Today, most home owners prefer using concrete to create or upgrade their patios at home. The reason for choosing concrete is quite clear; it is cheap, lasts long, and very versatile. With concrete you can use your creativity to come up with different looks for your outdoor patio which people are already starting to discover. There are already many popular kinds of concrete patios and here are some of them.
One very durable and stylish kind of concrete patio is the acid stained concrete patio. When the concrete is still wet, acid is poured which reacts to the chemicals present. The results is colors that mingle and blend so that a natural stone look is created or it becomes a more vibrant and colorful design. The colors from acid stained concrete will never fade and remain intact for the life of the concrete itself.
If concrete appears coarse with whole pebbled and other bits and pieces seen in the slab, this is a type of concrete patio called exposed aggregate. The texture and feel of the concrete area is very interesting, and this can be enhanced by mixing colored glass or bits of tile in with the concrete before it is laid. You will have a unique patio if you use exposed aggregate concrete on our patio or on borders around your patio.
Perhaps your imagination of poured concrete is a simple gray slab that looks lifeless. Pouring concrete actually gives you the chance to experiment with color. Make two different color mixes of concrete without using gray, of course, and then pour them out in a pattern. With this, you can make your outdoor checkerboard or a concrete mural.
Stamped concrete is something that many homeowners like since it looks like tiles or pavers and it sturdy and durable like concrete. Stamped concrete is made by pouring concrete on the patio and impressing designs and texture upon it using a stamp. Whatever pattern and design you can think of, can be stamped on your concrete. Flagstones, brick, tile, stone, and sandstone pavers are the popular designs. The concrete needs to be prepared using specific dye, then poured and stamped with the appropriate design.
When choosing a concrete patio, you really have a lot of other options aside from the types we have discussed above. The only limit to concrete patio design is your creativity, so if you have that talent and skill, then you can make your own concrete patio design which is not like the popular ones mentioned above and have the most unique patio in the neighborhood that your guests will envy.