Outdoor Living is Easy
Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors. During the warm summer months, one of the most enjoyable activities is relaxing on your own private deck or patio. Whether you’re enjoying a cookout with friends or soaking up the sun while you’re reading that fun trashy novel that everyone is talking about, a patio or deck is definitely an asset
If you don’t already have a deck or patio, why not add a brick patio to your backyard? While concrete or wood are commonly used materials for patios and decks, brick is also a suitable material. If you’re the handy type, you can create a brick patio during a single weekend that will require little or no maintenance for years to come.
One of the main appeals of wood decks is the beauty of the wood itself. Whether it is clear glazed or stained, wood decks can be stunning. However, stained wood decks must be refinished periodically to maintain the color and to prevent cracking and other damage from termites, water and heat.
On the other hand, concrete is a commonly used material for patios. It is easy to pour a simple concrete slab, with furnishings and landscaping serving as visual appeal. However, concrete is prone to cracking, as you can see from nearly every sidewalk. Concrete is also bland unless you go trough the complex process of staining concrete or mixing color into the concrete itself ,both of which involve extra steps.
Brick patios can include as much colorful variation as wood decks or stained concrete. Simply choose bricks in colors that suit the décor of your home and your taste. There is no staining or mixing involved, and the color will remain true for as long as your brick patio remains in place in your backyard.
Wood decks can require a significant amount of maintenance, which is both time consuming and expensive. Concrete patios are not as labor intensive as wood decks, however, cracks that are unrepaired look unattractive. Patching cracks does not usually improve the appearance that much either.
By contrast brick patios combine the natural beauty of wood with the durability of concrete. You can choose bricks of different colors to add visual appeal without staining or messy mixing. Brick patios will retain their color for as long as the bricks remain in place. Furthermore, once the patio is laid, maintenance requirements are practically nil.
Concrete patios are less expensive initially than brick patios. However, brick represents an excellent value for money. As a result, a brick patio may cost less over its lifetime than a concrete patio of the same size. A brick patio is also often cheaper than a wood deck of the same size. In addition, you won’t have to pay to repair termite damage or to refinish the entire surface of the patio.
While brick is not the absolute cheapest building material, it is one of the most durable, which translates to affordability. Brick structures often remain standing for centuries, even when subjected to harsh conditions. As a result, the brick patio that you lay now will save you money over the long term.
Adam Jenson is a patio designer. He loves to share his tips for top patio design on landscaping and homeowner blogs.