If you are considering landscaping your garden or working on a new design that can really put a little life into your garden and add character to your home then you should think about what you can do with your patio.
The patio is often the most boring place within the home purely and simply because many homeowners have no idea what to do with it but the answer lies in the concrete. Why have a boring patio when you can have textured concrete?
Textured concrete is actually an easy technique to use because it does not require any more work than laying your concrete patio in the first place. It takes a while to set so there is plenty you can do with it before it becomes permanent, including change your mind! All you need is a little creativity and the concrete itself and you can play around for hours before deciding what you want. Just be careful not to use quick drying cement else you may get more than you bargained for.
The Top Three Textured Concrete Techniques
The whole point of a textured patio is that the cement is not level. However, before performing any of the following techniques, you should make sure it is level. If it is not level to begin with then it may cause problems when you do texture it and this may actually result in something that not only looks bad but is also unsafe to be on. If you cannot get to the garden itself then what is the point of creating it?
The top three techniques should all be considered when you are aiming for a textured concrete patio because they have a lovely effect and can really compliment your garden. However, it all depends on what you want.
1. Broom Finished Concrete Patio – This one is just as the title suggests. You literally take a broom and make the surface uneven! However, there is a little more to it than that. You have to use continuous strokes and a continuous broom pressure if you want desirable results. Simply choose the pattern you like and use the broom, any broom, to make it in the concrete. This will have a nice if steady effect and will provide a non-slip surface when it is dry.
2. Rock Salt Finished Patio – This consists of a bag of rock salt being spread evenly over the concrete whilst still wet. The rock salt should then be rolled into the surface of the concrete with a roller to ensure that it blends and sets well. When the concrete is dry, you should use a hose to water down the area. This dissolves the salt and gives you a lovely finish with tiny little holes.
3. Float Finished Concrete Patio – The name here is deceiving. The concrete is treated to make various textured patterns, and you can have any pattern of your choosing from sweeps to swirls to arcs and so on. You can literally be as creative as you like. The finish can be as smooth or as coarse as you like as well so you really have creative license. Simply take a trowel or wooden block and make the patterns as you want them and then allow to dry.
All of the above are once again easy to produce but they are also relatively cheap, especially in comparison to block paving and the like. You can do them yourself or get a professional to do it but the first option is cheaper and puts or stamp on the patio.