There are all kinds of reasons concrete makes a great patio material. Not only is a durable, easier-to-maintain surface (resisting wear-and-tear like the uneven settling of pavers or the constant sealing, staining and/or rotting of wood decks), but there are so many types of decorative coloring and stamping methods that your patio will never look like any one else’s. So if a concrete patio is the direction you take, how do you start? First of all, concrete patios are partic […]
So if a concrete patio is the direction you take, how do you start? First of all, concrete patios are particularly great in areas where homeowners see little to no frost, and it’s particularly handy when you have an odd or restricted space to fill. It’s also the least expensive way to get a hard, flat surface. If this sounds like what you need, read on.
You’ll need a particular strength of concrete for your patio depending on the climate in which you live and the area in which you’re pouring. At B&B Concrete Co, they recommend a 3,000 strength psi concrete (pounds per square inch) for walks, driveways and patios. Remember, you’ll need to be careful when mixing the concrete; too much water, for example, could lead to cracking, surface problems and lower strength.
Concrete Characteristics, Coloring & Finishes
Concrete is surprisingly versatile and absolutely does not need to be ugly or boring. For instance, you can use a variety of colors, stamping techniques and even pavers within concrete design to give it a unique, customized feel.
To see photos and examples of surface options for concrete, check out this list at concretenetwork.com.
Choosing the right concrete characteristics doesn’t end with understanding your climate and choosing your coloring; you also need to pick a finish. Examples of finishes include:
- Broom finishing (particularly helpful when you need a non-slip surface with traction)
- Salt finishing (provides traction through the sprinkling of rock salt)
- Exposed aggregate (creates an attractive surface through washing or sandblasting the surface)
- Embossed concrete (uses rollers or grids that are stamped or pushed into the cement paste)
Lastly, you should talk to a local professional about the guidelines for your concrete project, particularly when dealing with the possibility of a new permit and/or a difficult climate.
Get In Touch With Your Local Concrete Contractor
Select Concrete New Mexico. Our reliable team supplies affordable, efficient, as well as eco sustainable solutions for all your concrete requirements. Ask for a quote today or speak with our concrete experts to go over the appropriate parking area density for your certain task. Do not opt for uneven, incorrectly drained concrete, however experience all the benefits of a specialist concrete surface that lasts longer and offers practical vehicle parking at your home or industrial place. call us at (505) 349 – 8388