There are all kinds of reasons concrete makes a great patio material. Not only is a durable, easier-to-maintain surface (resisting wear-and-tear like the uneven settling of pavers or the constant sealing, staining and/or rotting of wood decks), but there are so many types of decorative coloring and stamping methods that your patio will never look like any one else’s.
So if a concrete patio is the direction you take, how do you start? First of all, concrete patios are particularly great in areas where homeowners see little to no frost, and it’s particularly handy when you have an odd or restricted space to fill. It’s also the least expensive way to get a hard, flat surface. If this sounds like what you need, read on.
You’ll need a particular strength of concrete for your patio depending on the climate in which you live and the area in which you’re pouring. At B&B Concrete Co, they recommend a 3,000 strength psi concrete (pounds per square inch) for walks, driveways and patios. Remember, you’ll need to be careful when mixing the concrete; too much water, for example, could lead to cracking, surface problems and lower strength.
Concrete Characteristics, Coloring & Finishes
Concrete is surprisingly versatile and absolutely does not need to be ugly or boring. For instance, you can use a variety of colors, stamping techniques and even pavers within concrete design to give it a unique, customized feel.
To see photos and examples of surface options for concrete, check out this list at concretenetwork.com.
Choosing the right concrete characteristics doesn’t end with understanding your climate and choosing your coloring; you also need to pick a finish. Examples of finishes include:
Whatever you commit too, you can’t go wrong with the availability of custom concrete options, no matter where you live. To learn more about your local concrete options, reach out now to our professionals at www.concretenm.com.