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Why Concrete is the Best Material for Patio Construction

It's that time of year where we start looking forward to the warm weather and how we can spend those summer nights on the back patio! There are many choices when choosing a material for patio construction but today we want to show you the reasons why concrete is the top choice.

Concrete Durability

There's no doubt concrete is a strong material. Its use in construction has been tested over the ages. In the Pittsburgh area we deal with four distinct seasons and concrete can weather them all! Foot traffic and furniture wear and tear are also elements that could wear down a patio. 

Flexibility in Design

Since concrete is a poured material, it is very easy to customize. Whatever shapes, sizes or designs you desire we can complete the task for you. 

Concrete Maintenance

Concrete needs little maintenance to keep its quality. A regular sealing every few years will be enough to protect it from the elements.

Why Retaining Wall Quality Means the Most in Winter

We all know the aesthetic and structural benefits that retaining walls bring to any property. This is why it is key to understand how the quality of your retaining wall can effect it's survival of winter conditions.


One of concrete's biggest enemies is the freeze/thaw process that takes place in the winter months. To protect against this, high quality materials with a low porosity should be used. Dense materials prevent water from seeping in, thus avoiding the problems created by the freeze/thaw cycle. The blocks from which your retaining wall is constructed are not the only elements susceptible to the freeze/thaw cycle, however. Jointing can also be susceptible to damage. For this reason, it is better to use polymeric sand to seal all joints.

Holding up under the weight of Snow and Ice

Retaining walls are designed to hold up to the weight of the soil they’re supporting. However, in winter, the weight and pressure of the load is increased considerably by snow and moisture. At BRK Custom Concrete our professional team knows how to properly construct your wall to protect against this issue.

Prepare your property for the Fall Season

Fall is here, the leaves are changing, and it's that time again to keep your property and house protected for the colder months to come! Today we will explore some tips and tricks on how to protect your concrete and more for the winter season.

- Fix any cracks in your driveway or sidewalk

When water freezes it expands. These are the laws of physics. To keep cracks from getting bigger and causing potholes you may want to fix any kind of cracks or uneven surfaces on your concrete. 

- Clean out your gutters

Cleaning out your gutters can prevent damage to your home and concrete surfaces. When the leaves fall they clog the gutters and create overflow of stormwater. This overflow can cause water seepage into basements and further damage to cracked concrete.

- Invest in the correct Ice Melt

Harsh ice melting chemicals can wreak havoc it on concrete surfaces. It is best to invest in a calcium-based ice melt, which causes far less damage than other formulas.

- Keep your driveways clear

Is always smart to keep leaves and other debris off of your driveway surfaces. Regular sweeping will help the lifespan of your concrete.

Stamped Concrete. Get the most style out of your patio.

Stamped Concrete is one of the best ways to customize your concrete project with a unique pattern that is not just visually appealing but applies a great texture technique as well. 

What Is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped Concrete is a technique where a pattern is stamped into the concrete mixture. This can be anything from a stone pattern to a wood texture.

Where Can It Be Applied?

Virtually every concrete project from sidewalks, driveways and patios can be stamped.