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Massachusetts Outdoor Living: Simple Concrete Patio Makeover

J&J Materials > Hardscape Projects > Massachusetts Outdoor Living: Simple Concrete Patio Makeover

concrete-patio-makeoverAs spring comes upon the northeastern states, more and more homeowners begin to start thinking about venturing outdoors to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Whether you live in Fall River, New Bedford, Scituate, Bourne or Attleboro, outdoor living is becoming a very popular remodel and renovation trend because there are so many advantages that can come from such a project. The immediate benefit is that you will instantly expand your living area and have a beautiful patio, outdoor living room or kitchen to use for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying. The long-term benefit is in the value to your home. Studies show that hardscaping projects can not only raise the value of a home in the current market, but they can also help it to sell faster than other comparable homes in the immediate area.

Why Should You Remodel Your Patio?
One of the key ingredients to a more beautiful outdoor living space is a good-looking patio. Unfortunately, concrete is one of those materials that is more functional than aesthetic. Even when brand new, a concrete patio is very plain. Over time cracks, pits, craters and even stains will form, making it very unsightly in just a few years. Using your choice of patio pattern ideas, you can cover a concrete patio with pavers and hide that unsightly foundation. Paver bricks will improve the look of your patio in just a day or two and they are much more cost-effective than pouring new concrete or digging up the old concrete to do something new. This type of makeover can be done even by an unskilled homeowner and it requires a lot less time than other patio remodeling methods.

Most patios can be transformed with a concrete patio makeover. However, it is important for you to take a look at what you’ve got before you start purchasing materials to expand or enhance your outdoor living area. Basic surface damage, such as craters, chips and flaking are okay, but there are a few things that you need to be aware of that might make it impossible to do this type of makeover. Some of those things include:

  • a threshold that is too low – you must be able to have a threshold that is high enough to support the new pavers and the base material underneath, as well as an additional three-quarters of an inch for expansion if the soil freezes in winter
  • cracks – if you have cracks that grow and shrink with the seasons, these cracks will eventually push their way up and through the pavers that you lay, causing large gaps, lumps or humps in the finished surface
  • foundation – if the foundation of your original patio was done poorly, then the finished result of your concrete patio makeover will be just as bad; if you have unusual sloping, dipping or drainage issues, you might want to consult a professional before you begin to cover the concrete patio with pavers

Do Your Own Concrete Patio Makeover
Whether you are an experienced DIY-er or if you have never done a project by yourself at home, some of these patio pattern ideas and makeovers are simple enough that just about anyone could do them. However, if you are still unsure, you can find an idea that you like a hire a professional to do the work for you – there’s no shame in hiring a pro. It pays to do your homework though and find out all you can about the options available to do a concrete patio makeover on a budget.

Did you know that it is possible to cover a concrete patio with pavers? Most homeowners think that the only way they can redo their patio is to dig up the existing ugly concrete and start over from scratch. The truth is, that you can apply any one of these patio pattern ideas that use pavers and other types of manufactured and natural stone to do a concrete patio makeover without having to rent a jackhammer and remove your old patio. The remainder of this article will share ideas with you that you can use to improve your outdoor living area using patio pattern ideas especially designed to work with pavers and patio stones available locally at J&J Materials.

How to Cover a Concrete Patio With Pavers
If you are looking to renew the look of your old concrete patio using decorative pavers, there is a way that you can do it quickly and easily without a lot of effort. Begin by gathering all of the materials that you need and then by laying a quick border. Create a base using sand and landscaping fabric to ensure a good foundation and then lay the pavers to complete the project. That is a basic overview of what needs to occur in order to cover a concrete patio with pavers. For more detailed instructions, speak with a representative at J&J Materials or go online and view one of their many instructional videos.

Choosing to do your own concrete patio makeover won’t just get you a brand new, great-looking patio in less than half the time it would take to pour a brand new patio, it will save you money. The materials required to create these patio pattern ideas using manufactured or natural stone pavers will cost less than the materials used to create a whole new patio. A paver patio that is set on bare ground requires a layer of thick, compacted gravel. Setting your pavers on top of the concrete base saves you the cost and trouble of creating the gravel layer and only requires a basic layer of landscaping fabric and sand.

Where to Get Materials for a Concrete Patio Makeover
The best place to purchase all of the materials you will need to cover a concrete patio with pavers using basic or advanced patio pattern ideas is at J&J Materials. Serving the whole South Coast region, including Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, J&J Materials carries a wide variety of concrete pavers, permeable pavers and patio blocks in a number of different styles, colors and well-known name brands like Belgard, Nantucket and Pavestone. So if you are ready to expand your options in patios for Pawtucket, Seekonk, Westport, Dartmouth or Attleboro outdoor living – give J&J Materials a call. Ask about our delivery area and other hardscaping options that will help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams in your own backyard!

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