Concrete is a cost-effective way to add value and curb appeal to your home. The downside to concrete is that over time, the elements can affect it by making it dirty in appearance or causing it to crack. For sidewalks that are considered “city property,” you’re still expected to maintain the appearance and upkeep of those adjacent to your property. Even if you have a damaged concrete walkway leading up to your front porch, you can depend on professional services to repair the issue. Keep in mind that most major sidewalk repair jobs actually call for the removal of the pre-existing concrete and replacing it with newly poured materials.
Typical Costs for Sidewalk Repair Professional Services
- Low-End Estimate: $2 per square foot
- High-End Estimate: $4 per square foot
Contractors will want to be compensated for labor, materials, and machinery usage. If they have to wheelbarrow the concrete over a long distance, contractors may charge more for labor.
To repair a damaged section with just concrete and bonding, it will be about $6 to $8 per square foot cheaper than putting in a brand new sidewalk section.
Brand new sections of sidewalk can cost between $90 to $175 each.
Additional Costs for Sidewalk Repair Services
Mudjacking is a process by which mud is pumped (with pressure behind it) under a concrete slab, which raises a sunken concrete slab. It usually is much cheaper than having an old, sunken sidewalk removed and a new one poured in.
- Low-End Estimate: $50 per slab
- High-End Estimate: $80 per slab
What to Expect From Sidewalk Repair Services
- The professionals will clean the crack or hole in the cement sidewalk, using a hose to thoroughly spray in the hole to remove dirt, pebbles, chunks of broken cement and such.
- The professionals will enlarge the hole by chiseling it with a cold chisel and hammer.
- The professionals will remove all debris from the hole, and then fill the bottom of the hole with sand if the hole is deeper than half an inch.
- The professionals will mix the cement and water into a thick paste.
- The professionals will dampen the crack, the hole (even if it has sand in the bottom), and the surrounding cement area with a hose.
- The professionals will fill the area with the cement mixture (using a caulking gun for cracks and a putty knife to get the cement into the holes) above the surface so it can settle. Excess cement is scraped away to make it level with the other concrete surroundings.The concrete will need to set for at least 2 hours.
- The professionals will spray the area and its surroundings once again, and then cover the repaired portion with plastic for 3 days. If the repaired portion doesn’t need any more cement filler, the job is complete.