If you are thinking about transforming part of your backyard into a family area, a concrete patio makes a great addition. But you needn't settle for a simple slab. These five creative concrete patio design ideas will help you sort out your options when planning to add or redo a concrete patio.
1. Poured Concrete Patio
A very basic and cost effective concrete patio design is poured concrete. You are not limited to a simple grey slab. There are several customizations you can add to your patio, including:
- Using exposed aggregate. This provides some added style by allowing colored glass, pebbles or other decorative items to show on the surface.
- Using a concrete dye. There are a wide variety of colors available that can be mixed in with the concrete to match your home’s exterior or provide a complementary contrast. It is also possible to use alternate colors in different areas to create different designs such as a checkerboard.
- Using a concrete stain. Stains are particularly good if your patio is already down to create the look of tile or slate, complete with veins and shading.
2. Stamped Concrete Patio
A form or stamp can be used in poured concrete to achieve the look of flagstones, pavers or tiles. To do this, you would dye the concrete to the shade you want and follow that by pouring the concrete into pre-positioned forms to simulate the look of tile, rock or brick.
Using a stamped concrete patio provides the greatest variety of available looks, as well as a solid slab that controls weeds.
3. Stenciled Concrete Patio
Paper stencils can also be used on concrete to create the look of tile, stone or brick patterns. This method generally requires less time and skill than other more traditional methods of stamping concrete, while still creating the appearance of individual stones or bricks. Color should be applied to the surface of the concrete prior to removing the stencils. Upon removing the stencils, the gray concrete base is unveiled in contrast to the other colored areas of the patio.
4. Concrete Paver Patio
Patio pavers, or paving stones as they are sometimes called, interlock to create patterned surfaces in various color tones. Pavers are a great option for creating patio areas because they can be installed quickly and require no wait time for cutting concrete, which takes a lot of time in traditional concrete patio construction.
Pavers do require more maintenance than other patio methods, however. They have a tendency to shift and create uneven areas in a patio. Additionally, weeds and grasses will grow between the separated areas. You can help this by properly preparing the base prior to installing the patio pavers.
5. Painted Concrete
To get really creative, you can use special concrete stains to essentially paint the concrete of your patio. The stain absorbs into the concrete like paint in a canvas. This is a very cost effective way to dress up a drab concrete slab.