Brick or concrete - which one is best for your patio?
Weather you are remodeling your existing patio or you want to build a new one, you have to choose between brick or concrete as its material. We give you all the pros and cons for both materials so you can make the best decision for your patio improvement.
Total cost of the patio
Basic concrete patios can be less expensive than brick patios, because the cost of labour is lower than applying the bricks. Anyway, there are factors that can increase its value, like adding color or a complex design.
Brick patios seems more costly on labor but you can get a deal on materials if you are not too choosy and find the right amount you need in a clearance.
Bricks square foot can range from $10 to $50 and concrete, from $6 to $20, so the only real way to find out which is cheaper in your specific project is ask for an estimate with a contractor.
Durability of materials
A fine crafted concrete patio is very durable, and can resist in good condition for ages in almost every weather condition. But there is a catch: it all goes down to the expertise of the concrete contractor, and a poorly done job will start to crack and fail almost immediately.
On the other hand, bricks may chip over time, but is more difficult to install them wrong -and more visible if so, right from the beginning-. As most of the people always buy an excedent, a failing brick patio is easily repairable.
In both cases, the durability will be tied to the quality of the materials and the proficiency of the contractor you hire, so try to go a little beyond the estimates they provide.
Design and color
This is the most deciding factor, I guess. Your dream patio need so adjust to a design and you are less likely to compromise here.
There are lots of options on concrete decoration -like stamped or colored concrete- and can be very complex and expensive when combined with other materials, but it will still be limited.
On the other hand, there is a huge color variety on bricks to choose from, away from the classical red brick, and multiple sizes and shapes to fit intricate designs.
Concrete patios need little to no maintenance at all to look nice. The key to a long lasting attractive patio is to repair any crack and chip that may occur as soon as they are visible -especially in the change of seasons when temperature shifts-. If your concrete patio is strong made, a resealing every two years tend to be enough.
Brick patios are more demanding. They can become uneven, dirty, stained and grow weeds in the seams, so a regular spray with herbicide is in order to keep it beautiful. You need to know that you might need to call a contractor to fix the sand base and sealing to avoid further damage and the formation of puddles with the rain.
There is nothing more relaxing that spend our free time on the patio with the arrival of warmer days, but this paradise may need some upgrading for the season. Taking these things in consideration, give us a call and let us help you have a new luxurious outdoor space for the summer!