Ideas on raising backyard patio sunken floor?


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Old 08-30-12, 01:50 PM
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Ideas on raising backyard patio sunken floor?

Hey folks, I have a really irritating backyard patio because it is sunken in with relation to the rest of the backyard. Due to it being about 7-9" lower than the yard, it always has leaves/dirt/etc blowing in and getting "stuck". What are some (economical) ways on raising this patio level? The patio area is about 9'x24'. The base is concrete although there is a line (lengthwise) splitting the concrete so it is very slightly uneven where the line is.

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Have you looked into mudjacking?
 
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Old 08-30-12, 02:08 PM
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Hi again mitch, thanks for the quick responses.

No, I've never heard of mudjacking but it sounds like a great thing. Reading a bit on it, it's unclear if it only applies if the concrete "slab" had sunken or whether or not it will work even if the concrete was originally poured at that current height. This patio was as is when I moved here so I'm not sure why it is so much off compared to the rest.
 
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I'd hit the phonebook for some contractors and have them come out and take a look.
 
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Why not do an overpour to bring it level with the yard??
 
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I don't know if an over pour is very economical. Where are the leaves & the dirt coming from?
 
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Material cost for his patio (9' x 24' x 8" thick concrete overlay) would be less than $1200 in most parts of the country. Probably a tad more than mudjacking. But an overlay wouldn't leave those ugly little patched holes all over the place.

That patio has the appearance of having been deliberately installed at a lower elevation than the adjacent yard.
 

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That's still alot of money just to stop some leaves. That's why I asked where are they coming from & we don't know what the other side of the patio looks like either.
 
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thanks for the replies guys and sorry for the late response. works been killing me.

the leaves are mainly coming from neighors' trees. $1200 is on the steep end for me right now seeing as I have to replace my roof this week too. I was hoping to find some cheap solutions (temporary is ok without being an eye sore) if possible.

sorry I don't have any more photos at the moment, but the "other side" of the patio is attached to my home. So there is a stucco wall and sliding door leading to my living room on the other side. There are basically two total openings that have no "fence". One of them is shown in the original picture, the other one (adjacent to the first opening) is much much wider. I've been placing 2x4s on the ground to block some of the leaves but has proved to not work very well. I've been tempted to just lean a panel board I have lying around to block the big opening..

Thanks again folks.
 
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Would installing fences in the opened spots help? In my case, the neighbor finally removed his tree a few months before we sold the house.
 
 

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