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If you are thinking of installing a patio on your property, it is common to wonder whether concrete is a good choice. Installing concrete patios in Memphis will require a bit of upfront investment in terms of time, money, and labor costs, but it is certainly worth the investment. Between low upfront costs, durability, and versatility, concrete will continue to return your initial investment.

Low Upfront Cost

When considering the cost of Memphis concrete patios as opposed to other materials, you will quickly realize that concrete can be fairly affordable. Opting for decorative concrete with a stamped overlay, such as SunStone, could be significantly cheaper than buying and installing a patio made of real stone. Because of today’s technology in the decorative concrete industry including; quick drying sealers, fast setting concrete overlays, and tools that ensure efficiency in application, contractors are able add patterns and customization to concrete more efficiently. All of this results in a quicker project turn around, than with other materials, reducing the labor costs.

Durable

Concrete patios will also be much more durable than other options available, helping protect your investment. Concrete is sturdy enough to withstand weather conditions, and stamped concrete, such as SunStamp, will last significantly longer than masonry or wood patios.

Simple Maintenance

As a further advantage, concrete patios are very easy to maintain. This comes from the entire unit being a solid surface as opposed to a series of paving stones. This eliminates the risk of uneven pavers leading to a tripping hazard and weeds sprouting between stones. In comparison with wooden patios, concrete doesn’t need to be stained and resealed as regularly or run the risk of splinters, wood rot, or termites.

Easy to Change with Resurfacing

A final thing to keep in mind is that changing the appearance of a concrete patio is generally simpler than doing so with another patio material. You can always resurface the concrete in the future, adding a decorative overlay, such as Classic Texture, or changing the color via SunDye. It is even possible to resurface the concrete and add a new stamp to change its appearance dramatically with minimal cost.

While concrete is an incredibly durable material, it will occasionally experience pitting or chipping. When this occurs, the process of fixing concrete in Memphis can be fairly simple with the help of SurfaceScapes and Sundek Products.  In most cases, repairing chips in the concrete will involve filling them in with a concrete repair material and possibly sealing or resurfacing the area.

Check That Repair Is Possible

Before fixing concrete in Memphis, it is essential to ensure that repair is actually an option. Doing repairs is almost always an option unless the damage is severe. Keep in mind that only patching a small area of the concrete surface could give the repaired area a slightly different appearance. You must either be prepared for this difference in color or also talk to your SurfaceScapes representative about applying  a decorative topping over the entire area, such as Classic Texture. If you are unsure about whether your concrete can be repaired or must be replaced, contact SurfaceScapes to evaluate it.

Prepare the Concrete

The first step that your contractor will take in repairing the concrete is to clean off the area that they will be fixing. This means removing oil stains, sealers, wax, and any other potential bond breakers. They will remove all of the loose and broken concrete. In many cases, chips or pits will extend further than initially thought, so if surrounding areas still sound hollow after testing, it’s best to expose the entire damaged area to prevent future repairs. Finally, the installer will thoroughly vacuum and clean the area to remove all dust and any bond breaking material.

Repair the Surface

Your contractor will then use a Sundek patch repair product based on your substrate type and extent of the damage.  An epoxy-based product may be used if the concrete is to be resurfaced with a SunEpoxy product after. Polymer-modified cement patches are another option, and they are typically used when a resurfacing with an overlay like Tuscan.

Once the repair is properly done and has cured completely, the remaining overlay, color and finish system will be applied, depending on the specifics of the project.

When most people picture concrete, they imagine the boring white to gray color. While this is versatile, colored concrete can liven up your Memphis space, adding a great deal of charm and beauty to any location. There are numerous choices for colored concrete depending on the type of color you prefer and whether you want a solid color or to get creative with a mottle varied look.

Selecting Solid Colors

SurfaceScapes has numerous Sundek color choices, such as the Signature Colors known as SunColor that are water-based with an acrylic finish. This coloring works on the majority of concrete surfaces, allowing for versatility. There are also coloring solutions with acid bases, such as SunAcid. In the case of high-traffic areas, such as light warehouse areas or garage floors, SunEpoxy is a great choice, adding resistance and protecting from UV light and vehicle traffic. There are also colors – in the form of color chips that are broadcast on top of a freshly applied concrete coating that is still wet, such as SunChip Color.

Creating Patterns

The majority of colored concrete surfaces in Memphis are designed to be applied in the form of a single color throughout the area, but with the help of an experienced contractor, it may be possible to create patterns and intricate designs by combining various colors in the concrete. There are also some systems, such as SunChip Multi Color, that are designed with and offer multiple colors mixed together.

Considerations for Color Selection

When it comes time to select the concrete colors for your property, you will want to consider more than just the surrounding decor. The colors and patterns of surrounding items are important as you want to select a color for the concrete that complements it, keeping in mind any future changes to the area’s decor. If the area is likely to get dirty, you may want to select a neutral and mottled color that shows less dirt. In outdoor areas, such as along a pool deck, lighter colors make sense, as they will not heat up as much when exposed to the sun, which could make it uncomfortable to walk over them barefoot.

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