How to Use Concrete to Create a Beautiful Patio

With summer just around the corner, many of us begin to plan our outdoor activities with family and friends. One of the best ways to enjoy the summer season is with a new or renovated patio and outdoor living area. Although wood decks have certainly given them a run for their money, concrete patios are once again becoming a popular option for many homeowners. If the thought of concrete brings to mind a bland, gray expanse of pavement, think again! Thanks to modern installation and finishing techniques, today’s concrete options offer a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from, each of which is designed to create a beautiful outdoor living space for you, your family and friends. Here are just a few of the concrete styles available:

  • Contemporary — If you’re looking for a patio that is distinctly modern, consider concrete stamped with geometrical patterns. The natural gray hues of concrete lend themselves easily to a contemporary look, particularly if you add some industrial materials into the design.
  • Mediterranean – If your taste runs more along the Old World look, choose concrete with a distressed finish and warm, earthy tones. Concrete is the perfect material to create a patio that looks as though it has been there through the ages when, in fact, it’s brand new!
  • Rustic – Stone pavers are a great way to add rustic charm to an outdoor living space. Unfortunately, pavers are expensive and outside the budget of many homeowners. But you can still enjoy the rustic appeal of stone pavers with a concrete surface that is stamped, textured and colored to look just like pavers – at a fraction of the price.
  • New England – Many quaint New England homes include traditional features like brick patios and walkways laid out in symmetrical, straight lines. But brick can be costly to purchase and even pricier to have installed. Fortunately, concrete can be made to very closely match the appearance of bricks and stones, giving a distinctive New England feel to your outdoor space.
  • Island – If you’d like to create an island feel in your patio, you can do it with concrete! You don’t have to actually live at the ocean to enjoy a patio that incorporates vivid colors of the sea and beach, such as blue, turquoise, and natural sand shades.

For more information about how you can use modern concrete designs to create the perfect outdoor area for your family and friends, contact a local paving contractor today.