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Why Install a Concrete Patio

If you want to add a patio to your home, then choosing concrete to build it is a very good idea. When it comes to the patio, your other material choices would be wood, bricks, and paver stones. There are different advantages and disadvantages to using these materials but concrete is generally the best choice. 

 

For starters, concrete offers a wide range of designs and styles that you can choose from. It is also strong and durable, not to mention fairly affordable to install. It also boasts of low maintenance and longevity. The other major advantages of installing a concrete patio are the following: 

  1. Stylish and Versatile

Compared to wood, concrete patios are more stylish. Wooden decks are quite straightforward when it comes to design. With concrete patio, you have a lot of options. You can choose from various finishes and styles, like using crushed limestone, gravel, or stones to border it.  

The finishing technique used on concrete is also simple. It can be achieved by using stamping patterns so it will emulate tiles, stones, and bricksdepending on which look you want to achieve. You may also set the geometric scoring and stain of your concrete patio.   

  1. Affordable 

If you compare the initial cost of building a concrete patio to that of a wooden deck, you’ll see that the former costs less. It also costs less than the use of paving stones. It is true that the price can actually increase if you choose an elaborate design. But it is still considerably cheaper when compared to all of your other options.   

In a certain study, it was discovered that while a wooden deck gets an ROI of around 75%, concrete patios aren’t too far behind at 60%. This means that when it comes to improving the look of your property and maximizing your investments at the same time, concrete patios are great choices.  

  1. Longevity 

Wooden decks and concrete patios do have a few similarities, such as they need proper maintenance to last for a very long timeThe surface has to be protected from the possible damages that can be caused by ice, rain, cold, and heat. 

Concrete patios and wooden decks also need power washing, scrubbing, sanding, and grounding before they can be sealed or resealed. It’s necessary that the finish is smooth before that process is performed. With proper maintenancewood and concrete surfaces can last for up to three decades. But then again, when you compare how to apply the sealant, it is simpler to seal concrete patios than wooden decks. 

Wooden Decks versus Concrete Patios  

If you’re making that choice between wooden decks and concrete patios, the latter is the better choice simply because wooden decks need to be regularly checked for mold and rotting. It is also necessary to replace damaged wood and replace all loose nails and screws. Overall, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain concrete patios. Regular cleaning is also required, more particularly pressure washing. A professionally installed concrete patio is definitely worth the investment.