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Resurface Concrete Patios or Replace?


stamped concrete patio with dining set, umbrella, covered fire pit, fence with flowers, and the side of a gray house.

Should You Replace or Resurface Concrete Patios?

With so many of us spending more time at home, a patio has become much more than a concrete slab for your grill and some lawn chairs. It’s now a space where meaningful outdoor life happens. Your outdoor living area is most likely a place for family celebrations, bonding with friends, or relaxing and de-stressing after a hard day's work.


Old, cracked, worn patio with weeds, concrete walls, and wooden fencing.

But, if your backyard looks like a scene from one of those unsightly ‘before’ photos on a TV home makeover show, we’ve got some options for you. This article is for those who find themselves cringing as they look down at their decades-old, cracked, or deteriorating concrete patio. Sure, it looked great in the '60s but now…not so much. If you’re ready to give your outdoor living area new life, it may be time to consider either resurfacing or replacing your concrete patio or swimming pool deck.



FIRST – Inspect Your Concrete Patio Surface

Leave it to the professionals to determine your best options for turning your sad concrete patio or pool deck into a fresh, new backdrop for outdoor living. A thorough inspection by a qualified concrete patio contractor, like Gruttadaurio Masonry in Rochester, NY, is needed to learn what your options are. During the inspection, your contractor will look to see if there has been significant damage to your worn concrete patio. Your contractor will look for settling damage, heaving, structural and surface cracks, and evidence of significant deterioration of your concrete surface. These issues are more than unsightly since they also can become a trip hazard.


Vintage in-ground swimming pool that has been resurfaced with concrete.

NEXT – Is Your Patio a Good Candidate for Resurfacing?

Depending on the condition of your current concrete patio, a qualified concrete restoration and resurfacing contractor, like CONCRETE DOC+, (a division of Gruttadaurio Masonry) will determine if it’s a good candidate for a concrete overlay, also known as resurfacing. Your concrete contractor will also determine if the damage is significant enough so that your only option is to have a total concrete replacement. This would entail tearing out the old concrete and starting over fresh with a totally new concrete patio. If you're in the Greater Rochester, NY, area, a premier concrete contractor like Gruttadaurio Masonry, will do a total tearout, then design and install a beautiful new concrete patio that suits your exact preferences.


If your concrete is showing minor cracks that do not suggest any serious foundation issues or if your patio is still in good condition and you’d like an updated new stamped concrete patio, resurfacing may be a feasible option. Here are the basic steps in the process that are taken to resurface concrete patios:


stamped concrete patio with wood plank pattern and stone masonry wall.

OR – Does Your Patio Need to be Totally Replaced?


CONCRETE PATIO REPLACEMENT

Although small surface cracks in concrete can be repaired, there are times when your concrete patio will need to be totally replaced. If the cause of the cracking is due to an underlying foundation issue, resurfacing will be off the table, since installing a new concrete layer on top of it will meet the same fate – more cracking. Foundation issues may be a result of environmental conditions such as tree roots, soft soil, freeze-thaw cycles, or poorly constructed sub-bases when the original concrete patio was installed. Your concrete contractor will be able to determine how serious your cracking problem is.


NEXT - Replacement: Poured Concrete or Pavers?

Left side of split screen is stamped concrete and right side are pavers with weeds.

If your concrete installer recommends a total replacement, you have multiple masonry material options to choose from. The most popular include individual pavers or concrete. We recommend concrete since pavers can sink, shift, stain, and require more overall maintenance. Often weeds will grow up through the joints of the pavers. Pulling weeds is not the only task you’ll have to do. Paver maintenance also includes sweeping additional sand in the joints to help prevent weeds, re-leveling or replacing damaged pavers, and more. In contrast, a stamped concrete surface is continuous and requires only a re-sealing every few years. And, stamped concrete can be made to resemble a host of more costly natural materials like slate, bluestone, flagstone, and even wooden planks.


CONCLUSION

Our mission at Gruttadaurio Masonry is to fulfill our customers’ needs in a way that makes the most sense. We prefer stamped concrete resurfacing methods instead of installing a completely new concrete patio or swimming pool deck since it’s less of a financial strain on our customers. But, if we feel that you need a totally new concrete patio installation, you can trust that it will be built with the utmost quality and care – from the sturdy foundation to the artistic application on the surface. Contact Gruttadaurio Masonry for a new or replacement concrete patio by using our form, or all us at 315-310-7193 for an appointment so that we can inspect your current concrete patio and make recommendations for the best outcome. You can also reach our resurfacing experts at CONCRETE DOC+ directly by using their website's contact form.


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