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Quality Living Landscape
San Marcos, CA Quality Living Landscapes in San Marcos, CA
  • Modern, Concrete, Patio, Fire Feature
Fire Pit
DC West Construction Inc.
Carlsbad, CA DC West Construction Inc. in Carlsbad, CA
  • Concrete Patio, Concrete Stairs, Concrete Fire Pit
Patio
Ag-Trac Enterprises
Logan, UT Ag-Trac Enterprises in Logan, UT
  • Patio Arbor
Patio
Landscape Development, Inc.
Valencia, CA Landscape Development, Inc. in Valencia, CA
  • Modern Patio Design
Patio
REALM
Tucson, AZ REALM in Tucson, AZ
  • Fountain, Textured Concrete
Pond and Waterfall
Bonick Landscaping
Dallas, TX Bonick Landscaping in Dallas, TX
  • Spacious Patio Area
Backyard Landscaping
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Walnut Creek, CA Huettl Landscape Architecture in Walnut Creek, CA
  • Unique Patio Wiht Seclusion
Concrete Patio
Landscaping Network
Calimesa, CA Landscaping Network in Calimesa, CA
  • Recycled Fire Pit
Fire Pit
Copper Creek Landscaping, Inc.
Mead, WA Copper Creek Landscaping in Mead, WA
  • Stamped Concrete, Concrete Patio
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Longmont, CO J & S Landscape in Longmont, CO
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A patio is an essential part of outdoor living. You will likely spend many hours with friends and family on your patio. Because of its durability and design versatility, concrete is an excellent paving choice for patios. A concrete patio has numerous benefits when compared to decking and other patio surface options.

Benefits of a Concrete Patio:

  • Highly durable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Adaptable to any style
  • Can be poured in any shape

Concrete Patio Cost:

Concrete, Modern, Patio
DC West Construction Inc.
Carlsbad, CA Elaborate
$12-17 per square foot (borders, saw-cuts and hand-applications)
Recycled Fire Pit
Fire Pit
Copper Creek Landscaping, Inc.
Mead, WA Custom
$10-15 per square foot (multiple colors and multiple textures)
Spacious Patio Area
Backyard Landscaping
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Walnut Creek, CA Simple
$6-10 per square foot (one color and one texture)

Decorative Options:

  1. Colored concrete - Get an overview of the four ways concrete can be colored, including staining, integral color, color hardener, liquid release agents (used in conjunction with stamping), and dyes.
  2. Stamped concrete - the surface of your concrete patio can be stamped to create textures that mimic stone, brick or other materials

If you have an existing concrete patio that is cracked or stained, it can be resurfaced. Concrete resurfacing will make your patio look like new. A resurfaced concrete patio can be colored and stamped.

Another strong trend is to integrate plants into the places where expansion joints would otherwise be located. These help to create a more permeable surface and break up the expansive paving with green. It is not uncommon to utilize artificial turf in these joints as well, particularly in regions where water conservation is vital.

Do Concrete Patios Crack?

Concrete is good for warm climate landscapes that do not experience the extreme freeze-thaw of the northern states, which is the cause of uncontrollable cracking. Chris Major of Blue Ridge Landscaping in Holland, Michigan says, "Concrete is great and cheaper at the start, but it cracks." Trust a Michigan landscaper to be forthright about the problem that does and always has afflicted concrete patios. The radical pressures of freeze-thaw make this a problem in the north, but other factors can lead to cracking too.

Virginia marl is a unique soil condition that afflicts projects by Adam Heath at Mid Atlantic Enterprise. "Marl makes our soils unstable, causing big problems with paving. This is a mushy organic soil composed of silt and sediment that is very expansive. You literally can't build on it. We have to excavate all our patio spaces to remove all the marl then backfill it with specific crushed stone to obtain the solid compaction we need."

Similar problems are experienced by Matt Schmuke of Arcadia Design Group. "In Colorado you're guaranteed that a slab will crack. Plasticity of the clay soil is the problem. With pavers we have an infinite number of joints so you'll never see a crack."

Contributing Authors:

Maureen Gilmer, contributing writer for Landscaping Network, author and syndicated columnist

Sarah Hutchinson, contributing writer for Landscaping Network

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