The Many Residential Uses Of Concrete
Concrete is one of the most versatile and cost effective materials that can be used to enhance the exterior of a home. Although many people think of it as a material used primarily for foundations, the fact is that concrete can provide not simply structural, but aesthetic, benefits. There are many ways the material can be used outside of your home to increase the functionality and beauty of your property.
One common use is for sidewalks and pathways. Concrete is durable and long-lasting and it can be made to fit just about any size, shape or design. Whether you want a straight walkway installed in the front of your home or prefer a meandering pathway through a garden in your backyard, you can create the surface you want.
Concrete is also commonly used on other residential surfaces that require the ability to sustain a lot of traffic, whether by automotive vehicle or foot. Many homeowners opt for driveways made from the material due to their ease of maintenance and long-lasting durability, as well as patios and pool surrounds. In addition to poured concrete for these types of exterior areas, other options include stamped concrete, which can be designed to look like just about any type of material, as well as blocks and pavers, which are a cost-effective alternative to brick or stone.
Another common application for concrete on residential properties is for retaining walls, as well as for any surface that needs to be raised, such as steps, raised patios or landings. Since the material is so versatile and strong, it can be poured to suit a variety of purposes and can stand alone or be used as a base for covering the surface with something more decorative, such as stone veneer.
So what are the benefits of concrete as compared to other types of exterior materials?
Cost – This is often a less expensive option than other types of materials that can be used to create the same types of structures, such as patios, pool surrounds and driveways.
Low maintenance – There is virtually nothing you need to do to maintain concrete surfaces, other than to occasionally clean them off. In contrast, some materials used for exterior applications require periodic staining, sealing or conditioning, which can add up to a good deal of cost, as well as time required over the years to keep things looking their best.
Durability – This is an extremely durable material that can last for many years and can withstand varying weather conditions.
Versatility – There are many different ways that the material can be used in exterior projects, including a variety of techniques and finishes that can change the aesthetic look of the surface. In fact, some products can mimic the look of other, more costly materials. Additionally, the material can be used in designs of almost any shape, size or elevation.
Cohesiveness – Since so many types of outdoor areas can be created from the material, it can lead to a more cohesive and seamless exterior design. For example, patios, walkways and pool surrounds can all be created out of the same surface material so that one area flows right into the next in a visually pleasing design.
To find out more about the many residential uses for concrete, or to schedule an appointment for one of our masonry specialists to assess your concrete installation needs in NJ or Staten Island, contact Millenium Stoneworks at 732-519-1112 or 347-723-6990.