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Why Concrete For Patios?

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If you don't currently have an area to sit in your backyard, you may want to have concrete laid to create a patio area for you. This article will go over the benefits of choosing to have a concrete patio put in your backyard, as well as some other things you should know about choosing concrete for this purpose.

A concrete patio is good year-round

A concrete patio will be a good choice during the summer because concrete tends to be easy to walk on barefoot during the heat of the day, as long as you don't linger. Also, when you live in a region that sees hot temperatures for a long duration, then some materials can suffer. Wood can become brittle when exposed to too much heat and even brickwork can lose its color and look old. Concrete will last during the summer months and you won't even be able to tell it had endured such hot days.

A concrete patio is also going to do well during wet and cold months. Concrete will even survive freezing temperatures unscathed. You will want to sprinkle salt on the concrete if you don't have a patio cover, or you may end up with ice during freezing temperatures that can be very easy for you to slip on and get injured. However, you won't have to worry about swelling or rot the way you may if you went with wood for the patio.

A concrete patio is pest-resistant

While wood patios may be a calling card for termites, carpenter ants and other pests, a concrete patio is going to give you ground that is pest resistant without the need to worry about taking any type of pest control preventative measures.

A concrete patio is easy to clean

When you have a concrete patio, you just need to sweep it to keep it looking clean. If there are spills or stains that do occur over time, a power washing should take care of those things and leave the concrete looking good again. In fact, in most cases you don't even need an actual power washer, you can clean the concrete with your garden hose and high-powered hose nozzle. For stubborn stains, you can scrub them with some laundry detergent and a stiff nylon brush.

A concrete patio can be painted

If you choose, you can paint the concrete. However, if you go this route, then you will need to maintain the paint more often than if you left the patio with the original concrete surface.

Contact a concrete floor service for more help.