Unsightly Concrete Patio? Here’s How to Fix It

Are you dealing with an unsightly concrete patio? Do you want to do something to make it more attractive? Have you researched paver patios as an option? Paver patios are an excellent choice for creating a beautiful patio that you will enjoy for years and years. Let’s take a closer look together.

Which is Better, Concrete, or Pavers?

Concrete is cheaper to install initially. This might be why you or past owners chose it for your patio. However, the benefits to a concrete patio pretty much end there.

Pavers require significantly less long-term maintenance than concrete. They need cleaning, and you may have to replace a paver occasionally, but that’s pretty much all you need to do. Concrete can require sealing, patching, and other potentially expensive fixes over time.

Concrete doesn’t age as well as pavers since the block shrinks and contracts as the temperature changes, leaving unsightly cracks in the surface. This is an issue that requires consideration if you live in New England, because of the cycles of freezing and thawing that occur throughout the year. 

Can I Cover My Concrete Patio With Pavers?

You can cover an existing concrete patio with pavers. However, there are a lot of things that have to be taken into consideration first. 

The most important consideration is the drainage. You want to make sure the concrete doesn’t puddle, has a proper slope, and that the edge that drains water stays permeable.

It’s also essential to evaluate the condition of the concrete. You don’t want to install pavers on top of a block that is damaged. You could waste a lot of money on pavers only to have them get ruined as the concrete continues to degrade below them.

Finally, you need to think about the extra height that will be added to the patio when you add pavers and how that will affect entryways. You may need to come up with a plan to divert water from the house with flashing.

Covering a concrete patio may seem like a fast and easy fix if you want to change things up. But it might be better to get rid of the concrete and start from scratch.

Laying pavers for patios is touted as an easy DIY project online. In reality, it requires a significant time investment, a keen eye for detail, and careful attention to preparation and safety. There’s no reason to embark on this endeavor on your own! If you want a new patio this spring, let the experts at MAX13 take care of it for you. We promise you will be happy with the results!

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