Outdoor living space is important to most Australian homeowners. It's often high on the list of priorities when renovating and expanding an existing home. If you're considering constructing a new patio area in your backyard, then concrete could be the ideal material to use. As well as being durable, inexpensive and quick to build with, concrete provides you with huge choice in looks and finishes.
When using concrete, forward planning is important. Once the concrete is poured and set, it's difficult, time-consuming and costly to change it. Here are three important things to consider when planning a concrete patio area.
1. The type of aggregate
Aggregate is one of the essential components of concrete mix. It's made up of small pieces of stone or gravel that add density to the finished product and helps to bind the different materials together. Exposed aggregate can help to create a beautiful and decorative finish on your patio.
You can add brightly coloured glass or polished river stones as aggregate instead of standard materials. Once the concrete has set, the top layer can be sanded back which exposes the small pieces of aggregate in the mix. This will give your patio a dazzling and eye-catching look.
2. The shade of concrete
Although you may imagine concrete as being available in a single shade of utilitarian grey, there is actually a huge variety of different colours available. From pale, off-white through to dark, gun-metal grey, you can choose a shade that suits your tastes and complements your home.
It's also possible to add colourants to concrete if you'd like a more vibrant and unique look for your patio. Coloured concrete is great to use with exposed aggregate for a truly unique and bold look.
3. The pouring method
Patios generally involve a fairly hefty volume of concrete. Although it's possible to mix this sort of volume by yourself and and pour it on site, this will be an incredibly time consuming and labour intensive process.
The fastest way and easiest way to get the necessary concrete into your patio area is to have it pumped in. This is particularly true if you have a backyard that doesn't have easy access from the street.
When planning your concrete patio, it's important to plan these three elements in advance. Contact your local concrete contractor to discuss your ideas and begin to turn your dreams of a new patio into a reality.
Hello, my name is Eric and this is my concrete blog. I am not a concrete contractor but I have recently learnt quite a lot about concrete and concrete pumping. I decided to lay a new concrete drive at my home. The drive is very long and very wide so I needed a lot of concrete. I didn't fancy carrying all this concrete so I opted for a concrete pump. I wasn't exactly sure how to operate this piece of equipment so I contacted a contractor who came out and assisted me. I learnt so much from this guy that I decided to start this blog.