I have a concrete patio that has a few cracks (minor) in it, plus some
Is there anything I can do to cover this up to enhance it?
I am thinking pavers, or some decorative rock, and not carpet or
painting over it. Also, hopefully, there is something I can do myself,
rather than hiring it done.
You could do pavers or rock but it isn't real easy. Well, it is easy to do
but is hard work. You would have to work out some sort of edge restraint,
but down about an inch of bedding sand, lay the pavers, compact the pavers
and then sweep sand into the joints.
- OR -
You could get a bottle of CLR or other mild acid to remove the rust stains
and live with the minor cracking.
- ALSO -
Don't even think about putting a layer of colored, stamped concrete over
what you have now.
Just saw this on Yard Crashers yesterday. They used some process (sorry
I didn't get the name) where you mix epoxy goo, spread it, and then put
some small, slightly larger than pea sized rocks in the epoxy. They
said you do one bucket at a time because of the cure time. It looked
really nice when finished.
They call that river rock here and it looks great when it is new but
after a few years you are back there putting more epoxy on it. After a
while you are cussing and ripping it out. It was all the rage 20 years
ago and I don't know a single person who did it then who still has it.
On 4/4/2012 9:19 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
i had it in my last house. the epoxy breaks down in the sun, and you
have to (expensively) recoat it with fresh epoxy every few years. it is
also HOT on bare feet if it gets direct sun, but is a lot cooler than
bare concrete around a pool.
Concrete isn't repairable.
Putting something on top will probably come with issues.
I can tell you what I did:
1. Rent electric air hammer, break cement into pieces.
2. Call carting company and have rubble removed.
3. Dig to required depth and lay rock dust and sand.
4. Pack with rented vibrating compactor.
5. Lay pavers on top.
Lots of little details like edging, getting the right run off, etc.
But assuming you don't want a hack job...
Kate, you can glue brick to it with plastic roof cement and then broom
sand into all the joints. This will make a very serviceable surface.
There are many toppings designed for concrete. They will require a good
clean surface. Here is plenty of information from one of the best in
make sure to look through their gallery. Stain may provide the look you
seek, but there are certainly overlays which give an entirely new surface.
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