Have you ever thought about installing a stamped concrete slab for your backyard patio or deck? While wooden decks are certainly popular and look great, you may be able to achieve a beautiful and more affordable patio with concrete over wood. In this post, we’ll cover some reasons why you should select concrete for your next outdoor renovation task.
3 Major Reasons to Use Stamped Concrete Slab Over Wood
- Stamped Concrete is More Affordable
You probably heard that the U.S. is experiencing a lumber shortage lately. That’s one big reason to eschew most projects involving wood for the time being. Even before the shortage, concrete tends to be the more cost-effective option.
- You Get Much More Design Variety
As we’ll show you below, the things you can do with concrete vastly exceed your choices with wood. Although we don’t disparage the beauty of a traditional wooden finish, there’s only so much you can do with it. Furthermore, unless the rest of your home is predominantly wooden, concrete will probably better match your other exterior components (i.e., the siding and doors).
- Wood Rots, Whereas Concrete, is Easy to Maintain
Every material type has its challenges and nothing lasts forever. Bearing that in mind, many homeowners are opting for concrete lately because it lasts much longer and isn’t as vulnerable to nuisances like woodpeckers, termites, and rot. We’ve seen concrete patios last a long time with basic cleaning because stamped concrete is much less vulnerable to the kind of problems you experience with wooden decks and paver surfaces.
Stamped Concrete Patios Have Become Very Popular
While natural wood live edge slabs are beautiful, you can avoid the stress related to building, staining, painting, and maintaining a wooden deck if you use concrete instead. It’s for this reason alone that more homeowners in Kansas City are opting for concrete over wood.
The other big reason is the immense variety you can get with stamped concrete patios. Johnson Concrete produces 11 different styles; to say nothing of the dozens of available color options.
The possibilities for adorning your patios, sidewalks, steps, and even swimming pools with concrete are nearly endless. For example, we can make stamped concrete with detailed patterns like Garden Stone or Brick Basket Weave, or we can keep it simple and elegant with Ashlar Slate. If it’s a wooden look you’re after, then don’t forget that one of our 11 styles is the fantastic Wood Plank appearance.
Concrete Is Much More Durable & Maintainable
Like we said, if you don’t want to have to repair a wooden deck stricken with termite damage, concrete slab patios limit the number of maintenance headaches. They not only last years longer, but it’s entirely possible to avoid cracks, sinking, and other problems if you can limit moisture exposure.
Another important tip: always use a professional to install stamped concrete so that you can avoid issues like poor soil impaction. An experienced concrete technician will know how to anticipate installation difficulties much better. Overall, properly installed concrete is way easier to handle than any wooden framework.
Johnson Concrete: KC’s Best for Stamped Concrete Slab Projects
Since it’s possible to make mistakes installing concrete slabs, your best option is to have us help you with it. Our company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, which means you can expect top-notch work from professionals. It’s so important to hire a good concrete contractor, and never gamble on less qualified businesses.
Our reputation is built on a foundation of happy customer testimonials, a 5-star aggregate rating on Google reviews, an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and many other accolades. We don’t expect you to take our word for it. In fact, you might find it helpful to read through this quick guide on how to select a good concrete contractor. That will help you with sifting the wheat from the chaff as it pertains to concrete firms.
We hope you’ll get in touch with us soon, and let us put together an awesome stamped concrete slab patio to enhance your exterior ambiance to its maximum potential.