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  • 1. CONCRETE PATIOSProvided by:Classic Concrete Design

2. Member BBB * Licensed * Insured Table of ContentsTodays Backyard: The New Resort Area 1Concrete Patios: The Heart of the Outdoor Oasis 2Benefits AboundVersatility 3Durability3Affordability 4Stamped / Textured Concrete 5Color Possibilities are Endless 7Typical Standard Color Chart8Surface Treatment Options 9Concrete Patios Blend Fabulously w/ Surroundings 10Maintenance is a Breeze11About Classic Concrete Design12 3. TODAYS BACKYARD: THE NEW RESORT AREAA mericans everywhere fromCalifornia to New England,from Texas to Minnesota arespending more time at home and moretime outdoors.Back yards are being transformed intoluxurious extensions of the house.Theyre the new favorite room to relax,entertain, and cook. And the heart andsoul of the backyard resort area is theconcrete patio.The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, which recently held its annualtradeshow and exposition, says the growth of the outdoor living phenomena is theresult of North Americas interest in cocooning, the trend toward a more casuallifestyle, an aging population and the popularity of porches, decks, and patios inhomes.The swimming pool industry sees that trend, too. In fact, pools are getting smallerand are playing a less dominant role in the back yard.The Pool and Spa Institute says the pool is just one amenity an increasing numberof homeowners are going all out with outdoor kitchens, furnished seating areas,fireplaces, pizza ovens, elaborate water features, and more.Homeowners want to enjoy their homes, but they also see upgrading their back yards as an investment.We are seeing more and more homeowners interestedin dressing up their outdoor living spaces. Peopleare spending money enhancing their homes, not onlyas an investment vehicle, but to make living in themmore pleasurable.1 4. CONCRETE PATIOS: THE HEART OF THE OUTDOOR OASISW hen homeowners embark on building their outdoor oasis, they typicallyenvision a range of features. Many want a total package a backyardretreat in which they canescape and relax at the end of the dayand on weekends.More people are into renovating theirhomes, especially their back yards.People are spending more timeoutdoors.But the first thing most people start with is the concrete patio. And rest assured, itsnot just the plain old gray anymore. Todays backyard concrete patios are as uniqueas its owners. Modern stamping and texture and coloring techniques complementany landscape and provide a touch of individuality to your back yard.Across the country, companies that specialize in concrete patios are seeing anenormous increase in elaborate outdoor living spaces all kinds of hardscaping andlandscaping projects.And decorative concrete is quickly emerging as the new material of choice fortodays patio. Its booming. Every year I think it cant get any bigger and it does. You dont have to settle for the old gray stuff anymore.2 5. BENEFITS ABOUND WITH CONCRETE PATIOSVERSATILITYConcrete patios are unlike any other typeof surface. The look of poured concretevaries more than any other type ofmaterial used for patios, including brick.Why are concrete patios so versatile?Concrete can be shaped into any pattern.It can be lightly smoothed or heavilybrushed; surfaced with attractive pebbles;swirled or scored; tinted or painted; patterned; or molded to resemble anothermaterial.Some of the popular things were seeing range from stamped concrete andsandblasted concrete to scored and stained concrete to integral colored concreteand coating products.While many concrete patios are designed to complement the outdoor landscape andnative greenery, some homeowners choose a style of concrete patio based on theirinterior living space. Homeowners almost always want an extension of their house. They want something that flows with the indoor flooring, that has shade as well as sun.DURABILITYIn addition to concretes versatility, concrete is durable and can stand up to a rangeof weather conditions found across the country. In fact, many companies in colderclimates take special measures to ensure the durability of the concrete patios theyproduce.3 6. In addition, their proprietary mix is 4000psi and includes fiber and steel, meaningit usually reaches total hardness at 14days, as opposed to the normal 28 days.Bill Guthro of Distinctive Concrete inRowley, Massachusetts, says stampedconcrete will last longer than any othertype of masonry installation.Whereas traditional pavers andcobblestone settle unevenly during thefreeze/thaw cycle of winter, stamped concrete is reinforced with 3/8-inch steelreinforcing rods placed 24 inches on-center-each-way, right in the middle of theconcrete. This steel reinforcement gives the concrete the necessary tensile strengthto resist the constant heaving produced by the freezing and thawing of the ground.Stamped concrete is also better than pavers and cobblestone in spring and summer.Pavers and cobblestones are susceptible to joint