Today, most home owners prefer using concrete to create or upgrade their patios at home. Concrete is relatively inexpensive, durable, and versatile, and this is the reason why it has become a popular choice among homeowners. 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. This is formed when acid is poured on wet concrete and a chemical reaction ensues. 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.
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. You have an enhanced concrete with interesting texture and feel especially if you mix colored glass or bits of tile in the concrete before it is laid. You can also use this type as a border around your patio, or put it all around, but whatever you decide, exposed aggregate gives you the opportunity to be unique.
It is not right to look at poured concrete as simply a boring gray slab with little personality. 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. An ideal pattern is the checkerboard pattern or you can make 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. 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. A specific dye is used to prepare the concrete, before it is 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.