By Emily Rivers
Last updated 18th June 2024

A concrete patio is a great option if you want a low-maintenance space to enjoy BBQs, al fresco meals and sociable drinks with friends. Available in a variety of styles and finishes, you can tailor your concrete patio to the loo of your home. But how much will a concrete patio set you back? We’ll go through everything in this guide.

How much does a concrete patio cost?

The cost of a concrete patio in the UK varies depending on factors such as size, design and finish. On average, you can expect to pay £3,700 for a concrete patio.

Type of concrete patio (40m2)

Average cost

Average 40m2 concrete patio

£3,700

Average concrete patio cost per m2

£92.50 per m2

Imprinted concrete patio

£3,200

Concrete paving slab patio

£2,600

Polished concrete patio

£4,100

Poured concrete patio

£3,600

Concrete patio cost

Factors affecting the cost of a concrete patio

Size and thickness: Larger and thicker concrete patio slabs will require more materials and labour, resulting in higher costs.

Design and finish: Intricate designs, decorative patterns or specialised finishes such as stamping or polishing will increase the cost of the patio.

Site preparation: Additional costs may be incurred for site preparation work such as excavation, levelling and adding a sub-base.

Labour costs: Labour costs for concrete patio installation vary depending on factors such as location, accessibility, expertise of the contractor and the type of concrete you choose to lay.

Where you live: Your location in the country is one of the biggest factors affecting the cost of a concrete patio. Prices tend to be higher than average in London and the south east, while those in Scotland or northern England may pay lower than average.

We’ve used our database of hourly and daily rates for patio and path specialists to create more accurate estimates for concrete patios across the UK. Take a look at the list further down the page and find your local town or city to see how much a new concrete patio could cost in your area.

Types of concrete patio

There are various types of concrete patio materials to choose from, each with their own advantages. Take a look at the different types of concrete patio below:

Imprinted

  • Mimics the appearance of natural materials such as stone, slabs or block paving

  • Patio specialists use a stamp to imprinted the pattern onto the concrete before it cures

  • Offers a decorative and customisable finish suitable for outdoor entertaining areas

Paving slabs

  • Prefabricated concrete slabs available in various sizes, shapes, thicknesses and finishes

  • Quick and easy to install, offering a versatile and durable patio surface

  • Ideal for both traditional or contemporary designs, with options for textured or smooth finishes

Polished

  • Achieved by grinding and polishing the surface of cured concrete to a smooth and glossy finish

  • Provides a sleek and modern appearance, suitable for indoor and outdoor use

  • Requires specialised equipment and skilled craftsmanship for installation

Poured

  • Involves pouring liquid concrete into prepared forms or moulds and allowing it to cure.

  • Offers a simple and cost-effective patio solution, suitable for large or irregularly-shaped areas.

  • Can be customised with additives or surface treatments for extra durability and aesthetic appeal

Pros and cons of concrete patios

As with any home improvement project, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before you decide to go ahead. There are many advantages to concrete patios, as well as some disadvantages to bear in mind:

Pros

  • Affordable and cost-effective compared to other patio materials

  • Durable and long-lasting, with minimal maintenance required

  • Versatile and customisable, with options for various finishes, colours and textures

  • Suitable for a wide range of climates and weather conditions

Cons

  • Prone to cracking over time, especially if you experience hard frosts or keep heavy furniture on it

  • Can be susceptible to staining and discolouration if not properly sealed

  • Limited design options compared to materials such as natural stone or brick

  • Requires professional installation to ensure proper mixing, pouring and finishing

How long does it take to install a concrete patio?

The time it takes to install a concrete patio depends on factors such as the size, complexity and weather conditions. On average, a simple concrete patio installation will usually take around 3 days, including site preparation, pouring, finishing and curing. However, if you have a large patio or want a very complex design, this may take longer.

You’ll also need to factor in another day or two if your patio contractors will need to break up an old patio before laying the new one.

Is it cheaper to pour your own concrete?

While it may be cheaper to pour your own concrete because you won’t have to pay for labour, in the long term it may end up more costly. If you have to take time off work to pour the concrete, you should factor this into the cost, and it’s likely to take you much longer than a professional.

Plus, professional patio and path specialists have the expertise and equipment to ensure that your concrete patio is poured properly. If you get it wrong, you may see cracks starting to form more quickly or fail to achieve a level surface, which you’ll need to have fixed. A professionally-poured concrete patio is likely to last much longer, and therefore cost less per year than a DIY job.

How long does a concrete patio last?

With proper installation and maintenance, a concrete patio can last for decades. The lifespan of a concrete patio depends on factors such as climate, usage and how much you maintain it, but expect to get at least 25 years from your concrete patio.

As we experience frosts in the UK, this can reduce the lifespan of concrete patios as freeze/thaw cycles can cause concrete to crack. Ensure you have adequate drainage around your patio and try to remove surface water as much as possible to improve its lifespan.

How thick should a concrete patio be?

