Patios are a phenomenal way of making use of your outdoor living space through home improvement. If you’re running into permit issues or want a less expensive alternative to decks, consider patios and pavers.
WHAT IS A PATIO?
A Patio makes use of flat land to create a ground-level outdoor living space. Concrete and Brick patio installations can be concrete slabs, concrete pavers, crushed stone, or even poured concrete. Regardless of the style of the patio, you’d like, our professional installers can handle the permit, the digging, and the entire patio installation process.
WHAT IS A PORCH?
A porch makes use of your home’s outdoor entryways and roof extensions to extend your usable living space into the great outdoors. It’s sometimes referred to as a veranda or a loggia. Porches are often a little more work than patios simply because they’re often parts of the construction of your home, but don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re better or offer more usability. Things like grilling or fire-pits aren’t possible on a porch, where they would be on a patio.
PATIO MATERIAL TYPES: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRICK AND CONCRETE PAVERS?
If you’ve decided that a patio is right for you, consider the options available to you when thinking of construction materials: brick and concrete.
Pavers that are brick are made from clay that’s cured and baked in a kiln. A word of advice: be careful when shopping for brick pavers – the term brick is often used to describe the shape of the paver, rather than the material.
- Keep Their Color – Brick patio pavers are naturally colored, so they retain their beautiful coloring better than concrete, especially when exposed to constant UV rays from the sun.
- Longer Lasting – Even though the clay may chip over time, they hold up to environmental conditions. Stress from foot traffic aside, they’ll last you for generations to come.
- Less Maintenance – On top of retaining their color, clay bricks resist staining and require less cleaning maintenance than concrete.
- More Expensive – Generally, expect to pay up to 20% more for true brick over formed concrete.
- More Breakable – Brick will last longer naturally, but with high use (foot traffic), brick is more likely to crack or chip over concrete.
Concrete patio pavers are made from cement and aggregate that is shaped into forms like stones and concrete slabs. Concrete makes a great alternative to brick and is less costly.
- Less Expensive – Even though concrete can look identical to brick, concrete is easier to mass produce, and as a result are often cheaper than true brick.
- More Choice – Concrete offers many more design options than brick can. As a rule of thumb, if you can imagine the shape and color, chances are it’s available in concrete.
- Color Fading – Concrete is often dyed with pigments to give them their color. These pigments naturally fade over time, especially when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Shorter Lifespan – Concrete can hold up better to foot traffic than brick can, but their components break down many years sooner than bricks do. You can expect to replace concrete every couple of decades.
HOW MUCH WILL A PORCH OR CONCRETE / BRICK PATIO COST ME?
A question everyone asks when modifying their home. Even though a deck offers a little more value for your money, a patio offers you an outdoor living space for substantially less cost. On average, a deck can cost around $30 per square foot, while a patio averages around $5 per square foot, but that cost will vary depending on your choice of materials (brick or concrete).
If you have the capacity to make use of your yard to build a deck or patio space, we absolutely recommend that you consider a patio!
Take advantage of our free consultation. Give Coastal Contracting a call at 804-360-5775 and let’s talk about your options.