A patio is a paved outdoor space where family and friends can gather, hang out, and relax. It is an important part of any house and we’re sure you want it to look as stunning as possible for your next get-together. Not only will that increase the appeal of your home, it will also increase the value of the property itself. When it comes to a concrete patio surface, it is a more economical choice than natural stone, brick, or pavers. Decorative concrete is hugely popular because it encourages the restoration of existing concrete slabs instead of a complete replacement of your concrete slabs.
If you are interested in resurfacing your concrete patio, here are some possibilities you might want to consider. We also have a comprehensive guide to indoor and outdoor refinishing options for further reading.
Stamped Concrete Overlay
Stamped concrete overlay is probably one of the most popular concrete resurfacing options for patios nowadays. It is highly decorative and comes with a number of available patterns and designs to choose from. It can even mimic real stone, brick, and other more expensive paving materials. This overlay, although applied thinly, is extremely durable. 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 patio’s 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 that 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, as water-based stains are capable of showing a larger variety of pigments.
Spray Knockdown Finish
This is an acrylic concrete coating that uses 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 completely slip-resistant. Another interesting feature of this spray texture coating is that it maintains a cool temperature despite long exposure to sunlight, which is a helpful feature to have in a patio. It comes in a variety of colors, but it can also be further customized with concrete stains.