patio pavementCreating the perfect backyard patio is an important part of a person’s home investment. People want to make sure they choose the right materials when creating their special outdoor space, but few truly know how to determine the best surfaces to use.

There are two main methods that people use for creating walkways, dining spaces and relaxation spaces for their backyard patio.

There are few things to consider when deciding between using concrete or patio pavers, also known as stones, to create your outdoor patio environment.

When deciding what we believe to be the best method for creating a backyard patio, we considered a few factors: Southern California’s climate, durability of the materials and overall care and maintenance. 

Our Wacky, Beautiful Weather

We arguably have the best climate in the world, here in Southern California, and are afforded the opportunity to spend much of our days outdoors. 

However, when choosing your patio pavement, rain and sunshine should be two big factors to consider.

You want to make sure that you create a backyard patio that will hold up against Mother Nature, be easy to maintain and feel and look as great as it did the day you installed it years later.

When concrete is stamped or otherwise treated, it often becomes very slippery. It also tends to produce more daytime glare which could have some considerable drawback on areas in which people will be seated for dining or relaxation.

Another benefit of using pavers over concrete in a rainy environment is that the pavers will have spaces between them in which the water can seep into the ground therefore you won't have to worry about water pooling and destroying your concrete or creating algae or in any other way damaging or discoloring the concrete.

Durability of the Materials

When a large slab of concrete is poured and settles, often you will see cracks form. We see this most often in our daily life on driveways. In fact, it is very rare that you find a driveway that does not have some sort of major crack in it due to the settling overtime, excessive weight or the shrinking of the concrete. Concrete is very porous and therefore changes shape as it absorbs water and loses water to evaporation.

This means that once you pour your concrete and it settles, cracks will almost certainly eventually appear. It takes a lot of work to cut out that piece and re-slab a large section. You then must hope you don't have another crack show up.

While using concrete may seem more cost effective in the short term, you often end up having to redo big sections of the patio later.

However, when using pavers or stones, if they settle unevenly it's very easy for you to pull out the stone or segment that has settled uneasily unevenly and correct that in small areas.

Pavers are also made of thicker materials and generally hold up better under heavier weight.

Care and Maintenance

All outdoor patio flooring will require some maintenance, but we feel patio pavers get the win here as well.

Pavers will have small spaces between them, even if they are interlocking. This will allow water to seep into the ground and not pool on the stones.

Concrete on the other hand may allow water to pool, since there are no large places for the water to go.

Therefore, you may expect a bit more algae growth to occur on a concrete patio.

However, when you do see stains or growth begin to discolor your stones or concrete, often a biodegradable mild soap and some good old fashion elbow grease can clean them right up.

When you are ready to create the perfect backyard patio to compliment your indoor living, give us a call and we will come to you to do an evaluation and help you decide on the best plan for you.