How thick a concrete patio should be depends on your soil conditions, what you’re going to use it for and potentially any building regulations in your area. However, average domestic patios should be between 75-100mm thick. If you have poor soil or you want to use your patio heavily, it should be at least 100mm thick.

What lasts longer: pavers or poured concrete?

Both pavers and poured concrete can be durable and long-lasting patio options when properly installed and maintained. However, because pavers (or paving slabs) are individual, they have more flexibility in the ground to cope with varying weather conditions, improving their longevity. Plus, if one paver gets damaged, it can be easily removed and replaced.

Poured concrete can crack over time and will need to be replaced entirely; patch fixes look unsightly and generally won’t last long.

Do concrete patio slabs fade?

Concrete patio slabs may fade over time due to exposure to sunlight, weathering and foot traffic. However, proper sealing and periodic maintenance can help minimise fading and preserve the colour and appearance of the patio. Choosing high-quality pigments and sealants can also help prolong the vibrancy of the concrete.

If you want to reduce fading, choose a natural-coloured concrete patio slab, as the fading will take longer and be less noticeable.

Is a concrete patio worth it?

A concrete patio is definitely worth it if you’re looking for a durable, versatile and cost-effective outdoor living space. Concrete patios offer a range of design options, require minimal maintenance, and provide a long-lasting and functional surface for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. With proper installation and care, a concrete patio can add value to your home and enhance your outdoor living experience for years to come.

But as we always say, only you can decide if a concrete patio is worth it! Weigh up the pros and cons of concrete and other patio materials to help you decide whether it’s the right material for you. Then post your job on HaMuch to get quotes from reliable paving specialists to help you make your final decision.


Estimates for common patio & path specialist jobs;

