Concrete patios are fast becoming the popular choice of many homeowners. 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. Below are some of the most popular kinds of concrete patios.
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. What is great about acid stained concrete is that the colors will never fade and will be there as long as the concrete is standing.
The characteristic of exposed aggregate concrete is that it has coarse appearance since you can see pebbles and other bits and pieces seen in the slab. This type of concrete has very interesting texture and feels and if you mix colored glass or bits of tiles in with the concrete before it is laid, and the result is an enhanced type of concrete. If not used for the patio, you can use it as a border around your patio, and wherever you might want to arrange it, it will make your home truly unique.
Poured concrete is not a simple boring gray slab with very little personality. Pouring concrete actually gives you the chance to experiment with color. Mix two different colors of concrete, excluding the gray color, and then lay them in a pattern. With this, you can make your outdoor checkerboard or a concrete mural.
If you like the looks of tiles or pavers but you also want it to be sturdy and durable like concrete, then you will be happy with stamped concrete. In this method, concrete is poured on the patio, and designs and texture are impressed upon it using a stamp while the concrete is wet. There is no limit to the amount of patterns and designs you can create. Popular designs that have been created include flagstones, tile, brick, stone, and sandstone pavers. 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. Your imagination is your only limit so use your creativity to the fullest.