Tips for buying concrete slabs

When you buy concrete slabs, you have the choice between many different colors and structures. Here you will find an overview of the costs for which optics and features.

Different colors without structure

Concrete slabs are produced in standard colors, which results from the addition of color pigments. In addition to the "natural" bright cement gray, there are about five shades of gray that reach into anthracite. Cement-gray concrete slabs range between twelve and 15 euros per square meter, other gray tones and standard colors such as red, beige, yellow or blue cost up to twenty euros.

Colored concrete slabs are available with additional machined surfaces. The beveled in 45-degree angle edges of the concrete slabs, the chamfers are offered at most manufacturers with no or only a very small surcharge. A price difference when you buy concrete slabs may arise from the grain of the concrete, which gives the surfaces a larger roughness.

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Finishing with structuring

The craftsmanship of the surfaces is very different in effort and result. Washed-out concrete is produced by washing out of an unbound concrete layer and sells between 15 and 25 euros per square meter. In the same price range, embedded unevennesses move in the surface, which are produced by corresponding inserts in the casting mold. The optics are reminiscent of sandstone or slate.

In particular, the slate effect can be enhanced by brushing with a diamond brush. This elaborate processing leads to prices per square meter of up to fifty euros. When mixing in natural stone chippings or flaming the surfaces, the price per square meter rises to over fifty euros.

Prices of selected suppliers (as of 2013)

concrete slabs
Gray rock structure flamed & impregnated 50 x 50 x 5 cmbeton-geyer.de58 EUR / sqm
Anthracite smooth 50 x 50 x 5 cmfeiter-beton.de17 EUR / sqm
Washed concrete roughly 50 x 50 x 5 cmheuchert-betonwaren.de14,20 EUR / sqm
Wash concrete white cement fine 50 x 50 x 5 cmheuchert-betonwaren.de16,50 EUR / sqm
Gray sandblasted with granite 40 x 40 x 5 cmbetonwerk-ruehl.de29,80 EUR / sqm

Transportation costs can rise

When buying concrete slabs, in addition to the high weight of the concrete - a plate weighing between thirty and fifty kilograms - the impact-resistant packaging also drives up the transport price. The more complex the surfaces have been processed, the more sensitive they are to transport and additionally increase the costs for this.

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