Different Ways To Improve The Look Of Your Concrete Patio


When replacing your existing concrete patio is not an option, you can find alternative ways of improving its look. To do so, you need to take the opportunity to learn more about the different design options.

Add a Design

One method for improving your concrete patio is to add a design to the surface. You can do this by stamping or stenciling a pattern into the concrete.

These methods are a good alternative to more expensive materials, since you can use them to mimic stone or brick. Some companies also offer custom decorative images that you can use to redecorate your patio.

To stamp a pattern into the concrete, the contractor you hire starts by applying an overlay mixture onto the existing patio. This overlay is a new layer of concrete that is around 1/4 to 3/4 thick. Once the concrete is in place, the workers press large rubber-stamping mats into the surface to create the pattern and to add texture.

If you prefer a more subtle impression, you can choose to have a contractor etch the pattern into the concrete. With this technique, the contractor places a stencil on top of the concrete and then applies a thin layer of acid etching gel to the exposed concrete portions. The acid removes a very small amount of concrete to create the pattern.

Add a Color

Color is another way to improve the appearance of your concrete patio. You have a few methods for adding the color; you just need to choose the one that best suits your design idea.

One option for adding color is to use concrete paint to create a unique pattern or image on the surface. To apply the paint, you can use either a brush or roller to add an even layer of paint over the concrete. It is important to note that even though this product looks like regular paint, it is not. Concrete paint is specially formulated not to crack, peel or fade from the outside elements, which makes it a good option for your patio.

Another color option that can give you a wavy or marbleized affect is to use an acid stain. This type of stain reacts to the minerals inside the existing concrete. Each mineral will react differently to the stain, which means some areas will be lighter or darker, thus giving the color a wavy appearance.  

Whether you are looking to add color or a pattern to your concrete patio, it is best to know all of your options. By having this information, you can then choose which design elements you prefer to use to improve the look of your patio. Click here to learn more about concrete.


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