I'd like to hear any great, inexpensive ideas for re-surfacing/reclaiming a 12x12 foot concrete slab patio.

Asked By: davidosterberg1 - 7/26/2006
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There are many new techniques for doing concrete these days depending upon where you live. Find a reputable home builder near you and ask them who they use to do concrete. That guy should be able to either do the job for you or find a person that is able to do the decorative effects you wish. Personlly, I like to... More
Answered By: alfawolfette10 - 7/26/2006
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If you have kids let them painted in some theme.
Answered By: Luckybeetle - 7/26/2006
Do you have cracks, or do you just want to dress it up? I haven't tried it, but they do make concrete stain. That would certainly be a different look.
Answered By: Smoothie - 7/26/2006
First rent a power washer from the local rent all location. You can generally get one of these that are Gas powered and connects to your home water hose. You will be surprised at how clean a slab will become by simply blasting/cleaning it with pressurized water... More
Answered By: wrkey - 7/26/2006
Same problem: I bought 2' x 3' x 2" precast cement slabs at my local lumber yard and layed them like laying tile on a floor. It is still cement but looks new and good. The downside is there are slight cracks between the slabs. They are not expensive compared to replacing the entire patio. I bought mine precolored... More
Answered By: pappy - 7/26/2006
paint it green then go threw and highlight leaves in a lighter green shade! to show some depth and a darker green next to it!
Answered By: girlymeme - 7/26/2006
If you want to spend a little money, just go to the big hardware stores (go to several if you can, they all carry different products) and walk around their selection of paving stones. There are several that look like brick or cobble stones, and you could lay them directly on the slab (perhaps with a masonry glue to... More
Answered By: Wundt - 7/26/2006
United products Kolorstone is a great decorative overlay....or use United Products Broomcoat. There are many overlays that work well & look good.
Answered By: biz owner - 7/26/2006
Stain it (there are some really cool colors out there) and if it has cracks in the concrete so much the better embrace the cracks and make them part of the beauty after you stain,
Answered By: Joy C - 7/26/2006
"Great" and "inexpensive", when used together is an oxymoron. It can either be "great" or it can be "inexpensive" but not both. If you have something you think is both, most likely it will fall apart in a couple of years.
Answered By: freedomhammer - 7/26/2006
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