Now is the time to start planning if you have been considering that spring patio project for the up-in-coming long summer nights. There are numerous factors to take into consideration prior to this undertaking first and foremost one needs to analyze the topography of where the patio is going and after such look out onto the surrounding ares and understand the composition of the soil in and around the designated area then, consider drainage. Ask where and how will the water travel in heavy rains and will it drain properly. A very popular and reasonably inexpensive choice is concrete and yet there is a lot of harsh environmental critics that slam concrete for its carbon emissions but here are some ‘ green’ options for you to consider
Which Shade of Green is Right for You?
While thinking green when it comes to concrete driveways, paths, patios, pool decks, and floors is a smart choice for your pocketbook, your home, and the environment, it’s not unusual for homeowners to feel a little overwhelmed when presented with the full scope of green remodeling options. If you’re feeling unsure about how green you’re willing to go with your upcoming project, there’s no need to worry. Going green is not an all-or-nothing proposition, whether you opt for a concrete slab as your basement flooring material, or pull out all the stops with recycled content concrete, metal forms, and a radiant floor heating system to boot.
If you do think green is the right choice for your adventure in concrete, talk with your contractor about adopting a green remodeling philosophy, find a contractor who specializes in green building and remodeling, or seek out the services of a green consulting firm so you can be sure that your new driveway, walkway, patio, or floor project is as green as they come.
Green Concrete Suggestions for Healthier and More Energy Efficient Homes
That said, here’s a list of concrete suggestions, starting with how greening your concrete can reduce energy costs and lead to a healthier home.