For many people, the patio is one of the most favored areas of the house. During the spring and summer months, the patio is a place to unwind and relax, soak up the sun and host backyard barbeques for you, your family and your friends. Yet, it’s often one of the places that gets neglected, especially in the winter months when it’s not being used as often. Taking care of your patio year round is important, but choosing the right type and style of patio will also help with the upkeep, and keep your entire yard looking nice.
The main competition of concrete patios is wooden decks, and while wooden decks are easy to build and are aesthetically pleasing, they are also nowhere near as durable as concrete. Unfortunately for most of us weather plays a large role in the condition of our yards, driveways, walkways and patios. Heavy rain and snowfall that sits on wood can rot the boards, which can be dangerous and requires immediate replacement. Concrete will not rot, nor is it as fickle of a material as wood. Instead, concrete patios are designed to last for a very long time.
Concrete may be more expensive and take longer to install than other methods or materials, but post-completion it is one of the most low maintenance options available. Concrete can be easily cleared of tree gunk, leaves, grass and dirt with a simple sweep or for a deeper clean, a quick power wash. Spraying your concrete with water will not damage it, and it will dry quickly leaving your patio looking clean and polished. Concrete doesn’t need to be replaced often and can withstand snow, rain and heavy foot traffic on its own.
One of the most important factors for homeowners looking to build a patio area is customization and versatility. Concrete can be easily customized by color and texture to add a unique design to your backyard. Colored concrete, stained concrete, stamped concrete, stenciled concrete, exposed aggregate and interlocking pavers are just a few of the options available. These options allow homeowners to mimic designs such as brick or cobblestone, but without all of the upkeep. Concrete patios are also perfect for blending into surrounding areas. Patio furniture, fireplaces, barbeques and outdoor bars are all elements that are easy to match with concrete. And if you ever decide to change the look or design of your furniture, opting for a classic concrete model will ensure that it will match with anything.
Concrete is more expensive than wood, but cheaper than brick or natural stone. It is the perfect middle ground, as it is also more durable and versatile than wood, and easier to install than brick or stone. The price combined with the wide range of design options is what makes concrete such a popular and cost-effective choice. At Provo Concrete, our team is dedicated to bringing you the best service possible and committed to providing you with an end result that you will love for years and years to come.