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Old 10-14-2016, 06:09 AM
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Trying to get ideas for finshes for patio in house build that we will start after first of year. Concrete patio and yes, I know concrete will crack over time. Keeping in mind that down the road it'll need to be touched up to deal with cracks as they appear, not crazy about layering anything on top of the concrete. Any ideas for products that would look good and also allow me to do touch do spot repairs down the road that won't stand out like a sore thumb? Patio is about 15' x 40' give or take.
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Are you opposed to stamped concrete?
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:55 AM
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Not at all.
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I did all my walks in stamped concrete- did a dark graphite grey for a slate look. 9 years old now and looks great. I must admit, its overdue for a power-wash and sealing (not since installed), but it looks good. Concrete does crack as it shrinks, but with the stamping done right, control joints can be cut in at the artificial "joints" in the stampings. There will be cracks, but you'll never see them. Key to controllable cracks is solid base layer and proper control joints- give it a place to crack and the rest of it won't.

Only alternative I would consider is a concrete pad with brick pavers on top. But laid loose (no mortar) and with substantial steel edgings.
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Tile over it,. thousands of options

But if your going to do slab and tile why not just do pavers?
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Tile over it,. thousands of options

But if your going to do slab and tile why not just do pavers?
Thanks, I am WIDE open to options at this point
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I did a 20'x50' with pavers. 5 years now and love it.
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The guy that just did my office floor which I posted in another thread also does outside concrete work.

These pics are concrete jobs he's done.
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Here's another job he did.
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That is some really nice concrete work above.

If you are on a budget you could do some fancy saw cutting to create grids. Colored concrete or different finishes. Like swirls or stippled broom or stippled broom with swirls, salt rock or all of the above combined.
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One good deal with pavers is if you're in an area that has limitations on impervious surfaces due to storm water run-off; most of the time pavers are not considered impervious. But you need to check with local regulations.

Like here in St Pete my circular driveway, a walkway, my patio and my pool deck are all pavers and if I did them in concrete one or more of them would not be here.
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Here's another job he did.
what kind of product is this?
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revenge that guy is the concrete divinci
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Nice work! Our patio will be completely covered by a roof with a screened in area that is maybe 15' x 20' and the balance will be open to the back yard.
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When I added on to my house and built my shop the contractor stamped and colored the concrete for my patio and walkways. I like how it came out and the stamp pattern helps hide any cracks that might otherwise be noticeable.
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Originally Posted by wannabefishin View Post
what kind of product is this?
These finishes this guy does are epoxy. Then he usually puts a urethane top coat on for added protection.

Here's the guys card. He's in central Florida.
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More outside work
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Same
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so cool
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That is amazing work !
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