Rates for other trades

Concrete patio cost in the UK
Concrete patio cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKConcrete patio cost
Concrete patio near Aberdeen£3668
Concrete patio near Amber Valley£3520
Concrete patio near Angus£3536
Concrete patio near Arun£3556
Concrete patio near Ashfield£3532
Concrete patio near Aylesbury Vale£3600
Concrete patio near Barnsley£3576
Concrete patio near Basildon£3576
Concrete patio near Basingstoke & Deane£3604
Concrete patio near Bassetlaw£3536
Concrete patio near Bath & North East Somerset£3580
Concrete patio near Bedford£3640
Concrete patio near Belfast£3216
Concrete patio near Birmingham£3460
Concrete patio near Blackburn£3472
Concrete patio near Blackpool£3416
Concrete patio near Bolton£3468
Concrete patio near Bournemouth£3600
Concrete patio near Bracknell Forest£3636
Concrete patio near Bradford£3492
Concrete patio near Braintree£3556
Concrete patio near Breckland£3424
Concrete patio near Bridgend£3432
Concrete patio near Brighton£3552
Concrete patio near Bristol£3572
Concrete patio near Broadland£3392
Concrete patio near Broxtowe£3520
Concrete patio near Bury£3476
Concrete patio near Caerphilly£3440
Concrete patio near Calderdale£3468
Concrete patio near Cambridge£3620
Concrete patio near Canterbury£3484
Concrete patio near Cardiff£3444
Concrete patio near Carmarthenshire£3444
Concrete patio near Charnwood£3472
Concrete patio near Chelmsford£3572
Concrete patio near Cheltenham£3576
Concrete patio near Cherwell£3564
Concrete patio near Chester£3480
Concrete patio near Colchester£3508
Concrete patio near Conway£3400
Concrete patio near Coventry£3448
Concrete patio near Crewe & Nantwich£3484
Concrete patio near Dacorum£3628
Concrete patio near Derby£3512
Concrete patio near Doncaster£3512
Concrete patio near Dover£3480
Concrete patio near Dudley£3456
Concrete patio near Dumfries & Galloway£3324
Concrete patio near Dundee£3560
Concrete patio near East Ayrshire£3480
Concrete patio near East Devon£3444
Concrete patio near East Dunbartonshire£3540
Concrete patio near East Hampshire£3584
Concrete patio near East Hertfordshire£3640
Concrete patio near East Lindsey£3436
Concrete patio near East Riding£3484
Concrete patio near Eastleigh£3552
Concrete patio near Edinburgh£3624
Concrete patio near Elmbridge£3636
Concrete patio near Epping Forest£3616
Concrete patio near Erewash£3512
Concrete patio near Exeter£3424
Concrete patio near Falkirk£3504
Concrete patio near Fife£3680
Concrete patio near Flintshire£3472
Concrete patio near Gateshead£3528
Concrete patio near Gedling£3532
Concrete patio near Glasgow£3548
Concrete patio near Gloucester£3548
Concrete patio near Guildford£3656
Concrete patio near Gwynedd£3312
Concrete patio near Halton£3452
Concrete patio near Harrogate£3464
Concrete patio near Havant & Waterloo£3548
Concrete patio near Highland£3460
Concrete patio near Horsham£3592
Concrete patio near Huntingdonshire£3656
Concrete patio near Ipswich£3468
Concrete patio near Isle of Wight£3552
Concrete patio near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£3476
Concrete patio near Kingston-upon-Hull£3472
Concrete patio near Kirklees£3496
Concrete patio near Knowsley£3448
Concrete patio near Lancaster£3452
Concrete patio near Leeds£3476
Concrete patio near Leicester£3452
Concrete patio near Lisburn£3240
Concrete patio near Liverpool£3452
Concrete patio near London£3624
Concrete patio near Luton£3620
Concrete patio near Macclesfield£3484
Concrete patio near Maidstone£3608
Concrete patio near Manchester£3472
Concrete patio near Mid Bedfordshire£3636
Concrete patio near Mid Sussex£3568
Concrete patio near Middlesbrough£3528
Concrete patio near Milton Keynes£3612
Concrete patio near Neath Port Talbot£3436
Concrete patio near New Forest£3588
Concrete patio near Newbury£3604
Concrete patio near Newcastle-under-Lyme£3480
Concrete patio near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£3528
Concrete patio near Newport£3464
Concrete patio near North Ayrshire£3580
Concrete patio near North East Lincolnshire£3476
Concrete patio near North Hertfordshire£3632
Concrete patio near North Lanarkshire£3520
Concrete patio near North Lincolnshire£3440
Concrete patio near North Somerset£3564
Concrete patio near North Tyneside£3548
Concrete patio near North Wiltshire£3536
Concrete patio near Northampton£3556
Concrete patio near Norwich£3416
Concrete patio near Nottingham£3520
Concrete patio near Nuneaton & Bedworth£3456
Concrete patio near Oldham£3480
Concrete patio near Oxford£3580
Concrete patio near Pembrokeshire£3296
Concrete patio near Perth & Kinross£3604
Concrete patio near Peterborough£3632
Concrete patio near Plymouth£3532
Concrete patio near Poole£3604
Concrete patio near Portsmouth£3548
Concrete patio near Powys£3392
Concrete patio near Preston£3456
Concrete patio near Reading£3628
Concrete patio near Redcar & Cleveland£3540
Concrete patio near Reigate & Banstead£3632
Concrete patio near Renfrewshire£3596
Concrete patio near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£3436
Concrete patio near Rochdale£3476
Concrete patio near Rotherham£3600
Concrete patio near Salford£3468
Concrete patio near Salisbury£3716
Concrete patio near Sandwell£3456
Concrete patio near Scarborough£3408
Concrete patio near Scottish Borders£3680
Concrete patio near Sefton£3444
Concrete patio near Sevenoaks£3620
Concrete patio near Sheffield£3608
Concrete patio near Slough£3640
Concrete patio near Solihull£3456
Concrete patio near South Ayrshire£3492
Concrete patio near South Bedfordshire£3640
Concrete patio near South Cambridgeshire£3636
Concrete patio near South Gloucestershire£3572
Concrete patio near South Kesteven£3476
Concrete patio near South Lanarkshire£3484
Concrete patio near South Oxfordshire£3600
Concrete patio near South Somerset£3596
Concrete patio near South Tyneside£3536
Concrete patio near Southampton£3552
Concrete patio near Southend-on-Sea£3548
Concrete patio near St Albans£3632
Concrete patio near St Helens£3452
Concrete patio near Stafford£3464
Concrete patio near Stockport£3480
Concrete patio near Stockton-on-Tees£3544
Concrete patio near Stoke-on-Trent£3476
Concrete patio near Stratford-on-Avon£3476
Concrete patio near Stroud£3532
Concrete patio near Suffolk Coastal£3464
Concrete patio near Sunderland£3528
Concrete patio near Swale£3540
Concrete patio near Swansea£3468
Concrete patio near Tameside£3480
Concrete patio near Teignbridge£3468
Concrete patio near Tendring£3488
Concrete patio near Test Valley£3556
Concrete patio near Thamesdown£3516
Concrete patio near Thanet£3432
Concrete patio near The Wrekin£3524
Concrete patio near Thurrock£3600
Concrete patio near Torbay£3492
Concrete patio near Trafford£3472
Concrete patio near Vale of Glamorgan£3452
Concrete patio near Vale of White Horse£3564
Concrete patio near Vale Royal£3484
Concrete patio near Wakefield£3492
Concrete patio near Walsall£3460
Concrete patio near Warrington£3468
Concrete patio near Warwick£3456
Concrete patio near Waveney£3432
Concrete patio near Waverley£3660
Concrete patio near Wealden£3552
Concrete patio near West Lancashire£3444
Concrete patio near West Lothian£3564
Concrete patio near West Wiltshire£3536
Concrete patio near Wigan£3472
Concrete patio near Windsor & Maidenhead£3640
Concrete patio near Wirral£3452
Concrete patio near Wokingham£3640
Concrete patio near Wolverhampton£3460
Concrete patio near Wrexham Maelor£3496
Concrete patio near Wychavon£3480
Concrete patio near Wycombe£3628
Concrete patio near York£3448