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How Much Does Concrete Delivery Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Concrete Delivery Prices

Having liquid concrete delivered in a cement mixer truck—whether you need the material for a driveway, patio, floor, or some other construction project—will save you the hassle of mixing concrete onsite. This buying guide from Cost Owl breaks down concrete delivery cost factors and what you should know before scheduling a truckload.

How to Calculate a Concrete Delivery

Concrete order sizes are expressed in cubic yards, which is a 3-dimensional measurement (length x width x height/depth). To determine how many cubic yards of concrete you’ll need, start with the square footage (a two-dimensional measurement) of the area. This is done by multiplying the length by the width. Once you have that figure, multiply it by the depth (or thickness) of the area to be filled with concrete to arrive at the number of cubic feet. Finally, divide the number of cubic feet by 27 (there are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard). Here’s an example of how to figure out how many cubic yards of concrete are needed for a project area that’s 10 feet wide x 10 feet long x 1.5 feet deep:

  • 10 feet x 10 feet x 1.5 feet= 150 cubic feet
  • 150 cubic feet/27 = 5.55 cubic yards

Concrete Pouring Considerations

  • When ordering concrete, it’s a good idea to request a little bit more than you actually need. If you come up short and need a second truckload, this will add significantly to the project cost.
  • Ordering a little extra concrete to be on the safe side usually means there’s some excess. To avoid wasting the leftover concrete, have a plan for it, such as a walkway or sidewalk.
  • In most cases, the cost to order premixed concrete includes only the delivery and pouring of the project. In other words, don’t assume that the driver will help you finish the concrete. Depending on the size of the project, you’ll want to have a helper (or two or three) on hand to help with finishing work.
  • When it comes time to unload the concrete at the job site, a cement truck’s chutes, and/or a wheelbarrow or concrete buggy are usually sufficient. Some jobs, however, require a separate pump truck, which will incur additional chargers.
  • The cost of concrete delivery depends on a number of factors, including the amount and quality of the concrete, trip distance, local material and labor charges, the current price of gasoline, and whether your location presents any delivery challenges (i.e. a long, steep driveway, impassible road, or roadway weight limitations). Smaller loads (aka “short loads”—usually defined as less than 4 or 5 cubic feet—cost more than larger loads. For very small loads, there might be a minimum charge of 2 or 3 yards.

Concrete Delivery Costs

  • Bearing in mind the cost factors discussed above, you can expect to pay roughly $120 to $200 per cubic yard for concrete delivery. For 5.5 cubic yards, that works out to $660-$1,100. Use the cubic yardage for your specific project to get a more accurate estimate.
  • According to data compiled by HomeAdvisor.com, customers nationwide spend an average of $1,200 to $1,600 on concrete delivery.
  • For DIY concrete work, you might pay around $100 per cubic yard, plus the cost to rent a cement mixer.

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