Do not let unsightly defects in your concrete patio keep you from enjoying it. Create an attractive, usable space to entertain, dine or simply relax by covering it with one of many flooring solutions available today.
Ceramic, slate or terracotta tiles bring new life to a dull concrete patio. Some homeowners install natural stone such as granite or clay pavers, or modular deck tiles of different wood types that interlock. For an existing concrete surface in excellent condition, you can apply special stains or textured coatings.
Some materials work best in locations where freezing and thawing cycles occur. Surfaces such as clay pavers or bricks create additional height. You may need to seal stone applications to prevent staining. For the best appearance after overlaying a concrete patio with a new floor, clear the space of any debris and have surrounding areas landscaped.
Home Improvement Web cautions against installing materials on a badly cracked or uneven concrete patio. Glazed tiles tend to become more slippery when wet, creating a slipping hazard, while tiles that absorb water can crack in cold temperatures.