Why Choose Concrete Over Pavers, Tile, or Wood Decking?
While any type of surface you choose for your patio will have its benefits and drawbacks, there are a few things to keep in mind that make concrete the most desirable choice.
Concrete vs. Pavers
A slab of concrete for a backyard patio can be much more economical than hand-placed pavers. Many people seem to prefer the look of pavers, but at the same time are unaware that concrete can be created to look nearly identical. The drawbacks of pavers include broken pieces, separation, and the ability for weeds to grow between. Concrete, on the other hand, provides a solid surface that completely eliminates weed growth. Although concrete can crack, proper installation from a qualified contractor can help reduce the likelihood. And concrete can be colored, textured and stamped in form to resemble the look of pavers.
Concrete vs. Tile
Many people only think of using tile inside the home. However, there are types of tile that can be used outdoors. One uncertainty is the surface of the tile which can often be slippery when wet. In contrast, when using concrete, you can modify the surface to a proper texture that will ensure traction. In addition, concrete can be scored to resemble tile. This is often a unique way to camouflage or incorporate concrete control joints into a tiled pattern.
Concrete vs. Wood Decking
Needless to say, concrete is much more durable and long-lasting than wood decking. Its maintenance is also less time-consuming and costly. Although wood decks are characteristically unique, they pose considerable drawbacks with splintering, regular sealing, warping, etc. With concrete, however, wood plank stamps now exist that can create the look of wood in the concrete surface, providing a much more resilient and still aesthetically pleasing appearance.