Patio MakeoversWritten by Malcolm Kay
Without a doubt, patios have now become more of an integral part of house rather than just a concrete pad sitting forlornly in back yard. But as patios are increasingly used for outdoor dining, BBQ’s or just a place to relax and enjoy outdoors, that old, dull and maybe cracked concrete pad is most likely in desperate need of a bold makeover to meet changing requirements.
A number of options are possible for transforming existing concrete pads, depending on state of concrete and individual preferences. Existing concrete can be stained, given a textured coating or a stenciled tile pattern applied. Traditional tiles are available in a multitude of colours and styles and a variety of natural stone products such as sandstone, limestone, slate or granite could be considered. Another option is to use new or reclaimed bricks or clay pavers.
Perhaps one of simplest, most cost effective and attractive options however, is to lay down modular wood deck tiles. These tiles are typically available as 12’ x 12’’ squares and are easily installed by just clicking modules into place. The tiles have special plastic tabs built in to base which keeps them firmly in place and avoids need for any particular surface preparation, adhesives or other fixings. A typical patio area can be fully laid in just an hour or so and is ready to use immediately. Some manufacturers produce tiles in a variety of different designs, so it is possible to create borders, centerpieces, feature areas etc. to suit your individual preference.
Makeover magic – How to remodel your deck or patio in less than a dayWritten by Malcolm Kay
Of all numerous home improvement projects which can be undertaken around home, remodeling or enhancing exterior decking or patios has to be one of most effective ways to accomplish a really noticeable difference to look of your home. An attractive outdoor area can increase your outdoor living space, transform your garden and completely change way you use and enjoy your home.
Wood decking has long been premier choice for exterior relaxing or entertaining area but many of us just have a dull concrete pad and can only just yearn for classic look of a solid wood deck.
But there’s now a solution which provides luxury look of solid wood deck, can be quickly and easily installed in just a few hours, yet costs only fraction of cost of a custom made wood deck – interlocking wood deck tiles.
These tiles are typically manufactured using same high durability lumber species as traditional decks and can be laid over any solid level surface. The result is a deck surface that has all appearance and benefits of solid wood deck but can be installed by anyone in just an hour or so, with no building or carpentry experience and needs no nails, screws, adhesives etc. The tiles just click together for a perfect fit, accurate alignment and a secure and stable surface.(see for example www.ezydeck.net)