An outdoor patio is a perfect area to spend time with your friends and family during the summer. Whether you’re looking to add to your existing patio or want to build a new one, you’ll have various materials to choose from. The most popular patio materials are concrete and brick – but how do you know which one to choose?
Fortunately, we have the pros and cons of both to help you make the best decision for your home.
Cost of a Concrete and Brick Patio
Calculating the exact cost of a concrete patio installation is not easy because each project varies in style and size. However, basic concrete patios can be less expensive than brick. On average, installation prices alone can run anywhere from $2.50 per square foot all the way up to nearly $8 per square foot. Additionally, the cost of materials on average run between $264 and $334 for a 200 square-foot space.
In general, the following items can potentially influence the total price of the project:
- Size of the patio
- Stains and coloring
For a brick patio, the costs per brick are between $3 and $15 per square foot. However, you can expect higher prices if unusual sizes, colors, or odd shapes are chosen. It’s best to calculate the square footage of your potential patio space and price before making a final decision.
No matter where you live, concrete patios are extremely durable. One reason why concrete patios are so durable is because of the sealant that prevents moisture from seeping inside the concrete. However, this is dependent on a certified concrete professional who is able to properly install the concrete. If a job is poorly done, the concrete will start to crack and fail almost immediately.
Similar to concrete, brick patios can last for decades if cared for properly. However, the brick can begin to chip and fade after a long period of time. Fortunately, repairing brick patios is easier than most concrete patios as homeowners can simply purchase extra bricks.
Concrete and Brick Patio Maintenance
Other than an occasional cleaning, concrete patios require little maintenance. However, if your home is located in an area with frequent rainfall or snow, it may be best to apply at least one coat of sealer every few years. Additionally, be sure to fix any cracks as soon as possible to prevent the issue from spreading.
Generally speaking, brick patios can become uneven, stained and dirty. Brick should be cleaned on a consistent basis and sealed every two to three years.
Design and Color
There are various options available for concrete decoration. Options such as stamped or colored concrete can be very complex and expensive when combined with other materials, but it will be limited.
On the other hand, there is a huge selection of bricks and colors to choose from. For homeowners looking to go bold, here are a few possible colors to choose from:
Additionally, there are multiple sizes and shapes that can fit more intricate designs.
Looking to Explore More Concrete Options?
It’s clear to see that either option would be great in any home. Brick patios offer numerous design possibilities and can give any home a traditional look. Concrete patios, on the other hand, are the standard across the country because they look great and are extremely durable.
If you would like to receive more information and explore ideas to create your perfect patio, then look no further than JBS Construction. We’re a family-owned concrete construction company with over 30 years of experience. Homeowners all over southeastern Wisconsin trust us to provide beautiful concrete patios that are built to last. Contact us today to receive a free estimate.