When you buy a house, there are always improvements you can make to increase the value and make it more appealing. One of the most common improvements homeowners favor involves landscape architecture such as driveways, walkways, patios, and decks.
When you hear the words “patio” or “deck,” you might picture a large wooden platform. But not everyone prefers wood. In fact, many homeowners opt for a concrete patio.
In order to understand why, you need to understand what concrete consists of as well as its properties.
Concrete is a practical, durable way to pave driveways, walkways, courtyards, and other areas that require a smooth stable surface. But what is it made of?
Some people assume it’s a naturally occurring material, but concrete consists of cement mixed with a variety of fine and coarse materials to create a chemical reaction. The conglomerate solidifies when it’s mixed with water.
Contrary to popular belief, concrete doesn’t solidify because the moisture evaporates. The chemical reaction between the water and the mixture is literally what creates ever stronger bonds until the material has dried, water and all.
Although you may believe that concrete is a basic substance designed for public sidewalks and driveways, it isn’t just a material you pour over a flat surface and call it done. You can use residential concrete services to engineer some pretty fancy designs for your driveways, patios, and walkways, especially if you choose to apply stamped and stained concrete.
Concrete is more than just solid ground
The designs of concrete pool decks, driveways, patios, and walkways serve a larger purpose beyond just providing stable ground to walk on and possibly something nice for people to look at.
Everything about concrete, from its color to the shape it was poured in, and even the stamped-in designs, can have a significant impact on the way visitors perceive your entire residence. This applies to guests as well as potential buyers.
Beautiful concrete designs can help sell your home
A beautifully designed concrete patio or deck can have such a positive impact that it could be the deciding factor if you decide to sell your home. Let’s say you’re showing your place to a potential buyer and he or she walks out onto a beautiful concrete patio; chances are, the person is going to try to see him- or herself in the middle of the scene.
If your patio can elicit sensations of comfort, joy, home, and beauty, the person will be more interested in making the purchase because your patio helped paint a picture of the future. There will always be people who will visualize their own custom patio no matter what’s in front of them, but many others will be strongly influenced by what they see before them.
It’s always possible to remove the old and build a patio from scratch, of course, but many home buyers will have so much on their plate already that the notion of taking on one more project will strike them as too much.
Stained and stamped concrete can become an art piece
Concrete driveways and walkways don’t have to be long and boring white paths. They can be contoured into almost any shape, stained almost any color, and stamped with any of a variety of beautiful patterns, so, for example, they might resemble an old cobblestone street.
Cobblestone streets have an interesting history
Hundreds of years ago, roads were created manually by laying stones one by one. Often referred to as “cobblestone streets,” many of these roads have become famous and still exist today, for instance in Boston.
But a common misperception has dubbed all hand-laid roads as cobblestone streets. The truth is the term “cobblestone” comes from the Old English word “cob” which refers to an irregular shaped, rounded mass that was dug out of the soil and then used for paving material.
When these cobs were used for paving, unfortunately, the resulting uneven surfaces caused broken wheels and plenty of complaints. So over time streets came to be repaved with more even materials.
Many genuine cobblestone roads continue to exist today and might remind you of a setting in a Shakespeare play. Some people are naturally drawn to the older street paving styles, and stamped concrete is a modern method that recaptures that old-world essence.
Stamped concrete gives that cobblestone look … safely
With stamped concrete, you can achieve the cobblestone or hand-laid look on a flat surface without the uncertainty and danger of uneven rocks. Stamped concrete designs can be made to resemble not just cobblestone streets but fractured slate, English Yorkstone, and even naturally fractured Earth as well.
Though concrete is one of the least expensive ways to pave your patio and walkways, stamped concrete is one of the most beautiful options, mainly because it presents a symmetrical design with lines that are pleasing to the eye.
People are hard-wired to enjoy symmetry
Your brain is hard-wired to seek out symmetry subconsciously when you look at a work of art, or really anything that captures your attention. Symmetry can make or break a painting; and when used intentionally in your home architecture, it also has a positive power to improve the image of your home.
The symmetry of stamped concrete is far superior to asphalt and can significantly increase the curb appeal of your home.
The benefits of using concrete instead of asphalt
- Concrete is easy to maintain and clean.
- It doesn’t give off a strong noxious odor like asphalt.
- As a material, concrete offers better design options.
- Concrete is more durable, and requires less maintenance.
- Asphalt requires more maintenance, which makes it more costly.
Create a beautiful garden path with stamped concrete
Combined with a little landscaping, a concrete garden path can be the foundation for something magical. You can create walkways that lead from your front yard to the back, or focus on creating paths within the garden alone.
Regardless of where you choose to place your concrete paths, a quick image search can show you the potential stamped concrete has to beautify your home.
If you’re looking for ways to increase the beauty and practicality of your home by adding or remodeling your driveway, retainer walls, patio, or even your garden walkways, contact R&M Concrete today for a free estimate.
We’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible to find out how our residential concrete services can help you make your home sweet home even sweeter.