wide, then you will need to walk one hundred and thirty-three feet to walk the entire walkway. This gives you an idea of the labor cost for this project as the cost per foot should be greater than the cost per square foot.
On the other hand, if you know the length and width before you begin shopping, then you will be able to identify which products would work best. If you find that the cost per foot is higher than the cost per square foot, then you will have to determine if the cost per cubic foot is better. However, when you are taking the time to measure and shop around, you should still try to negotiate the cost of the walkway with the suppliers so that you get a fair price. The suppliers want your business and so they will often work out a price before you start shopping so that they do not have to unexpectedly raise the price at the end of the project.
Stamped concrete walkways cost more than regular poured concrete walkways because they are custom made and therefore require more labor to build. The cost per foot will also be more because it takes more time to pour and install the walkway. It also costs more because it requires cement to build the walkway and it will cost more to add decorative features to the walkway once it is built. There are also additional costs that you will incur such as the cost of masonry permits, the cost of leveling and any other fees or dues that you might incur.
The cost of stamped concrete does vary from one supplier to the next, so it is important to shop around and compare the prices. Look for cost per foot that is quoted on the same day so that you will be able to compare the prices and products being offered to you. When you do compare products, make sure that you also look at the total cost to ensure that there is an offer that is reasonable and allows you to get the job done.
Most suppliers will also offer free estimates. This way you will be able to get a general idea of what the cost will be without having to request a specific quote. Once you have obtained the cost per foot estimate then you can then add your company’s fee, labor cost and any other fees that you might incur and come up with a rough total for the project. Remember that the cost is only an estimate. Once the contractor finishes the job, you will be able to determine whether the cost was accurate or not.
Once you have the cost per foot price then you will be able to determine if you can afford the walkway. If the estimate is more expensive than you can afford, then perhaps you will need to consider hiring a professional contractor to do the work for you. There are many great companies that will be able to help you design and construct a concrete walkway for you at a fraction of the cost. If you use these guidelines when you are comparing walkways for your needs, you should be able to find one that meets all your stamped concrete needs at the best possible price.