Your outdoor living space has been a wonderful addition to your home. You spend countless hours out there during the majority of the year, hosting meals and parties, enjoying the peace of your yard, or simply relaxing to the sounds of nature. Your home patio has seen it all, but the years are starting to show. How do you decide if it is time to repair or replace your home patio, and which is the best option? Follow these useful pointers to help make the decision a little easier.
Consider Its Age
Generally, newer patios are going to be more likely to be fixed with a repair than with a full replacement, depending on the type and extent of the damage and depending on how it has been maintained. If your patio is older, like 20 years old or more, the general wear it has experienced can mean that a replacement is the more cost-effective option, even for just minor damage.
Assess the Damage
The degree of damage is going to be the biggest deciding factor between repairing or replacing a patio. If there is only minor damage, then the likelihood that a repair could solve the issue is good. If the damage is pretty significant, you may only have an option to replace the whole patio. Severe damage would look more like large cracks and major structural damage, while minor damage is small cracks and holes – however, if the minor damage accompanies advanced age and substantial wear and tear, replacing could still be the better choice.
Build Your Budget
You also have to consider your budget. If you have a budget that can withstand the stress of a full patio replacement, then it is easier to make that choice. However, if you simply cannot afford it, then you shouldn’t do it. As long as the damage to the patio doesn’t pose a safety hazard or invite other substantial issues (like changing the drainage of your yard), you can often let a damaged patio ride for a little while. However, if you have the budget to replace it and it is starting to get older, you might want to get that job out of the way now while you can afford it.
Reach Out To A Professional
This decision should not be made alone. You likely don’t have the skills or experience to even make the assessment or the repairs on your own – generally, hardscaping projects should not be DIY’d. Reach out to a professional who can help you to assess the state of your patio and be honest with them about your needs and abilities. Talk to them about what you truly can afford and let them help you make the right decision.
Contact Sposato Landscape
For over 25 years, Sposato Landscape has been beautifying and nurturing countless landscapes throughout the Delmarva area. We offer many services, including landscape design, installations, residential maintenance, hardscape, commercial maintenance, and turf nutrient management.