If your back patio makes you want to run back into your house in full-retreat mode, it's time to make a few changes. After all, your backyard should be a place where you want to relax and unwind, not a place that makes you want to build a super-high privacy fence so your neighbors can't see what your plain concrete patio looks like. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to transform your drab concrete slab into an inspirational patio where you will love to spend most of your free time.
Transform Your Slab with a Decorative Concrete Finish
If you don't have the time, money or patience for a complete slab removal and overhaul, think about dressing up your concrete slab with a few decorative touches. For a fraction of the cost of building a brand new patio, a talented concrete decorator can change the look of your patio with one of several treatments, including polymer overlay stamping, chemical staining and spray texture. After one of these treatments, your patio will look as if you tore the whole thing out and replaced it with expensive stone.
Tear Up Your Slab and Start Over
If you want to change the layout, grade or shape of your backyard patio, you may have to cut it up, tear it out and start over. You can do so by hiring a reputable concrete cutting company to demolish and remove your existing slab. Next, hire a designer and contractor who are well known for creating sensational backyard patios. With their help, you can design a multi-level stone patio complete with lush planter boxes, clever landscaping and maybe even a built-in fire pit or patio grill.
Dress Up Your Slab with Inspirational Finishing Touches
If you want the look of an extravagant, multi-level patio but can't afford to start from scratch, you can spruce up your existing concrete slab by having concrete planter boxes poured on or around your patio. You can also build elevated sections of decking with natural stone or wood to create privacy and/or intimate seating areas. The key is to take what's there, an ordinary slab, and make it extraordinary by adding a few bells and whistles.
There are several ways you can transform your boring, drab concrete slab into a sensational backyard patio for the whole family to enjoy. If you don't know where to begin, hire a trusted contractor who has lots of experience with patios and decks. Contact concrete Coretech Industries for more information.