When adding anything to your home, it is important to know the pros and cons. Concrete has been a popular material to create patios with because its strong, study and usually inexpensive. However, there are several problems that may arise if a patio is made with concrete that could cause your patio not to last as long.
Concrete patios may crack. We’ve all seen materials made from concrete crack over time. The problem with cracks are that you never know how serious they are. Most of the time it shouldn’t cause alarm and as long as they aren’t ignored, they hopefully won’t get worse. For cracks, up to a half of an inch wide, they can be repaired easily, but if cracks are large, sections of the concrete may need to be removed and replaced.
Concrete also has a tendency of settling. While many materials settle at some point, concrete can be more noticeable. If concrete slabs are settling, if it is significant, the foundation may need to be redone. The soil may need to be better packed or new footings could have to be poured. If water is underneath the concrete and forms ice in the winter, it could also cause cracking. Tree roots may also cause an upheaval of the concrete. Because of this, the patio can become uneven and unstable.
While you may not feel like any of these are deal breakers for you wanting a concrete patio, it is always good to be aware of problems that could arise with a project before you begin.
If you have any questions about adding a patio to your home, drop us a comment, send us a message or give us a call. We will be happy to answer any of your questions!
By: Hannah Raines
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