We all know that home improvement can be very expensive. But the good news is, it doesn’t have to be! If you live in the San Diego area and wish to remake your patio, driveway, pool deck and garage, decorative concrete might just be the best material choice for the enhancement of these outdoor areas. While decorative concrete might seem like an expensive investment, you’d be surprised at the number of advantages over its many material competitors and the relatively low cost as compared to other flooring options. Here is how it proves to be a better alternative against other common outdoor building materials.
Decorative Concrete vs. Wood
Don’t get us wrong, wood is still a popular building material when it comes to constructing patios, and it’s obvious why it stays that way. Wood is structurally durable and has a natural, rustic elegance to it. One of its downsides, however, is that it’s really expensive. High-end wood can be so much more expensive than decorative concrete, so if you’re thinking about economy and practicality, it’s not the most economical choice. Apart from that, wood is more vulnerable to elemental damage, it scratches and deforms easily and it requires a tremendous amount of maintenance to make it always looking good.
Decorative Concrete vs. Synthetic Wood
Synthetic wood has a lot of advantages over real wood. It does not decay, suffer damages from termites, splinters, warps or require an extensive amount of refinishing. It closely mimics the look of real wood. The only thing is that it’s basically a lot expensive than wood and decorative concrete. Since it also features a lot of features that synthetic wood has, decorative concrete can also closely imitate the look of real wood. So why would you pay so much more when you can get the same effects for the price of a decorative concrete application?
Decorative Concrete vs. Paver Stone
Paver stone is another popular construction material for walkways, driveways and other outdoor features. It’s a tough and very intricate surface option. It can be manipulated into other designs can greatly enhance the natural look that you are going after. However, pavers don’t offer any real advantages as compared to decorative concrete. If you want to mimic the look of pavers, applying a stamped concrete overlay can do the job of looking like one, partnered with durability and practical cost.
Concrete Coatings Specialists, Inc. has all kinds of decorative concrete applications from resurfacing, overlays, restoration and repair. Call and email us today to get started on the practical and comfortable experience of a decorative concrete surface for your residential or commercial property!