Pros and Cons of Concreting Your Outdoor Area

by Dion Cobbin on Jul 3, 2022

If you're in the process of looking for a new driveway, patio, pool surrounding, or path you may be looking up the option of concrete. Here are a couple of pros and cons to keep in mind when making the decision. 

Concrete is a durable surface made out of cement, air, water, sand, and gravel. There are a multitude of colors, rock sizes, and designs you can choose from. Concrete stencils are also available enabling patterns, wood designs or shapes to be etched in. This makes it easy to optimize the design of your outdoor area. Because concrete is in a somewhat liquid state, outdoor designs and shapes are easily installed, meaning your paths can curve around trees or landscaping features. The installation of concrete is done by formwork being placed on the perimeter of the desired shape or layout. Keep in mind it may take some time to dry and could mean a couple of days before foot traffic is allowed. Another pro for concrete is the maintenance aspect, you will not have any weeds growing between the cracks like other outdoor flooring surfaces, therefore no weeding is to be done 

Concrete can sometimes be slippery when wet if you opt for a honed or polished concrete finish, other Decorative Concrete can be a great non-slip surface such as exposed aggregate, liquid limestone or a brushed finish. 

The cons to concrete are cracking, staining, and accessibility to the ground underneath. There is only one fix for cracked concrete and that is the replacement of the slab. Cracking can occur from heat expansion and shrinkage, tree stumps and roots lifting the concrete overloading the concrete with large heavy items, and the ground settling underneath. This can all be minimized or avoided by proper preparation and setup, tree stump grinding if required and precise cuts being made in the concrete at the time of installation, allowing for the expansion and shrinkage. Cracking will be more likely to happen in the cuts as it is a path of least resistance. This does not affect the overall strength of the concrete slab but it is to be minded that if overloaded with the weight it will crack. Stains can be minimized by a good sealant being placed over the concrete once dried. The concrete will need to be acid washed to remove any substances or spills that will not allow the sealer to stick. Once the sealant is on your concrete area will be less resistant to staining if cleaned up quickly. Access to ground or pipes under concrete will require a lot of effort by contractors and may result in ripping up the slab. 

An earthmoving company may be required for prior preparation to remove or add soils, leveling your outdoor area for the formwork to be laid. 

Overall concrete is aesthetically pleasing and less maintenance than other options such as paving or decking. But careful planning and preparation is advised to prevent the need for access underneath or cracking. 

Latest Articles

6 Water Heater Problems to Never Ignore

You know how frustrating it is to take a cold shower in the middle of winter or for the hot water to run out before you're even halfway through. To...

on Aug 14, 2022

How Land Clearing Can Improve Your Property Value

When you want to improve your property value, land clearing is a great option to consider. This process can remove any trees, undergrowth, or...

on Aug 10, 2022

Residential andCommercial HVAC Service: What’s the Difference

HVAC denotes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems assist in regulating the environmental temperatures and humidity while...

on Aug 3, 2022

Top 6 Things to Look for When Hiring a Professional Plumber

Whether you need to replace bathtub faucets or unclog drainage systems and kitchen sinks, a plumber does it all. However, look for a professional...

on Jul 21, 2022

Water Leaks

Water leaks are one of the most common causes of home damage and are one of the most expensive types of water damage to repair. If you are unsure...

on Jul 20, 2022

Sponsored Articles


More DIY Articles

Seven Most Obvious Signs You Need Roof Repair

Do you pay sufficient attention to the condition of your roof? If not, you should no longer take it for granted. These structures protect houses...

Roofing / Gutters

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Venetian Blinds

Window treatment is not as easy as it sounds. You have to consider so many things- the dimensions of the room, the price of the window treatment,...

Windows / Siding

All About Woolen Rugs

Rugs are well known for their flexibility and durability. One of the finest fabrics used for the area rugs is wool. Wool rugs are one of the finest...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

7 Reasons Why Garage Doors Will Not Open

Garage doors can play all sorts of tricks on us. They might open with some difficulty or fail to open all the way. Other times, they might go up...

Doors / Garages

What is a Fixed Rate Mortgage? How can it Help Me with Today?

A fixed rate mortgage guarantees that the monthly mortgage payment will not change during the length of the fixed rate period. Fixed rate mortgages...

Real Estate / Finance

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2022