Your patio is the heart of your backyard, and if you’re tired of how it looks, it may be time for an upgrade. A concrete patio has a tendency to be pretty boring, unless you’re willing to go the extra step to make it more attractive. There are a variety of ways you can improve the look of your concrete, from easy DIYs to more complex projects that may require the help of the pros. Here are five ideas to consider if you’re ready to take on the challenge.
If you are happy with the current shape of your patio, but just want to add a little more pizazz, staining is a great option. This process gives you the ability to completely customize the look of your patio by applying stain that is meant for concrete. You can keep it traditional with a gray stain or you can get crazy and add a bold color that matches your unique personality. Think about the style and design of your backyard and choose a stain color that is complementary.
2. Creating a Border
You can use concrete paint, concrete stain or even add a small, new pour of decorative concrete around your existing patio to create a border. A border creates a definitive edge to your patio while adding color, pattern and interest. You can create a very complex border that combines multiple shapes and colors or you can keep it simple with a classic, lattice pattern that is perfect for backyard areas.
If you are in the market for a demolition and complete re-pour of your patio, it may be time to add texture and interest by stamping the concrete. A variety of patterns and styles of stamps are available today, making it easy to create the exact look that you want. If you’re going for a more traditional style, choose a stamp that mimics bricks or cobblestone. You can even mix and match stamps to come up with a one-of-a-kind, decorative concrete patio that your friends and family will ooh and aah over!
If you appreciate the durability of concrete, but you want the look of something more expensive, try marbling your patio. Some people use the process to make kitchen countertops that mimic the look of real marble, but it can be done on an exterior pour as well. It typically involves mixing different colors and even concrete powders to create a marbleized pattern in your new pour.
If you want the marble look but don’t want to tear out your current concrete patio, you can have it polished. This process creates a high-luster finish that is smooth, beautiful and eye-catching. It looks a little more finished than plain concrete, but it doesn’t take a lot of work. You’ll likely have to rent a concrete polisher or work with a professional who can do the polishing for you.
Your backyard is your oasis and you should enjoy spending time out there. If you’re tired of your patio, give it a little facelift by either updating the concrete you already have or completing a new pour with decorative concrete elements. Either way, you’re sure to be happy with the finished product.
Whatever you decide, be sure to talk with one of our concrete experts at Intermountain Concrete Specialties. Contact us today—we’d love to help!