Do not apply (pour out) concrete in terraces

Laying frost resistant tiles in terraces is a tradition that goes back to the times when it was almost the only product accessible on the market. Recent years have brought a lot of positive changes

There are many more possibilities to arrange and use the terrace. Consumer awareness has increased. Their perspective and needs have changes. Bigger choice in the selection of materials allows to focus on the aesthetic side and own gustoes. The producers of surface materials issue catalogues, which do inspire customers. Experts are trained in the application and processing of new materials.

Although the terrace materials market offers new interesting possibilities, in new single family houses terraces are still made of concrete – explains Piotr Kułagowski, coordinator for market development in Libet. – The result is that the space between the terrace and the door is only suitable for … glued down gres tiles.

The use of big sized tiles on the terrace or pavement blocks requires changes of old habits from the times when almost every realization of the terrace was based on ceramic or gres tiles. We do not place concrete, before we make a decision about the material which is supposed to be used. Instead of a concrete structure it is later sufficient to make the so-called ground terrace. What is important, the change regards the transition into a cheaper method that is quicker, faster and more effective in future exploitation of the terrace.

On the construction-oriented Internet forums we can find entries that tell stories about the necessity of hacking off the terrace before placing the desired surface. What is necessary is the change of the way investors think. Performing the terrace with the traditional (“wet”) method takes at least 30 days. The same effect in the (“dry”) technology can be obtained in 1 day. Yet, this is not the only benefit. Placing the “wet” terrace is almost 40% cheaper.

Apart from smaller execution costs it will also be easier to take care of the terraces in the future – explains Piotr Kułągowski. – Potential exchange of the damaged elements may be quickly performed individually. In the case of glued tiles and those layed “in a stiff manner” this is not possible.

Comparison of the terrace costs performed with the traditional and the “dry” method:

Price of performing the terrace with the surface of around 25 m2 in the “Wet” technology

  • Gres freeze – resistant tiles 25 m2 – 1800 zł
  • Flexible freeze resistant joint around 16 kg – 150 zł
  • External flexible glue, freeze resistant, thick layered around – 180 zł
  • Deep penetrating preparation around 5L – 150 zł
  • B-25 class concrete, thickness 20-25 cm, around 6,5 m3 , ok. 6,5 m3 – 1900 zł
  • Reinforced steel 25m2 – 550 zł
  • Cost of labor – 1800-3000 zł

Total: 7730 zł
Time of execution: co najmniej 30 dni

Price of performing the terrace with the surface of around 25 m2 in the “Dry” technology

    • Impregnated packaging 5 L – 280 zł
    • Impressio tiles 5 pellets – 2000 zł
    • Different-sized stones 0-7 mm, 1 m3 – 80 zł
    • Broken aggregate 0-31,5 mm, 2,5 m3 – 250 zł
    • Medium sand 2,5 m3 – 50 zł
    • non-woven geotextile fabric 25 m2 – 200 zł
    • Labor costs 80 80 zł/m2 – 2000 zł

Total: 4760 zł
Time of execution: – 1 dzień

Cost savings: 2970 zł