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using concrete to create an outdoor living space

Estimating Your Core Drilling Price

by Eugene Mitchell

Core drilling sounds fancy, but it's just drilling a hole through concrete and other materials for conduits like plumbing pipes or wiring. It can be a simple job; you still need a professional to do it, but it doesn't have to take long. Figuring out the cost of the job to ensure it is within your budget isn't that tricky, either. The exact price will vary, just like any construction-related job, but you can estimate based on some, well, core factors.

Which Materials the Drill Has to Go Through

Do you need to drill through a slab of concrete, or are you creating a core that extends into the ground? What materials will the company have to drill through? Drilling through soil doesn't provide much resistance, but if the drill is going through concrete and then down into limestone, for example, that's a tougher job that will cost more. If the ground under the concrete layer is particularly rocky, that could cost even more due to ground preparation.

The Diameter of the Hole

The larger the hole, the more material taken out, right? You can get some fairly large cores drilled, and the bigger the drill size, the more you're going to pay. Note that you really want to find a core drilling company that will remove the material that was cut away. A large slab of concrete that's been cut out of the floor can be very heavy, and you don't want to hurt yourself by trying to drag it out of the building.

The Location of the Drilling Site

Something as simple as drilling in the wall vs. the floor can change the price drastically. When you drill into a floor, gravity helps you, and you can use water and other items to help with the drilling. When you drill into a wall or ceiling, you don't have as much assistance from gravity (though that ends up not mattering too much, as the drill is automated and is not handheld). The more awkward the angle, the more the job will cost.

If you can provide as much detail as possible to the drilling company about material types and more, you'll get a more accurate estimate. Also talk to the company about binding estimates, which may be higher than a regular estimate, but the amount that you're actually charged won't be higher than what you were quoted. For more information, contact a company like Greene Concrete Cutting Inc.