Patio Costs & Options Rochester NY
Review of the costs & available options for patios in the Rochester NY area.
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On this overall website you will find helpful Information you’ll need in order to plan any Landscape Project.
The information is based on my formal education in Landscape Architecture combined with over 25 years of professional experience, designing & installing Front yard Landscaping, inground pools and backyard living environments in Rochester, NY and Hilton Head, SC.
Basically, you have 3 options when it comes to the material you use for your pool patio. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
Pavers or Natural Stone
Pavers typically cost $18–$25 per square foot installed in the Rochester, NY area.
A versatile and very durable material that works well with pool projects, being that they are not slippery when wet. Pavers create an elegant subtle look to your space.
Pavers come in multiple sizes, allowing you flexibility in your design with the ability to create distinct patterns and borders.
The biggest drawback to pavers is that since they are laid by hand, they are more expensive to have installed when compared to concrete.
The average cost of Broomed concrete around an inground swimming pool is about $9–$10 per square foot.
Broomed concrete: Regular white/grey concrete where the surface is given a light texture which makes the concrete surface safer to stand on or walk on when wet.
- Not slippery when wet.
- Requires somewhat less maintenance ( no sealing ) although it can be harder to clean because of the broomed surface.
- Can be plain looking. It looks better when you shape it to integrate with plantings which soften and ‘scale’ it.
The average cost of stamped concrete around an inground swimming pool in Rochester, NY is $14–$17 per square foot.
Stamped concrete typically has at least two colors. The relationship of these two colors is what gives stamped concrete its antiqued look.
- A base color is mixed in the concrete ( hopefully not just troweled into the surface.)
- A second color called a release agent is broadcasted on top of the concrete just before stamping.
*NOTE: Stamped concrete can be slippery, make sure you add a skid resistant additive to the sealer such as ( Sharks Teeth) during the initial build AND when you reseal it ).
Choosing the right material
for your Pool Patio
Weighing your options
On over half of my projects the homeowners opt for concrete, either stamped or broomed.
It’s mostly to save on cost, since the patio area for a pool project averages around 1100 sq.’
From an overall design standpoint if you need to cut costs it’s better to go with the lower cost paving option rather than cutting back on space and ‘function’.
Designing space can be similar to baking a cake. If the ‘core’ recipe is messed up, the cake will never taste right, no matter how much frosting you put on it.
Concrete or Pavers: Benefits & Disadvantages
What you should know when choosing between Pavers or Concrete for your inground pool project.
The benefits to using pavers for your pool patio are:
- They’re not slippery
- More authentic look when compared to the glossiness of Stamped Concrete.
- You can easily repair them if settling occurs.
- Easier to add onto the patio in the future without looking like you added on.
The Disadvantages to using pavers for your pool patio are:
- They can settle over time if not done correctly.
- You can get some weeds unless you use polymeric sand.
- Pavers are laid by hand, which can get expensive.
FYI when using Pavers for your pool patio
- Large pavers look better than small pavers when doing large areas of paving…. it has to do with the “scale”.
- Even if using pavers, you’ll still want to have the 3′ concrete “deck” in order to bridge the over dig.
- that 3′ concrete pool deck can either be “at Grade” or “below Grade”. Below Grade means it will sit below finish grade & allow you to install pavers on top.
- Always visit the showroom to choose your paver. Ink on paper is never a true representation of color.
Concrete is the material that is most often used for pool patios.
This is because concrete is affordable and versatile.
The two options when using concrete are:
- Stamped Concrete
- Broom finished concrete.
The benefits to using stamped concrete or Broomed concrete
- Concrete is strong and durable.
- It costs less than pavers.
The Disadvantages to using stamped concrete or Broomed concrete
- It will crack. The masons will place control joints to cause the concrete to crack where they want it to, but sometimes it will crack where it wants to
FYI when using Concrete for your pool
- It is critical for stamped concrete to be re-sealed every 2–3 years, otherwise it becomes dull and the color fades out.
- *NOTE: Add an anti slip agent when resealing or it will get slippery again.
- When choosing which color/style of stamped concrete, it’s best to see an actual installation that uses the same colors……it’s hard to tell exactly what to expect if you are only going off a small thumbnail picture in a brochure.
Pavers or concrete
which one should you use for your pool project
We install pavers. Not concrete. You are probably thinking I will tell you to go with pavers.
That is partially true, Pavers are superior to concrete.
They look better, last longer, have a more authentic feel, and create a safer, cooler surface when used around a pool environment.
But here’s the thing. Don’t compromise the overall design by cutting back on more important design elements, just to work pavers into the project.
We can still design an intriguing beautiful, outdoor living space using broomed concrete or stamped concrete.
Your outdoor environment is most affected by these core design principles:
- It’s function
- Spatial dimensions
- and “Perception of volume”
What to Know about Patio Design
Most Information regarding patio design is very thin. Here is some useful information:
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