Surface Options for Concrete Patio Floors

Stained Concrete Patio and Pool Deck

Stained Concrete Patio and Pool Deck

You have a big gathering planned for family and friends at your home in just a few weeks. While you have everything organized – food, beverages, games, decorations, and entertainment – you realize your concrete patio floors look horrible. Instead of stressing about the lack of time, you can create whatever look you want within one to two days using decorative concrete overlays or coatings.

Although you have virtually endless possibilities, the following are some ideas worth considering. Remember, your new concrete patio floors will look gorgeous not only for your big event but for many years after. In fact, that one change will enhance both the appearance and value of your property.

  • Stained Concrete – For this option, you can choose between a water- and acid-based stain. They both produce unbelievable results but in different ways. With a water-based stain, the surface changes color. If you use something like SunH20, you have a fantastic choice of many bold and fun colors. In comparison, an acid-based stain, like SunAcid, penetrates and reacts to chemicals in the concrete. Although there are fewer color options, you end up with a marbled effect. If you prefer a more sophisticated look, go with the acid-based stain. For vibrancy, select the water-based stain.
  • Epoxy – Epoxy might be popular for garage floors, but it also makes an excellent choice for concrete patio floors. Based on the design or theme that you want, you would select the coordinating color. For a “wow” factor, have the installer create beautiful textures and designs. Combined with the fact that epoxy is cool to bare feet and slip resistant, this makes it ideal for a backyard patio transformation.
  • Stamped Concrete – Yet another possibility is having your concrete patio floors stamped. Again, depending on the look you want to achieve, a professional installer can use templates or create a custom design. For the latter, the entire family can come up with something unique, or you can rely on the expert for ideas.