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Your New Patio: Decorative Concrete Vs. The Alternatives

So you’ve decided that you’d like to expand your outdoor living space by either installing a new patio or by expanding an existing patio. You certainly wouldn’t be alone in your desire to do so. Many homeowners have followed the trend and taken to the great outdoors in an effort to expand their usable living space, whether for entertaining friends and family in a cozy outdoor living area, an outdoor kitchen, or any one of the other functional patio options available to them.

But what material should you use for your patio? With a myriad of patio materials from which to choose, it’s important that you weigh all your options carefully and intentionally to determine what factors are most important to you. Few materials come close to matching all the benefits that decorative concrete offers at a mere fraction of the price.

Durability & Longevity

When it comes to something that will last a long time, you need go no further than decorative concrete. Whether it’s a freshly poured slab for a brand new patio or a decorative overlay poured over an existing concrete slab that’s in need of repair and renovation, decorative concrete is one of the longest-lasting materials you can use for an outdoor space. Not only can it withstand the rigors of Atlanta’s extremely hot summers, but its downright freezing winters, as well. In addition to the temperatures, it can also withstand the elements such as rain, snow, and ice, too. A properly installed concrete surface can last as many as 30 years or more, which is sure to outlast most any other material you could use for your patio.

Ease of Care

Unlike other materials, concrete doesn’t need the constant maintenance and upkeep to continue to perform at a high level and look great while doing it. While concrete can be resealed annually, it doesn’t need to be, necessarily. For example, to keep a wood deck in tip-top shape, you should reseal it or repaint it every few years. While another popular alternative for patios are stone or concrete pavers, they take longer to install and require constant maintenance to keep weeds and other greenery from sprouting up in between the joints.

Design Versatility

Because decorative concrete is stamped or embossed with a pattern or texture to resemble another material such as wood, brick, slate, flagstone, tile, stone, etc., it can be made to look like anything, giving you ultimate design flexibility to work within any decor or environment. In addition, decorative concrete can also be colored with base and accent colors to match any color palette accurately, whereas stone or concrete pavers cannot.

And finally, a concrete patio is generally less expensive to have installed, which might be all the reason you need in order to contact Concrete Resurfacing Products today about a professionally installed, decoratively stamped concrete patio.

We often find that the patio is the most versatile room of the house. And it's it not even IN the house. It can be an outdoor kitchen one minute and a dining room the next. On the weekend, it's everything from a craft room to a reading nook to an herb garden! It definitely makes a great playroom and when the weather's right, it is the perfect place to go do nothing at all.

Is your patio ready for summer? Or has it quite frankly seen better days? The thermometer tells us that now is the perfect time to give your stained, boring concrete patio new luster. There's nothing like relaxing outside on a warm summer night, listening to the crickets sing and watching the sky grow dark. And there's no better place to get your summer relaxation on than a beautifully resurfaced patio… with plenty of citronella around, of course.

Stamped overlays are an economical way to get the attractive look of brick or stone without having to build a patio from scratch. When it comes to stamping a patio, you may choose to keep things simple and timeless with a stone or brick border or go bold by stamping the whole area. The choice is yours! A full-patio stamping can add a lot of visual interest and personal pizzazz to your outdoor space. Plus, the stamped layer's final coating will provide superior protection to your outdoor floors for years to come.

Perhaps you already like the look of your patio. It just needs a fresh coat of paint, so to speak. No problem! What you need is a chemical stain treatment or decorative coating. Concrete chemical stains, also called acid stains, allow you to change the color of the patio you already have and create a totally unique living space. Color options range from tame terra cotta to funky greens and teals, so you are sure to find something you love. Other decorative coatings can bring texture and color to your backyard bliss zone. It's all just a matter of discovering what's right for you. Patio season is already upon us… Get started today!

Written by : crpinc

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