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Build it Right the First Time …

It will cost you less in the long run.

One of the best ways to expand your home’s outdoor living space is to provide a hard surface for seating and entertaining. Patios can provide space to do almost anything you would want to do indoors, but also provide an opportunity for grilling, toasting marshmallows over a fire pit, or enjoying the fresh air and nature around you. They keep your home cleaner by preventing mud, grass and other plant debris from being tracked into the house. A patio also adds value to your home, not only by its added utility, but also to your home’s re-sale value by up to 10%.

With all of these benefits, a patio can be a very desirable addition to your landscape. However, when many homeowners look into building a patio themselves, they realize the amount of time and hard work that is involved in the construction process is far greater than they realized. They then call various landscape companies for cost estimates, and end up choosing the lowest priced proposal. The problem with choosing the lowest priced bid is that you usually get what you pay for.

Generally, you can gauge the quality of a product by its price; think Mercedes versus Kia.  Both products may get the job done, but only one will continue to work well for 15 years or more. The same is true when comparing building methods of patios. One estimate may be $2,500, another $4,500, while the other is $5,000, most likely, the higher priced patios are going to maintain their integrity for a longer period of time.

You should also know beforehand how the patio will be built, not just what it will look like on the surface. A good rule of thumb is to build a patio according to the paver manufacturer’s specifications. Paver companies like Techo-Bloc, EP Henry, and Belgard provide detailed construction specifications to ensure the integrity of the patio for many years. Some companies will cut costs by eliminating some of the steps, which may seem fine today, but 5 years from now when your patio is no longer level you’ll wish corners hadn’t been cut.

I’m not saying that a homeowner should choose the highest price when comparing bids for a landscaping project, but should avoid a bid that is significantly lower than the average. Obviously, there are many other considerations to determine which company to work with than price. A homeowner should consider experience, customer service, and value.

In summary, the cost of building a patio cheaply in the beginning plus the cost of re-building, or worse, replacing it later, will cost more than having it done right the first time.  Take a look at some of the patios Sunrise has built for their customers over the years, we’re confident you’ll see the difference.

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