How much does concrete cutting cost?

When determining the cost of Concrete cutting or coring, you must consider many factors. Before we get into that, it is crucial to understand what is involved with the cutting and coring itself.

Concrete cutting and coring are the act of sawing or drilling and then removing concrete from a surface. Initially, the process involved chisels, hammers or even jackhammers, but using these tools wasn’t very precise, and they would cause cracking or breaking of the concrete.

Today, concrete cutting and coring projects use different concrete saws and core drills. Specialists use saws for slicing concrete, while core drills make holes through a concrete surface.

In this article, we’ll look at why concrete cutting and coring are necessary, the tools and processes used and finally, the factors that go into the cost.

Why does concrete need to be cut?

There are many reasons to cut concrete. These include (but aren’t limited to) the following:

  • Removing a portion of a concrete slab
  • Creating control joints in concrete which help to prevent cracking
  • Cutting through a wall to access and repair broken water pipes, etc.
  • To remove walls of a structure to open space.
cut concrete

Benefits of concrete cutting

Modern-day concrete cutting offers several advantages:


  • Today’s concrete saws and core drills are more accurate than traditional cutting tools like jackhammers or chisels. These advanced tools provide a higher quality, finished product. 

The integrity of the concrete surface is maintained:

  • Using chisels or jackhammers can damage concrete. Even if the damage caused isn’t noticeable to the naked eye (ex., microfractures), the wrong tools may compromise the integrity of the concrete. This risk of damage is significantly reduced or eliminated with today’s tools. 

Time & Cost Savings:

  • Concrete saws and core drills cut through concrete quicker than jackhammers or chisels. These tools speed up the job, costing you less for the project.

Less Noisy:

  • Concrete saws and core drills don’t make nearly as much noise compared to jackhammers.


  • The use of jackhammers kicks up a considerable amount of dust and debris, but using wet cutting or drilling methods, will reduce the levels of dust and debris.
cutting square in concrete wall

Concrete cutting methods

There are many different methods available for concrete cutting and coring. Here are some of the most common methods:

Flat Sawing:

  • Also known as slab sawing, which cuts into horizontal surfaces like floors, pavement, and concrete slabs, the primary purpose is to access broken pipes and wiring beneath concrete floors. Slab sawing involves using a diamond blade mounted on a walk-behind saw.

Diamond Saws:

  • This method is fast and precise and uses fewer operators to run. The diamond saw can cut rebar and other metals.

Wall Sawing:

  • We use this approach for cutting vertical or inclined surfaces made of concrete, asphalt, stone, and other similar materials. Wall sawing uses a circular diamond blade mounted on a track-mounted concrete saw.

Wire Sawing:

  • Contractors use a wire saw on larger jobs and cut with a thin metal wire or cable for cutting. The wire is filled with diamond beads, allowing it to cut through hard materials.

Core Drilling:

  • This method involves using a core drill to bore circular holes through a surface – like concrete – and carve out a cylinder of the material. The holes can be of any size and depth.

Hand Sawing:

  • The use of a portable saw fitted with a diamond blade. This method is effective for shaving rough edges and making small openings.

What is the cost for concrete cutting and coring?

Finding a standard or definitive list of concrete cutting and coring rates by a contractor is nearly impossible because every cutting or coring project is different.

When determining the price for a concrete cutting job, you must consider many aspects of the project. We have put together some of the possible variables that make your cutting job unique:


The material you need cut:

  • Some materials are harder than others. For instance, clay bricks are stronger than those made of concrete. As a result, cutting costs for each type of material will differ.


The depth of the cut:

  • As you can imagine, some cuts are deeper than others, especially when core drilling. This difference will directly impact the rates.


The size of the material:

  • Your full-scale commercial construction or demolition job will likely be more significant than a residential project. The associated concrete cutting costs per metre will vary.


The location of the cut:

  • The location matters because difficult-to-access cuts that may be 20 floors up or maybe in a more precarious position will likely cost more than those that are easy to reach, like at ground level.


The equipment needed for the job:

  • The need for larger, more powerful, and sophisticated cutting equipment will increase the project’s concrete cutting cost.


The location of the job:

  • If the concrete cutting company is a considerable distance from the project site, you can likely expect the price to increase due to the travel expectations.


The amount of time it would take to complete the job:            

  • If the project is complex and will take weeks to complete, it will likely cost more than a simple job that will only take hours to finish.


Most concrete cutting contractors offer a free quote for their services based on these factors. We will customize your quote according to your project specifications.

If you need concrete cutting or coring services, contact Walser Contracting for a free consultation at 780-721-3405

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Walser Contracting Ltd.
Concrete Cutting & Coring Services
15C Alberta Ave, PO Box 3816,
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3B1

Monday to Friday: 6:30am to 4:00

Call: 780-721-3405

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