Concrete Patio Learn how concrete gives you complete creative freedom to bring the style and elements of your indoor rooms to the outdoors Despite stiff competition from wood decks, the concrete patio is gaining in popularity as an essential element in today’s backyards. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders in 2012, concrete is the most popular patio material in the country. In seven of nine geographical regions identified in the study, poured concrete is the most commonly used outdoor surface material in luxury-home construction coming in ahead of concrete pavers and natural stone. With more decorative options than ever before, concrete patios are attracting homeowners who want an outdoor surface that offers the ultimate in design versatility. Concrete patios also have the edge when it comes to durability and low maintenance. In addition to serving as a gathering zone for lounging and entertaining, concrete patios allow homeowners to seamlessly blend interior and exterior living spaces. They are the perfect decorative flooring surface for outdoor kitchens and living rooms, complete with cozy seating areas, fireplaces and water features. What’s more, this outdoor floor offers unlimited design options. When enhanced by stains and integral colors, concrete patios can be color coordinated to match a home’s exterior or landscape. They can also be stamped or engraved in patterns that mimic other popular paving materials, such as brick, flagstone, slate and tile. As an investment, concrete patios typically cost less than patios made of brick or natural stone because they are less labor-intensive to install. The lower price tag combined with the wide array of patterns and colors available make concrete an economical choice for most budgets. Plus, concrete is easily formed into any shape to accommodate backyard space restrictions. Upgrading your backyard with a decorative concrete patio is also an investment that will provide many years of enjoyment while improving the look of your landscape. Concrete is easy to maintain and can stand up to the harshest of weather conditions. Unlike paving stones, you won’t have joints between units where grass and weeds can sprout. And unlike wood, concrete won’t warp, rot or require periodic staining. Here, we offer tips for designing and sizing a concrete patio, give you an overview of the various concrete patio finish options, and tell you about ways you can accessorize and enhance your patio. For people with existing concrete patios, we also tell you about ways to give your old patio a decorative makeover by resurfacing, staining or engraving. 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Concrete Patio Cost How much does a concrete patio cost? Find out average costs and what design features contribute to the price. Stamped Concrete Patios Discover tips and design ideas for using stamps to add texture to a concrete patio. Outdoor Concrete Style Guides Download these design sheets for concrete patio ideas in modern, old-world, or traditional design schemes. Stained Concrete Patios Get tips and design options for using concrete stains to transform your patio. Patio Design Videos Watch 7 videos with expert design ideas for creating beautiful patios and outdoor living areas.If it’s finally time for a new patio, or to redo the old one, there are lots of cool options other than just boring concrete! These 9 creative patio floor ideas can be done without a contractor, and can be done in weekend. All of them transform your space into an outdoor room worth showing off! It doesn’t matter if your patio surface has seen better days, or if you are just bored with it… try one of these projects. Our feature photo below, is from ‘Coates Design‘ in Seattle. These are simply oversized pavers laid in a bed of sand, then filled with decorative gravel. If you would like to get a full tutorial on how to build a paver patio, then ‘Young House Love’ has it for you! Lot’s of pics, and good instruction that can be adapted for several different looks, including the more modern look above. Same technique, different material! This side yard patio features circular pavers of different sizes set in a random pattern. From ‘Mod Frugal‘. Don’t want to pay for all those pavers? Not a problem. We found this reusable plastic mold from ‘Quikrete‘ that allows you to create pavers (on sand, like above) with concrete mix and these molds. Want a more traditional “feels like it’s been here forever” look? Then learn how to build a brick patio from ‘HGTV’. Can you tell this technique we’ve been featuring so far is pretty much “the thing”? Here is another option for a Modern Mid-century look using these decorative concrete blocks laid on their sides. From ‘Fresh Digs‘. So if you already have a concrete patio, but you don’t want to have to tear it out (NOT fun and NOT a one day deal!) then you have options. ‘Home Depot’ shows us how to lay deck flooring over a concrete patio. Looks amazing! You have to jump on over and see the finished project. Want a modern, clean look? ‘Build Direct’ has these interlocking deck tiles that do the job, again, right over existing concrete! Lastly, you could use recycled Envirotile to recover your patio, from ‘Home Depot‘ They even have a tutorial on installing the tile for you! Image Credits: Coates Design, Young House Love, Modfrugal, Quikrete, HGTV, Fresh Digs, Home Depot, Build Direct, Home DepotWhen Courtney Clymer of Lifestyled Atlanta created her gorgeous outdoor entertaining area, perhaps her most ingenious idea was laying deck flooring over the cement slab patio. It dresses up the space beautifully, and it’s a lot more pleasant for bare feet than concrete. Here, Courtney shows us how she and her husband installed the deck flooring in just a day. Installing Deck Flooring on a Cement Patio My husband Harrison and I have wanted to change out our patio floor since the day we bought the house. Ripping up concrete and building a deck seemed like a daunting and expensive task, so when we saw NewTechWood Deck-A-Floor, we thought it would be absolutely perfect for our space. Within a day, our concrete slab went from drab to fab. Above is our ‘before,’ which makes me cringe a little bit (although Tuck didn’t seem to mind the ugliness)! This Deck-a-Floor system is so neat; it is like putting a puzzle together. First, you lay the grid pieces down. On top of the grids, you place the clip-in accessories according to the instructions. Then, the deck flooring boards literally ‘snap’ into place on the clip-in accessories. One by one, board by board, it starts to come together! Harrison and I took on two different roles, with me laying the grids while he took the boards out of each box laid them behind me. We decided to lay ours in a brick pattern so that it would look more like a wood deck, so this required cutting pieces on both edges to size. Luckily, Harrison’s picture is in the definition of ‘Handyman’ if you were to look it up in the dictionary. He went to town with the saw and cut the boards down to fit on the edges. VOILA! And just like that, we had a new patio floor! I love how user-friendly this deck flooring system was, and how it turned our concrete slab into a clean, nice patio space in one day. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to transform a patio space like this. It is also so easy to clean, which is great for our two dogs who love playing in the dirt. On her blog, Lifestyled Atlanta, wardrobe stylist, blogger, and interior designer Courtney Clymer covers an array of topics, from fashion, to interiors and more. Courtney and her husband work as a team at their company, Mimosa Design Co., helping couples renovate, remodel and generally fix up their homes. NewTechWood Deck-a-Floor is available at The Home Depot, along with a wide selection of other decking materials. Check out more DIY projects here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Outdoor Living board on Pinterest for ideas on how you can make the most of your outdoor space.