A patio is a paved outdoor space where family and friends can gather, hang out, and relax. It is but natural to want it looking stunning all the time. Not only will that increase the appeal of your home, it would also increase the value of the property itself. When it comes to a concrete patio surface, there is a more economical option than natural stone, brick, or pavers. Decorative concrete became hugely popular because it encouraged the restoration of existing concrete slabs. Concrete repair used to be ugly and disappointing but that has changed. If you are interested in resurfacing your concrete patio, here are options you might want to consider.
Stamped Concrete Overlay
This overlay is probably one of the most popular concrete resurfacing options for patios nowadays. It is highly decorative, with the number of available patterns and designs to choose from. It can even mimic real stone, brick, and other high-end paving materials. This overlay, although applied thinly, is durable enough to last a long time. The stamping can be done on the whole patio or just in chosen sections such as borders, edges, or to highlight certain areas. Some popular patterns include:
- Fractured Slate
- European Fan
- Running Brick
Concrete staining is one of the simplest yet stunning ways you could enhance a concrete patio. This can be applied directly on the surface, as long as there is no damage, or on an overlay or coating. Acid stains produce random effects and interesting shades of a chosen color. These are caused by the stain’s chemical reaction with the concrete’s lime content. Water-based stains, on the other hand, create more uniform colors. This is highly recommended for designs that involve specific graphics or images.
Spray Knockdown Finish
This is an acrylic concrete coating that features a spray system instead of the typical roller brush method. Think of a stucco drywall but on a concrete patio. The coating is loaded into a hopper gun, sprayed on the concrete surface, and then manually knocked down with a trowel. This creates a knockdown texture that looks stunning and is absolutely slip-resistant. Another interesting feature of this spray texture coating is that it maintains a cool temperature despite long exposure to sunlight. Although it comes in a variety of colors, it can also be customized with concrete stains, if desired.