steps to the perfect patio

5 Steps to the Perfect Patio

Before we know it, the Colorado weather will change once again bringing a new season of new activity. For you, maybe the spring means the beginning of those backyard, patio projects.

The best part of a patio is bringing out what really matters to you as a homeowner. There are many options available to build and maintain your backyard. This can include natural elements and man-made elements. At Atlas, we specialize in these construction endeavors, helping to deliver residential projects that truly enhance your property.

There are many resources to help you plan an outside landscaping project. Once you have an idea of the direction you’d like to take, call us to discuss how best to incorporate these features along with your existing or coming concrete or asphalt. Let us help you take steps to building your perfect patio, your area to relax, enjoy company and most of all, your home.

Here some five areas to consider, step-by-step in your patio endeavors:

Plants. Consider the vegetation you plan to have within your patio area. Gardens may consist of plants, flowers, herbs, even vegetables. Creating a garden-like atmosphere also includes many considerations. You can incorporate them as part of the design or add shrubbery as a patio border, use flower boxes, or plant foliage in planters and use them around your patio area.
Atlas Tip: Sometimes it’s better to plan the complete floor layout of your patio, before you begin planting. We can help you plan your gardens around your concrete flatwork and asphalt.

Fire Pit. What better, cozier way to entertain then around a custom-built firepit area on your patio? Great for any season, especially the spring and summer. Firepits come are built in a variety of ways. Sizes vary and there are several different styles of fire pit you can purchase material for to add to your patio.
Atlas Tip: Firepits can be built with many materials for different levels of functionality. Visit our structural concrete page for ideas.

Pergola or Gazebo. Both of these structures add a certain special, quaint feel to your patio or backyard garden. Think of size, utility and building materials you would like. These add an architectural feel to your patio or backyard.
Atlas Tip: Pergolas and Gazebos can be fortified along with your concrete work. Considering this during your concrete construction process is recommended.

Shade. Purchases including sheltered awnings or umbrellas should be considered for your patio, either for the rainy or sunny day. Adding covers to your designscape provides practicality, protection and a comfort element.

Wet Bar. Features like these really take your patio to the next level! There are many varieties of wet bars, including indoor, outdoor, screened-in or tikis.

Our residential flatwork can help you plan a new patio, pool deck or even retaining wall! At Atlas, we can help your backyard dreams come true through work with our engineers and landscaping designers. Redoing your patio? We can help with that too! Repair of existing concrete and structure, maintenance options and new additions are our forte!
Need help adding scaping or want more ideas for your patio? We are the construction experts! Visit our other pages and contact us at 303.590.4555.


What’s the Right Season?

Ever wondered what the right season is to begin your construction project? There’s several things to consider beforehand. One of the largest factors is how weather conditions will affect and either facilitate or delay your plans to pave, repair or install. Consider these different areas and why you should examine carefully not just the season, but the right season to begin your project.

To Pave Your Patio
We usually think of patios as a great way to bring together family and friends, soak up some extra sun in the summer and enjoy relaxing on in the fall. Paving your patio is a project worth pursuing for any homeowner. Before paving your patio with concrete, though you should consider a few key details about concrete:
First, concrete is made up of a mixture of cement aggregate and water. These elements are mixed and poured onto the ground’s surface wet. Later, it hardens onto the ground — the ground’s temperature and surrounding air temperature affects the hardening process of the concrete.
Secondarily, concrete’s components cause it to completely harden after its liquid molecules settle and evaporate. If temperatures are too cold while pavement is laid, this can affect the settling of the molecules. The cold can cause them to expand and crack onto the surface during the drying process.
On average, it takes 28 days for concrete to completely dry in warm weather. Colder temperatures, less than 40 degrees to freezing can considerably lengthen this duration. Also, increasingly hot temperatures, greater than 85 degrees can cause the surface layer to completely dry while the underneath layers remain moist. This leads a finished product of brittle, cracked patio pavement.

So, what is the ideal season to pave your patio? While colder temperatures are not as conducive to pouring concrete, with the assistance of insulation and heating elements, it can be accomplished. However, the ideal season to start your project would be either spring or fall, while majority of locations experience medium temperatures. Good planning will ensure the best job with the best results and a beautiful looking patio to enjoy for years to come.

To Repair Your Driveway
Repair your driveway with asphalt! As we have previously discussed, your driveway pavement can break down and begin cracking when exposed to elements like ice, snow and increased heat. Considering the best season to repair your driveway would include your answer within some of these areas:

How long since my driveway was first paved? Most quality asphalt can last for up to 20 years!

What damage does my driveway have? Assessing the extent of your driveway and comparing the size of your damage can help you determine the urgencies of your repairs. Read more about how to assess your repair needs.

What is the ideal season to repair your driveway? The Asphalt Paving Handbook recommends temperatures an average temperature of 50 degrees. The best seasons have been said to be during the early part of summer or fall, when their is little moisture but still warm enough weather conditions.

To Install Your Walkway
Why should you install a walkway? Here’s a few considerations:

  • Adds pleasing design appeal
  • Brings a convenient ease for guests
  • Creates a safer environment in bad weather
  • Increases the sale value of your property

What is the ideal season to install your walkway? The installation process involves laying of stones and adding mortar. Mortar is best laid in temperatures above 40 degrees when the ground is level and relatively dry. Frost and moisture can shift the ground and lead to an uneven instatement. Warmer weather is preferred for this grade of installation. We recommend the summer or fall season.

For more information and construction advice, contact us today.