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Budgeting a Concrete Floor for Your VersaTube Building

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Budgeting a Concrete Floor for Your VersaTube Building

by VersaTube on March 06, 2019

So you’ve decided on the perfect VersaTube building and can’t wait to get started. You want your building to stand the test of time and plan on using it for years and years to come. Whether you’re pouring a slab or foundation, concrete is an excellent choice for your VersaTube building. Now, how do you budget for a job like this?

As with any construction bid, it’s helpful to know exactly how much you need to budget for. Since there are many factors that can influence the price of concrete work including the area of the country you live in, the depth of the foundation, and whether it’s a DIY project or contracted work, here are some tips to help you get started:

Estimate Permit Costs

 In most municipalities, you’ll need a permit for any concrete job. Check with your local officials and budget any permit costs into your final price. Also, ask your zoning board how far you need to excavate below the frost line. They should be able to tell you how low the frost line goes. 

Estimate Excavation Costs

When you’re choosing your building location, consider: do you have land that needs to be excavated or leveled? If you own the equipment already, or have a buddy that’s willing to loan you his (or hers!), that will be a tremendous asset to you. If not, call four to five companies for a bid. (Don’t forget that landscaping companies also often have the equipment necessary for excavation, too.) Many times, the quotes are free and can help you choose the contractor or company that’s right for you. Have compacting and leveling the area included in your final excavation quote.

Estimate Concrete Costs

If you’re a DIYer looking to pour the floor yourself, you’ll need to gather the correct supplies. Check with your local zoning department to research any specific instructions for your area. Doing the job correctly the first time will help save money in the long-run. Supplies you’ll need: 

  • Concrete Vapor Barrier

  • Sand or Gravel

  • Rebar or Wire Mesh (consult local building codes)

  • Concrete Mix

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Concrete Mixer Rental

  • Trowel

  • String

  • Stakes

  • Boards for framing the space

  • Screed board

  • Bull Float

If you’re looking to hire the concrete out, read our helpful tips on What You Need to Know About Hiring A Concrete Contractor. Your concrete and delivery price should be included in the total. To get a concrete quote over the phone, you’ll need the length, width and depth of the slab you want to pour, or measurements on the foundation you need constructed. Concrete is sold by the cubic foot, and the company can help estimate a 5-10 percent overage to make sure your supply is enough for the job.

Estimate Labor Costs

If you’re looking for a concrete crew, a great place to start will be personal referrals. If you don’t have any referrals, call your local cement company. Contractors buy cement from them, and they may have some great recommendations on who the best man and crew for the job would be. When asking for a concrete bid, labor is sometimes not included in the price. Make sure to add an extra estimate for that cost. A team of qualified workers can get the job done quickly and correctly, leaving you with a space you are going to enjoy for years to come.

Estimate Your Total Budget

Need help estimating your concrete and labor costs for a ballpark budget? There are multiple online calculators that can help you figure your total amount needed, plus a 5-10 percent overage. They can also give you a budgeted range for labor in your zip code.

 Still looking for the perfect building? VersaTube has every option imaginable. From sheds to garages, barns to carports, VersaTube can help you design the building of your dreams. Questions? Call us. Our team of talented engineers are available at 888-217-0891 to assist and support you with any help you need.

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