Looking to liven up your backyard patio? Start with concrete. There are several ways to incorporate a fun and fresh twist to your concrete patio. With stains, patterns, colors, and more, you’d be surprised how your perspective on concrete can change. Here’s how you can use concrete to amp up the aesthetic appeal of your patio:
Weather-resistant clay pavers are bricks that are hard-fired using a kiln and are cheaper than natural stone. This gives them the maximum strength needed to withstand the harsh weather and blazing heat that we experience here in the south. Clay pavers can be used to resurface an old patio, or to build one from scratch.
One of the easiest ways to improve your existing concrete patio is to paint the concrete. Be sure to get the right kind of paint that’s rated for outdoor use (porch paint is a good choice). For the best results, make sure to power wash your concrete before painting it.
Mimic the appearance of stone
Using a rubber roller made for concrete or a rubber concrete stamping mat, you can create indentations in your concrete to give it a stone-like effect. Like clay pavers, this is cheaper than buying natural stone. Various graphic, brick, and stone patterns are offered.
Cobblestone is one of the easiest stones to mimic, and this can be done using a concrete mold. Rather than stamping the pattern like in the above methods, you fill the mold with concrete and pop it out until you achieve the desired amount of cobblestones.
Staining or sealing
With an existing concrete patio, another easy and cost-effective way to liven it up is with a concrete stain or sealer. You can choose from hundreds of stain colors, although you cannot go lighter than your current concrete color.
Sealant, on the other hand, is more of a practical improvement than an aesthetic improvement. Adding this to your concrete will hardly change the appearance of it, but it will protect your concrete and help it to last longer.
Regardless of whether you’re adding to an existing concrete patio or starting a new one from scratch, Port Aggregates can help! Contact us today to request a quote for your commercial or residential project.