Many Concrete Contractors wonder what they should charge to install acid-etch finishes on floors. Prices vary depending on the part of the country you are from or where you are in the world, whether the contractor is union or nonunion, aa well as the contractor’s reputation in the market. As staining concrete is as much art as straight forward work, the price will include any particular skills of the applicator. The following are some general price ranges:
• Simple stain applications that include cleanup and a final sealer coat and involve minimal slab preparation will cost about $2 to $4 per square foot. The larger the project, you typically will have to lower the square-foot price to the customer.
• Stain applications with saw cut patterning and different colors between sawed lines cost $4 to $10 per square foot. or more if the stain artist is well known.
• Applications with sawed patterns and multiple color buildups are priced at about $8 to $15 per square foot.
• The stained project can include sandblast stencil work and polishing along with sealers applied only to the stenciled area, these could run $12 to $25 per square foot of stencil area. So really it will come down to how well you have sold the customer on your particular skill set and what you can show them from past projects.