Why is Decorative Concrete Better Than Ceramic Tile for Your Patio?


Thinking about building or updating a patio in your backyard? The options on flooring are plentiful, but today we are going to talk about the difference between decorative concrete and ceramic tiles. Both can be very beautiful. Though there is a huge difference with maintenance and—depending on where you live—how the weather may affect your choice.

Being that we are located in southern Louisiana where the humidity gets so high it feels like you’re walking through a sauna for three out of the four seasons, we’ll start with the impact of weather on each.
Humidity can cause moisture to seep into the exterior and leave stains and discoloration. That horrible “H” word can also cause mold growth in the grout.
The only real affect that moisture has on decorative concrete is if the concrete’s moisture ratio isn’t properly adjusted when being mixed prior to being poured. 
Now for the fun part—the maintenance. Which one do you think is higher maintenance? Let’s see how they measure up.


Periodic maintenance consists of:· Grout cleaning as seen in this video:

· Stripping and resealing after the wear and tear of time and weather.

· Re-grouting areas that are permanently discolored from time and weather.

· Replacing of cracked tiles—with the brittleness of ceramic, cracking is quite common.


Maintenance consists of the following—details can be found on ConcreteNetwork.com:

· General cleaning with a garden hose or pressure washer (a mild detergent may be used).

· Resealing every 2-3 years to protect your investment.




The simplicity and beauty of decorative concrete makes the answer easy. Decorative concrete is definitely the way to go.

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