A concrete patio surface provides great coverage for a patio at affordable costs. As more homeowners favor concrete as a dependable and long-lasting patio material, here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions about installing a concrete patio.
What is cheaper: concrete or paver?
If we’re talking about upfront costs, pavers may cost more depending on the type, design, color, or any custom features you want. Concrete, poured or stamped, can cost anywhere between $6 to $10 while pavers can cost $10-20.
Can I pour concrete directly on dirt?
Yes, you can, however, it is not recommended as this practice will shorten the usability of your concrete patio. Since concrete is heavily influenced by the base it rests upon, any flaws or unevenness on the dirt will affect the concrete slab. The standard way of installing a concrete patio is by preparing a compact dirt base with a frame to mold the concrete perfectly.
Do you need gravel under concrete?
Yes as a layer of gravel will help proper water drainage as an untreated concrete surface will allow water to pass through its layers to the ground beneath it. Gravel in between the concrete slab and ground will act as a good permeable barrier as the water goes through the ground. A thick enough layer of gravel will also protect the concrete slab from the pooling water. Concrete slabs that are directly in contact with water may erode faster over time.
What type of gravel goes under concrete?
Your residential contractor will most likely suggest a gravel type with components which are more or less the same size. This gravel type makes up for a permeable, compacting materials that will hold itself great against the weight of a concrete slab. Other materials which can go beneath a concrete are sand and crushed stone.
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