Constructing a concrete patio
To give our customers an idea of how a patio will be installed I’ve decided to outline the main steps in constructing a concrete patio. Most steps are standard to concrete work whether it is stamp concrete or regular broom finish concrete.
- Determine the elevation of the concrete patio to determine if concrete steps will be needed and how many.
- Layout the elevations on the existing house walls to desired height of the new patio and the steps.
- Layout proposed area on the ground with paint to get a feel of how the shape of the patio will look.
- Excavate soil to achieve a depth for 4-5″ of clean stone and 4-5″ of concrete.
- Form the concrete patio including forming up all concrete steps (if any.)
- Place and grade stone base and tamp properly.
- Install wire mesh and re-bar reinforcement for added strength to the concrete.
- Hang plastic on all areas to protect from splashing concrete.
- Order concrete and pour the concrete patio and concrete steps being sure to pull reinforcements up into the concrete as we work our way back.
- Edge concrete and apply a nice smooth finish then broom the concrete or stamp the concrete.
A standard concrete patio is between 400 and 800 square feet and takes about 3 days from start to finish to complete with the proper tools and experience. Morrison Custom Concrete employs only experienced concrete finishers. All of our employees have been employed with us for many years and all finishers employed have over 10 years experience finishing concrete.