concrete vs patio

Advantages of Concrete Over Patio Pavers

As the New Year begins, many of us are planning on what improvements we’ll be making to our properties over the coming 12 months. If you’re planning on having a new patio installed at your home or business over the coming year, one of the first considerations will probably be which material to use. There are, without a doubt, some beautiful patio pavers available. But you should think twice before choosing pavers as the material for your new patio. Here are several reasons why concrete is a better choice.

  • Concrete is versatile. When you think of concrete, you may envision a flat, bland, boring, gray surface. But today’s concrete options are far from boring! In fact, concrete can be colored, stained, textured, engraved or stamped in a variety of different hues and designs. Because concrete is poured, it can be made into virtually any shape you desired in your new patio.
  • Concrete lasts! When it comes to durability, few materials can match the strength of concrete. No matter what type of climate you live in, a new concrete surface typically lasts for decades.
  • Concrete is easy to maintain. Because concrete is a solid surface – unlike pavers, which usually have sand-filled joints between the individual pavers – concrete is much easier to care for. Pavers can sometimes settle, creating an uneven (and unsafe) surface. And weeds and undesirable plants can grow between pavers. But that’s never the case with concrete. If you utilize one of the newer concrete design options, you can actually enjoy a new patio that looks like pavers but is, in fact, one solid concrete surface.
  • Concrete is economical. If you haven’t priced patio pavers lately, you may be in for a rude awakening. Pavers – even those at the low end of the cost spectrum – are expensive. Once you add on labor costs, a new paver patio can cost a fortune! Concrete offers another alternative; one that is just as attractive at a fraction of the cost.

If you’re planning on enjoying a new patio this year, remember concrete! This versatile material offers all the attractiveness of pavers at a lower price, not to mention the fact that concrete is easier to maintain and more durable than pavers. Talk to a trusted, local paving contractor to find out more about the concrete options available for your home or business patio. You will no doubt be pleasantly surprised by what modern concrete has to offer. If you think a concrete patio has to be flat, boring and gray, think again!