Patio slabs are a popular way to create outdoor living spaces. Concrete Patio slabs come in various shapes and sizes, but all have one thing in common: they’re made of concrete. Patios can be poured as a single slab or broken up into smaller sections that are easier to install. Patios generally require some sort of underlayment before the concrete is installed, such as gravel or sand, depending on the type of ground it will be sitting on. Patios can also include landscaping features like plants and shrubs, benches for seating, fire pits for warmth and ambiance at night – you name it! Patios make excellent spaces for entertaining guests or just relaxing with family after a long day at work! Patio slabs are easy to build and even easier to maintain, making them the perfect addition to any backyard.
Why You Need a Concrete Patio in Your Backyard?
Patio slabs are ideal for creating a functional space outside the house. Patios create an outdoor room where people can gather and enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about mud and dirt ruining their clothes. Patios provide additional space for storage and gardening and make life much easier when it comes to mowing or weeding; there is no need to shovel gravel or rake grass anymore! Concrete Patio slabs come in various colours and textures, allowing you to personalize your backyard even more. Patios tend to last much longer than decks because they’re made of concrete.
And, they’re just as easy to clean. Plus, the only thing that comes into contact with your patio is your feet!
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Types of Cement Slab:
Concrete Patio Slabs come in two forms: poured or stamped. A poured Patio is built by pouring concrete with rebar reinforcement onto an underlayment of gravel. This Patio slab has the appearance of a typical sidewalk, with cracks and all! Stamped Patios are designed to look like stone, which eliminates the need for any additional decorative rocks or stones on top. The etched design allows water to permeate into the ground below instead of accumulating, thus creating less stress on the patio itself over time.
Poured Concrete Patio vs. Stamped Concrete Patio
A very common question we get is whether you should choose a poured or stamped concrete patio. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so let’s break it down:
– Poured slabs have more of an industrial or utilitarian feel to them because they look just like a sidewalk – which was their original design! Back in the day, businesses were looking for ways to keep employees busy during slower periods of time. They would pour sidewalks as a kind of “make work” project. But don’t worry, today most contractors build their poured patios smooth and with finesse that allow them to look more like natural stone than a sidewalk!
– Stamped slabs are more uniform in size and shape, which makes them great for uniform patterning or repeating designs. They can also be made to look like flagstone, limestone, cobblestone or other natural stone types.
– Stamped slabs have greater structural integrity than poured because stamped slabs use multiple layers of concrete instead of just one pour. The base layer is typically steel reinforced for strength, but there are some stamped patio slabs that don’t contain any rebar at all – thus creating less dependency on mortar/cement joints! Those are called “no-joint” patios.
– Poured require more complex drainage systems because they tend to trap water underneath the slab itself by default (because it’s not designed with a special etch pattern that allows it to drain.)
– Poured slabs are typically a cheaper upfront cost because they can be created in a single pour rather than multiple layers.
– Stamped come in more colors and finishes, which means you get a wider range of design options! Together with the less dependency on mortar joints, this makes stamped patios more durable overall. In general, poured slabs will not crack as much over time but will also not look as nice because there is always going to be some degree of cracking around the cement.
How to Get Started with Planning Your Backyard Concrete Slab?
Before planning how you want your Patio slab to look, it’s important to understand what type of cement Patio you require first. Cement comes in many different forms depending on how it’s used, so it’s important to have a general idea of what Patio slabs are made of before you get started. Patios are made using either cement or concrete, with the main difference being that one is meant for interior use (concrete) and the other is designed specifically for outdoor Patios (cement). Concrete Patios tend to be more expensive than cement Patios because they require an extra layer of protection on top in order to prevent cracks from forming. Cement Patios require very little upkeep, and can be used to make a variety of different designs.
The first thing you need to do when planning your Patio is to measure the area that needs paving. You’ll then be able to get your design from there, although it doesn’t have to be too complicated. If you have children, plan for a space where they can play safely, while if you want a more private Patio with less traffic or one for entertaining guests, it should go without saying that you should leave enough room for both. It also pays to keep the weather in mind so as not to block any paths leading up to your house or drip marks onto them from overhead features or showers!
What Materials Are Needed in the Construction Process?
Here’s a list of materials that can be used to build Patios:
Cement Patios – cement, aggregate, sand, water. Concrete Patios- concrete, aggregate, mortar/cement mixers.
Both Patio types need these materials to form the base layer before any decoration or patterning takes place. Once your Patio is smoothed out and level using either an asphalt roller for cement Patios or notched trowel for stamped Patios (which would also require some degree of smoothing) you’re ready to get started with patterning!
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What to Do Before Construction?
