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Improving the Look of a Concrete Porch Floor

By: Danny Lipford
Concrete porch floor after cleaning, scoring, and staining.

Concrete porch floor after cleaning, scoring, and staining.

A concrete porch floor or patio doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Here are some tips to improve the look of unfinished concrete.

To dress up a concrete floor:

  1. Clean Concrete: Clean the concrete thoroughly. Special concrete cleaners are available for this purpose.
  2. Score Concrete: Use a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade to cut shallow grooves in the concrete using a straight edge as a guide. A diagonal pattern works well.
  3. Paint or Stain Concrete: Apply either concrete paint or concrete stain to the floor following the instructions on the container.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Danny Lipford: Sarah wants to know, “How can I add a little pizzazz to our boring concrete porch?”

No, Sarah, you don’t have to put up with that boring concrete front porch. You can have one that looks as nice as this. All this homeowner did is to clean the front porch concrete thoroughly and then applied a coat of concrete paint.

There’s so many different colors that you can find one that’ll compliment the colors of your house very easily. Another option—staining the concrete. Again, clean it well, use a stain. It has a slightly different end result but still very, very attractive.

Now, if you really want to raise the level in terms of the design of your concrete front porch or any concrete surface, you can use a circular saw with an abrasive blade and then just score it in any kind of design that you would like.

A simple pattern works very, very well. And you’d be surprised how much it can change the look of the concrete.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 28th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hi, Don,
    Is this a concrete patio and driveway, or are they made of some other material?



  • Don Buck Says:
    May 26th, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Our patio and driveway were painted 13 years ago. It has faded and looking bad. How do I proceed to paint it? (Cleaning to final finish)



  • Victoria Nelson Says:
    May 14th, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I live in Santa Clarita, CA. I have a concrete patio that was painted years ago. The paint is gone in at least 2 places and I hate the color. Can I put porcelain tile over this concrete? It very rarely rains here, and temps are between about 35°F in Winter and 90°F in the Summer. The porcelain I picked is rated for outdoor use, but I’m not sure what I need to do to put it down and not have it come back up.



  • Mary Says:
    July 29th, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I have problems with mildew my concrete porch and deck, what can I do. I live in the south.



  • Edythe Gissing Says:
    June 19th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I live in Arizona. the temps can be VERY,VERY hot in the summer.(Right now—111degrees.)
    What is the best concrete paint to use in AZ?



  • pat Says:
    April 20th, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    how can i remove rust stains from aspalt roof and alimumun siding


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Improving the Look of a Concrete Porch Floor