A new patio can be just the thing to spruce up your backyard so you can enjoy the evenings watching the sunset or sitting around a fire pit having a chat with old friends. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to a new patio and it’s up to you to make your dreams a reality.
Concrete Patio Ideas
Concrete is an excellent choice for your new backyard patio – it will hold up well for many years and lends itself to many great applications like stamped or colored concrete so you’re not limited to a bland gray slab of concrete in your backyard. Some great ideas for your concrete patio include:
Stained Concrete: Concrete can be stained using an acid-based staining agent that will penetrate the concrete and permanently color it in a range of earth-toned colors, allowing you to have concrete that resembles stone or wood, for instance. The advantage of staining is that it is part of the concrete and won’t fade or chip away like paint would. Staining is a bit limited in the colors that can be achieved at this point, but new techniques for staining or dying concrete are becoming more common and allow a much wider range of colors including bright colors like reds and oranges or even soft pastel colors.
Stamped Concrete: Stamped concrete (also referred to as patterned or imprinted concrete) is a great alternative to other traditional materials typically used in patio construction such as flagstones or brick pavers. It combines the durability of concrete with the ability to mimic a wide range of other materials since it can be “stamped” into patterns that very closely resemble stones, bricks or other materials as well as colored
Stenciled Concrete: Concrete can easily be stenciled with patterns to make it resemble brick, stone and other materials or you can stencil a pattern on the concrete.
Engraved Concrete: Engraved concrete is a very popular option for adding a pattern to your concrete as well – the pattern is engraved directly into the surface of the concrete and won’t chip or fade away.
Concrete Pavers: An excellent alternative to masonry pavers – concrete pavers offer the same versatile range of shapes and colors as masonry pavers but are much more durable and can be designed to resemble stone or other materials.
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