Are you troubled by your old concrete patio and looking for ways to improve its appearance? I have compiled three cost-effective ways to cover a concrete patio. I will provide details on the work involved with each choice to help you make a more informed decision.
Concrete patios can be practical, but an unsightly one can be a major turn-off. If the space doesn’t inspire you, you won’t want to spend much time there.
However, replacing your old concrete patio doesn’t require hiring a jackhammer and a dumpster. If it’s in good shape, numerous attractive options exist for resurfacing it.
This is also an environmentally friendly alternative since landfills overflow with concrete. Additionally, you will save money by not having to pay to dispose of it. Why fix it if it isn’t broken?
Interlocking floor tiles
Interlocking floor tiles are a new and innovative solution for your patio. These square pieces snap together like a puzzle; you can easily find different options online.
While composite wood is the most popular material for snap-together deck tiles, other options are available, including porcelain, granite, and slate, allowing you to achieve a unique and custom look with ease.
It’s important to note that wood tiles should be sealed right after installation to prevent weathering. In contrast, porcelain and stone tiles can become very slippery when wet. Depending on where they are installed, cleaning might also require more effort than other options that I’m about to mention.
However, snap-together deck tiles are the most accessible and most convenient option. You can install them at your own pace; the cutting process will be simple, depending on the material.
The cost of materials can be high, but this is a project that even the most un-handy homeowners can complete. It only takes an afternoon, saving you hundreds or more on labor costs.
If your old concrete slab has only minor cracks, recovering it with concrete is an option. While you may hate the look of the current slab, you should still consider more concrete.
Stamped concrete patios are beautiful and customizable with dyes and patterns. Stamped concrete can mimic the look of pavers, bricks, natural stone, and even wood, and a fraction of the cost of these materials.
Depending on the concrete patio, it needs to be fixed before stamped concrete is done. Also, depending on the deck, forms might be easily installed on the sides of the old one. If you want stamped sides, new concrete will have to be there, too, so it can be forged.
This is at the limits of what a DIY homeowner can do. You will need form materials; you need to be able to cut them and install them. It would help if you also had stamps for the patio.
If the answer to all of these is YES, then you can do it. It could even be fun if you enjoy this stuff and it is cheap, as concrete isn’t that expensive.
Other concrete options available for resurfacing a patio with concrete include exposed aggregate. Although an economical option, this is likely the look you are trying to hide in the first place. It depends on the taste, and with a staining coating, it could be a viable option.
There’s also polished concrete. If polished concrete doesn’t sound appealing, check out photos online before ruling it out. When done by a licensed and experienced concrete contractor, polished concrete can become an authentic art piece. Also, the range of acid stains and dyes available is stunning.
Staining is also in the range of what a DIY homeowner can do. It needs a bit of preparation.
Pavers are a high-end solution for concrete patios. Extensive surface preparation is also involved before the paver installation. The look of pavers, however, makes it well worth the money and effort for many homeowners.
A staggering number of paver options are available, from traditional red clay brick and mortar to randomly shaped textured pavers that closely mimic the look of natural stone. Quickly browsing hardware store websites can provide enough inspiration for 20 patios.
Pavers can accent your patio with built-in benches, raised planters, or low walls. That’s because you can purchase coordinating paver blocks for your enhancement projects.
Pavers are also made for every design style, from old-world antiqued pavers reminiscent of cobblestones to sleek geometric pavers laid in a hopscotch tile pattern for a graphic look.
Pavers are also durable. You can expect a long life from your paver patio, provided the surface was prepared for installation. Patio pavers are also easy to care for, occasionally requiring a quick hosing down.
All this being said, the ground for installing pavers must be level. Your concrete patio must be leveled before installation if it needs to be leveled. After that, the pavers can be installed with something like a thinset that will adhere them to the patio. If your deck doesn’t have high edges, leave them loose.
Lucky for us, thinset is pretty easy to use. It’s used for ceramic tiles a lot; if someone wants, even this blog can give it a walkthrough. I like pavers a lot because of the variety in colors and sizes, but the other options are all the same. Installing thin pavers over concrete should be the same as installing ceramic tiles.
I have come up with three inexpensive ways to cover a concrete patio. These options are designed to be within the range of what people can do themselves to save money. However, if hiring a contractor is necessary, it will still stay within the budget.
When building a patio cover on existing concrete, there are many ways to make it more exciting and attractive. All of the above options can be restored to look as good as new and don’t have to cost a fortune.
Interlocking floors are the easiest option to install. This is perfect for those who want a good-looking patio without putting in too much work.
Stamped concrete is the most difficult option because it involves multiple stages of work. It requires fixing the old concrete, pouring more on top, stamping it, and coating it. All of these steps will increase the amount of work and cost involved. However, if executed perfectly, the result might be the best of the three options.
Pavers are the middle-ground option. They are easy to install since they come in ready-made shapes. They can be cut quite quickly, and you don’t need to do anything extra after installation if you don’t want to. All they need to succeed is a level and sound base.