Rosica Alyssia. patio. July 30th , 2017.
Paver blocks are designed to weather the elements. They are molded under very high pressure, making them much more resilient to environmental changes. They are used as individual units, placed one after another in a chain-like fashion. The only weak-link in this otherwise durable chain is the sand filling in between each block. It is known to erode over time, requiring time-to-time refilling. Also, weeds may grow in it with their roots weakening the binding. If the base foundation is made incorrectly, the blocks may even heave or settle, making for an uneven surface.
Patios are meant to be places where you can become one with nature. That is the reason why people put a lot of greenery around their patio, add natural pools, and make it as natural as possible. Of course, furniture made from a material like metal or plastic will look incongruous in the patio. (Yet, wrought iron does have some fantastic shapes and does look good in patios.) But, it remains a fact that the only suitable materials for the patio are wicker and wood. Now, since we all know how susceptible wood is to climatic conditions, wicker becomes the best choice. It can be blended with other stronger materials (such as built on a metal frame, or given a glass table top), and made better-looking. Wicker really looks at home in the patio, it merges with the surroundings beautifully.
People are always on the lookout for new materials to build their furniture with. Currently, wicker has gained a lot of popularity. Maybe people find it to be more of a natural material than wood for some reason, and that is why they place their wicker furniture right in front of their houses, in their patios.
It is important to understand that being rougher than paver blocks, stamped concrete is more prone to wear and tear, specifically from heavier loads such as car tires. As a protective measure, a sealant can be applied to the surface every 3 - 4 years, which can protect against the elements while also adding a glossy sheen to it.
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