When you have a home of your own, it can be easy to forget that you can make changes whenever and wherever you please. While many people zero-in on high-end materials, anyone living with pets or children can attest to the fact that living in a home involves messes, and choosing materials that stand the test of time, like concrete, is always a good option. Here are three great places for concrete work around your home and yard, and why you won't regret the investment. 

1. Your Walking Path and Patio

Your front walking path and patio make the first impression when you have guests over to your home, so don't neglect them. If the walking path up to your porch is damaged, discolored, cracked, or pitted, it could even be a trip-and-fall hazard for others who visit. 

Think about having the concrete work redone for your walking path and on your patio so that people can access your home safely. If you are concerned about how the path will look, remember that you can always ask them to dye and seal the concrete, or to stamp the surface with textured mats. 

2. Your Kitchen

Although it may not seem like an ideal place for concrete, the kitchen is a great place for concrete countertops. Concrete countertops are strong, stable, and can be sealed to prevent future staining or discolorations, creating beautiful, dark-gray counters that you can rely on. 

If you like the industrial style, you could even install concrete flooring throughout your kitchen. These simple floors are strong enough to endure anything life throws at them, and can be finished in a variety of colors to create more of a decorative look. 

3. Your Garden

If you have a garden, ask concrete contractors about creating a walking path through the area. Walking paths make it easy to tend to your garden without hurting your feet or becoming muddy, and also allow you to pull or push a wheelbarrow through the garden easily if you ever need to. 

When you start the search for a concrete provider, look for a professional who has a longstanding history working with the medium and who cares about doing things the right way the first time around. Ask them what they charge for different projects, and how long it is projected to take. By taking the time to understand the options available to you, you can enjoy a beautiful home without impacting your budget too severely.