Is Concrete a Good Material for My Patio?

Oct 22, 2020Concrete

A patio is a paved area built outside a home which is often utilized as a spot for recreation. Nowadays, people give patio great importance not just because it’s a decent place to chill, but also because it adds to the overall value of the property. Depending on the present value of your house, a patio can boost the valuation of your property considerably.

It is a place for you and your family to unwind, allowing you to enjoy the fresh breeze without being hit directly by the sun or getting soaked in the rain. No matter what the weather is, a patio will help you relax outside in the shade and comfort of your home. The question that taps into a lot of minds is what material should be used to build one for your home.

Similar to a deck, there are a number of materials you could choose from to build your patio. Wood, natural stones, flagstone, pavers and brick are to name a few, but the one that stands out, and is ideal for such a project is concrete.

Why Concrete?

Among all other construction materials used, concrete is preferred a lot. Thanks to its unique advantages! Whether it’s about being economical or being durable, concrete has got you covered.

Other than the fact that it can be long-lasting withstanding the test of nature and termites, the popularity of concrete patios has scaled a lot over the past years as more and more people have come to realize the benefits and customization options it has to offer.

To help you understand better, here are some reasons why concrete is an excellent material specifically to build a patio.

1.    Cost-effectiveness  

Since it is concrete, the patio would require little to no maintenance. But that doesn’t mean it won’t hold for long. Thanks to its well-known durability. A concrete patio would hold up better than most other materials out there. Choosing solid concrete over even expensive materials like paver stones means you won’t have to worry about the issues most face as a result of sand-filled joints. This means that the overall cost you pay for your patio material falls drastically.

In simpler terms, the cost of maintaining a concrete patio that lasts over 70 years is easily seven to eight times less than that of a wooden deck which requires regular maintenance and might even need replacement every 10 to 15 years.

2.    Unparalleled Durability

It’s a well-known fact that concrete over all other materials offer much more durable solutions, and will last a lifetime if built correctly. It can withstand everything, even extreme temperatures that would destroy other substitutes like wood and composite materials. Concrete offers much more prominent durability which is enough to stand against the harsh tests of nature.

Furthermore, with a concrete patio, you don’t have to worry about rotting, sagging, or broken boards. It is also resistant to termites and splinters which are a huge concern for those who have a wooden patio.

3.    Easily Maintained

Unlike other materials that have to be stripped, re-painted, and re-sealed on a regular basis, concrete patios require little to no maintenance. You don’t have to worry about regular maintenance costs and that tedious process of repairing and restoration which is definitely not an enjoyable way to spend your time, especially on something that’s built for you to relax on.

A concrete patio will easily hold up against elements including weather conditions, extreme temperatures, and can even withstand the tests of time.

4.    Fewer Rodents, Spiders & Weeds

Having wood and composite decks leaves some open space underneath the decks, making it an ideal place for spiders and rodents (rats and mice).

This problem gets nullified immediately if you go for a concrete patio since there are no cavities or open spaces between the ground and the deck itself.

Unwanted plants growing between the slats is also a very frustrating and common issue that can be avoided by simply choosing concrete over other materials like wood.

5.    Unique Customization Options.

Concrete has come a long way in these past years. Where once wasn’t much to look at when it came to aesthetics, now you can get concrete that’s stamped, textured, or engraved in  to make it look more pleasing to the eye. It can also be made to resemble much more expensive and desirable materials like brick and stone.

To further customize the appearance, stamping options can be combined with staining of any color you seem fit. Being a very versatile material, concrete can be poured to fit a number of designs and shapes, giving you the option to go for curved edges, built-in steps, and anything else you desire.

While most people go for materials based on looks alone, years of maintenance and repair expenses will make a patio’s total cost shoot higher than that of a concrete patio in the long run.

If you are planning on getting a concrete patio built for your home, we at T&T Redi Mix LLC will help you to get started. With over 30 years of experience under the sleeve, we will be able to work on all your needs with honesty, professionalism and precision.

Call us today to get a quote on high-quality ready-mix concrete in North Dallas, TX and places around. Our best in-class representatives will guide you through, and recommend what fits best according to your needs.