Concrete Patio FAQ

Welcome to our Concrete Patio FAQ page, where we address common questions and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions. Whether you’re considering concrete patio installation, maintenance, or repairs, we’ve got you covered with expert answers to guide you to a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting patio solution.

Concrete Patio Q&A


The cost of a concrete patio can vary widely based on several factors, including the size of the patio, the complexity of the design, the region or location, and the specific materials and finishes used.

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The typical recommendation is a minimum thickness of 4 inches for residential patios. However, heavier usage or specific conditions might require a thicker pour.

While it may be walkable after 24-48 hours, we recommend waiting at least 3 days before placing any furniture on the surface. Full curing usually takes about 28 days.

Reinforcement like rebar can enhance strength and durability. It’s often recommended, especially for larger or high-traffic areas.

While it’s possible for some DIYers, hiring a professional ensures proper preparation, leveling, and finishing for a long-lasting patio.

Demolition will occur on Day 1. The concrete crew will return 1-3 days later to pour the concrete. Please keep in mind that concrete pouring is weather-dependent and we cannot pour concrete in the rain, this may result in a delay.

To enhance your concrete patio with decorative elements like stamping, staining, or exposed aggregates, plan for these features during installation. Opting for professional assistance ensures a polished outcome, refined appearance, and a well-executed design.

The color is selected from a color chart. Installed color may vary a few shades lighter or darker depending on manufacturer variation, water need, and various other factors. The wet-look sealer applied to your concrete will also affect the final color.

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It’s generally recommended to reseal your concrete patio every 2-3 years. However, factors like weather and usage can influence this frequency.

Regularly sweep or use a leaf blower to remove debris. For stains, a mild detergent and water solution or a specialized concrete cleaner are effective.

Proper installation, control joints, and routine maintenance like sealing can help prevent cracks. Avoiding heavy impacts and abrupt temperature changes is also crucial.

Winter weather can be brutal, so you’ll want to protect your investment. Avoid using harsh chemicals for ice melting, promptly remove snow, and consider applying a quality sealer to protect against freeze-thaw cycles.

When you use a method of snow removal that has a steel cutting/scraping edge, it will leave behind tiny amounts of steel on the surface of the concrete. These small amounts of steel will oxidize and rust, leaving rust visible on the surface of the concrete. This rust is difficult to remove.

Scaling may indicate freeze-thaw damage. Resurface the affected area after ensuring proper drainage and taking steps to prevent future freeze-thaw cycles.


Clean the crack, fill it with a concrete patching compound, and then seal the repaired area. Regularly inspect and address small cracks to prevent them from worsening.

Poor soil compaction or erosion beneath the slab can cause sinking. Lift and level sunken areas using a process like mudjacking or polyurethane foam injection. It is recommended to consult with a professional for proper repair.

Yes, resurfacing is a cost-effective way to renew the appearance of a worn patio. Clean the surface, apply a bonding agent, and add a thin layer of concrete overlay.

Yes, you can. Remove loose or damaged concrete, clean the area, and apply a resurfacing compound. This process helps restore the surface without a complete replacement.

Pitting may result from freeze-thaw cycles or surface wear. Resurface the patio with a thin layer of concrete to smooth out the pitted areas and enhance durability.

At Aurora Asphalt & Concrete, we’re dedicated to delivering top-quality service for your property. Our skilled team takes pride in exceeding your expectations, offering competitive pricing, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Your satisfaction is our priority. Contact us at 763-493-2976 if you have additional questions or would like a free estimate.


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