Rae Lewis. Patio. May 18th , 2017.
Cheer Up Your Concrete Patio! Many people now use their patio as the center of their home entertaining. But for some homes, the patio is still simply a concrete pad in the back yard. If you want to start using your patio for barbecues, outdoor dining or just as somewhere to sit and relax, then maybe the time has come to do something about the drab, old, and perhaps cracked concrete slab. Why not give it a makeover, and improve the value of your home at the same time?
There are a number of ways you can remodel or transform a concrete pad. Some factors you need to consider include your budget, the condition of the existing concrete, and how much disruption you're willing to tolerate. If the concrete is in excellent condition, for example, then you may want to simply stain the surface, or perhaps give it a textured coating. These options are quickly and easily performed by a specialized contractor.
In today's tough economic times, homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their living environments with products that offer the most bang for their buck. Sales of fire pits have skyrocketed in recent years. They provide exceptional value when compared to other patio items. For example, you can acquire one for as little as seventy dollars. A simple table set for your deck can cost four times that! You can add real value to your outdoor living space by purchasing a simple iron fire pit.
So, what is the solution? 1.The contractor can assume there will be waste on the job and only use the best shaped pieces, ordering extra. This should be figured into the costs. 2.The pieces of bluestone can be saw cut to make them perfectly straight, also an extra cost due to the time involved. 3.Let your contractor know you are aware of this problem and that you expect a good job regarding this situation.
Perhaps the concrete is basically sound, but has a few hairline cracks. In that case you can lay porcelain or stone tiles over the top, to give an elegant finish to your patio. It's a good idea to use tiles with a textured finish, to reduce the risk of slipping when the tiles are wet. You can use other materials such as sandstone, limestone, granite or slate, as long as they are properly sealed. If you often have freezing conditions over winter, then ensure the tiles don't absorb high levels of water, or they might crack. Be aware, too, that existing cracks in the concrete may expand and cause the tiles on top to crack as well.
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