Despite the preference of wood decks, the concrete patio is gaining in popularity. In 2012, the NAHB released results of its annual study heralding concrete as the most popular patio material in the country.
In seven of nine geographical regions identified in the study, poured concrete is the most commonly used outdoor surface material in home construction coming in ahead of concrete pavers and natural stone. We now have more decorative options than ever before, concrete patios are attracting homeowners who want an outdoor surface offering the ultimate in versatility. Concrete patios also are extremely durable and are low maintenance.
In addition to serving as a place for lounging and entertaining, concrete patios allow homeowners to seamlessly blend interior and exterior living spaces. They are the perfect decorative flooring surface for outdoor kitchens and living rooms, complete with cozy seating areas, fireplaces and water features. What’s more, this outdoor floor offers unlimited design options. When enhanced by stains and integral colors, concrete patios can be color coordinated to match a home’s exterior or landscape. They can also be stamped or engraved in patterns that mimic other popular paving materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate and tile.
As an investment, concrete patios typically cost less than patios made of brick or natural stone because they are less labor-intensive to install. The lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns and colors available make concrete an economical choice for most budgets. Plus, concrete is easily formed into any shape to accommodate backyard space restrictions.
Upgrading your backyard with a decorative concrete patio is also an investment which will provide many years of enjoyment while improving the look of your landscape.