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5 things you need to know about concrete replacement

1st Feb '23 • By

If your driveway looks a bit worn or your patio needs to be renovated, you’re often better off getting the concrete removed and renovating the space than trying to repair it. Completing the job yourself to save money may be tempting, but this type of work is time-consuming, and specific tools are required for such a task.

This can include drills, sledgehammers, and drill bits. To help ensure the job is done to the highest standard and safely, we strongly suggest hiring a professional concreter

Continue reading below to get learn more about replacing your existing concrete.

Article Summary

  • How much does concreting cost?
  • How much does concrete stencilling cost?
  • How much does it cost to hire a concreter?
  • What are the different types of concrete driveway materials?
  • Types of concrete

top view of concrete on ground

How much does concreting cost?

Depending on the amount of balancing, polish and scale of work, concreting costs $50 to $150/m². For each cubic metre, you should expect to pay $200 to $300. Your pricing will be affected by the type of concrete you use.

  • The cost of spraying concrete ranges from $50 to $75/m².
  • The cost of plain concrete ranges from $60 to $85/m².
  • The cost of coloured concrete varies between $100 and $150/m².
  • It costs $100 to $150/m² to have exposed aggregate or a beautiful stencilled surface.

How much does concrete stencilling cost?

You may be wondering, “How much can concrete stencilling cost?” Several factors determine the price of concrete stencilling. Stencilling a driveway professionally might cost anything from $3,000 to $4,500. You’ll need to address any damage to worn surfaces first — microscopic fractures on the surface should be repaired by a professional concreter. There will be some extra charges associated with this job.

spreading concrete on ground

How much does it cost to hire a concreter?

The cost of having ready-mix concrete delivered to your house is approximately $89 per cubic metre, with prices ranging from $78 to $110 per cubic metre. Materials and trade prices are often charged per square metre or cubic metre when you hire a licensed concreter to construct a concrete slab for you. 

What are the different types of concrete driveway materials?

Concrete driveway components are now blended and treated with other materials to produce high-quality surfaces. If you need help determining what concrete driveway materials to use, the sections below will provide you with some driveway ideas.


Stone is the most abundant and desired concrete driveway material. It's a flexible and long-lasting option that provides a high-quality polish. The price of concrete stone driveways is determined by availability and quality.


Sandstone is an excellent all-round driveway material. Colorado Red and Pennsylvania Blue are popular colours, among many others.


Gravel has a pleasing texture and is quite simple to instal. Gravel's only downside is that it can become unstable and difficult to walk on. If you're on a tight budget, this driveway material is the way to go.


Another concrete driveway material that stands out in terms of colour and texture is slate. Its purple, grey, turquoise, and subtle crimson tones are incredibly beautiful to look at and walk over.

weathered blue concrete

Types of Concrete

Different varieties of concrete are made depending on the component material, mix proportions, building process, application region, and hydration response style. The various types of concrete and their uses are described in detail below.

Spray-On Concrete 

Spray-on concrete is a popular choice because of its quick installation and ornamental design features that enhance the appearance of your property. It's a method of applying a polymer cement refinishing coating to any concrete to provide a highly hard-wearing ornamental finish.

Coloured Concrete 

Externally and internally, coloured concrete can drastically alter the appearance of your walls. Coloured concrete is made by adding dyes to the concrete and is available in various colours.

Concrete Pools

Concrete is a great pool material choice because of its consistency and resistance to water, weather, and impact. Concrete pools are also aesthetically appealing.

Concrete Home Slabs

Concrete is an ideal option for coating the surface of your home slabs because of its sturdiness, stability, and cost.

Concrete Walkways

Concrete is the most common material used on walkways, and it comes in single-line or solitary block options.

Concrete Driveways

Concrete driveways are an excellent addition to your home. They can be tailored to match the appearance of your surrounding home design and enhance your curb appeal.

butterfly on orange concrete

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Exposed aggregate is a type of ornamental concrete that combines stone with concrete, being a popular choice for patios, walkways, and driveways.

Concrete Framework 

A concrete frame is a popular type of construction that consists of a system of columns and linking beams that serve as the primary structural foundation. These columns and beams are usually built on a concrete slab and support the building's ceiling, walls, and other features.

Concrete Foundations 

A sturdy foundation for your building is essential, making concrete the perfect choice. When you're not in a hurricane-prone location, you can build without steel reinforcing the foundation.

When removing concrete, it must be done safely and appropriately. As the concrete is lifted, it must be deposited in a wheelbarrow and transferred to a garbage or dump truck. Extreme caution is required to avoid overloading. Brush the surface again to remove any concrete dust, taking care not to breathe it in — a mask should be worn to prevent this.

For expert results, find a professional concreter who has the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to finish the job effectively.

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Further Reading

All the costs quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are to be used as an AUD cost guide and may vary locally, and are subject to market changes.

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