Before getting started, call your local city hall and ask for required Patio permits if needed. Patios are treated like any other outdoor structure that’s built on or near your property, so you need to make sure the Patio’s location complies with their requirements (i.e. if it’s too close to the road, they may require a thicker Patio slab due to traffic vibration). You should also check whether there are any restrictions regarding Patios in your area before beginning construction – many towns will only allow Patios be placed after certain hours of the day (for example, between 8am-6pm) for noise control reasons. This is especially important if you live along a busy road- construction can become very inconvenient for your neighbors if you build Patios during the day!
What Are The Steps in Patio Construction?
Below are the steps involved in Patio construction:
1. Determine whether you will be placing concrete or cement Patios.
2. Decide on any design features for Patio permitting.
3. Mark out Patio area and remove grass/soil with a shovel, power drill, gas powered sod cutter (for thick grass only), power lawn edger, tow behind garden rake, drag mat, drag box & dump cart.
4. Dig drains with an iron bar or post hole digger if needed.
5. Level site with asphalt roller or notched trowel depending on Patio type.
6. Prepare Patio forms using residential grade lumber, plywood or recycled plastic.
7. Lay Patios and fill with gravel and sand (if you did not use a concrete Patio) then water to compact sand and gravel into Patio base. Patios can be stamped with patterns at this point if desired. Note: A concrete Patio should be poured over existing compacted sand and gravel only; the Patio must contain no dirt or clay mixture due to potential future cracking issues .
8. Remove wooden forms from cement Patios once they are nearly dry (remove any protruding nails/boards); place wire mesh any exposed cracks before pouring your next layer of cement patio; smooth out edges and corners with a bull float, plywood or steel trowel; use notched trowel if Patio is to be stamped. Patios can be stamped at this point with decorative concrete stamps and colored concrete.
9. Allow Patio to dry then wet Patio surface with a garden hose held in a right angle or spray nozzle for proper penetration of the top layer of Patio. Patios must cure for 7-14 days before adding sealer. If left unsealed, topical stains will become unintentionally stained by rain and other elements ending up discoloring Patio surfaces over time. Concrete Patios should only be sealed after all curing has occurred (cured = free from water/dampness). Cement Patios can be sealed immediately after all curing has occurred.
10. Patio is now ready for decoration and use! Patios may become slippery when wet due to newly exposed cement surfaces – always take proper safety precautions when playing on Patios until Patio surface has properly cured and been sealed. Please note that many stamped Patios will require a different type of sealer in order to fully protect the Patio design from damage over time. Your local patio installation contractor should be able to provide guidance on required sealers needed for your specific Patio installation.
How to decorate your Patio?
You will want to consider Patio color, Patio designs and Patio accessories when decorating your Patio. Patios are an investment in your home- so why not enjoy it with family and friends! Patios are the perfect place for grilling out or having a summertime barbeque with friends & neighbors. You can also install garden ponds on Patios to provide both decoration and sound effects of waterfalls in your yard.
How to maintain the space around it so that it remains clean and tidy all year round?
It is important to keep Patio space clean and tidy all year round as Patios can easily become an eye sore if not maintained properly. Regularly mowing the lawn surrounding Patio will help prevent grass from growing over Patio edges or Patio surfaces which can be a major source of concern for homeowners who enjoy spending time on their Patios.
- Clean Patio regularly with a pressure washer.
- Use a broom to remove leaves & debris after storms – it is especially important to remove leaf litter from stamped Patios as they can stain concrete surfaces.
- Use weed spray to clear weeds around patio border walls and corners that aren’t easy reachable by sweeping or regular brush/broom.
- Patios should be maintained at least twice per year (spring & fall) or as needed for Patio staining purposes.
- Patios may become slippery when wet due to newly exposed cement surfaces – always take proper safety precautions when playing on Patios until Patio surface has properly cured and been sealed. Please note that many stamped Patios will require a different type of sealer in order to fully protect the Patio design from damage over time. Your local patio installation contractor should be able to provide guidance on required sealers needed for your specific Patio installation. If you are unsure about the best choice of sealers, ask your local patio installer or go online to find out more about various types of sealers available. Patios can be beautiful for years if properly maintained and sealed.
How should I replace my Patio pavers?
Pavers Patios can last many decades with correct care and servicing. However, Patios are subject to damage from time to time due to natural wear and tear or other factors. Patio Pavers may become loose or dislodge over time which is the most common cause of Patio failure. If your Patio was installed incorrectly it is not uncommon for Patio Pavers to come loose. When replacing Patio Pavers, do not use gravel under pavers as this will reduce stability under Patio surfaces by creating spaces between pavers allowing dirt & debris build up over time.
Patios are a long-term investment in your Patio and Patio installation company’s reputation. Patios can get dirty and stained over time which is the most common cause of Patio failure. If you do not properly maintain Patios, they will look unprofessional and that is not a good reflection of your workmanship.
Building a patio is little difficult, but it will bear fruits for a long time. Patio slab will help you to enjoy a lot of comforts while staying in your house or backyard for a long period of time.
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