A concrete patio is one of the most popular choices for homeowners as it brings a wide range of benefits when compared to other options like wood decking or composite. Concrete patios are low maintenance, durable and environmentally friendly.
They are particularly well suited to areas which experience a high level of snow or rain as the moisture will not damage the concrete as it would do with a wooden deck, especially if a sealant is added to provide extra protection. However, even when you have settled on a concrete patio, you still have to decide which type of concrete is the right choice for you.
Here is an introduction to the best types of concrete patio available for your home improvement project: poured concrete, stamped concrete, and concrete pavers.
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Some people choose concrete pavers for their patio, which are small concrete pieces and are available in a wide range of colors. They can even be made to look like other materials like wood or stone.
To lay concrete pavers, the contractors will dig a trench and add sand or similar material to prevent the pavers from shifting and slipping. Then the pavers are added with more aggregate material on the top to fill in the gaps between the pavers.
Poured concrete is the simplest option for a patio design. It begins with foundations on to which the contractors will build a wooden frame according to the design chosen by the homeowner.
The framework outlines the layout so that wet concrete can be poured into it and will keep its shape until it has dried and cured.
Stamped concrete also involves pouring wet concrete into a wooden frame so it can dry and cure. The difference is that before the concrete can dry, the contractor creates a design on the surface according to the homeowner’s preference.
The pattern is created by pressing a mold onto the concrete which then dries creating a permanent design. It can be made to look like natural stone or another design and can even be colored.
Once you have decided on the best material for your concrete patio, there will be several other factors which will affect the cost of the project. For example, the size and shape of your patio will impact the price, especially if customized pieces need to be cut or the design is complex.
The thickness and color of the concrete, as well as how many levels you want on your patio, also need to be considered. If you want the concrete stained to create a color which will match your home or existing patio, this will cost extra.
In addition, delivery distance also needs to be considered. The further away your supplier, the more you will pay in delivery.
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