Concrete slab patios are sort of the builder’s special of patio surfaces. Though they were considered standard 20 or so years ago, the expectations of today’s average home buyer have risen significantly. So, if yours needs a facelift, consider these three relatively easy options for sprucing up your patio this summer.
If your patio is in relatively good condition (i.e. no major cracks) it can easily be resurfaced using stone or porcelain tiles. You’ll want to choose something with texture to safeguard against slipping during wet weather. A variety of color and material choices exist, so think about whether you want to stay neutral, or introduce vibrancy to your backyard.
Another option that brings a brand-new look to your old concrete patio is a decorative polymer overlay. These finishes are available in a variety of colors, as well as popular finishes, like flagstone and brick. These products are available in kits, but having a professional carry out the installation is wise because it can be a tricky job.
Finally, a classic solution: wood paneling. If your patio is level, you can easily cover it with wood panels which can be fitted together quite simply by a contractor. Just be sure to choose lumber that is highly moisture resistant. Otherwise, your project could be a waste of money. There are do-it-yourself kits available for this method, but make sure you get advice from a professional before you take on this project.