Dressing Up a Patio Floor
By: Danny Lipford
We have a patio that is 20+ years old. It is stained from leaves and mildew. It also seems to have small grains of sand coming off it. We recently installed a patio cover and would like to clean and seal it. I have tried cleaning it with muriatic acid and also Simple Green and neither worked very well. My wife would like to apply vinyl or some kind of tile but we don’t know if that would work given the hot/cold of being outside besides the blowing rain and snow on it. Do you have any suggestions of a cleaner/sealer or if tile would work? -Randy
There are several options available that could serve to really dress up your patio floor. One of the simplest would be to use a concrete stain. They’re easy to apply, won’t peel, and are available in a wide range of colors.
You could also cut decorative score lines in the surface of the concrete before staining it using a circular saw and an abrasive blade for a unique custom look. Use a guide board to keep your lines straight.
Porcelain tile is another very nice looking material that should hold up well. Choose a tile that is fairly nonporous, so it won’t crack when it freezes, and is slip resistant.
Good luck with your project!