deterioration if sand is notconstantly brushed into all the joints. This joint deterioration results in ant hills,growth of unsightly grass and weeds and produces dangerous tripping hazardswhen the individual pavers settle unevenly.AFFORDABILITYContractors who create concrete patios and those who have concrete patios willquickly tell you concrete patios cost less than patios made of stone, brick or tile.Many say that the lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns andcolors available is one of the main draws of choosing a concrete patio. Yourconcrete patio can be stamped to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, andeven wood.Decorative concrete has become more popular than stone, brick and tile forpatios because it costs less, is better in quality and it has the unlimited ability tobe created into whatever you want as far as color, texture, and pattern go.4 7. STAMPED / TEXTURED CONCRETE PATIOSS tamped concrete is concrete that is patterned to resemble brick, slate, flagstone,stone, tile and even wood.Stamped concrete is becoming increasingly popular and a more frequent materialof choice for homeowners across the country because of the wide array of patternsand colors available, particularly compared to other potential patio materials.Colors and patterns for stamped concrete are often chosen to blend with other stoneor tile elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards,and fountains can be achieved. Stamped concrete can also be blended with otherdecorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes and acid-etchstaining. Many offer dozens of patterns. Some of the more common stampedpatterns include: PLEASE ALSO VISIT WWW.PROLINESTAMPS.COMSLATE TEXTURE EUROPEAN FAN ROCK SALT TEXTURE HERRINGBONE LIME STONEROMAN SLATE TILESALTCLAY TILE GRANITE TILE 5 8. M any homeowners dont realize that a stamped concrete patio is a viableoption and one that costs less than other patio materials.People dont know anything about it. Then they see stamped concrete in amagazine and they have to have it.A form of todays stamped concrete was originated on the West coast back in the1960s. The stamp concrete tools back then were made of metal and resembledcookie cutters. They produced a pattern, but did not provide any texture.Todays tools are rigid mats made ofpolyurethane that produce authentictextured patterns of stone, brick and evenwood planking and fossilized sea-life.When stamped concrete is installed byexperienced craftsmen, brick masons with30 years of experience cant tell thedifference between stamped concrete andreal brick or stone.Homeowners in the Maryland and Virginia areas tend to favor ashlar slate, grandashlar slate, royal slate, European fan, and London cobblestone.Oklahomans tend to gravitate toward the flagstone and Roman ashlar slatepatterns. Minnesotans seem to prefer a seamless granite texture look, as well asflagstone textures stone that is natural to the area.Ashlar slate is also a favorite in the Sacramento, California area.Another benefit of a stamped concrete patio is that outdoor tables dont rock onconcrete like they do on stone and tile surfaces.In addition, patterns can be selected to blend in with existing stone, wood, or tileelements in your backyard area.Its catching on here, especially among the younger crowd. The oldergeneration tends to just know gray concrete, but theyre catching on, too.6 9. COLOR POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESSO ne of the biggest draws ofconcrete patios is the expansiverange of colors available.Because of ever-advancing technologyand jaw-dropping chemical techniques,concrete can be colored in just about anyhue you could ever imagine. Somecontractors offer upwards of 250 huesand shades.Colored concrete can be used incombination, abutting each other, orstamped with a variety of textures to simulate brick, flagstone, pavers, or tile.The same colored concrete can be made to look different, just by using differentfinishing techniques: For example, a broom finish creates one look. Brooming theconcrete in opposite directions creates shadow effects. Swirl or fan patterns createa different type of look.For even more dramatic effect, the colored concrete can be lightly sandblasted orheavily sandblasted, or a retarder can be used and then the aggregate exposed.Color to concrete can be integral to the mix, meaning it is added at the plant oradded in bags at the job site, or Dry-Shake, where it is dusted on the surface at thejob site.The availability of custom colors and penetrating stains has translated into concretepatios that are natural-looking and attractive.Many homeowners tend to gravitate toward the more natural browns, tans,charcoals, and terra cotta reds.As far as colors go, earth tones are big the tans and browns.There are several different manufacturers that make integral colors to be mixedwith concrete. On the following page youll find a sampling from one company.7 10. DAVIS COLOR CHARTCOLOR GROUP: SUB

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