Patio decks are a part of a building which is also open to the sky, and the term ‘patio’ comes from Latin American and Spanish architecture terminology. These days a patio deck is an outdoor area connected to your house, and is sometimes partly covered by it, and these are popular spots for homeowners to hold a barbeque or other outdoor dining event. Patio decks have changed in design over time, from a simple design with traditional railings to works of art with accessories and decorative additions made from various materials including wood and metals.
Patio decks made from concrete are an excellent place to relax in the company of family and friends, whatever the weather. Whether you are relaxing or entertaining, patio decks make things a lot easier for you. The pace of life these days is hectic, and this can mean that you have very little time for getting together with family, neighbors and friends. The times you do have are therefore often more casual than they used to be. A barbeque supper relaxing on your patio deck can be just the thing after a hard day’s work, so what better home extension could you have?
There are various styles of concrete patio decks available to attract your interest these days. The increasing cost of such an extension has put many people off the idea in the past, however new and more advanced technology has meant that you don’t have to worry any more. You can even have concrete these days which imitates the look of natural stone, and even brick and flagstone effects. Your visitors won’t know the difference, thanks to the authentic looks which can be achieved by patterns stamped into the concrete.
Patio decks made of concrete can be very simple to install, child’s play even. A pre-prepared form is laid out in whatever shape you like, and the concrete poured into it. Individual pieces of stone don’t have the same versatility. The slab should be at least four inches thick, and the ground underneath needs to be well excavated first, with layers of gravel or crushed stone on top of that. The concrete actually takes quite a long time to dry completely, up to four or five days in fact, before you can use it.