Are you thinking about updating your landscaping this year? Do you plan on creating an outdoor seating area where you can sit outside to take advantage of good weather and enjoy your property? While many patios are made from wood or laid tile, another option that you might want to consider is creating a patio out of concrete. Not only is concrete durable, it has many other advantages over other patio building materials. Here are a few of the more important ones:
Less time consuming: Laying out a tile or wood patio can be a huge amount of work. Not only does the ground have to be leveled, each individual piece needs to be cut and fitted into place. If you want a large patio, fit for hosting a summer party with multiple guests, building a patio could take a long time. Even if you hire a professional to do some or all of the work for you, they may still take longer than you would like. With a concrete patio, most of the work will be done in a relatively short span of time. Because only a frame needs to be built to contain the liquid concrete, once the ground is level, your patio can be complete more quickly. Although you will still need to wait for the concrete to cure, that can take less time than simply preparing to build a tile or wood patio.
More interesting shapes: Building a patio with multiple curves out of tile or wood can be difficult. Because it may exponentially add to your potential costs and labor involved, you may decide to simply settle for a more ordinary square or rectangular patio. But with concrete, you can have the shape you want with relatively little additional cost. A circular, semi-circular or wavy concrete patio is often nearly as easy for a professional to create as a rectangular one would be. This will allow you to take advantage of the lay of your land, creating the patio that you've been dreaming about.
Resistant to fire: When thinking about building patios, not everyone considers how durable they might be if exposed to flame. However, if you plan on hosting summer BBQ parties on your new patio, fire resistance is something to be considered. A wooden patio might not instantly burst into flames if a hot coal is accidentally dropped, but repeated exposure to the heat of a grill or fire pit could dry out the wood enough to create a fire hazard. Tile, obviously, won't burst into flames, but heat stress or thermal shock could cause one or more of the tiles to crack, making your patio less attractive than it was. A concrete patio is typically thicker than most tiles, meaning that it will be more resistant to heat and even open flames than other patio building materials.