No matter the latest weather forecast, the countdown to spring has started! With March just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor upgrades you have in mind for this year. While you’re dreaming about how to beautify your space outside, you may want to consider a concrete patio. If a big chunky slab of concrete is what your mind is conjuring up, you need to think again. Concrete patios are the latest thing in outdoor entertaining for many reasons—their beauty and elegance, their versatility and their durability. They are also economical.
If all this sounds too good to believe, you are going to be happily surprised. Concrete patios have found a place in the outdoor living phenomenon that is spreading across the country. People are choosing to stay at home more—and are doing their entertaining here as well. Many are working on a seamless integration of their indoor and outdoor living spaces, and concrete patios have a lot to do with that.
Part of this is due to the versatility of concrete. Concrete can be shaped into any pattern and made to resemble flagstone, brick, cobblestone, slate and many other patterns. Concrete contractors do this by “concrete stamping.” They use stamp patterns to create the look the homeowner wants. For example, if a home is already constructed with a certain type of stone, the contractor can match the concrete patio to it by stamping it in that style. When it is wet, concrete can also be lightly or heavily brushed to give it a nice texture, or it can also be swirled or scored. All of these techniques mean your design possibilities are endless.
If you’re not in love with the natural shade of concrete—no worries! It can be painted or tinted in a huge array of colors. Some stamped concrete contractors offer more than 250 hues and shades. Many homeowners like to pick a color that blends into their already existing home exterior colors, thereby blurring the lines between their indoor and outdoor entertaining. The patio simply becomes an extension of your home. Others like to choose vibrant, bright colors to make their patio the focal point of the whole yard. Concrete patios offer you that much versatility.
If all these style choices weren’t enough, concrete is durable—it can stand up to an array of weather conditions. Quality contractors will also use polyproylene fiber-reinforced concrete for extra strength and place concrete joints throughout the slab.
Concrete is also the economical choice, being cheaper than stone, brick or tile. All of these benefits add up to a choice that you really can’t go wrong with, and one that will bring you beauty and utility for years to come.