Quickly becoming a staple for residential and commercial properties, concrete patios outpace their traditional counterparts of pavers and stone in terms of installation frequency. Plus, patio concrete can be designed and poured behind or in front of a building, allowing the creation of an alluring outdoor space where it best suits your needs and situation.
Types Of Concrete Patios
Generally, stained concrete is either nonreactive or reactive. Since both produce distinct results, it’s important to discuss your goals for the project with the concrete contractor before work begins. Both are quite popular, but each provides a customizable gathering space for a home or business. Which is best for you depends on several factors, such as planned use and space limitations, if there are any.
This type of stain has come in vogue because of the broad palette of colors available and ease of application. Because a nonreactive stain fully penetrates the open pores of the concrete, the resulting color tends to be richer than a reactive stain.
These stains are generally water-based, acidic mixtures that rely on metallic salts to react with the lime content. A permanent bond forms when the reaction completes, creating a nearly impermeable surface that doesn’t chip, flake, or scale over time.
On the other hand, a stamped concrete patio is a popular choice for many homeowners. Once the slab is poured, the contractor places a stamp on the damp concrete and presses a pattern into the surface. The pattern may be one of several popular textures, such as brick, including herringbone and running bond; classic wood; fractured slate; and grand ashlar.
Modern concrete is a surface which simply holds the natural color and texture of the concrete itself. What differentiates it is how the concrete is formed, such as a singular slab or a series of sized squares, for example.
Why Are Concrete Patios Popular?
Their popularity goes back to the versatility these spaces provide most people who install them. Yet, other factors which enhance the appeal range from customizable design options to improved property value.
Many Design Options
The number of decorative choices available for concrete patios has grown immensely in recent decades. From colors to patterns, or a combination of the two or others, the area can blend into the surrounding landscape or make a bold statement. The choice is yours!
Reduced Maintenance Cost
While decks, gazebos, and other wood-based structures are common, they generally need more maintenance and repair. Even with diligent cleaning and re-sealing, wood eventually rots and becomes uninhabitable. Concrete, however, needs little maintenance and repair during its functional lifespan.
A growing trend with most building materials is recycling and sustainability. Concrete patios are no stranger to being more eco-friendly than other common counterparts without the need for caustic and toxic solvent-based cleaners and sealants.
Improved Property Value
While adding a patio at to a home or business can improve the property value, it also provides an ROI in the form of reduced labor cost during concrete patio installation and afterward.