Estimating costs to repair a sidewalk in Atlanta
costs to repair a sidewalk in Atlanta
By Angela Tague
Tree roots, heavy foot traffic and rainy Georgia summers cause sidewalks to deteriorate in the South. When it's time to make repairs, assess the situation before tackling this project alone. Costs to repair a sidewalk can range from a few dollars for simple crack repairs to a few thousand dollars to replace several sections.
Step 1: Is this a patch job?
Are weeds littering the sidewalk and creating small hairline cracks? Then you're looking at a simple clean and patch job. Grab the gardening tools and clear away the weeds. Then dig out the dirt that fills the cracks. Finally, fill the space with concrete grout or outdoor expandable caulk.
This process will cost you a few minutes to a few hours depending on the number of cracks you need to repair and whether you need to make a trip to the hardware store for a tube of caulk or concrete grout. Each tube should cost just a few dollars.
If the sidewalk is raised, pieces are missing or the cracks cover a large area of damage on the sidewalk, you have a big project ahead. Here's a list of expenses to consider if you plan to replace a section of concrete:
Expect to pay several hundred dollars and expend hours of physical energy to tackle a sidewalk repair.
If the sidewalk damage spans several sections or is beyond your physical capabilities, it's time to call a professional in the Atlanta-area. Although hiring a professional will cost approximately $5 to $9 per square foot of repairs (expect a minimum charge for smaller jobs), you're saving your time and energy by passing on this major property repair.
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